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PO Box 144
Mercer Island, WA  98040-0144

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Help Journey Run Again

Meet Journey. This 6-month-old Shiba Inu/Jundo mix is a sweet, energetic little pup. But her friendly personality is a surprise considering the rough start she had in life. Journey was born in South Korea. On New Year's Eve, someone set fire to Journey and her litter mates. She was the only puppy to survive. Journey suffered serious injuries to her front paws - her left paw is almost entirely gone, making it difficult for her to get around. A woman in New York heard about what happened to Journey and knew she had to get the puppy to the U.S. to get help. So she contacted MEOW's Canine Division to see if they could help. She then flew to South Korea, picked up Journey and brought her to Seattle on April 27. Journey's foster mom says "Journey's spirit is not broken, despite the horror she lived thorugh. When I bent down to say hello, she looked at me, softly licked my face and began wagging her tail. There was so much softness and trust in her eyes - despite the ordeal that she's been through."

Because of her injuries, Journey has trouble walking; usually hopping around like a kangaroo on her back paws. Journey is currently wearing padded boots to protect her feet. However, Journey will need to be fitted with custom socks, boots and braces for her feet so she can live a 'normal' and comfortable life in the future.The process isn't easy and is expensive. Castings will be made of her front legs and paws so the special braces will fit right. That will cost nearly $2,000. Once Journey is fitted with the new braces, she'll have to learn to walk, run and play again. Then she will be available for adoption.

"Remember ... it's not the destination, it's the Journey!"


A Crazy but Wonderful Start to 2015
MEOW Reaches Out Across Oceans to Save Lives

Just before the end of the year we received a plea for help from a shelter in Ulsan, South Korea that had lost its funding and was being forced to relocate their animals and shut down. Those animals not relocated would have to be euthanized. The shelter team was working day and night to find facilities that would take the over 400 dogs they were housing; reaching out to rescue groups around the world. They had contacted us before, when they needed to find a safe place for Peach. Could we help again? Would we help again? You bet.

We quickly started raising necessary funds for transport and medical expenses. We'd take as many dogs as we could, based on the funds raised. In the last three weeks, donations have exceeded our wildest dreams and we are currently on track to be able to save 14 dogs. Five dogs have now arrived in Seattle, had their health examination and have already found their forever homes. Six more have now arrived and three more are scheduled to fly later this month. We are working on getting transportation secured for at least 3 more.

Update 1/31/15

As a result of so many people's generosity, we have been able to rescue 18 dogs, 6 more than we originally planned back when this whole thing started last December! We are thrilled that 17 of them have already arrived safely and the last pup is scheduled to come soon. Several of these dogs have already been adopted and are adjusting to family life stateside. A few more of the dogs will be ready for adoption just as soon as they have recovered from their alter surgeries. This wondeful story is not quite over yet. A few of the dogs arrived with some medical issues which will need to be addressed before they can find their forever homes. We are still accepting donations on behalf of these wonderful animals to help us with those medical expenses. If you can help, we’d certainly appreciate it.

Update 1/13/15

As of today, 11 dogs have landed with us and 5 of them have already found their forevever homes. 3 more are currently in the final stages of the adoption process. Three more dogs are scheduled to arrive in the next week. And, we have committed to taking 3 more dogs (thanks to continued donation support). That makes 17 saved!!!

Although this is a big undertaking for our small canine unit, we are committed to helping as many of the dogs as we can. The shelter team in Ulsan is working tirelessly, without pay, to find a safe place for as many of the dogs as they possibly can. Given their dedication and their passion to save these animals, we are excited to be able to be part of the solution. Once the dogs have arrived, had their health examinations and any necessary medical treatments, they will be available for adoption.

If you'd like to make a donation to help us provide needed medical attention for the dogs, please use the link below.


We are so grateful to the many who have donated so far. Your generosity has allowed us to answer the plea and save lives.

It is truly turning out to be a Happy New Year for so many!

2014 -- Looking Back on An Amazing Year
The Highlight? 23 Rescued Shar Pei

During 2014, with the help of a host of amazing dedicated volunteers, we were able to convince an unresponsible breeder to relinquish the 23 Shar Pei he had been housing in horrible conditions on his property. In addition to ingrown toenails and bleeding foot pads, many had skin issues common to the breed, yeast infection burning their ears, and many needed entropian surgery to correct eyelashes painfully scratching their eyes with every blink. In addition, all of them were intact and needed spay/neuter surgeries.

It took several months to understand just how bad things were, to convince the breeder that the animals deserved a better life, and then to make it happen. Volunteers dedicated many many hours to transport, bathe, feed and foster these animals as they transitioned into adoptability. Now, with all of the dogs happily in their forever homes, we can take a moment to reflect on just how amazing it was that everything and everyone came together at the right time in order to save these wonderful dogs.




Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen.

Read the entire wonderful story on page 3 of our newsletter.

More about the Dog Show Directions

At MEOW We Celebrate Seniors All Year Long

Meet Scribbles & Spanky

Sometimes life just isn't fair. That's what we're trying to teach Scribbles. But, it's hard for him to understand how his family could abandon him after 8 wonderful years. He clearly misses his family. But, each day gets better for him, and we know that someone will give this wonderful old man a forever home he can count on. He does fine with other dogs and is good on car rides. His vision is not the best but he doesn't complain ever....
If you have a quiet home, a place for a senior to relish his golden years, Scribbles will be forever in your debt. If you'd like to meet this mature yet spunky guy please email dogs@meowcatrescue.org and request an adoption application.


Spanky is an amazing gentleman who came into rescue due to family difficulties. He is a well behaved and active 12 year old neutered male  with impeccable house manners. Spanky is a standard Xoloitzcuintli who weighs about 35 pounds and maintains his health and vigor due to daily exercise. He is a calm and snuggly dog at home but truly lives for and loves a good run, it is what keeps him so young at heart.

Spanky's dream home would be a calm household with humans willing to give him lots of attention and love and are willing to take him on adventures so he can keep up with his physical health. He truly loves just hanging out and spending time with his family. If you'd like to meet this furless, friendly gentlemen please email dogs@meowcatrescue.org and request an adoption application.

The Benefits of Adopting a Senior Pet

“Think of a pet that is already trained and doesn’t chew or scratch everything in sight — a pet who will love you unconditionally,” said Kim Saunders, Petfinder.com’s Vice President of Shelter Outreach and Public Relations. “That’s what you get when you adopt a senior pet.”

Some people worry that a senior pet comes with problems, but according to Hazel Blumberg-McKee of Tallahassee, FL, there are no disadvantages. “In most cases they’ve had a home and they want one again.” She adopted eight-and-a-half-year old Sadie, and has never regretted it. “An older animal is easier to deal with. And Sadie is still playful. She plays fetch and gallops all over the place.”

At MEOW, we have several loving, healthy senior pets like Sadie, looking for that one special home to cherish them for the rest of their life, and they don’t ask for much: just a warm place to sleep, good meals and plenty of love.


Canine Connection
An E-News Update

Stay up to date on what's happening with the Canine Division at MEOW Cat Rescue. Every few months we are creating the Canine Connection, an e-news update sent to your email inbox.

Read the April 2014 Canine Connection

Read the January 2014 Canine Connection

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Consider Adoption—Purebred or Mutt?

There are many dogs waiting for homes in shelters all across the country—and an estimated one in four is a purebred! MEOW Canine Division serves as breed rescue for Chinese Shar Pei for all of Washington, Oregon & Idaho. We also rescue Great Danes, hairless breeds and all other dogs as space permits.

Adoption Guidelines at MEOW Canine

  • Foster Homes: All dogs are in foster homes - NOT AT THE SHELTER. While they are in their foster homes we work with the dogs  so we can learn about their nature. They will be placed into adoptive homes that fit their needs. To learn about a specific dog, please carefully read the information posted. - PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE MEOW Cat Rescue Shelter number.
  • Application Process: The first step is to fill out an adoption application. Once you have filled it out, it will be reviewed by an adoption counselor. Once you have passed this step in the process, you may make an appointment with the foster parent to meet the dog and have a home visit.
  • Indoor vs. Outdoor: MEOW Canine places dogs and puppies in INDOOR ONLY homes.  We take seriously our commitment to ensure that the animal is never in harm’s way.  Dogs are social animals and need attention and social activity.
  • Home Visits: Before an adoption, a representative of MEOW Canine will visit your home to help with logistics and share advice on how to have the best relationship with your new dog.
  • Ready for Adoption:
    • Vaccinations given
    • Worm and flea treatment given
    • Spayed or neutered
    • Microchipped
    • Veterinary exam completed
    • Medical and/or behavioral issues, if any, have been addressed.
    • Includes coupon for free exam by your own King County veterinarian.
  • Lifetime Commitment: It works both ways. We trust you to make a lifetime commitment to your new pet, but we have also made a promise to safeguard each and every MEOW Canine rescue dog. If at any time, one of our dogs cannot remain in their adoptive home, we will gladly accept them back.
  • Adoption Fees: Adoption fees help defray the cost of care for the animals and may vary based on the individual animal.

How Can You Help the Dogs?

  • Volunteers are the lifeblood of non-profit organizations. Spend a few hours each week or month helping to make life better for dogs and puppies in need of a forever home.
  • Foster Homes provide temporary care. Foster dogs need love and attention, handling and a safe environment that will allow for initial meetings followed by integration into the household. Necessary medical care is paid for by MEOW Canine Division. Items supplied by fosters are fully tax deductible.
  • Transporters provide safe passage for dogs from local shelters and from shelters in high risk rural areas of WA, OR & ID, as well as getting dogs to vet appointments and making supply pickups. Cost of fuel and mileage is tax deductible. Fuel cost may be reimbursable by prior arrangement.
  • Events to support MEOW Canines are very important.  Volunteers are needed to set up and tear down, to speak with the public and to handle dogs.
  • Donations are tax deductible.  You may mail your contribution to MEOW Canine Division, PO Box 144, Mercer Island, WA  98040-0144 or donate on line (link to paypal with subject populate “Canine Division”).

Rescue by the Numbers

  • Just 15 years ago, 17 million homeless, abused and abandoned cats and dogs were being put to death in shelters across the United States.  Today that number has been reduced to 6 to 8  million.  We must do better. (Source HSUS.org)
  • Approximately 1 million puppies are produced through the puppy mill system in the United States each year. When you buy a puppy from a pet store, you support puppy mills' mass breeding and inhumane practices. (Source ASPCA.org)
  • There are approximately 77.5 million owned dogs in the United States. 39% of U.S. households own at least one dog and 19% of owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter.