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MEOW Cat Rescue
Special Thanksgiving Week Hours

Monday Nov 20 -- 3 pm to 7 pm

Tuesday Nov 21 -- Closed

Wednesday Nov 22nd -- 1 pm to 4 pm

Thanksgiving Nov 23rd - Closed

Friday Nov 24th -- 12 pm to 7 pm

Sat & Sun Nov 25 & 26 -- 12 pm to 5 pm

We continue to welcome several kittens each week into the shelter.  If you are interested in adopting kittens, please read our adoption policies, especially as they pertain to kittens.

We also have quite a few amazing adult cats, if your household is more suited to having a more mature feline.


Holiday Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale

Saturday Dec 2nd, from 10 am to 4 pm

308 4th Ave S, Kirkland

Shop for a Cause!

There will be beautiful handcrafted items and delicious baked goods for sale, generously donated by our volunteers and supporters. There will also be MEOW logo merchandise available and fun raffle drawings. Come on by, do some holiday shopping and then head over to the shelter (anytime between 12 pm and 5 pm) to enjoy refreshments and conversation with volunteers, adopters, and MEOW feline residents. Your donation of pet food will help support our Animeals Food Drive for families in need, distributed by Hopelink. 

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Photos with Santa

Commemorate this holiday season and support the animals of MEOW with a picture of your pet, your children, (and you?) with Santa. For a $15 donation you will receive a printed photo on site and access to online digital images. For the safety of everyone, please make sure your pet is restrained (either on a leash or in a carrier). We will be accepting pet food donations for the shelter and our Animeals Food Drive which benefits the pets of families in need via Hopelink.

Date Time Location
11/25 12-3 Uptown Mud Bay
11/26 12-3 Canyon Park Mud Bay
12/2 11-2 Issaquah Mud Bay
12/9 12-3 Redmond Mud Bay
12/10 12-3 Broadway & Pike Mud Bay
12/16 12-3 Urban Feed & Garden, Seattle
12/17 12-3 Overlake Mud Bay
12/23 12-3 Mercer Island Mud Bay


Our 2018 Calendars Have Arrived!
Order Yours Today!

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 using the "add to cart" button below, or call the shelter (425-822-6369), or pick up at the shelter. The calendars are $10 plus $2 for shipping if applicable.
 


Saving Lives -- Will You Help Us?
The Story Behind Our Summer Temporary Shelter Closure

all nine lives are precious. The phrase has always been a visible element of our logo. Its message is woven into our Mission Statement and engraved on the hearts of our volunteers and our supporters. The words are quiet and delicate as a kitten’s purr yet the commitment implied could not be stronger. all nine lives are precious.

MEOW has never turned away from the ones with special needs, nor the badly injured or severely ill. Admittedly, the cost of caring for them is higher, but the rewards are so very great, particularly for those animals and the people who will eventually love them for the rest of their lives.

Recently those five words have been put to the test when a litter of kittens came to us with panleukopenia. This virus, also known as distemper, is dreaded by veterinarians and shelters and everywhere. In fact, many shelters, when faced with the potential spread of the deadly virus and the cost of care, will euthanize their entire populations. 

At MEOW, we leaned into our philosophy. We began a self-imposed quarantine of the shelter.  We delivered the affected kittens to a 24-hour emergency hospital for intensive supportive care. Two kittens passed away very quickly. Three kittens with clinical disease hovered on the edge for several days while the doctors pulled out all the stops. Three others who had been exposed had us holding our breath, waiting for the next shoe to drop. It didn’t happen!  They have remained negative. Now, in the aftermath, all six of the kittens continue to be hospitalized but require a lower level of care. We anticipate their release around month end.

When we open the shelter on Saturday, August 26th, every cage, dish and piece of bedding, every container and receptacle, every nook and cranny, every surface will have been meticulously scrubbed. The cost of care throughout this ordeal has been astronomical, yet we never considered doing any less. This is what we do, what we have always done. Each and every animal is worthy of our commitment and the very best care available. Our Mercy Fund was established for this type of intensive care - expensive care. We’re so grateful to you, our MEOW friends and family who come to the aid of the animals when they most need you. We thank you for supporting the Mercy Fund and those lifesaving words we live by…all nine lives are precious.

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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.

Browse the list of low cost clinics in the area. There is sure to be one near you.

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 spayneuter@meowcatrescue.org.

Top 3 Reasons to Spay and Neuter

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Upcoming Events

-Sun Nov 19th-
Celebrating the Vintages of MEOW Canine-
Wine Tasting
Northwest Cellars in Kirkland
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-Sat Dec 2nd-
MEOW's Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale
308 4th St S, Kirkland
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Photos with Santa
various dates
various locations
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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.


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!


Michael's Happy Ending

We are so thrilled to report that Michael is now in a foster to adopt home, where he's adjusting to life as a normal, healthy cat. He still has some residual nerve damage but is doing very well. Thank you to everyone who came to Michael's rescue!



 

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.

Print Color on Back of Card


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.

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iGive.com

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!

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Read Our Holiday Newsletter

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.

Read Other Past Newsletters

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MEOW Cat Rescue License Plate Frames

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.