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About MEOW (Mercer Island Eastside Orphans and Waifs)
Cats and kittens come from various sources and situations: orphans found under a deck, an abandoned cat crying at the door, pets no longer able to stay with a family because someone has developed allergies or is moving to a place where the cats are not welcome. Some come from the rescue community, finding tame cats and kittens feeding with feral colonies. Newborn or senior, healthy, ill or injured, all are valued at MEOW. Incoming cats and kittens are examined for general health, illness, injury, parasites and tested for feline viral diseases and provided appropriate medical care. Daily care of cats and kittens is done both in the shelter and in the foster homes of volunteers, sometimes involving bottle-feeding orphans, often requiring intensive medical care of ill animals. MEOW provides a safe haven and socialization as well as proper nutrition and a clean environment while the animals await adoptive homes. Our volunteers speak with the public, interview prospective adopters, and provide education concerning the care of pets on such subjects as spaying/neutering, introducing a new pet into the family, addressing behavioral issues, proper daily care and well-cat/kitten care.
Each year MEOW is faced with the impossible and each and every day we recommit ourselves to something we truly believe in, the motto we adopted at our inception, "all nine lives are precious."
Board of Directors
I became involved with MEOW in 2003 when we were on Mercer Island. Over the years I have volunteered in the shelter, fostered over 100 cats and kittens, and participated in offsite events. Currently my primary focus is fundraising. I share my life with my husband Paul, six MEOW cats and one non-MEOW dog.
Board Vice President
I've been a part of MEOW's history since the beginning. I love all animals, but I found that my calling was helping dogs, Chinese Shar Pei in particular. I run the Canine Division of MEOW. We rescue all breeds, but MEOW provides the only Chinese Shar Pei rescue for WA, ID & OR . My husband and I are owned by 3 MEOW dogs and on any given day we house about 10 foster dogs.
Board Treasurer & Executive Director
I'm proud to have been a Co-Founder of MEOW Cat Rescue. It is my pleasure and my privilege to continue to be involved with MEOW on a daily basis, working with our excellent staff and devoted volunteers. My husband and I share our home with eight MEOW cats and litter after litter of foster kittens. I have a particular fondness for animals with special needs.