Spring May Not Be Coming Early This Year - But Something Is Our 10th Annual Fine Wines & Felines Auction Fundraiser
Save the Date -- Satuday June 20th --
HUB Ballroom on UW Campus (Put it on your calendar today and check back in the next few months for details)
Don't worry about inclement weather. We just secured two stretch golf carts (yes, covered) for the evening for shuttling guests from the parking lot to the venue.
Low Cost Spay or Neuter Surgeries Are Still Available
Do you have a cat or dog who hasn't yet been altered? 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 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 Neutere
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.
New Year's Resolution -- Find Love
2-28-15 Update: Earlier this week, Susie found her love match in a MEOW shelter volunteer. So, Tempest is the only one of the six that hasn't yet fulfilled her new year's resolution. She knows she is worthy of love, and is waiting patiently. But how long should she have to wait? If you know someone looking for that special someone to share the beginning of spring and beyond, please mention Tempest to them.
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.
Blanca-FOUND HER FOREVER HOME!
She's been at the shelter since April 2014, more than 8 months. She is almost 14 years old and lived most of her life with a wonderful woman. But, her Mom passed away unexpectedly. Although she is still active and doesn't act her age, it really isn't right for her to spend any more of her golden years at the shelter. She is a very good listener and enjoys quiet time, but also still loves to play. She is truly a beautiful cat inside and out.
Holly & Nicholas--Home in time for the Big Game (ADOPTED)!
Holly and her brother Nicholas, who are 8 years old, have been at the shelter for just about 6 months. They were relinquished back to MEOW when their guardian moved and could no longer keep them. Alhtough Holly may take a little time to warm up to new people, she enjoys being petted and playing once she does. Nicholas is the more outgoing of the two and is quite the lover. He is quite playful as well. Holly was described by her previous owner as an affectionate, quite, and gentle girl.They must be adopted together as they are bonded and rely on one another. But they say great things come in pairs, and Holly and Nicholas are no exception. Holly and Nicholas would love a home without other animals or small children so they can get all the attention. They are great kitties with lots of love to give.
Susie--Found Love with a MEOW Volunteer (ADOPTED)!
Susie is coming up on her 7th birthday in February. She has spent the last 5 months of her life at the shelter. She loves to be petted and will purr and head butt you when you do. She enjoys playing with wand toys and toy mice as well. She has gotten along with a small dog in her previous home after a slow introduction. Susie would prefer to be the only cat, however. A home without small children would also be best as loud noises and rambunctious behavior frighten her.
Thor is the young kid on the block. He'll be celebrating his second birthday at the end of January. He has spent almost 4 months of that precious first year with us at the shelter (and we can't understand why). Thor is very active and curious, not to mention playful! He enjoys interacting with his people and warms up to strangers quickly. He is not a fan of other cats and we are unsure about dogs, but he would do fine as an only pet. A home without small children would be best since he is so playful, but older children would be fine. He is a great young kitty that will make a wonderful loving companion for years to come.
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.
We're sticking close to home these days. We're still recovering from our adventure with the pop up Seattle Meowtroplitan Cat Cafe over Valentine's Day weekend. Our volunteers had fun, several of our cats were able to hang out with folks drinking coffee and best of all, the folks drinking their coffee, got to hang with our cats. Watch the Video. Learn More about the Seattle Meowtropolitan Cat Cafe.
Our 2015 Calendars - Don't Miss Out! Get Yours Today -- They Make Great Gifts Too
Each year we create a wonderful calendar featuring several of our MEOW happy endings. We love to share these stories with you as it is a reminder, all year long, of the difference we are making in these animals' lives and in the lives of those who adopt.
Each calendar is $10 (plus $2 if you'd like us to mail it to you). You may order it on-line through the link below, stop by the shelter, or call the shelter at 425-822-6369.
SHOPPING THAT SHARES -
Fashion Project -- NEW
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 46 households linked to MEOW so far. Our first quarterly check was $540! 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's Spay/Neuter Voucher Program Continues to be Part of the Solution--Expanded to Include Dogs Too!
Thanks to the Handsel Foundation we continue to offer vouchers for free spay or neuter surgeries for feral or free roaming cats; for cats belonging to anyone needing financial assistance; and cats who qualify for our Moms & Toms program. As a result of our most recent grant award, we are now able to offer vouchers for free spay or neuter surgeries for dogs as well. 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.
Spay/neuter grant funds from the WA Federation of Animal Control and Care Agencies are generated from the sale of "We Love Our Pets" license plates. Your purchase of a special plate will fund spay/neuter surgeries and help end pet homelessness in our community.
Many people who decide to adopt a new feline think they should start with a "clean slate" by choosing a kitten. Many people like the idea of watching their pet grow. What most people don't realize, however, is that caring for a kitten is a lot like caring for a baby. Young kittens need almost constant supervision. You must kitten-proof your home from common household dangers - electrical and computer cords, knickknacks, household cleaners, drawers, window screens, toilet bowls, your feet, and other pets can place a kitten's safety at risk. Young children move quickly and like to hug pets. Kids can accidentally hurt a small kitten, which might bite or scratch if it's frightened.
On the other hand, the right adult cat is more likely to tolerate children and less likely to be injured. Senior citizens are often unprepared for a kitten's energy level and would actually get more enjoyment from the company of a calm adult or senior cat. Kittens are often underfoot and can cause even a sure-footed young person to trip or stumble, injuring both kitty and friend. Kittens have endless energy. Expect your kitten to spend its nights scaling your drapes and running up and down your stairs and across your countertops. Rarely will a young kitten sleep at the foot of your bed. Furthermore, kittens grow quickly, becoming nearly full size by six months of age but often continuing kitten behaviors for much longer.
An adult cat, however, is generally much calmer and less likely to get into trouble. And, because an adult cat is fully developed, you know what you're getting in terms of size, appearance and personality. For example, you can tell whether or not it is the type to sit on your lap. Depending on your own age and lifestyle, you may be happier with an adult cat in your family. If you have a quiet lifestyle, work outside the home, or have children under the age of six, give serious thought to adopting an adult cat or two.
The best part about adopting an adult or senior cat? You're literally saving a life. Because most people want to adopt kittens, a cat's chances for adoption decrease with age. Most of these cats make wonderful pets when someone gives them a chance. MEOW is a no-kill shelter. The cats here will remain here, or in foster care, until they are adopted. Although their odds are improving, many older cats brought into shelters are euthanized. By adopting an adult cat from any shelter, you are helping to make room for another, who might otherwise be put to death.
Finally, at MEOW, we will not place a single kitten in a catless home or a home with only older cats. Kittens need a playful buddy, somebody to wrestle with, to bite and scratch, somebody to chase from one end of the room to the other, somebody to curl up with for a nap. Certainly, they enjoy human companionship, love to play with you, and will learn that a human lap is one of the best possible places to nap. But if they don't have a kitten buddy to wrestle with and to learn from, they may decide the human in their life is suitable for these rough activities as well. Once this inappropriate play behavior begins, it's difficult to break. If you do feel that kittens are the best choice for you, please be prepared for all that this will bring to your home, the good and the bad. If a pair of kittens is out of the question and you really want only one pet, do the right thing for everyone - adopt an adult cat.
MEOW EARNS 2014 TOP-RATED AWARD FROM GREAT NONPROFITS
We have been honored with one of the first Top-Rated Awards of 2014 from GreatNonprofits! We appreciate all of your reviews!
Thank you to everyone who took a moment to submit a review.
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.