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.