The Season of Kindness
A split second before he threw a load of debris into the construction site dumpster, he thought he heard something. Could it be a kitten? Where? When he peered down into the darkness his head whirled and his heart sank. How could this be? It had rained hard the day before and the dumpster had about three inches of water in the bottom. There, in one corner, five kittens huddled together, their heads just above the water. When they saw him they all began to mew. The kind man wasted no time climbing into the dumpster and one by one he lifted them to safety...Read More
all nine lives are precious...
We get calls every day from people asking us for help, to accept a cat in need of a second chance. Several weeks ago, we were fortunate to meet Olie. He had managed to get himself locked in a shed. By the time the homeowner happened to need an item from the shed, the poor cat was emaciated and extremely dehydrated and his fur was sparse. He was surely near the end. Once he was safe at the shelter, eating well and treated for parasites, he quickly began looking and feeling better. Olie is an absolute angel. Although he has now found his forever home, this wonderful boy was with us long enough to remind us of the critical work we do every day.
The Fabulous Four
It was August and temperatures had been hovering near 100 degrees for over a week in Eastern Washington. A couple taking a walk in a rural area thought they heard the sounds of very faint meowing. They scoured the area and located an old, dilapidated truck. To their astonishment, inside the truck was a box containing four very tiny kittens…calling for help. The nearest animal shelter was unable to address the intensive care these kittens would need if they were to have any chance to survive. The emergency transport arrived at MEOW just hours later. Read More...
Shiloh - Angels in the Hayloft
Every MEOW cat is blessed with a promise, a safety net, and a soft place to land if ever their world should turn upside down. We’re here to welcome them back with open arms, to offer unconditional love and support until they become part of another family. We learn all we can about each one. We attempt to address their every
need, medical and behavioral, to prepare them for the next chapter. We rejoice when we say our goodbyes and wish them a happy ever after.
Shiloh, a six year old tortie, was returned when her elderly mom had to move and could only take one of her two cats. She apologized for her choice but explained that the other cat would be easier to manage. You see,
Shiloh had a history of aggression and unpredictability. From the moment her mom left, it was clear that Shiloh was troubled. She would scream and charge at anyone foolish enough to come within a few feet of her cage. We had to work out a complicated system to feed her and clean her double cage space in Isolation, our quietest area. We draped her cage to cut down on external stimulation. Shiloh could only be described as fractious. Staff members responsible for her care had to use extreme caution. Days turned to weeks. Read More...
In early Spring of 2000, a tiny puff of white cotton was born to a free roaming and worldly-wise mother cat. This little cotton ball was a part of her mama’s last litter, thanks to a trapper/rescuer. Mama cat was TNR’d (trap/neuter/returned) and allowed to live out her days in the neighborhood she knew. The fortunate kittens, however, were taken to a Seattle shelter to become pampered pets.
Little Blanca was adopted by a woman who came to adore her. For fourteen years they shared snuggles and secrets. Blanca claimed the foot of her bed and a large part of her heart. No one could have predicted that Blanca’s mom would suddenly pass away. Read More...
At MEOW, we do believe all nine lives are precious. But there is a special place in our hearts for the older kitties at the shelter, who perhaps have spent a few of those precious lives already. Generally, they come to us through no fault of their own. Perhaps they were adopted into a family as kittens and now the kids have left the nest. Perhaps the parents have retired and want to travel, leaving little time for their pets. Or, perhaps their guardian has passed away or had to move into an assisted living situation where cats aren’t allowed. Whatever the reason, we always welcome these feline family members back to the safety and security of MEOW.
Cats earn senior status at 8 years old, but we often have cats as old as 15 at the shelter. Read More
Rufus and Douglas
Home Again, Home Again
Sometimes people just don’t think it through. Back in October 2004, someone’s solution to their “cat problem” was to round them up and abandon them in a remote field. Perhaps the person thought the cats could survive on what they were able to hunt and catch. When MEOW became aware of this situation, we discovered that many of the adult cats were much more comfortable with their fellow cats than with humans. Rufus and Douglas, two
kittens born into this family in the field, at four months old had never experienced the loving touch of a human. We started from scratch. Literally. Scratch under the chin. Scratch on the back. In time, scratch the little
tummies. Read More
An Act of Mercy
Heaven Smiles on Hazel
On a foggy Saturday morning, a Woodinville couple could not have imagined being called upon to intervene in a struggle between life and death. About an hour into a road trip, Jamie saw what he thought was road kill as he zipped by at 75mph. Did it move? He knew he wouldn’t sleep that night if he didn’t make sure. He pulled over about a half mile past and walked back. He discovered a little kitten with a bloody face and foot, but alive. Read More...
The Best Revenge
Why do these things always seem to happen after hours? It was about 7:30 pm on an unusually warm Thursday evening, the shelter residents were already tucked in for the night, and we were about to turn out the lights. The phone rang. The voice of the woman on the other end of the phone was frantic. “I found a mom cat and five kittens at the Houghton Park ‘n Ride. They were covered but right out in the sun and she’s panting. I don’t know what to do. Can I bring them to you?” We answered, “Yes, please come right away.” . What would we be dealing with? Often cats and kittens abandoned in public places are sick and malnourished. They may be semi-feral or under-socialized. One brave and generous volunteer offered to take them home and foster the litter, sight unseen. Regardless, the lights would be staying on a bit longer that night.
Community Cats - They're in Your Community Too
When you’ve seen a cat in your neighborhood, chances are you wondered whether he belonged to someone, or if he was lost,or if he was feral. Regardless, you probably worried that he might be hungry or in need of help. “Community cats” is a term applied to feral cats, abandoned cats and cats loosely owned by a kind person who puts food out for them. Read More...
HAPPY HEALTHY CATS
Is My Cat Weird? Or is this Behavior Normal?
Have you ever wondered what is behind your cat's behavior? Thanks to the internet, we were able to track down some possible explanations for what may seem like odd cat behavior.
My cat puts toys in her water bowl
Female cats are known to do this more than males. It's a hunting trait of the female that's supposed to represent bringing food back to their young when their ancestors were in the wild. With our cats being mostly domesticated now, they exhibit this hunting behavior with objects such as their toys to represent a kill that has been taken to a safe spot for their young to eat. Read More
HAPPY HEALTHY CATS
Exercise Benefits Everyone
Do you worry that your indoor cat is not getting enough exercise? While it is true that cats have the evolutionary advantage of a high metabolism that works even as they lounge around (see lions in the wild), they do still need some physical activity to keep them from a sedentary life of sloth and eventual obesity.Unlike dogs, cats cannot be hitched to the end of a leash and taken for a stroll around the neighborhood -- well, some can, but they need to be trained from kitten-hood. It may take a little imagination, along with some trial and error, but you can find ways to encourage your cat to be more active.
Why Should Your Cat Exercise?
Activity is good for our pets. Read More...
Giving Thanks & Sharing the Joys of the Season
A Season With a Precious Reason
Each year at holiday time, we pause to take a breath, to reflect on our blessings, and to give thanks for all of you who have given from the heart and helped to make MEOW a soft place to land for the cats and dogs who find themselves homeless. Whether you donated much needed funds, supplies or pet food or volunteered your time at the shelter, in your home, or at a fundraising event; perhaps you adopted this year, truly making a difference for one important life, or you encouraged a friend to adopt; or maybe you convinced someone to spay or neuter their pet, helping work toward an end to the pet overpopulation crisis. Whatever you did, you made a difference and that made you part of our MEOW family, a group of like-minded people doing everything we can to help those who need us most.
During 2013, thanks to the efforts of so many, we were able to expand our shelter and create some wonderful new spaces for our residents. If you haven’t see our comfortable new cat suites, please stop by and take a look. What a difference the suites have made already! Read More...
HAPPY HEALTHY CATS
How to Ensure Your Pet Has a Good Life if You Die First
If you’ve ever loved, or are currently in love with a pet, you know the joy of sharing your life with an animal far outweighs the eventual heartache most of us bear when they leave us. It’s never easy, but we expect to outlive our pets. But what happens when they outlive us? Would your pets thrive in your absence? One simple step can ensure they will — include your pets in your estate plan. If you don’t already have an estate plan, get one — and include your pets.
Best Selling Author Gwen Cooper is Coming to MEOW
Saturday July 20 from 2pm - 4pm
Gwen Cooper, author of the best-selling book, Homer's Odyssey is touring animal shelters this summer instead of book stores for her Love Saves the Day book tour. We are so excited that she picked MEOW Cat Rescue as one of her stops. In fact, it's the only stop in the Seattle area. Join us at the shelter from 2pm - 4 pm on Saturday July 20th. Gwen will be reading from her new book, Love Saves the Day, signing copies and answering questions. The event is free and reservations aren't required. Each attendee will receive a free Litter Genie (while supplies last).
HAPPY HEALTHY CATS
Blood Donors Help Save Pets' Lives Too
The small black cat was struggling for her life, yet she wrapped her paws around her three newborn kittens and allowed them to nurse. She kneaded the air and purred, comforting the babies as she was hurriedly transported to Animal Emergency Services East in Kirkland. A difficult birth the previous day had caused her uterus to prolapse. She needed immediate surgery to remove her damaged and diseased reproductive organs. But there were complications. Internal bleeding had caused severe blood loss and she was morbidly anemic. She needed a blood transfusion – stat. Read More