With the arrival of 2016, we have increased our adoption fees for kittens under the age of six months to $125. For those adopting 2 kittens, the adoption fee for both will be $200. We have not raised our fees in many years, while the cost of vaccines, and routine medical care has risen. We are not currently raising our fees for adolescents (aged 6 months to a year) or adults.
If you are new to MEOW Cat Rescue, please take this opportunity to review our adoption policies.
Kitten Season Seems to Be Over--Mother Nature Needs a Break Too!
It appears that we've reached the end of another kitten season. Although we'll most likely have a few litters arrive in the next few months, there probably won't be many until early summer.
Looking for a "special someone" to snuggle with on Valentine's Day? We can help with that. MEOW will be at the Uptown Mud Bay with adoptable cats/kittens. Don't be alone on Valentine's Day - come find a furry friend!!
Show Someone How Much You Care
Trying to find the perfect Valentine's gift for your special someone? MEOW can help you with that. We have created Valentine's cards to acknowledge a donation in honor of your loved one. There are several different designs available and donations start at just $5.00. Come by the shelter to pick one up or call the shelter to order one - order by February 7th in order to arrive by Valentine's Day. Please note that the photos posted here have been compressed and do not represent the clarity and crispness of the actual cards.
Celebrating Purrfect Pairs
There is something so sweet and special about two adult kitties who truly are each other's best friend. They hang out together, playing chase or sharing a sunbeam, they bathe each other, and when it's nap time, snuggle up together. It is the picture of contentedness. If you have a busy life and aren't home as much as you'd like, but want to share your life with animals, a bonded pair may be the purrfect answer. Of course they will miss you when you're out, and be so happy when you come home. Of course, if they're lap cats, they'll come join you when you sit down to read a book or watch TV (probably both of them will want a spot). But, when you're gone, they will find company and security in each other. Adopting a bonded pair, won't change the world, but it will change three lives!
Here are the special pairs currently waiting for their "third wheel". Could that be you??
UPDATE: We are thrilled that several of our purrfect pairs found their purrfect families recently. There is still one very special pair and a triplet waiting. Are they waiting for you???
Chloe, Chrissy and Ginger Make Three (Yes, a bonded Triplet)
Although they didn't all start their lives together, these three kitties would love to be adopted together. If you visit them in the community room at the shelter, you can see just how bonded they are. Chloe and Chrissy thought they had a forever home late last year, but it just wasn't quite right. When they came back, we could tell Ginger was beyond ecstatic. Maybe that home wasn't right because they were all meant to be together. That's what we think anyway. If you have room in your heart and home for three cats who won't be in your face, will be each others' best friends, please come meet them. We're hoping there is someone out there with enough love in their heart, and a big enough bed for all three of these wonderful girls.
Chloe agrees to take the first watch, just in case their forever family is coming today. She'd really like Ginger and Chrissy to help out a bit, but no such luck. Watch the video. Another Video - Chrissy & Ginger enjoying a bite to eat. How many cats do you know that enjoy sharing their meals?
Maya & Leilani--ADOPTED!!
These sweet girls are not "in your face" kitties, but would love to curl up together and keep you extra warm at night.
MEOW Commemorative Playing Cards
Be Prepared for Winter Game Nights - $10 Each
We're celebrating over 20,000 lives rescued with a deck of playing cards created just for MEOW. Each card face is a different cat or dog loved by a MEOW supporter. (Gorgous Maybach is on the back.) These generous supporters raised over $9,000 in online auctions to get the honor of featuring their pets. The result is a beautiful tribute to the 20,000 lives saved and to each animal who shares the home and hearts of our wonderful volunteers and supporters.
Buy yours today online for $10 plus $2 shipping for each deck. Decks are also available for sale at the shelter.
Here a few samples of the card faces (and special pets).
You have an option of black or red printing on the back.
MEOW's 2016 Calendar is Now Available Order Yours Today - It's Not Too Late to Celebrate
Every year we commemorate several of our rescue stories in our 12 month calendar. It's a wonderful way to be reminded that there are indeed happy endings. They make great gifts for cat lovers and those who recognize the critical work that MEOW Cat Rescue is doing each and every day of every year. You may purchase on line with payment through paypal, or call the shelter (425-822-6369), or pick up at the shelter. The calendars are $10 plus $2 for shipping if applicable.
AniMeals Food Drive for Families in Need
We have been hosting our continual food drive for over four years now. We are thrilled to have donated so much pet food for the animals of families in need through Hopelink in Kirkland. Please stop by the shelter with your donation of dry or canned pet food. Sometimes all that is needed to keep a pet in his or her home is a little food and a little help.
SHOPPING THAT SHARES ALL YEAR LONG-
Amazon Smile Foundation will donate .5% of your qualified shopping purchases made through smile.amazon.com. Select Mercer Island Eastside Orphans and Waifs (that's our full name) as the recipient and the cats and dogs of MEOW prosper everytime you shop. It works just like amazon.com and your account is the same. It costs nothing and it's a wonderful way to help the cats and dogs of MEOW, each time you shop. Here's the direct link.
Fred Meyer - We have 150 households linked to MEOW so far. Our most recent quarterly check was $568! Thank you supporters!
Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to MEOW Cat Rescue by following the link below. Whenever you use your Rewards Card when shopping at Freddy’s, you will be helping MEOW earn a donation from Fred Meyer. At the end of each quarter, Fred Meyer will make a donation to participating nonprofits based on the accumulated spending of the Rewards customers linked to each nonprofit. If you do not have a Rewards Card, you can sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk of any Fred Meyer store. Learn More.
Register with iGive.com and shop through our portal, www.iGive.com/MEOW. From 2% - 26% of your purchase price is donated to MEOW by the participating business. There are over 1300 businesses in iGive.com, including pet supply stores, department stores, travel sites, booksellers, office supply stores, ebay, etc. The amount of the donation varies by business.
What is a Forever Home?
Here at MEOW, we are passionate about placing our animals in a home that will be theirs forever; giving them the gift of being safe and loved for the rest of their lives. We know how much it means to the animals to find their forever homes. Here’s an idea of what it means to the fortunate families who open their hearts and their homes to a rescue animal…forever.
“The first second I laid eyes on my cat, Stella (her name at the shelter was Margaux), from your shelter I fell in love. She was a beautiful Siamese girl that I was blessed to have found. I adopted her a little over 12 years ago (she was about 2 and a half at the time, the staff told me). Her history I was told, was that a very kind woman, who I wish I could now thank (if you know who it is, please let me know), picked her up off the streets as a stray (she was found at a feral food station) and saved her life. She brought her to your shelter and 4 days later I walked in, looking specifically for an adult cat, and met her. She went to heaven 3 weeks ago and my heart is broken. However, Stella was so loved! I must have kissed her literally 100 times a day and she let me. She was scared at first and rough around the edges, but she blossomed into the most wonderful girl and was such a gift to me. She was my main focus the whole time. I lived only with her throughout the years and it's hard because it was just her and my mom who I'm close with in my life. I'm not ready to adopt for a while, (I do search daily for shelter pets online) but I just wanted you to know that I was the luckiest girl on the planet for having her. We had a beautiful connection and someday I can't wait to spend forever with her. Thanks for doing what you do and know that Stella was loved and cared for deeply.” -Jeanne
Low Cost Spay or Neuter Surgeries Are Available
This time of year shelters and rescue organizations are overwhelmed with kittens and puppies. If you've been wanting to do the right thing to help end pet overpopulation but have been unable to because of the expense, we can help.
Vouchers for Free Public Spay/Neuter Surgeries Available through MEOW
Thanks to grant funds received, we are continuing to provide needed spay/neuter surgery support to those in our community. Since we received our first grant mid 2010, we have funded over 2400 spay/neuter surgeries. Funds are available for dogs, feral or free-roaming cats, cats belonging to anyone needing financial assistance, and cats who qualify for our Toms & Moms program. While MEOW has often provided monetary support for community members needing financial assistance or those managing feral cat colonies, these additional grant funds help us do more. If you know someone who could use our help, please have them call the shelter (425-822-6369) or email us at email@example.com.
Top 3 Reasons to Spay and Neuter
It helps to reduce companion animal overpopulation. Most countries have a surplus of companion animals and are forced to euthanize or disregard their great suffering. The surplus is in the millions in the United States. Cats are 45 times as prolific, and dogs 15 times as prolific, as humans. They do not need our help to expand their numbers; they need our help to reduce their numbers until there are good homes for them all.
Sterilization of your cat or dog will increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.
Sterilizing your cat/dog makes him/her a better pet, reducing his/her urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is spread by bites and intact cats fight a great deal more than altered cats.
MEOW Earns a Top Rated Award for 2015 from Great Nonprofits
We did it! You did it!
Thanks to our wonderful supporters and reviewers, we have been awarded one of the first Top Rated Awards for 2015.
Several times a year, we pause, take a deep breath, and think about all of the wonderful things that have happened over the last few months. We then put these updates in our newsletter in order to share them with everyone who supports our work and believes in what we do.
Get yours today and help spread the good word about MEOW. Buy them online now via paypal.com for just $5 plus $3 shipping (in the U.S.). Or, stop by the shelter and pick one up for $5. For international shipping, please contact the shelter at (425) 822-6369.