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10600 NE 68th, Suite F
Kirkland, WA 98033
(p) 425.822.6369
(f) 855.696.MEOW (6369)
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Kirkland, WA 98083-0058


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Special Shelter Holiday Hours

In order to let our staff and volunteers celebrate the holidays with family and friends (two and four legged) we will be adjusting our open hours as shown below:

Wednesday 12/24 - we will be closing at 3pm
Thursday 12/25 - Closed
Wednesday 12/31 - we will be closing at 3 pm
Thursday 1/1/15 - Closed

Open hours on other days will be the same as always. See schedule.

Pet Photos with Santa -- Fun for Everyone!

Santa and his helpers were thrilled to meet so many people and their pets. Thank you to everyone who came by and visited with us. And, don't fret, Santa and his helpers will be back again next year.

Merry Christmas!

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

If you would like to receive our newsletter in the mail, let us know.

This Holiday Season - Shopping at AmazonSmile Helps

When you do your Holiday shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Mercer Island-Eastside Orphans and Waifs. Bookmark the link AmazonSmile and support us every time you shop.

Wishing you and your family a festive and fuzzy holiday season!

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.

Senior Spotlight
Showcasing Some of Our Very Special (More Mature) Residents

Mercy & GraceMercy & Grace-ADOPTED!!
Wondering Why

These beautiful rag doll girls were abandoned on our doorstep. We've come to learn that they've lived their whole life together and have known only one family. At 15 and 13 years old, you can imagine they are confused and bewildered about finding themselves without that family and in a shelter instead of their home. They are slowly adjusting but it's not easy for them. They are both very sweet and loving. Although they are seniors, they are in fine health. They are anxiously awaiting that special someone who understands that change isn't always easy, that patience has its rewards, and that new love can heal broken hearts. Are you that special someone?

Fill out an application and bring it with you when you come visit these classy ladies and claim them as your own.

BlancaTink -- Waiting for You
Beautiful Inside & Out

Hola,  mi nombre es Blanca, and I am more than a pretty face, although I must admit I am indeed pretty. I am  almost 14 years young and lived most of my life with a wonderful woman I called Mom. But, she passed away unexpectedly. Although that makes me very sad, I am learning that there are lots of really nice people in this world and I am hopeful that there is someone else out there who will love me as much as she did. Could it be you? I love to play and will be very good company I promise!

Please fill out an adoption application and bring it with you when you come visit me (and take me home).

M is For Magnificent
Introducing a Few More of our Extra-Ordinary Feline Residents

Marble - ADOPTED!

He is independent and bit shy. But don't call him aloof. Once he gets to know and love you, he'll lick baby food off your finger and purr his contentment. He does like a bit of alone time each day (don't we all?), and isn't really an "in your face" type of guy. If you'd like to share your life with someone who's OK if you're not home every evening sitting on the couch (although some evenings it would be nice), please come introduce yourself to this handsome extraordinary boy.

Merlot-ADOPTED 11/17/14!

Like her name, this girl is mellow and easy to take in. It takes her a bit of time to get comfortable with new people, but once she does, she'll be the perfect BFF. If you're looking for a sweet companion who is aging beautifully, please come make Merlot's acqaintance.


Molly Bell - ADOPTED!

This beautiful girl came to us in a bit of a sorry state. She had lost quite a bit of her hair due to allergies. But now she's on a restricted diet and her hair has filled in and to say the least, she's georgeous. She's a chatty thing and is very interested in having you shower attention on her. She's looking for someone with whom she can snuggle and watch a bit of TV in the evenings, or nap while you read a book. As long as you're by her side and letting her know how special she is, she'll be happy. Looking for someone to dote upon? Look no further; come meet our Molly Bell today.


Amazon Smile Foundation will donate .5% of your qualified shopping purchases made through 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 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.

Link Your Rewards Card Now

Register with and shop through our portal,  From 2% - 26% of your purchase price is donated to MEOW by the participating business. There are over 1300 businesses in, 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 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

More information about MEOW’s Toms & Moms Community Spay/Neuter Program

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.

Find out more about ordering a special plate.

Learn more about the WA Federation of Animal Control and Care Agencies


Upcoming MEOW Outreach Events

Happy Holidays - watch this space for more adoption events coming soon!


 Adult Cat or Kitten: Which Is Right for You?

ArloMany 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.

CarmineThe 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.



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.

MEOW Cat Rescue License Plate Frames

Get yours today and help spread the good word about MEOW. Buy them online now via 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.