MEOW is excited to once again be a partner in Seattle Foundation’s annual giveBIG campaign; the largest one day online giving campaign, benefitting King County non-profits. Last year you, our generous supporters, raised over $32,000 for MEOW– in just one day!
New this year – Dollars for Change; a donor-driven effort that will award more than $350,000 to participating King County nonprofits. Using a computer-generated selection process, donors will be chosen to have their contribution to an organization generously boosted with a $2,500 award. These Dollars for Change awards will be made to King County-based organizations across Seattle Foundation's Healthy Community framework and across budget size. Dollars for Change will benefit nonprofits of all sizes, but will place a greater emphasis on small- and mid-sized organizations. This structure aims to bring greater equity in the distribution of additional dollars. Dollars for Change is an amazing opportunity for nonprofits to receive additional funds that contribute to the important work that you do!
BE AN EVENT SPONSOR
With a $500 donation (or more) during giveBIG, you will be a sponsor of and guest at upcoming auction fundraiser, Fine Wines & Felines - The Great Gatsby: Celebrating the Roaring Twenties on June 17th! Each $500 sponsor will receive two reserved seating admissions to the event. Sponsors at the $750 level and above will receive four reserved seating admissions.
A generous MEOW supporter has pledged to cover the credit card processing fees on each donation up to a total of $1,000. This means 100% of your donation will benefit the animals of MEOW. You can make this match go even farther by opting to cover the credit card fees yourself when you donate.
Busy on May 10th? No problem. You can giveEARLY beginning Thursday April 27th. All donations between April 27th and May 10th will be eligible for Dollars for Change selection.
Thank you so much, from Plum and her kittens, and all of the animals at MEOW who will get that second chance, thanks to your donation!
Fine Wines & Felines 2017
The Great Catsby: Celebrating the Roaring Twenties
Saturday June 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm
HUB Ballroom on UW Campus
Each year we get together and have a roaring good time while raising critical funds to help the animals. We'd love to have you join us this year. Invitations will be mailed and online registration will be available in early May.
In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we asked our adopters and supporters to share a memory or happy ending from MEOW's first twenty years. We are so honored to have played a part in these wonderful stories. Read Them Here
If you'd like to share your MEOW memory and photo, email us. We'd love to hear from you.
Donate $20 to Celebrate Twenty Years -- your gift saves lives.
Introducing Storm & Tanner - MEOW's COW Pair
(Cat of the Week)
When we celebrated Elderly Man Day in the shelter last year, a lot of our team members were surprised to learn that the citizens of Kiribati spend a day each year honoring older gents and thanking them for their love and care; but, after meeting Tanner and Storm, none of us are surprised any longer.
When you spend time with this twelve-and-fourteen year old duo, you can’t help but fall in love: they are calm and gentle, emanate love and understanding, and remind us that the hardships we endure don’t necessarily define us. Case and point? You would never guess that Tanner and Storm came to MEOW after being seized by Animal Control authorities, and that’s just how they want it. If their eyes could talk, we could imagine them advising us that we should cherish the time we have together in the present, and capitalize on opportunities for love and connection; and, when these boys climb into your lap—relaxed and purring—you’ll count your blessings...and undoubtedly join the Kiribati people in their reverence for Tanner, Storm, and their kind.
Tanner and Store are both in great physical shape, though none of us get to be seniors without a bit of wear. Going forward, Tanner will need to have his thyroid monitored, and Storm will need to have his kidneys monitored.
Update on Wescott: Our handsome and loving Westcott, COW for last week is still waiting patiently for his forever family to find him. We hope they come soon. He so deserves the good life!
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 this summer. Please read our adoption policies with respect to kittens. 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.
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 inBothell, 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.
2-14-17 Update: Michael is the purrfect valentine. He is still recovering in his foster home and winning hearts everyday. He is still challenged with nerve damage/pain in his left hind leg and foot. We continue to work with our veterinarian partners to figure out the best course of action for this sweet boy. He has found a best buddy in another foster kitty and they enjoy wrestling and games of chase.
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 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.
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.