Sale Runs Friday through Sunday
(or until all the black cats have gone home for the Holidays)! Wouldn't that be wonderful?
Santa Claus is Coming to Mud Bay
It Must be Time for Photos
Commemorate this holiday season and benefit MEOW with a picture of your pet (and you?) with Santa. For a $10 donation you will receive a printed photo on site and a digital image via email. 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.
Chloe, Chrissy and Ginger Make Three
Although they didn't all start their lives together, these three kitties would love to be adopted together. If you visit them in the community room at the shelter, you can see just how bonded they are. Chloe and Chrissy thought they had a forever home a few weeks ago, but it just wasn't quite right. When they came back, we could tell Ginger was beyond ecstatic. Maybe that home wasn't right because they were all meant to be together. That's what we think anyway. If you have room in your heart and home for three cats who won't be in your face, will be each others' best friends, please come meet them. We're hoping that they truly will be home for the holidays!
Chloe agrees to take the first watch, just in case their forever family is coming today. She'd really like Ginger and Chrissy to help out a bit, but no such luck. Watch the video.
Giving Tuesday - December 1st
Help Fund our Public No Cost Spay/Neuter Program
We know the holiday season kicks off with a lot of special days (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday). But, perhaps the day that has the potential for the biggest impact is Giving Tuesday. Next Tuesday December 1st, you may join with thousands of others who are making a difference for non-profits all over the country by taking a minute to make a donation and give a gift that will truly make a difference.
MEOW is working to raise $5,000 for our public spay/neuter no-cost voucher program. Since 2011, we have been fortunate to secure $50,000 in grant funds to provide spay/neuter vouchers for more than 2500 pets whose owners needed help to do the right thing. MEOW has contributed an additional $15,000 to keep the voucher program running between grants. Raising $5,000 will provide another 250 spays and neuters. How many litters will that prevent? We're not exactly sure, but we know this: it's the best gift we can give to Be The Change for those 250 cats. Help us provide this critical service to help others Do The Right Thing.
Our annual Holiday Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale is Almost Here Saturday December 5th from 12 pm to 5 pm -- Kirkland
Whether you're shopping for yourself, your family, your friends, or your four legged fur babies, you're sure to find the purrfect gift at our holiday bazaar. All items are handmade or hand baked and donated by our amazingly talented supporters and volunteers. We'll be accepting donations of pet food (dry and canned, cat and dog) for our AniMeals program which helps low income pet owners (distributed through Hopelink).
Featured Item - Fur Flingers - Cats love 'em and apparently so do kids. Watch the video.
After you've done a bit of shopping, feel free to head over to the shelter and visit with other MEOW supporters and our resident felines.
Location: The Chapel at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church
308 4th Ave S. Kirkland, 98033 (Directions)
Pet Photos with The Grinch
Saturday Dec 5th from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm Dooley's Dog House--Kirkland
We're so excited that Dooley's Dog House will be hosting pet photos with none other than Dr. Seuss' Grinch on Saturday Dec 5th. For $20 you will receive a USB drive with your photos so you can share them over and over again.
Bring your dog, your cat, your snake, your goldfish, all are welcome. For the safety of humans and animals alike, please have your pet restrained, either on a leash, in a carrier, or in a bowl as the case may be.
Dooley's is located at 1421 Market St, Kirkland, Washington 98033 (Directions)
Proceeds from the photos will benefit the dogs of MEOW.
MEOW's 2016 Calendar is Now Available Order Yours Today - They Make Great Gifts
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.
HOLIDAY 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 150 households linked to MEOW so far. Our most recent quarterly check was $568! 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.
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.
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
Low Cost Spay or Neuter Surgeries Are Available
This time of year shelters and rescue organizations are overwhelmed with kittens and puppies. 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, 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.
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.