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A few times each year we mail a newsletter in which we share the happy ending stories of many of the cats we've rescued, as well as let people know about upcoming events or needs at the shelter.

Several times each year we distribute an e-news update to keep people informed about the current happenings with MEOW Cat Rescue. It's a quick and easy way for us to stay in touch.

Introducing our Ninth Life Division - Because We Believe
all nine lives are precious

Since MEOW was founded, in 1997, we have never turned away from animals with special needs or senior cats who are difficult to adopt. We have always quietly managed to provide safe, loving, long term foster homes for those who were too old, too frail, or too chronically ill to be considered for adoption, or those who needed a final refuge. Twenty years later, in 2017, our Ninth Life Division has been born, to formalize the commitment we have always had to this segment of the cat population. Read More

all nine lives are precious...
Safety After the Storm

It’s been more than two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. The stray animal population there was multiplied by the disaster when thousands of pet owners became homeless, leaving their beloved animals with no food or shelter.
When Humane Society of the United States asked MEOW to become a rescue partner, we jumped at the chance. On October 30th, we were first in line at Seattle Humane to accept cats received overnight on a transport. Read More

Twenty - Like MEOW, Still Growing

On the night of MEOW’s 20th anniversary celebration earlier this year, a van pulled up to the darkened shelter, stopped briefly, and when it sped away a small fabric pet carrier remained. In a stroke of luck, volunteer Pete had witnessed the act and he rushed to get the abandoned cat in out of the rain. The young black cat was neither neutered nor microchipped. He seemed nervous, unwilling to allow touching, and was quick to turn and nip at a hand attempting to comfort him. Read More

all nine lives are precious...
Ollie's Story

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.

Our Little Poni
How they got there will remain a mystery, but the colony of cats living under a boat launch at Ocean Shores was discovered just in time.  They were thin from hunger and parasites, yet surprisingly trusting and friendly. Among the nine of them delivered to MEOW in January, was a tiny little calico we dubbed Poni. Clearly a young adult, weighing in at just four pounds, she was the size of a kitten. She had a poor appetite and gastrointestinal troubles, and we couldn’t help but notice her oddly wobbly back legs. As she walked and played, her knees popped out to the side... Read More

Adoption Spotlight

Celebrating Seniors

Meet Blanca
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...

Holiday 2016 -- Read it Here

2017 - Happy 20th Anniversary to MEOW!

“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”
Francis of Assisi

Back in 1997, more than 20 million homeless cats and dogs were euthanized in shelters each year across the United States. Here in the Pacific Northwest, crowded shelters were doing their best to save the most adoptable animals, but the shear numbers were overwhelming. Most vulnerable were the old dogs and cats, the very young puppies and kittens, animals sick with simple illnesses and those with longstanding special needs, the ones huddling terrified in their small cages, those who would react to the noise and confusion by lashing out, those who were lost, abandoned or somehow homeless. Their lives were in immediate danger.

From this need was born Mercer Island Eastside Orphans & Waifs. MEOW. Read More

Adoption Spotlight

Celebrating Seniors

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

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

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...

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









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.

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...

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).


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