About MEOW Foundation
Founded in 2000, MEOW Foundation is a specialized cat-focused registered charity and humane society with a no-kill mandate. We rescue and facilitate the adoption of stray and abandoned cats into new, loving permanent homes. We work hard to ensure that each MEOW cat is matched with the best possible home based on his or her personality, history, habits and individual needs.
In addition to our Rescue and Adoption program, MEOW Foundation offers a subsidized Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), Cat Food Assistance Program and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program for cats living in the Calgary community. MEOW Foundation also offers cat care information and spay/neuter education to the public to promote responsible pet ownership and reduce the problem of pet overpopulation.
Our volunteers and staff are passionate about providing the best care to every cat and dedicated to providing the best services to our supporters. We believe that through the dedication and compassion of people across the planet, we will create a society that respects the animals with whom we share the world. Together we can Make Each One Wanted.
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How We Help
Did you know that thousands of cats and kittens are killed in Canadian animal shelters each year and thousands more are starving on the streets? In fact, statistics show that of the estimated 1.1 million cats brought to Canadian shelters in 2011, nearly half were euthanized due to a lack of space or resources to care for them, or illness (CFHS Cats in Canada Report 2012).
MEOW Foundation’s unique multi-faceted approach offers an effective, humane and sustainable solution to the problem.
To date, we’ve helped more than 14,000 cats and kittens. With your help, we hope to double this number by 2019.
Since 2000, MEOW Foundation has found forever homes for more than 6,000 cats and kittens and improved the lives of more than 14,000 felines through our TNR, SNAP and other programs and services. MEOW was also the first Calgary-based animal welfare organization to promote the adoption (not euthanization) of cats with special needs.
During the 2013-2014 fiscal year alone, MEOW rescued and provided temporary shelter to 650 cats in Calgary. In addition, more than 60 were neutered and returned to their neighbourhoods as part of our TNR program and 1,526 cats received spay or neuter surgeries through SNAP.
MEOW receives its funding from public donations, grants and fundraising activities. Our supporters are people just like you, people who care about the homeless cats of Calgary and want to make a difference in their lives. With your help, we can make a difference for these cats and kittens. Learn more about how you can help.
The MEOW Story
MEOW Foundation was founded in 2000 by 11 passionate volunteers brought together by their concern for the welfare of stray and abandoned cats in the City of Calgary. At the time, the majority of cats in Calgary’s shelters faced euthanasia. The MEOW 11 set out to create an alternative model—a model whereby no cat would be killed.
And so, the MEOW Foundation was born. The organization opened a cageless shelter with a no-kill mandate and also became well known for its expertise in cat behaviour as well as its evidence-based humane programs to reduce cat overpopulation. In short, the MEOW 11 laid the groundwork for what is today one of the most respected and effective cat-specialized foundations in Canada.
Fifteen years later, MEOW Foundation has become a mainstay of the Calgary charitable landscape. Many of the MEOW 11 are still actively involved with the organization, volunteering their time to further the mission of the charity they helped create.