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.


It’s a Special Birthday

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

Athena and Gisele are featured in Stray Cat Alliance’s Ravishing Rescues Calendar!

Partners in crime!

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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

The babies had to be bottle fed for the first few hours of their life while Mommy Athena stayed at the hospital to recover from surgery and couldn’t produce milk.

Finnley and Riley were adopted together by MRQ volunteer and foster Madeline

Tofu is very loved by her new Mommy Natalie and sister Cookie

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Help Light the Way for Our Kitties — Scentsy Fundraiser

MeoowzResQ is so lucky to have many devoted and generous supporters. Anne Bryant is one of those people. She sells Scentsy and has offered to do a fundraiser for us. She will be donating her entire commission from the fundraiser sales. Scentsy warmers make great gifts and Mother’s Day will be here before you know it!


Fundraiser Details:

Love candles, but you just can’t have ’em in your house because pets or children willtwo candles knock them over? Meet Scentsy! Scentsy is a wickless candle system that is much safer than the traditional candle. There’s no soot, no fire hazard, no burns if the melted wax is accidentally touched. The scents are stronger, and they last longer than scents of most traditional candles. An added bonus: Scentsy warmers are beautiful!

“So, what does this have to do with MeoowzResQ, you ask? Well, my name is Anne Bryant, and I sell Scentsy. I love kitties, and it breaks my heart to see sick and/or homeless kitties, especially when I don’t have a lot of money to donate to help them.  So I decided that it would be a neat idea to partner with MeoowzResQ and help them raise money to help kitties by selling Scentsy!  For any sales made from March 1st through April 17th, I will donate my entire commission to MeoowzResQ. Just click here, and it will take you directly to the fundraiser site on my Scentsy page. You can also order directly from me – – and say you’re ordering to help MeoowzResQ. If you have any questions about the fundraiser or the products, do not hesitate to email me as well. Thank you!!!”

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Miss Pippa Ready for Adoption!

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to help Miss Pippa. Thanks to your Miss Pippa 3generosity, she is completely healed – as good as new – and ready for her chance at a happy, long life. Miss Pippa is an adorable Turkish van kitten who is cuddly, confident, playful, and as sweet as any kitten ever born! Her sweet face says it all! Miss Pippa likes everybody! She likes other kitties, kids, even dogs! She likes to have her tummy rubbed, snuggling with you, and playing with her toy mice. She’s just a doll! You can see her beginning this Saturday, and until she is adopted, at our adoption fair at Petco in Buena Park. Click here for details on all of our adoption fairs.

Our Tiny Miracle

Welcome! MeoowzResQ’s tiniest family member has arrived. This weekend, MeoowzResQ got a call to help with a hoarding situation down in San Diego. We listened when a rescuer asked us to help an older mother cat and her newborn kitten. IMG_1083 cropThis calico mommy is 14 years old and just had a litter on Friday, the 22nd! One of the kittens survived, and it is the tiniest kitten we have ever seen! It is a little calico that weighs one ounce as of today, the 27th, and she is about as long as a finger. She is nursing well and seems strong. 

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Elizabeth and Miracle

The mother has been named “Elisabeth” after the very old woman in the Bible who miraculously gave birth to a child, who would be John the Baptist who baptized Jesus. The baby has been named “Miracle,” as she truly is a miracle baby. 

Stay tuned for updates about Elisabeth and her baby Miracle. Donations are welcome so that Miracle and her mommy can get regular vet visits to make sure they are healthy and baby is growing strong. Thank you!


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Should a Pregnant Cat be Spayed?

Spaying a pregnant cat and aborting, thereby killing, her unborn kittens is a hotly photodebated topic in many circles. Is it ethical? Does this killing really help reduce killing? Proponents don’t like having to take lives of unborn kittens, but their position is based on pragmatic reasoning. Opponents do not like the taking of lives under any circumstances, whether born or unborn, and feel the “rationalizations” of proponents are just excuses (See the article The Great Abortion Non-Debate).

Some argue that there are already more animals than there are homes for them and bringing new kittens into the world will mean the death of cats or kittens already born and in shelters. Others answer this by saying that “with 17 million Americans looking for three million available shelter animals,” this argument doesn’t hold water. The problem does remain that shelters and rescues become overloaded while trying to make the connections with those families and the animals ready for adoption.

Rainbow babies 3As an organization, MeoowzResQ’s philosophy is that we will not knowingly and intentionally abort a pregnant female except on the recommendation of our veterinarian for health reasons. That being said, we never know early in a pregnancy and have female cats spayed almost immediately upon receiving them if they meet the age or size requirements. Our veterinarians know that if it is discovered during surgery that the cat is pregnant, they are to continue with the spay. If a cat is obviously pregnant and close to term, we do not spay and abort.

After interviewing personnel at several shelters, they all seem to have similar policies. If a cat is early in her pregnancy or sick, they will spay and abort. If the cat is near full term and healthy, they will let her have the kittens and try to get a rescue to take or, if they have a foster system, send them home with one of their own fosters.

Our goal is to rescue and save lives and, for us, killing unborn kittens is not accomplishing this goal. There is no short-term solution to this issue. The answer lies in responsible pet ownership. Pet owners need to be educated about spaying and neutering before spaying a pregnant cat becomes an issue. In the meantime, we choose to continue to save lives.

Spay/neuter education is part of our mission as well as spaying and neutering all of our cats and kittens prior to adoption. To find a low-cost program near you, search the ASPCA Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Provider Database by simply entering your zip code.

Please feel free to comment, but remember, this is our policy and philosophy, not our dictate for anyone else.0spay

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Cornflake’s Happy Turn of Events

Cornflake has seen some ups and downs in her short life. She was rescued as a very young kitten, presumably from a shelter, by a well-meaning private rescuer. When the rescuer died, it turned into a hoarding situation with deplorable conditions. The cats left alone by her death were not fed for perhaps two weeks or more and Cornflake was quite emaciated.

That’s when MeoowzResQ came into the picture and rescued her again. Shortly after she arrived at her foster home, her foster noticed that she was having trouble eating. Her foster took her to the vet for a dental exam and it was discovered that her gums were so inflamed and infected from stomatitis that she needed to have all of her teeth removed. This probably also played a part in her weight loss prior to being rescued by MeoowzResQ. Surgery was scheduled right away.

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Cornflake and Michael

For the next couple of weeks, she recuperated from her surgery and began putting on weight. Finally, she was ready for adoption. This past Sunday, she was taken to our adoption event at Pet Supply in Fountain Valley, and that’s where her life really took a turn! Two great guys fell in love with her immediately and wanted her even more when they knew her whole story. Michael sent us this photo of Cornflake in her new home and had this to say, “Cornflake is doing really well. She has gotten used to her new home quite quickly! Thank you guys for giving me the opportunity to give this amazing kitten a loving home!!”

Boy George — the Kitty who Almost Wasn’t

Boy George is a perfect example of why we don’t test kittens for FeLV. He was rescued from the Riverside shelter and adopted out to a nice family last September at about three months of age. The family took him to the veterinarian who tested him for FeLV and his test came back positive. The nice family promptly returned him to his former foster. He was tested again a few weeks later, again with the Eliza test, again with a positive result.

Since we know kittens can often test positive with the Eliza test done at most veterinarian offices, we waited until he was six months old and had him tested with the IFA test, which came back negative. Although most FeLV positive cats can live a normal life for several years, most people would have had the kitten euthanized after the first test, let alone a second positive. There are special considerations to keeping an FeLV positive cat, but in this case, the kitten was not infected. Once we knew he was healthy, we began looking for a new home for him.

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When she saw Boy George’s ad on craigslist, Deb B. called to find out about meeting him. Her son, who has cancer, wanted a cat. Arrangements were made for Deb and her son to meet Boy George at his foster’s home. They all immediately fell in love and we gifted Boy George to the family. So Boy George, the kitty who almost wasn’t, made a special wish come true.

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Miss Pippa Update

Miss Pippa is doing very well. She saw Dr.Coghlan at 17th Street Animal Hospital last weekend and is now scheduled to get the pin in her leg removed and be spayed next Friday. Miss Pippa is loving and so sweet. She likes other kitties and her favorite thing to do is sleep at her foster mommy’s feet all night long. Her little leg is healing so well that she is able to jump, run, and play with her tunnel toy without any issues.

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Birth Announcement – Lexi

Lexi was rescued about 10 days ago from the Downey shelter. She was released on a medical waiver (meaning they did not spay her) because they weren’t sure if she was pregnant. Our foster/volunteer, Kaela, insisted she was based on her inspection of the kitty when she picked her up. Sure enough, early this morning, at foster Patty’s house, she had four healthy kittens. Lexi is a little protective of her kittens right now but she is proving to be a good mother.

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Why Are There So Many Rules to Adopt a Cat?

I hear people say that there are so many rules to adopting a cat that it makes it hard for people. There really are only a few “deal breakers” that we are adamant about.

Many people still don’t see what’s wrong with letting their cats outdoors, but there are so many dangers out there. Traffic is probably the main thing that every outdoor cat is exposed to. Outdoor cats often are not immunized so there is the possibility of being exposed to a life threatening disease. Outdoor cats fight and can get life threatening infections. How many people have you heard say, “My cat got eaten by a coyote?” This happens even in urban areas. If you have a pet door to the outside, chances are your cat goes out. And don’t get me started on cats who are not spayed or neutered and allowed to run free. That’s a whole other issue.

Declawing cats is a hotly debated topic, but our position is that cats were born with claws and they should keep them. Declawing is usually done for the owner’s benefit, not the cat’s. The way cats are normally declawed is using an instrument with a sliding blade, almost like a guillotine, and it cuts a straight line through the joint between the little piece of bone the claw grows from and the next piece of bone, which is much bigger. When you do that, right underneath that is the pad, and you actually cut that right in half too. So it’s like cutting the tip of your finger off. It is painful for the cat and can result in several complications.

Many of the kitties we rescue from shelters are “owner surrenders” meaning people turn their cats into the shelter when they have to move, or a boyfriend moves in who doesn’t like cats, or … You fill in the reason. Statistics show that more than 70% of cats who enter shelters are euthanized and owner surrenders don’t have to be held as long as strays.


Rescue organizations are run by people who love what they do. Our fosters and volunteers have countless hours invested in the kitties we rescue. Fosters love their kitties and want them to live long, happy lives. We are entrusted with donations from the public to save lives and want to protect that trust. We don’t want our kitties hit by a car, eaten by a coyote or turned into the shelter when you have to move.

So if you plan to keep your cat indoors, not declaw it and love and keep it forever, chances are good you can adopt from us. If you don’t plan to do these things, then please don’t try to adopt from a rescue and don’t criticize them when you don’t meet their criteria. There are other ways to adopt a cat. Go directly to an animal shelter or adopt a cat that is already living on the streets. Adopt a kitten from someone who has let their unspayed cat run loose and now has kittens who need homes.

We love our kitties and want to protect them as best we can. We want adopters who will love them as much as we do and keep them safe.

Updates on Special Medical Needs Kitties

It’s great to get away for awhile, but then there is always the catching up. I have gotten a little behind on updates so they are all here together.

She has taken over the bed!

Miss Pippa has taken over the bed!

Miss Pippa finally went from the vet to her foster on January 29th. She is recovering well and protects her little leg while it continues to heal. It is bending much better and her limp is almost gone. She is very affectionate and will purr the minute you pet her. She loves people and it is difficult to photograph her because the minute you get close to her to take a picture, she runs to you. Her foster says, “She is beautiful and her pretty white fur is so soft and smooth! She goes back to the vet soon for a check-up and to get spayed. She will be ready for adoption right around Valentine’s day.

Petey Pie’s immune system was weakened by the steroid shots that helped him to walk again. As a result, Petey caught several viruses including one very bad stomach virus. He was touch and go for a long time, but the loving vets at 17h St. Animal Hospital pulled out all the stops to save this little boy’s life. He truly is a miracle kitten. He lost some weight when he was so ill but is in his foster home now continuing his recovery. He is not quite ready for adoption.

Sweetheart napping

Sweetheart napping

Sweetheart, a three year old Siamese, was surrendered to MeoowzResQ this summer by her neglectful owners, emaciated, pregnant, and with a sheared jaw. One week after we received her, she gave birth to four kittens. Sadly, two did not survive. Because of the jaw injury that we suspect resulted from abuse from her previous owners, and her emaciated state, Sweetheart has been rehabilitating for several months in the home of her foster. Although it has taken some time for her to learn to love and trust humans again, Sweetheart is just what her name suggests, sweet and cuddly. Over time she has also learned to play again and spends hours a day chasing toys and playing with the other fosters. She is the first to greet you when you come home and comes running to you when you call her name. She loves petting and brushing and will snuggle up with you in bed at night. Sweetheart is finally ready for adoption and will be at Kahoots in Huntington Beach this weekend. Go see this gorgeous Siamese!

Big Boy, who came to us weighing over 35 pounds, is doing great on his diet and loves his diet food. He is down to 30.5 pounds. He had the growth removed from his tail and the good news was that it was not cancerous. He needs to have his bandages changed every few days to prevent infection.

Bopper had his surgery and is home with his foster. We’ll have more updates on him from his foster soon.

Cornflake has made a full recovery from her total mouth extractions and is ready for Cornflake readyher forever home! She is doing great eating wet food, and she is even eating some dry food. Cornflake is a very friendly and sweet kitty. She would do well in a home with other kitties, children, or even small dogs. Remember, she doesn’t have any teeth, so you will never have to pay a dental bill! 🙂

OtisOtis and Oscar had their re-check at the vet’s office on February 6th. All the stitches were removed, and the vet has cleared them for adoption. They are so happy that they can breathe better! Both kitties are doing well and are looking for their forever homes. They would love to find a home together (because they are brothers), but they would be fine separated as well. Otis and Oscar are friendly with other kitties, dogs, and people.

These kitties have racked up some impressive veterinary bills and we sure could use your help. Won’t you partner with us to continue to save precious lives like these? You can help by making a donation to our medical fund today. No amount is too small. Together we make a difference!



Persian Brothers Otis and Oscar Needed Surgery

Oscar (left) and Otis (right) before surgery

Oscar (left) and Otis (right) before surgery

Otis and Oscar were rescued from euthanasia by MeoowzResQ back in November from a shelter in Menifee. Both Persian boys were suffering from a severe upper respiratory infection and a fungal skin infection. After about two and a half months of recovery in a foster home, the boys finally recovered from these ailments.

Because of the severity of the brothers’ nose “smooshiness,” our vets recommended a stenotic nose surgery to help them breathe more easily. Additionally, Oscar, who was thought to only have one eye, needed a surgery to ‘clear out’ the socket to prevent continuing infection. During the surgery, a small eyeball was found deep within the socket, and it needed to be removed for Oscar’s health and comfort.

Otis pre-op

Otis pre-op

Both Oscar and Otis made it through their surgeries well, and have been released to their foster. They have their very own bedroom to recover in and are currently taking pain medication and doing better every day.

Otis and Ocar post op

Update on Cornflake

Cornflake, a young orange tabby, was emaciated

Emaciated Cornflake prior to rescue

Cornflake is an adorable orange tabby kitten we rescued from a hoarding situation in December. Although she seemed fairly healthy at first, the foster noticed within a month that she was not able to eat any dry kitten chow and was experiencing pain in her mouth.

Recently, we took Cornflake into the vet to address her dental issues. The vet recommended a dental cleaning and extractions to start, but due to the extent of inflammation and infection in her mouth, Cornflake required total mouth extractions. Cornflake was suffering from severe stomatitis, which is believed to be caused by an allergic reaction to the plaque on her teeth.

On her ride home from the vet

On her ride home from the vet

With the extent of her mouth ulcers and decaying teeth, the vet described Cornflake’s pain as, “imagine the worst sore throat you have ever had, times 10, and then imagine trying to swallow shards of glass.” Now that we have removed all of her teeth, there will be no surface to accumulate plaque and Cornflake should live a pain-free life eating wet kitty food.

The vet said Cornflake should heal quickly and be a happy kitty. She is currently recovering with foster brothers Otis and Oscar and she has a good appetite and is eating plenty of wet kitty food. She will be available for adoption in about a month.

Winners Have Been Selected

It was no easy task selecting the winning names for this family as there were so many great ideas. We were looking for names we haven’t used before, or at least not very much, so here are our winners:

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Just a few hours old

Laura Irving for Sirius

Lyndsey for Rooney

Susan Trear for Fawn (one of our very favorites)

Jane Burrell for Pyewacket

Joy O’Malley Browning for Sprout

If you are one of the five winners above, please email your mailing address to so we can send you your note cards.

Dani’s special mention for a theme is Jackie Begane for the Beatles Lucy Diamond, Lennon, Harrison, McCartney and Starr. I thought the literature pun names from Rochelle Breedon and the sushi names from Joy O’Malley Browning (we picked one), Lisa MacCarley and Alice Pollack were cute. Thank you all so much for participating. We had fun reading your suggestions and comments.

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