The Stretch Pool has reached $1 million! Appreciative purrs and head butts go out to the giveBIG Sponsors. Donations up to $2,500 are elgible for the stretch pool matching.
Next Tuesday, May 3rd is your opportunity to participate in giveBIG, a 24 hour on-line fundraising event to support the charities in our region. The day will be filled with golden ticket winners, stretch pool updates and a lot of generous giving. Learn More.
New this year, you may make your donation in advance and then not have to worry if your day gets busy. Your donation will be processed on May 3rd and will be eligible for the stretch pool match. giveBIG is a critical fundraiser for MEOW, raising much needed dollars to support the animals of MEOW.
This year we have an anonymous donor who has agreed to cover the processing fees incurred for total donations up to last year's funds raised of $27,862. This means 100% of your giveBIG donation will benefit the animals! Thank you in advance for your support. Here’s the link.
If you'd like to direct your donation to our canine division, please write "For the dogs" in the comments section.
With a $500 donation (or more) during giveBIG, you will be a sponsor of our upcoming auction fundraiser and have your name entered into a drawing for a limousine ride (for up to 8) to and from the event on June 18th! Each $500 sponsor will receive two admissions to the event. Sponsors at the $750 level will receive four admissions with RESERVED seating. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
Saturday April 30th
10 am - 1 pm
Offsite Adoptions & Grand Opening Celebration at EVA Newcastle Learn More
Saturday May 7th
10am - 3pm
Pet Fair in Redmond Learn More
Saturday May 14th
11am - 3pm
Offsite Adoptions in Seattle Learn More
Mark Your Calendar & Save the Date
MEOW's 11th Annual Auction Fundraiser
FINE WINES & FELINES 2016 --
Saturday June 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm
HUB Ballroom on the UW Campus (4001 E. Stevens Way NE, Seattle, 98195)
Invitations will be mailed and on-line registration will open in early May.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Molly & Mouse (M&Ms - Simply Delicious, Delightful and Available)
Molly and her brother Mouse are looking for a new family, with humans that will understand that not all cats have “in-your-face” personalities, and will appreciate a quieter approach to love and affection. These two Maine Coon mixes originally came to MEOW in 2006 after being rescued as stray kittens. Their original adopters loved them greatly for ten years, but because the owners had to move overseas Mouse and Molly have found their way back to MEOW. After settling in to their suite, they are now ready for new loves and new laps.
The previous owners described Molly as a kitty who loves to snuggle and will sit on your lap while you watch TV. Molly’s favorite toys are balls and catnip pillows! Mouse is a bit shyer than Molly and looks to her for comfort when he’s nervous. Winning Molly’s heart is a great way to get Mouse to come around as well. Both Mouse and Molly are low-valiance cats, meaning that they’ll take a while to warm up to new things. However, they’re both very affection cats once they’re used to you.
If you think these two strikingly good looking kitties are the perfect match for you, please come visit them at the shelter. Although they might not show it immediately, they will be ever so grateful that you came into their lives and gave them the second chance they deserve.
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 - $5! 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 $5 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.
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 - We have 165 households linked to MEOW so far. Our most recent quarterly check was $536! 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
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.