My name is Tink. I am 10 years old and I've been at the shelter for almost a year now. Although they are very nice to me at the shelter and I have a private suite, I would really like to have a family of my own again. It's reported that I can be a bit of a prima dona around other cats. Well...I really just prefer to have my humans to myself and not share them with other 4 legged beings. I'm in pretty good shape for my age. Yes, I'm on some medications (it happens as we get older, right?), mostly to control my mild inflammatory bowel disease. But, the medication isn't expensive and I'm good about taking it. I'm very active, love to play with string toys. But mostly, I love to be with people who I know and trust. I'm a great lap warmer and I'll make sure you feel loved every day. What more could a human want? Please come visit me (and take me home).
Mark Your Calendars -- Upcoming MEOW Events
Seattle Pet Expo -- Seattle Center
MEOW Feline & Canine Divisions will be there
Everything for your pet and about your pet -- all in one place. And it's free!
Learn About Pet Care, Volunteerism, Grooming, Pet Behavior & Training, Traveling with your Pet, How YOU Can Make a Difference, Different Types of Pets/Breeds, Veterinarian FAQ, Fun Activities for You & Your Pet
So much to do, see, and learn:
Tons of Exhibitors
Fabulous Prize Giveaways & Fun for both the Two-Legged AND Four-Legged
Adopt! Dozens of Rescue Groups and a Mega-Adoption Event
Discounted Vaccinations, Microchipping and Heartworm & Flea Preventatives Free Nail Trims Agility Demonstrations Live Entertainment, Obedience Demonstrations, Author Readings/Book Signings
The Latest & Greatest Pet Products
Garage Sale -
Benefiting MEOW Dogs Fri - Sun, May 2nd - 4th 9 am - 5 pm
Location: 1503 128th PL NE, Bellevue
The sale will be held in the garage bay at Starbucks Towing in Bellevue. Rain or shine, you'll stay dry while you shop. Books, furniture, clothing, household items and much more. You name it, we probably have it. Stop by and say hi, do some bargain hunting, all to benefit the MEOW dogs.
If you have used items in good condition that you'd like to donate, please drop them off at the above address during business hours (M - F: 8am - 5pm, S-S: 9am - 3pm).
Make Your Donation Dollars Go Farther - And Be a Part of Something BIG
We are participating in The Seattle Foundation’s fourth annual GiveBIG on May 6th! Plan on supporting MEOW Cat Rescue as part of our community’s biggest day of on-line giving of the year! Last year we raised just over $15,000. We'd love to exceed that this year!
Sips for Snips -
Wine Tasting at Northwest Cellars Sunday June 22nd from 1 pm - 5 pm
Proceeds Benefit MEOW's Public Spay/Neuter Fund
Location: 11909 124th Avenue NE in Kirkland
Northwest Cellars in Kirkland will be hosting a wine tasting to benefit MEOW Cat Rescue's public spay/neuter fund on Sunday June 22nd from 1 to 5 pm. Five of their sumptuous wines will be available for tasting. The wine tasting fee is $10, if you register in advance, or $15 at the door. With each registration you will be donating $5 directely to MEOW.
You also have the opportunity to purchase two custom MEOW labeled wines: the 2010 Merlot ($18) and 2012 Chardonnay ($16). With each bottle purchased, you will be donating $5 directly to MEOW. Order now by going to www.northwestcellars.com, selecting the wine you’d like, and entering “MEOW” in the comment area as you check out.
Please stop by and have a sip or two, all to benefit MEOW’s public spay/neuter fund, which allows us to provide no cost spay/neuter surgery vouchers to pets of our community members who need help. Make sure you get your custom labeled wine; they make great gifts and your purchase makes a difference.
Fine Wines & Felines 2014 Saturday Aug 16 -- HUB Ballroom on UW Campus
Mark your calendar! You won’t want to miss this one. We’re bringing back many of our favorite elements of last year’s event along with some new and exciting changes. The newly remodeled HUB Ballroom on the UW Campus will be our locale for the evening. For your bidding pleasure there will be more than 200 items in our silent and live auctions. We’ll be hosting a buffet style dinner and offering wine, beer and a signature cocktail, as well. Have a good time with friends and get some great deals while supporting the cats and dogs whose health and happiness depends on all of us. Event sponsorships are still available to businesses and individuals from $250 to $1500. Email us at email@example.com.
More Details Coming Soon!
Featured Cats - Yahtzee & Frio
Special Needs -- More Importantly, Just Special
Yahtzee --ADOPTED! We are thrilled that Yahtzee has found her perfect forever home. Her new mom reports that she is settling in wonderfully and has even figured out how to get herself up on the bed at night. We wish both of them the very best lives together.
Yahtzee is a five year old tabby born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia, who came to us as a kitten from a shelter where she would not have had a chance. A few years after being adopted, she came back to us due to her loving family’s financial struggles. Now Yahtzee eagerly welcomes visitors into her Suite at MEOW, wobbling, sometimes rolling, across the room and draping her ample tummy across the waiting lap of anyone who will sit on the floor and inviter her. Despite her significant balance issues, she has perfect litter box manners and is able to feed herself – perhaps a bit too well. Yahtzee loves toys, and is proud when she catches and holds a flying feather or rolling ball. That’s quite a feat for her little feet. She loves people even more than toys and is a friendly and affectionate cat.
Cats with CH may exhibit mild to severe balance issues: walking with legs widely placed for balance and placing feet clumsily. They may lean against walls for support. When focused on a toy, food bowl or friendly hand, they may exhibit “intention tremors”, a sign of intense concentration. Still, despite the obvious impairment, cats with this condition are happy, able to feed themselves and use a litter box, and have good quality of life.
Yahtzee is no exception. She seems to love life. She is certainly thrilled to greet and interact with anyone who stops in to visit. Because of her balance issues, her ideal family will have a carpeted home (softer landings), and no stairs (or a way to keep her away from the stairs). She seems to enjoy the company of humans more than that of other cats or dogs. Perhaps she's not quite as confident as she seems.
We think she is just the best and are hoping that her special family will find her soon!
FRIO is about seven years old and is deaf. He was returned to the shelter when his owner found herself unable to provide the love and attention she felt he needed to be happy. Although Frio's had a bit of a tough go of it, he doesn't hold it against us humans. He adores all people. He really likes shoulder surfing. He's a big boy though, so his forever human should have strong shoulders. He has shown himself to be a bit of a bully around other cats. Perhaps it's because he can't hear their "quit it" cues. Nonetheless, we think he'd be happiest as the only kitty (and the single love of someone's life). He is friendly with strangers, good with gentle children, and has even been accepting of dogs. Frio is very mellow, curious, and playful. He loves grooming, and he's a great lap cat.
He is such a handsome and loving boy. We are hoping that his special family shows up soon, makes eye contact with him to let him know they've arrived, and then takes him HOME.
Our 2014 MEOW Calendars --
Still Available - Don't Miss Out!
Once again we are excited to share the happy ending stories of some of our recent residents with our 2014 calendar. The calendar is a wonderful way to share the joy of MEOW all year long. Buy yours online today and have it mailed, or stop by the shelter and pick up one (or two). Cost per calendar is $10. Add $2 per calendar for shipping.
Shopping Opportunities that Benefit MEOW all Year Long
Fred Meyer - NEW!
You are now able to link your 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.
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. Here's the direct link.
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 EARNS 2013 TOP-RATED AWARD FROM GREAT NONPROFITS
We have been honored with one of the first Top-Rated Awards of 2013 from GreatNonprofits! We appreciate all of your reviews!
Thank you to everyone who took a moment to submit a review.
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's Spay/Neuter Voucher Program Continues to be Part of the Solution
Thanks to the WA Federation of Animal Care & Control agencies and the Handsel Foundation we have been able to 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. Since we received our first grant mid 2010, we have funded over 1100 spay/neuter surgeries. 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.
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.
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
Throughout this tough economic time, MEOW is hosting a pet food drive to help families in need. 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. Donations will be given to Hopelink in Kirkland for distribution.