4th Annual Statewide Shelter Open House
Saturday October 3rd
MEOW is joining thirty other shelters in Washington for a statewide, one day, Shelter Open House. By joining together, we believe we can make more of a difference in the lives of the animals we rescue.
Stop by MEOW, during our business hours 11 am to 5 pm, and get an up-close look at what we do. There will be door prizes for all visitors, and a special gift for those who adopt during the open house. In celebration of the Open House, in honor of what all of the shelters and rescues do all year long, and in recognition of those who are opting to adopt, we will be waiving adoption fees for cats ages one year and over that day. Click here for more information and a list of other participating shelters.
2nd Annual CAT Running Fun Run/Walk 5K
Sunday Oct. 11th - Marymoor Park
CAT Running, a small business owned by MEOW adopters, is hosting their second annual fun run/walk to benefit MEOW on Sunday Oct 11th at 9 am at Marymoor Park in Redmond. We’ll even have two of our MEOW family members as race starters (they won the honor at our auction)! If you’d like to participate, you may register on line. Registration is $35 until Sept. 5th, and $40 after that until event day (children under 12 may participate for free). Why not ask several of your friends to join you and walk/run as a group? Well behaved leashed pups and fun costumes are welcomed. If you’d like more information or to see more pictures of last year's event, visit www.catrunning.com.
As of 9/29/15, 90 of our MEOW supporters, runners, walkers and animals lovers have signed up to participate. Wouldn't it be great if we could double last year's numbers and register 138 participants!
Register Today. Just click the paw!
12th Dog Tailgating & Wine Tasting
Sunday November 8th - Northwest Cellars in Kirkland
Join MEOW Canine on “No Seahawk Sunday” for a 12th Man (and dog) wine tasting / tail wagging party on Sunday Nov 8th from 1 pm – 4 pm at Northwest Cellars in Kirkland. Well behaved leashed pooches are welcome. Admission and wine tasting is $15 (in advance) or $20 at the door. We will have two custom labeled 12th Fan wines, one red, one white. They make great gifts for the holidays, or a super bowl party. Dress up (or dress up your dog) in your favorite 12th Fan gear. Who knows, maybe you’ll win a prize for the best costume. $10 from each wine tasting fee and $5 from each custom labeled bottle purchased goes directly to help the MEOW dogs. Register today.
Order your custom labeled 12th Fan wine today.
Share your love of MEOW and the Seahawks with our custom labeled wines.
The Red (TailGate Red) is Northwest Cellar's 2012 Fortissimo which is 60% Syrah, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carménère, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot. Cost is $24.
The White (Unleash the Beast White) is Northwest Cellar's 2014 Sonatina which is 55% Roussanne, 45% Viognier. Cost is $19.
Both blends are award winners. $5 from each bottle sold is donated to MEOW, for the pups! Order yours today online (select either the Fortissimo or the Sonatina, then select custom label, and enter "MEOW Canine" for the design). Wines may be picked up on November 8th at the tasting. If you can't make it then, we can make other arrangements for pick up.
MEOW's 2016 Calendar is Now Available Order Yours Today
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.
Upcoming MEOW Outreach Events
We are going to be out and about this summer, probably in a location near you. If you're in the area, please stop by and say hi. We'd love the opportunity to catch up and perhaps introduce you to your new best friend.
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
Scooby -- Waiting for A Forever Home That Understands
With a face like this, you’d expect that Scooby wouldn’t be long at any shelter. He’s just too handsome! He’s also a natural social butterfly, is extremely playful, loves to be petted and thoroughly enjoys being groomed. So, you ask, why hasn’t Scooby found his forever home? Good question.
This adorable boy can become overly rambunctious and slip from being playful to a bit aggressive. With the help of volunteer vet Dr. Cori, we are treating Scooby with medication and behavior modification to assist in calming his play-aggressive behavior. It’s important to us, and to Scooby, that his forever family understands his rambunctious nature and helps him recognize appropriate boundaries. We would love to see Scooby go home with an adopter who is willing to continue his training.
At just four years old, Scooby has a lot of life to live and love to give. He just needs someone who is patient and consistent to show him the way. Because he is so playful, a home without small children would be best. We are unsure how he would do with other cats or dogs, but his temperament suggests he would do well given a proper introduction.
If you think your household would be the purrfect match for Scooby, please come meet him at the shelter. He’ll be waiting for you.
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.
New Year's Resolution -- Find Love -- She's Still Waiting!
5-13-15 Update: Tempest is still waiting patiently for her forever home. Perhaps we should rename her Snickers or Sweetie Pie, just in case folks think her name is too fitting. No matter what her name, we know that someone will call her, "the love of their life". We just hope it happens soon. If you know someone looking for that special someone to share the summer and beyond, please mention Tempest to them.
Original New Year's Day Story - Can you help six of our longest term residents keep their New Year's resolution? Blanca, Holly & Nicholas, Susie, Tempest, and Thor have been at the shelter for way too long. Although we do our best to make them feel loved, shower them with affection, and let them know just how special they are, it just doesn't compare to having a home and family of their own. We would love nothing more than to start 2015 off just right by finding each one of these amazing cats their forever home. If your house is full, perhaps you know of a friend or family member who has resolved to find love this year -- you could play matchmaker and create happiness in two lives.
Tempest is a sweet senior lady who will celebrate her 12th birthday at the beginning of April. She has been at the shelter for almost 4 months, way too long for someone in their golden years. She is the cutist little lap cat that is quite outgoing despite her age. There's still a lot of life left in this girl. She loves to purr and reward you for all your attention to her. Her hobbies include gazing out windows, cuddling with her people, and playing with toys. Her favorites are cat charmers, feather toys, and toy mice. Tempest has lived with other cats and dogs and while she is friendly enough, she tends to be bullied and would prefer a home where she is the only pet. But this girl will keep you plenty entertained and loved in return.
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.
Are you a designer label shopper? If so, you can now help MEOW even more. You can shop Fashion Projects' inventory of gently used designer label clothing. If you purchase an item that was donated by a MEOW supporter 55% of the purchase price is donated to MEOW. If you have designer labeled clothing, shoes, handbags, etc. that are gently used but are no longer on your "must have" list, you may donate them to Fashion Project and list MEOW as the charity you'd like to help. Either way, MEOW benefits. To find out more about Fashion Project, here's the link.
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 146 households linked to MEOW so far. Our most recent quarterly check was $596! 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.
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.
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
We have been hosting our continual food drive for over three 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.