2017 -- Celebrating 20 Years of Rescue and Over 20,000 Precious Lives Saved
Rutherford Needs Surgery
At MEOW, our day to day is never routine. Each time we open the shelter or answer the phone, we prepare ourselves to respond to someone in need. Enter Rutherford, a sweet boy who appeared at a feral feeding station. He is anything but feral and has already charmed shelter staff and volunteers alike. Upon initial introductions, we noticed he had, what looked to be a significant eye injury and some type of trauma to his tail, but we weren't prepared for what the veterinarian would tell us. Rutherford has buckshot shrapnel embedded in several areas of his body. The shrapnel is most likely the culprit in his injured tail as some of it is located in his vertebral canal.
This sweet boy will need surgery to remove his eye and most likely part of his tail in order to eliminate his pain. He so deserves to be pain-free, so our Mercy Fund will provide the necessary funds to make sure he gets the care he needs.
We have met a couple of other kitties recently who will most likely need surgery as well. If you are able to start 2017 off with a bang (that is, by making a donation to our Mercy Fund), we know that Rutherford and his friends would be ever so grateful.
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Kitten Season is Over
Although there may be a few new arrivals in the shelter over the next several weeks, we won't have very many kittens available for adoption until early next summer. We do have several great adult cats looking for that purrfect home. Could it be yours??
2017 20th Anniversary Edition Calendars--The Purrfect Gift! Yours for $10
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.
Photos with Santa
Santa has headed back to the North Pole and his other duties. We had such fun with him, and he enjoyed meeting the kitties, pups, and other critters this year. Thanks to Santa, his elves, Mud Bay, Urban Garden & Feed, Salish Veterinary Hospital, and Tera Apartments, we were able to raise almost $6,000 for the animals of MEOW!
Meet Sweet Pea -- Still Waiting but Keeping Her Spirits High
Sweet Pea was near death when she arrived at MEOW almost two years ago, weighing barely 5 pounds, covered in urine, and clearly in pain. We rushed her to one of our veterinary partners, who determined that Sweet Pea had pyometra (an infected uterus) that had probably been present since she birthed a litter months before. Also, because of a spinal injury (she most likely had been hit by a car in her past), she was incontinent. Her infection was treated, and she was spayed. Since her recovery, she has become our beloved office cat. While we all adore her and she entertains us daily, we would love for her to have her very own home.
Now, the only outward indication of her dire injuries are a tail that hangs low and off to the left, and an adorably crooked smile. She has doubled her weight, and is full of energy. She runs and leaps to great heights to catch her favorite toy, DaBird. She is also a big fan of Bonito flake treats- actually, any treats! She loves people and other cats, and is great with children. She did well with dogs in her previous home. She is social and talkative, and very, very smart. We're pretty sure if she was human she'd be a comedian, perhaps a physical comic like Lucille Ball. She cracks us up every day!
As a result of the injuries she sustained, Sweet Pea is both urinary and fecal incontinent. She will need to have her bladder expressed 2-3 times each day; but she is cooperative and easy to handle. After each bladder expression she runs off to do something silly, letting you know how happy you've made her. She does not “use” a litterbox per say, but she “drops” small fecal balls in her bedding or on the floor a couple times a day (which can be picked up easily with a tissue.) We are looking for an adoptive or long-term foster home that isn’t overwhelmed by these special needs. We are happy to teach someone how to express her bladder. Sweet Pea is currently on a canned prescription diet and supplement in her food to support her bladder health, and it is recommended she receive semi-regular urinalysis checks. Although she doesn’t have the litter box habits that most cats have, she doesn't make a mess and would be quite easy to accommodate in a home with people who are willing to take on a little extra work and have a heart and understanding for cats with special needs.
Sweet Pea has a guardian angel! Because Miss Pea faces a pretty big hurdle in finding her forever home, a generous MEOW donor pre-paid her adoption fee in hopes that this would be one less hurdle to Sweet Pea getting her well deserved happy ending. Sweet Pea is currently keeping our staff and volunteers entertained as she resides in our office area. Please stop by to say hello and request an audience with Miss Sweet Pea. She would love a good play session with Da Bird and any kind of treats you might have to offer her!
Helping MEOW Help Michael--
$4,020 Raised! Thank you for donating!!
On Friday, July 22nd, downtown Bothell suffered a devastating fire. That very same day, also in Bothell, this young unneutered male was hit by a car. Because his owner has not been found, because he has a badly fractured pelvis and other injuries, because he needs us, MEOW Cat Rescue has accepted responsibility for his care. Now called Michael, he is at Animal Emergency & Specialty in Kirkland, where he will have surgery by an orthopedic specialist. Please send good thoughts, happy vibes and prayers. We are accepting donations to help offset his pending veterinary expenses.
10-17-16 Update: Michael is healing nicely and is now in "strengthening" mode, which means he finally has permission to act like a cat. He still has several weeks to go before he gets the a-ok to find his forever home. His foster parents report that he is just the sweetest cat. Thank you again to everyone who donated to get Michael the emergency care he needed.
8-13-16 Update: Thank you to everyone who donated so that Michael could get the surgery and care he so desperately needed. He had his first follow up vet visit on Thursday. His progress is great. He's walking and he's very alert , talkative and wanting to walk out of his cage now. His knees bow out when he walks but they say that will diminish as all of the fractures in his pelvic area heal--evidently there were many and there is nothing that can be done but wait for them to fuse together and heal over time. We were given the ok to increase his PT time. His foster Mom reports that he is very food motivated---she can get him to walk anywhere if she drops freeze dried chicken in front of him! In 5 weeks he will go back for X-rays to ensure all has healed properly. He is the sweetest boy ever! He is unphased by all of the resident cats peaking in at him, and loves hanging out in his comfy bed
If you would like to donate you can:
Use paypal to donate on line
All donations are completely tax deductible. Please indicate that your donation is for Michael's expenses.
Thank you all!
Send a check to MEOW at PO Box 58 Kirkland, WA 98083-0058
Come by the shelter during business hours and make a donation in person.
Low Cost Spay or Neuter Surgeries Are Available
Now is the perfect time to spay or neuter your pet, BEFORE they get pregnant. 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 and generous donors, 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.
Donations to help fund our public spay/neuter program.
If you'd like to make a donation which will help others do the right thing and help ease the burdens on shelters during kitten and puppy season, we'd love the support. Thank you for caring and sharing.
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.
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. On average this program results in a donation of more than $500 each quarter. Here's the direct link.
MEOW is now a participating shelter in Bissell's Partners for Pets. With Partners for Pets, when you purchase any pet product (at a retailer or on-line at bissell.com), a portion of your purchase will be donated to MEOW Cat Rescue through the BISSELL Pet Foundation. If you purchase on-line, enter the code ADOPT at check out and select MEOW Cat Rescue. If you purchase from a retailer, fill in the purchase information here.
Bissell believes in pet adoption and is committed to helping the animal welfare organizations that serve our nation’s homeless pets through the Partners for Pets program.
Fred Meyer -
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
MEOW Earns a Top Rated Award for 2016 from Great Nonprofits
We did it! You did it!
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.