Thank You For Making giveBIG Huge for MEOW!
We are blown away! We received $15,098 in donations, which knocked the socks off our goal of exceeding last year's results of $8,000. Seattle Foundation reports that, $11.1 million was raised in just 24 hours, for 1400 local non profits. We are so fortunate to live in such a generous and caring community. We will put your dollars to work this season making sure that the kitties and the dogs are well cared for, vaccinated, microchipped, altered, and ready for their forever families.
Thank you to each and every one of our generous supporters who donated as part of Seattle Foundation's giveBIG campaign.
Fine Wines & Felines 2013 -- July 13, 2013 at Seattle Design Center
Individual Sponsorship Opportunites Still Exist:
Individual Supporting Sponsor -- Donors at the $250 level will:
Individual Sustaining Sponsor --Donors at the $500 level will:
Individual Leadership Sponsor -- Donors at the $750 level will:
Pints for Pets
Thursday May 23, 2013
|Garage Sale for the Dogs||Fine Wines & Felines 2013||Love Saves the Day Book Signing Event|
|May 24th - 27th 9 am - 5 pm||July 13th 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm||July 20th at 2 pm|
|1503 128th PL NE Bellevue WA 98005 (NEW LOCATION)||
Seattle Design Center
5701 6th Ave S, Seattle
MEOW Cat Shelter
10600 NE 68th St. Kirkland
The sale will be held in the garage bay at Starbucks Towing in Bellevue. Rain or shine, you'll stay dry while you shop. Books, furniture, clothing, household items and much more. You name it, we probably have it. Stop by and say hi, do some bargain hunting, all to benefit the MEOW dogs.
Mark your calendar and plan to join us for 8th auction and wine tasting fundraiser: Fine Wines & Felines 2013. Bid on over 250 items in our silent auction and then have a seat and enjoy the antics of auctioneer and local celebrity John Curley, with help from Jackie & Bender, morning radio hosts on KISS FM, for the live auction. On line registration will be available beginning June 1st.
Gwen Cooper, best selling author of "Homer's Odyssey", and new book, "Love Saves the Day", is visiting animal shelters instead of book stores on her book tour this time. Join us on Saturday July 20th at 2 pm at the shelter. Gwen will be there to read from her new book, sign copies and answer questions. There will be give aways too. MEOW is her only stop in Washington. Don't miss it.
Hunter -- Looking for Love
Yes, he looks a little bit rough around the edges, but looks aren’t everything. It is what’s on the inside that matters. And this boy has it all. He is as sweet as can be and loves nothing more than snuggling up next to you and showing you just how much love he can give. He’s gentle and very attentive. He has a loud rumbly purr that he’s not afraid to use to let you know he is so content. He’s trusting of humans and interested in meeting new friends. He just seems to know that his life was saved; that he’s been given a second chance.
When we first met Hunter, his amber eyes were barely visible, squinting through his swollen lids. He had lived his first five years of life outdoors, fed by a kind gentleman, but exposed to the dangers of life in the wild. One of his inner eyelids was torn and protruding. According to the doctors at Northwest Animal Eye Specialists, this injury may have been due to trauma, perhaps the result of an animal attack. To make matters worse, Hunter also had a congenital condition called Entropion Eyelids in both eyes. This is the rolling-in of the eyelid, causing the hair on the surface of the eyelid to rub on the eyeball, which is painful and often causes corneal ulcers or erosions, which can interfere with vision. He was in bad shape. But even though he must have been in pain, he still happily accepted pets and love from his first real caregivers. He has had the surgery to repair both lids and the protruding inner eyelid. Although his eyes may never look “normal” he does have vision and isn’t in any pain.
We believe that he’s going to spend the rest of his life showering his lucky family with “Hunter love”, basking in the warmth of that love returned, and not spending a second thought on how his life used to be. He’s been through so much and come through it like the champ he is. He is ready for a new start. He just needs a family that thinks he’s perfect, just as he is.
Hunter is currently in foster care, soaking up as much attention as he can get. If you'd like to meet him, please call the shelter and arrange a "get to know you, get to love you" visit.
Black Cat Adoption Update
The year has started out great for our black cats, as many of them have found their forever homes. But, it seems like the black cat parade is never ending and we once again have several waiting to be adopted. We're continuing to shine the spotlight on these great cats, because, frankly they're worth it.
Consider Princess Purr. She has wonderful manners and isn't at all inclined to horn in on someone else's lunch, no matter how tasty it smells.
Introducing our Newest Arrivals- Audrey, Mariposa, Merlin, Peponi, and Venus. They all have so much love to give and are so excited for the opportunity to prove that black cats are just as loving, playful, snuggly, affectionate, smart, and worthy of a home as any other cat.
Come and meet The Men (and Women) in Black. They're sure to steal your hearts.
Congratulations to Bear and Midnight and their new forever homes!
Upcoming MEOW Outreach Events
2013 MEOW Calender - Just $5
A great way to share the happy endings of MEOW Cat Rescue all year long.
Our 2013 calendar features just a few of the many touching and happy ending stories of recent current and former shelter residents.
Price: $5 (plus $2 for shipping)
Purchase it online via PayPal:
Alternatively, purchase a calendar at the shelter or order one by phone (425-822-6369).
MEOW EARNS 2012 TOP-RATED AWARD FROM GREAT NONPROFITS
Based on reviews submitted by our volunteers, donors, supporters and adopters, we've earned a spot on the Great Nonprofits 2012 Top-Rated List. This is a distinction awarded to less than 1% of all eligible non-profit organizations. We are proud of this honor. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a review. Learn more about our award and Great Nonprofits.
Shopping Opportunities that Benefit MEOW All Year Long
Create one of a kind gifts that feature your pet at picssavingpets.com and 50% of your purchase will benefit MEOW Cat Rescue. Everything from greeting cards, iPhone cases, coffee mugs to t-shirts and more. If you've just adopted a new family member, they even have adoption announcements. It's so easy to give a gift that helps saves lives...Just select MEOW Cat Rescue as your designated organization, upload a photo, create a product, and save lives.
If you shop online, your purchases can help bring prosperity to the pussycats! By registering with iGive.com and shopping 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 900 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. It costs you absolutely nothing to register or donate. Check it out. If you like the idea, tell a friend.
Many people who decide to adopt a new feline think they should start with a "clean slate" by choosing a kitten. Many people like the idea of watching their pet grow. What most people don't realize, however, is that caring for a kitten is a lot like caring for a baby. Young kittens need almost constant supervision. You must kitten-proof your home from common household dangers - electrical and computer cords, knickknacks, household cleaners, drawers, window screens, toilet bowls, your feet, and other pets can place a kitten's safety at risk. Young children move quickly and like to hug pets. Kids can accidentally hurt a small kitten, which might bite or scratch if it's frightened.
On the other hand, the right adult cat is more likely to tolerate children and less likely to be injured. Senior citizens are often unprepared for a kitten's energy level and would actually get more enjoyment from the company of a calm adult or senior cat. Kittens are often underfoot and can cause even a sure-footed young person to trip or stumble, injuring both kitty and friend. Kittens have endless energy. Expect your kitten to spend its nights scaling your drapes and running up and down your stairs and across your countertops. Rarely will a young kitten sleep at the foot of your bed. Furthermore, kittens grow quickly, becoming nearly full size by six months of age but often continuing kitten behaviors for much longer.
An adult cat, however, is generally much calmer and less likely to get into trouble. And, because an adult cat is fully developed, you know what you're getting in terms of size, appearance and personality. For example, you can tell whether or not it is the type to sit on your lap. Depending on your own age and lifestyle, you may be happier with an adult cat in your family. If you have a quiet lifestyle, work outside the home, or have children under the age of six, give serious thought to adopting an adult cat or two.
The best part about adopting an adult or senior cat? You're literally saving a life. Because most people want to adopt kittens, a cat's chances for adoption decrease with age. Most of these cats make wonderful pets when someone gives them a chance. MEOW is a no-kill shelter. The cats here will remain here, or in foster care, until they are adopted. Although their odds are improving, many older cats brought into shelters are euthanized. By adopting an adult cat from any shelter, you are helping to make room for another, who might otherwise be put to death.
Finally, at MEOW, we will not place a single kitten in a catless home or a home with only older cats. Kittens need a playful buddy, somebody to wrestle with, to bite and scratch, somebody to chase from one end of the room to the other, somebody to curl up with for a nap. Certainly, they enjoy human companionship, love to play with you, and will learn that a human lap is one of the best possible places to nap. But if they don't have a kitten buddy to wrestle with and to learn from, they may decide the human in their life is suitable for these rough activities as well. Once this inappropriate play behavior begins, it's difficult to break. If you do feel that kittens are the best choice for you, please be prepared for all that this will bring to your home, the good and the bad. If a pair of kittens is out of the question and you really want only one pet, do the right thing for everyone - adopt an adult cat.
$5,000 Spay/Neuter Grant from WA Federation of Animal Care & Control Agencies
The WA Federation of Animal Care & Control agencies has awarded a second $5,000 grant to MEOW which will allow us to continue to provide needed spay/neuter surgery support to those in our community. Since we received our first grant mid 2010, we have funded over 700 spay/neuter surgeries. Funds are available for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spay/neuter grant funds from the WA Federation of Animal Control and Care Agencies are generated from the sale of "We Love Our Pets" license plates. Your purchase of a special plate will fund spay/neuter surgeries and help end pet homelessness in our community.
More about the WA Federation of Animal Control and Care Agencies
The WA Federation of Animal Control and Care Agencies is made up of members from all corners of Washington, working together to provide a collective voice for animal welfare.The goals of the Federation are:
- To assume a statewide leadership role with a collaborative approach in advocating animal welfare
- To act as a center clearinghouse for sharing information with animal welfare agencies
- To provide useful information to the public regarding animal care and other issues important to the membership
- To collaborate with the veterinary community in order to share information and resources, and more effectively promote humane practices and laws for all animals in Washington State
Find out more about the Federation and upcoming training sessions/resources available to the public by visiting their website www.wafederation.com.
MEOW Cat Rescue License Plate Frames
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.
AniMeals Food Drive for Families in Need
Throughout this tough economic time, MEOW is hosting a pet food drive to help families in need. 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. Donations will be given to Hopelink in Kirkland for distribution.
Have You Seen this Metro Bus Ad?
Do you want people to swoon over your Siamese mix? Be tantalized by your tabby, tortie or tuxedo? Be beguiled by your beautiful black cat? Here's your chance to show everyone how proud you are of your fantastic feline.
MEOW is offering the opportunity for you to feature your own cat or cats on the tail of a METRO bus for four weeks for a tax deductible donation of $500 or more. If you don't have a bus-worthy headshot of your kitty, one of our great MEOW photographers will come to your home and get a perfect picture of your pussycat. Your kitty can become a local celebrity like these two MEOW alumni, Fritz and Morris.
Show your love for your own cats while helping those still looking for their forever home. For more information please e-mail Marilyn.