Our Story Why We Exist
Puddecombe was spotted by one of MEOW Foundation's community cat caregivers in early March 2013. She took one look at him and knew he was in rough shape. Puddy, as he came to be called, was rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic where we learned he had likely been hit by a car and left for dead. His jaw was broken in two places and he needed surgery to repair the damage. He would also need extensive post-operative care while he healed.
Thanks to MEOW, Puddecombe was able to receive life-saving surgery and specialized care in a loving foster home. Despite the daily challenges of recovering from head trauma and living with his jaw wired shut, Puddecombe persevered, regaining his strength with each passing day.
Five months later, his jaw had healed and he’d successfully relearned how to eat, use his litterbox and play. He'd also regained his energy and would run around with his foster siblings until they were all tuckered out.
Puddecombe is now living life to the fullest, happy to have been matched with a wonderful adoptive family who loves him unconditionally.
At MEOW Foundation, we work hard to ensure each cat who comes through our doors is matched with the best possible home based on his or her personality, history, habits and individual needs. We are passionate about delivering best-in-class programs to our community and are dedicated to providing every cat with the very best care.
We believe that through the dedication and compassion of people across the planet, we will create a society that respects all animals with whom we share the world. Together, we can Make Each One Wanted.
Our Impact What We Do
MEOW Foundation was founded in the year 2000 by 11 passionate volunteers brought together by their concern for the welfare of stray and abandoned cats in Calgary.
At the time, the majority of cats in local shelters faced euthanasia. The MEOW 11 set out to create an alternative model of animal welfare - a model where no cat would be killed. And so, MEOW Foundation was born.
Soon, MEOW opened a cageless shelter with a no-kill mandate and became well known for its expertise in cat behaviour as well as its evidence-based humane programs to reduce cat overpopulation. More than 15 years later, MEOW has become a mainstay of the Calgary charitable landscape and is one of the most respected feline-focused organizations in Canada.
Each year, we help more than 2,000 cats and kittens. With your help, we hope to continue providing support to Calgary's stray and abandoned felines.
OUR VISION: All communities caring for every cat with respect and compassion.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
- No-Kill Philosophy: We believe in a no-kill model of animal welfare.
- Standard of Care: We believe every cat, whether young or old, social or shy, in good health or poor deserves a good life. Every cat is to be provided with the medical care, support and love necessary to thrive.
- Happy Homes: We are committed to ensuring every cat finds its perfect match in a family or community home.
- Community: We will work with animal welfare organizations and community members to end cat homelessness.
- Volunteerism: Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do.
- To work with the public to care for and provide shelter to stray, abandoned and feral cats in Calgary;
- To provide the highest level of care to every cat who enters our programs and immediate veterinary treatment to sick or injured cats;
- To match adoptable cats with loving families who will provide them with care and attention for the rest of their natural lives;
- To promote responsible pet ownership, including the spaying/neutering of all cats and kittens; provision of nutritious food, water, shelter, love, regular health care and permanent identification such as a microchip or tattoo; licensing; and prevention from becoming a nuisance;
- To reduce feline overpopulation and suffering;
- To promote humane treatment, compassion and respect for all animals.
OUR RESULTS (2014-2015):
MEOW Foundation continues to maintain a financially stable organization through the hard work of staff and volunteers, making the most of every dollar that we receive from donors and grantors. Looking to the future, the Board has been busy working on several significant steps towards our goal of moving the shelter operations into our new building. We have been working with both local architects as well as “shelter specialists” from the United States on the design of the new shelter. Below are some of our numbers from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015:
- 1,469 Subsidized Spay and Neuter Surgeries
- 645 Cat and Kitten Adoptions
- 75 Trap Neuter Return Cats
Dear MEOW (A Testimonial):
This has been our third Christmas with our beautiful cat Jayce (aka The Red Rocket Anarchist Cat). We wanted to take a moment to thank MEOW Foundation and to let you know that we have been very happy to have him in our lives. He adds daily fun and laughter with his antics. He loves his bed and usually sleeps with his favourite toy - a stuffed unicorn. He also looks for high places to hang out, often sitting on his scratching perch or other fun places so he can watch what everyone is doing.
Our Programs How We Do It
MEOW Foundation is the only rescue organization in Calgary offering the three core programs necessary to reduce and ultimately eliminate the homeless cat overpopulation problem. Together, our programs control the cat population at the source and actively promote responsible pet ownership.
OUR THREE CORE PROGRAMS:
- Rescue and Adoption: At any given time, MEOW provides shelter and daily care to 150 cats and kittens awaiting loving adoptive homes. All cats that come through our doors are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and given permanent microchip identification. Our Adoption Specialists work diligently to match each cat with a home that best suits his or her personality and needs.
- Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP): SNAP helps low-income Calgarians cover the costs of feline spay and neuter surgeries - and when sextuplets are the norm, these surgeries play a big role in reducing pet homelessness. In the past year alone, SNAP has helped pay for more than 1,500 surgeries.
- Trap Neuter Return (TNR): Our TNR program humanely traps, spays or neuters, and microchips feral cats living in Calgary communities. These cats are then returned to their neighbourhoods where trained community caregivers provide them with stable sources of food, water and shelter.
Our unique multi-faceted approach has had a significant positive impact on cats and pet owners in Calgary. Over the past 10 years, local organizations have seen a decline in stray cats and have noted a marked increase in the number of cats who come through their doors already spayed or neutered. But with thousands of cats still on the streets, there is still lots of work to do. Please help us continue to provide community programs that save lives.
Our Requests What You Can Do
We are a grassroots organization and to say we love cats in an understatement. When you donate to MEOW Foundation, you help rescue, care for and find permanent adoptive homes for stray and abandoned cats in Calgary and area. Your donations also help us provide Spay/Neuter Assistance to cat owners in-need as well as Trap Neuter Return services to feral cats living in neighbourhoods across the city.
And remember, whether you choose to make a one-time donation or ongoing commitment; ask friends and family to donate in lieu of gifts for your special event; or wish to create a lasting legacy by making a bequest, we’re always here to help. Simply send us an email or call our Manager of Fund Development directly at 403-903-1450.
How You Can Help
Donate to our Capital Campaign: In 2014, MEOW purchased a 7,000 sq ft building in Northeast Calgary. Our new facility will be custom designed to support first-class feline care and rehabilitation and will allow us to help more cats than ever before. Currently, we are working towards raising the necessary funds to complete the first phase of renovations and we hope to be able to be in our new home by Spring 2017. Please donate to our Capital Campaign and help us move one step closer to moving in!
Leave a Legacy: Make a lasting gift that helps for years to come, such as a bequest, donation of life insurance or donation of securities.
Volunteer with MEOW: MEOW Foundation is 95 per cent volunteer run and operated—from Adoption Centre cleaners, to foster parents, to event staff, to members of our senior operations team. Please check out our current volunteer opportunities and submit your application to get involved.
Wish List Giving: Purchase an item or items on our Wish List to help keep our Adoption Centre and foster homes up and running.