We recently welcomed 16 new arrivals to the shelter and they are ready to stroll into your home, your life and your heart. If you are searching for a specific type of kitten (solid black, tabby, tuxedo, siamese mix, etc.), you may want to call the shelter before coming to visit. Please read our adoption policies especially with respect to adopting kittens in pairs, and age of household members.Our policy is to adopt kittens in pairs if you have no other young cats in your household (please read our resource article on Single Kitten Syndrome).
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.
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
8-5-16 Update: Michael's foster Mom reports that, "He is doing great! He is using his litter "pan" regularly and walking to and from the pan very well. We have PT 3 times a day where he walks from his playpen to his bed and back again (so far that is his only motivator for walking so we're working with it!) Otherwise, he just wants to curl up and get cheek and chin scritches!!
We are continuing to look for other ways to motivate him to exercise more. We have a checkup next week to see how he is progressing with his healing....
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.
8-2-16 Update: Michael's hospital stay is over. He has been released into one of our amazing foster homes where he will be on cage rest for 12 weeks. He'll get plenty of physical therapy to get his mobility and strength back. And, he'll get plenty of love. Thank you to everyone who cared about him and cared for him. If you'd still like to help, we'd be so appreciative. Please see below about how to donate.
7-30-16 Update: It was reassuring to see Michael without all the IV apparatus. He was sleepy from the good pain meds, but he purred when he received simultaneous head and chin rubs (who wouldn’t?). Then his front paws did a slow air dance for a few moments before he drifted off again.
The blood transfusion was not necessary as his PCV is slowly beginning to rise. Next step: additional radiographs to see whether he will need surgery on the left SI subluxation, but Dr. McKiernan is weighing the risk/reward and is hoping to hold off. Please keep the good thoughts coming.
Thank you to everyone who has stepped in to help Michael. We are so grateful for our wonderful donors and to the docs and staff at Animal Emergeny Services for doing what it takes to give Michael the second chance he deserves.
7-28-16 Update: Michaeal came through his surgery with flying colors. He now has 5 screws in his pelvis (and is neutered). He is currently dangerously anemic, most likely due to the internal blood loss caused by the injuries. There is still some blood in his urine but it has improved, which means his injured bladder is healing. If by later this morning his PCV is not rising, he will need a transfusion. Blood is on hold already. There is still a possibility that his left leg wil need to be amputated due to a secondary injury, but we're hoping that won't be the case.
When he received visitors last night, he happily accepted chin rubs. In fact, he wasn't ready for them to end. When the scratching stopped he gently reached out and put his paw on the hand as if to say, "Don't go just yet", I've had a rough day and need a bit more love".
We are so fortunate to be able to help Michael. Thank you to everyone who has donated to make this happen. If you haven't donated yet and would like to, we are still accepting donations for his care as we haven't yet hit our goal of the veterinarian's estimate of the total cost to get him back to health and ready for his forever home.
7/25/16 Upate: Michael is resting comfortably at the hospital. They are still evaluating his injuries and at this point he is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday. We appreciate all of the support, good vibes, prayers, and happy thoughts that are coming his way.
7/26/16 Update: We learned today that Michael's condition and surgery tomorrow are very complicated. His pelvis may need to be repaired with not one, but two surgeries. He has a secondary injury to his left leg that may present issues in the future, but it is still too early to tell. He has some blood in his urine still, but the veterinarian believes this is part of the bladder healing process. With this update, we were given a new estimate on the cost of his surgery and care. It has been increased to $4000. We are so grateful to and in awe of our very generous supporters who have donated over $2,500 ao far to help Michael. Thank you for your donations and please send powerful healing vibes to this sweet boy. He's going to need everyone rooting for him.
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.
Molly & Mouse (M&Ms - Simply Delicious, Delightful and Available)--ADOPTED!!
We are thrilled that Molly and Mouse have found their new family and know that very soon they'll be enjoying pets, treats, tummy rubs and play time.
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. 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 - Re-enroll by June 30th in order to continue supporting MEOW!
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.