Pet Expo 2014

We will be at Pet Expo this weekend spreading the word about the work we do. We will have kittens available for adoption all weekend. Stop by and say hello — booth 1347 in the courtyard.

Pet Expo

Online Auction to Support MeoowzResQ

A good friend and supporter of MeoowaResQ is hosting a fundraising auction on Dorie on her way to the vetFacebook for us. If you are on Facebook, please click on the link, join the event and invite your friends. Once the auction begins on October 1st, check out all the great donated items and bid on them if you find something of interest. All proceeds to benefit our many kitties currently in foster. Thank you so much for your support!

Click on the Link to Access the Online Auction on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/217365055084894/

Groupon Grassroots Fundraising Campaign Goes Live

MeoowzResQ – Online Deal

For Every $65 Grassroots Raises, MeoowzResQ Can Provide Food, Vaccinations, and Spay or Neuter Treatment for One Cat

Our Groupon Grassroots deal goes live today. Click here to see our deal and make a donation. Please share with your friends to help us blow the lid off of our goal. We have so many kitties in foster right now with so many more in shelters — our kitties are counting on you!

Make a donation to help save kitties like these

The Issue: Animals Being Euthanized Across the Country

Of the estimated six to eight million dogs and cats that enter shelters each year in the United States, about three to four million are euthanized, according to data from The Humane Society of the United States. This is often due to a lack of resources and space at the shelter. The ASPCA estimates that it costs $600 to $900 annually to provide food, medical care, supplies, and training for a rescued dog or cat while they await adoption into permanent homes.

The Campaign: Providing Medical Care for Rescued Cats

All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by MeoowResQ to provide food and medical treatments for rescued cats awaiting adoption. For every $65 raised, MeoowResQ can provide spay or neuter treatments, vaccinations, and one week of food for one cat. Angela Little will match donations up to $260.

Donations Support MeoowzResQ

MeoowzResQ rescues cats and kittens and raises them in private foster homes until they can find forever families. The more than 200 cats available for adoption range from bottle-fed babies to senior citizens, many of whom have been abused, injured, or found abandoned in boxes on the sidewalk or as survivors of fire. Volunteer foster families provide litter, a warm bed, and food for the cats, and each feline receives full vaccinations, de-worming treatment, and a spay or neutering treatment. Many of the cats come from shelters with rampant disease and require veterinary care and medications. In 2012 alone, MeoowzResQ placed 1,485 cats and kittens in loving permanent homes. Join us in saving even more in 2013!

 

Many Thanks!

thank_you_052Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to vote for us in The Animal January2012-ShelterChallenge-CatJelly-VoteToday_120x120Rescue Site Shelter+ Challenge. Voting in this round ended on April 28th and guess what. We finally won something. We won 100 vaccinations for our kitties. Thank you to The Animal Rescue Site for this donation.

Although we didn’t win one of the cash prizes, every donation helps us continue our work of saving lives and finding loving homes. We hope you will vote for us daily again when the new round of voting begins. Every round we get closer to a cash award. Thanks again!

So Many Kitties, So Many Spay/Neuters!

The last two of our pregnant mom kitties delivered on Monday and Tuesday. No more pregnant kitties. Now we have 53 nursing moms and more than 300 kittens in foster!! They started coming on January 17th to mom Fawn (the winning name in our contest) and, if you’ve been following our Facebook page, you know there has been a new litter every few days since then.

Saving these moms from certain death was just the beginning of our work. Our 102 amazing fosters will be devoting many hours of their time to caring for the families, providing for their changing needs as the kittens grow and giving them lots of love and attention.

Another group these kittens present a challenge to is our fundraising committee. All of these kittens need to be vaccinated, de-wormed, flea treated and spayed or neutered. This averages about $60 per kitten. That’s a whopping $21,000 just for these moms and babies!

By far, every year, the majority of our funds goes to medical treatment. Last year, we had over $105,000 in veterinary expenses. We spent almost $50,000 spaying and neutering our kitties. The balance went to all the sick, broken and abused kitties we rescued.

Our budget for 2013 is $180,000. Our adoption fees cover about 75% of our annual costs leaving us with a shortfall of $45,000. Your generous donations and support of our fundraisers cover our shortfall each year. If you would like to help us with the costs of raising these kittens, please donate to our spay/neuter fund. We can’t do what we do without your support. You make a difference and help us save lives.

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Here are just a few of the nursing mom kitties and the babies we have in foster.

Students Raise Funds for MeoowzResQ

Thank you to Kara, Brianne, Catelyn and Frida for choosing MeoowzResQ for their leadership team project at Acacia Elementary School in Fullerton. We appreciate your efforts and your donation! Here’s their story:

Members of the Acacia Student Leadership Team (SLT) were directed by the school principal, Dr. Whisnant, to individually or in small groups choose projects that either benefitted our peers or the community. Our group consisted of Kara, Brianne, Catelyn and Frida.

Student fundraisers

We chose MeoowzResQ as our charity and launched a two week drive to collect funds and donations of miscellaneous cat items at our school. We decorated cups and placed them in classrooms for funds collection and placed a decorated box in the school office for large items. We solicited donations from Del Taco (44oz cups and lids) and Anaheim Feed (funds collection and misc cat items). The whole experience proved to be a fantastic learning opportunity for us all.

Update on Lexi and her Kittens

Lexi’s little darling kittens are now six and a half weeks old. They are getting so big! The orange and white, male, is Sugarfoot. The black and white, male, is Berkeley. The white with a striped tail, male, is Soleih. The Siamese mix, female, is Ashley.

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Berkeley is the most outgoing and friendly while Soleih lets his brothers and sister explore before he will take a risk. Ashley is first to initiate play and is very vocal during that time. Sugarfoot is the star in the video of the family’s first meal and playing with a toy. He was very brave and inquisitive.

Earlier photos

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Cheese Pop

A few months ago, Cheese Pop was rescued late at night from down by the harbor with five other tame, sweet, abandoned kittens.

Before

Before

Cheese After

After

His “before” picture is the very next morning at the vet. The grapefruit on his stomach is a hernia. The vet thought someone kicked him so hard it ruptured his intestines. The “after” picture is of his stitches after surgery.

Then the best picture of him is with his new dad, Victor. Victor thinks the world of Cheese Pop and has brought him back by the adoption fair a couple of times just to say hi. Instead of having a happy home where he is loved, safe and cared for, Cheese Pop would be dead at the harbor if not for our wonderful supporters who make these life-saving surgeries possible.

Victor and Cheese Pop

Victor and Cheese Pop

Big Boy Adopted!

This was the weekend for big kitties. Shadow, a 20+ pound Russian blue, was also adopted this weekend. Here is Big Boy‘s story told by Diane, the event coordinator for the Petco Mission Viejo events.

Sue Yandell, on the right in the photo, came to Petco with her daughter and Big Boy and FAMILYgranddaughter and stopped by the adoption. She was immediately drawn to Big Boy and told me of her family’s love for cats. We told her Big Boy’s story (and Chandra, his foster, had made a flyer which was posted on his crate). She called her husband, Jack, and relayed the story, and he asked for pictures. Due to the poor signal strengths at that location, he was unable to get the photos. They decided to leave and discuss later. That was about 3:15.

Just before 4 pm, Sue and her girls returned. Her husband had received the photos and called her back and said, “You might as well turn around and go get him!” Jack also said he anticipated some physical therapy with Big Boy going up and down his stairs! Sue took notes from Chandra all about exactly what he eats and the medications he is on. In addition, Chandra’s husband drove down and brought all of Big Boy’s provisions to give to the adopters.

In all this we learned that Jack is retired and his day is mostly filled with caring for their cats. And to top it all off, Sue works for a VET!! When they left with Big Boy, she took him straight to the veterinary hospital where she works so he could have a complete work up before introducing him into their home with their other feline residents.

This was Big Boy’s first event…  Serendipity anyone? With this family, Big Boy will get the best care and the most love ever!

Abandoned by her Owners

This beautiful Russian blue was abandoned by her owners along with two other cats. Nikita and babies 004Residents of the building where they lived had all been chipping in to feed and look out for the three adult cats. When this cat had her first kitten outside, one of the residents brought her and the kitten inside so they could keep a closer eye on them. Three more babies followed.

This good Samaritan couldn’t afford to keep the family so he contacted us. He is heartbroken that he can’t keep them but wanted them in a good situation. He is considering taking the mama back once the babies are weaned and she is spayed.

Nikita and babies 005Our foster, Julie, picked this family up yesterday. The two black and two Siamese mix kittens, which were born on March 1st, are doing very well and will be ready for adoption early in May. We named mom Nikita. This very young mom is only about one year old herself.

I started to talk about responsible pet ownership here andNikita and babies 002 how if the original owners had spayed this cat, these new lives would not have been in jeopardy. Then I realized how silly that sounded considering they abandoned three cats. Obviously, they were not responsible pet owners in any way. This goes to an even deeper issue than spay/neuter.

When you adopt or buy a pet, you are making a commitment to care for that animal for its lifetime — not just as long as it is convenient.

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The Little River Rat

Pearl was rescued as a tiny tot down by the Long Beach Harbor. One of our volunteers was flagged over one night by some rock fishermen who said they had been hearing a kitten screaming for hours but couldn’t find the kitten. Everyone set out with flashlights and finally found Pearl screaming her head off, all alone, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LA RIVER! She seemed to be in pretty good shape, considering, and she sure had good lungs!

Pearl was fostered and bottle fed (yes, she was that tiny) by our dedicated volunteer, Kathy, who named her Pearl, but mostly we called her Little River Rat. Her new daddies Matt and Stacey still use this affectionate nickname but they have given her the more dignified name of Ratatouille.

Pearl 4                         Pearl 2

Pearl/Ratatouille was adopted at our Petco Buena Park adoption fair, and now lives…. in Long Beach! So it was a full circle journey for a little river rat who wouldn’t give up screaming for help and was lucky enough that MeoowzResQ was there to help her! You can see in these photos from her adopters that she looks very happy!

Pearl 1       Pearl 3

Her new daddies brought her into the Petco in Buena Park today for her second vaccination so the event coordinator snapped an update photo of the three of them.

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Another Broken Kitty Ready for Adoption

Do you remember our sexy little man, Bopper? Some of you donated to his surgery and, thanks to you, he is all healed and ready for his forever family. He will require no further medical attention and will lead a normal, healthy life. You can meet him today at the adoption fair at Kahoots in Huntington Beach.

Bopper is a young (about 6 months old), playful, kitty but also a very affectionate lap kitty. He is a lover boy!!! He has a quirky personality that is sure to make you laugh.

Bopper

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