Susan Olsen to be Special Guest at 4th Annual Meoowz & Merlot
A good friend and supporter of MeoowaResQ is hosting a fundraising auction on Facebook 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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to vote for us in The Animal Rescue 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!
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.
Here are just a few of the nursing mom kitties and the babies we have in foster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A few months ago, Cheese Pop was rescued late at night from down by the harbor with five other tame, sweet, abandoned kittens.
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.
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 granddaughter 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!
This beautiful Russian blue was abandoned by her owners along with two other cats. Residents 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.
Our 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 and 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.
Athena and her family were quite the celebrities on our Facebook page for several months. Some of you may remember the story of Tomato, aka Athena, but for those who don’t, here’s the background.
Just over a year ago, MeoowzaResQ saved Tomato from a high-kill shelter where she would have been euthanized because she had several fractured bones and her entire pelvis was twisted and shifted out of line from her spine, probably from being hit by a car. We got her the surgery she needed and she went to her foster home for bed rest. Her incision opened up a couple of times and she eventually was kept in the hospital for another couple of weeks to make sure the incision healed properly.
After her return to her foster home, she continued to heal nicely, but Tomato’s story didn’t end there. Against all odds, somehow this beautiful girl – who’s little body was mangled after being hit by a car and underwent x-rays and surgery to repair several fractures and twist her pelvis back into place – was pregnant the whole time and nobody knew or suspected it! Due to her injuries and continued recovery, she was not able to give birth and had to have a c-section. Four healthy babies were born but they had to be bottle fed for a couple of days while Tomato stayed at the hospital to make sure she was strong enough to take care of them. Her foster renamed her Athena. The babies flourished and, eventually, all were adopted. Today, they turn one year old.
Gisele and her BFF Mommy live together forever with their failed foster
Gisele was named KOST FM’s Cutest Pet and won $5000, half for MeoowzResQ and half towards building a safe outdoor enclosure for her, Athena, and the other kitties at their new home