When I wanted to adopt a cat it took me months to find the right one. I’m very picky, and it’s almost impossible to get an idea of what a cat is really like when you meet them at a shelter or adoption event.They are in small cages that they don’t like and surrounded by strange humans and cats that they don’t know. This makes a lot of them grumpy, or disinterested in meeting peopleJust as I was thinking it was hopeless, a big beautiful silver tabby caught my eye at a Fancy Cats Animal Rescue event.His name is Mac, and when the Fancy Cats volunteer brought him out of the cage, he was all over me in seconds. He sat there, half in my lap, and purred and meowed. He had my heart right then!The volunteer was very helpful and actually knew quite a bit about Mac because she fosters many of the cats herself! She had firsthand knowledge of what he would be like when I got him home, which is something that no other shelter or rescue, could tell me about their cats.At first I thought that this one particular volunteer just went the extra mile. But when more and more of the volunteers told me about their experiences with Mac, I realized that these volunteers don’t just put food out and clean litter boxes. They truly care for the cats and get to know them.I was still scared though. Mac is 7 years old and FIV+. I didn’t want a cat that was going to run up huge vet bills or leave me heartbroken after a short life with me at home.Luckily, the volunteers at Fancy Cats were able to explain to me that Feline HIV is not as serious as human HIV. And that most indoor cats who are FIV+ live long and healthy lives. When I looked around and saw all the families adopting younger cats and kittens, I knew I couldn’t leave Mac there. Someone had to give this precious kitty a home.When I finally decided I couldn’t live without him, I was met with a good surprise. Because Mac was an older kitty, Fancy Cats waved the adoption fee! Sure enough, when I had Mac checked on at the Vet after a few weeks at home, the Dr. told me that Mac was healthy and happy and should be my friend for many years.Mac has changed my life. He’s my best friend and we cuddle so much that it makes my girlfriend jealous! I’m so happy that Fancy Cats was there so that Mac and I could find each other and so that they could put my mind at ease before taking him home.THANK YOU FANCY CATS ANIMAL RESCUE!!!!!
Mission Statement Fancy Cats Rescue Team was founded in 1997 and is a completely volunteer run non-profit, no-kill cat rescue. Our mission is to end needless euthanasia at shelters in the National Capital area by rescuing and finding suitable lifetime homes for our cats, promoting spaying and neutering, and educating the public on responsible pet ownership. Description Fancy Cats Rescue Team is a 501(c) non-profit organization.The Fancy Cats Rescue Team is a passionate leader in the animal rescue community with over 20 years experience. Founded in August 1997 by Cathy Awad, Fancy Cats now has three PetSmart Adoption Centers, an adoption center at Chico’s Pet Depot and 100+ volunteers.We provide adoption, rescue and education services by finding suitable lifetime homes for our cats, rescuing cats on death row at local shelters and educating the public on responsible pet ownership. We aspire to offer in-house spay and neuter services.We live by our core values of integrity in all our dealings; compassion for all life; respect for our cats, our constituents and each other; and teamwork. We are responsive to our donors, adopters, volunteers and the public. Our volunteers and staff are recognized for their responsibility, dedication, knowledge and helpful service.We provide these services for cats that would otherwise be euthanized, potential adopters, donors, local animal shelters, and our community.
When a volunteer animal-rescuer coordinator for Virginia-based Fancy Cats Rescue Team sent an email critical of the care provided by Baltimore County Animal Services at its Baldwin shelter in 2013, which has been the subject of much public controversy over its high rate of euthanasia and low rate of adoption, she and Fancy Cats were promptly banned by the shelter’s director from rescuing its animals. Last year, Fancy Cats and its volunteer, Denise Arnot, sued the director, Charlotte Crenson, alleging that by banning them, she had retaliated against them for exercising their free-speech rights. Since then, Crenson moved to have the suit decided in her favor. Yesterday, Maryland U.S. District Judge James Bredar denied Crenson’s effort.Bredar ruled that Fancy Cats and Arnot have properly alleged a violation of “the right to exercise constitutionally protected free speech, free of a state actor’s retaliatory adverse act,” his opinion states, and that Crenson is not immune from being sued since her alleged conduct “violated a clearly established constitutional right.” What’s more, the plaintiff’s claims are over a “valuable government benefit,” namely their “opportunity to serve as a volunteer or partner with a government organization.” Meanwhile, the shelter’s practices continue to draw organized concern, including an ACLU letter accusing it of free-speech suppression—and another lawsuit. Filed in December in Baltimore County Circuit Court, that complaint asks that Baltimore County “cease and desist” from practices that “fail to abide” by laws that require it to “provide basic necessities to animals placed in their care, including wholesome food, potable water, a healthy and clean living environment, exercise, and basic veterinary care,” and to “make reasonable efforts to contact the owners of impounded animals.” The county’s “routine failures result in the mistreatment and neglect of sick, wounded, and healthy animals alike, and in the unnecessary, inhumane, and wrongful killing of animals,” states the lawsuit, which is being brought by three concerned citizens, Anne George, Jody Kesner, and Jody Rosoff.
Fancy Cats works to end needless euthanasia by providing a safety net for cats that have been abandoned. We rescue friendly strays, cats on “death row” at local shelters, and assist other rescue groups and personnel in emergency situations. We take owner release cats as space permits with all medical work done (including sterilization, FeLV/FIV test, and rabies and distemper shots that are current). We also require a tax dedeuctible donation of our choosing depending on the cats age and general health. We take strays as space permits. We DO NOT accept feral (wild) cats.
When a volunteer animal-rescuer coordinator for Virginia-based Fancy Cats Rescue Team sent an email critical of the care provided by Baltimore County Animal Services at its Baldwin shelter in 2013, which has been the subject of much public controversy over its high rate of euthanasia and low rate of adoption, she and Fancy Cats were promptly banned by the shelter’s director from rescuing its animals. Last year, Fancy Cats and its volunteer, Denise Arnot, sued the director, Charlotte Crenson, alleging that by banning them, she had retaliated against them for exercising their free-speech rights. Since then, Crenson moved to have the suit decided in her favor. Yesterday, Maryland U.S. District Judge James Bredar denied Crenson’s effort.
If I could give them zero stars, I would!Everything was great w/ Fancy Cats until we had to surrender our furbaby. Our son is extremely allergic. We tried for over a year to get his allergy under control, but he wound up in the hospital several times and we were told by several doctors, “You HAVE to get rid of your cats.” We were utterly devastated. The woman who we contacted to start the process was very short and cold. I’d write a paragraph, explain how horrible we felt, and she’d write back a maximum of 10-15 words. That’s it. When I asked her (quite nicely, I might add) why she was being so cold and short with us, she got rude and sarcastic. Her exact response: “Unfortunately , I work like 18 hours a day (fulltime and FCRT)and get like about 300 emails a day and have my own kids, husband and animals so I apologize”. Definitely not a sincere apology at all. From that point on she was rude with me and my husband. My husband called her at one point and she was rude to him from the get-go (which is bad, considering he gets along with EVERYONE). She actually called me and harassed/yelled at me at one point. This was a horrible situation for someone who already has anxiety and depression (me). Because of how horrible she was, and how she basically gave us NO INFORMATION, other than “Come here at this time to surrender”, we decided we would rather take our baby to the animal shelter. We have a great repertoire with them, and we knew our baby wouldn’t get euthanized because they only do that with very aggressive and very ill animals (our Jules was neither). We called her in advance to ask to be released from our contract. After several emails and that harassing call I mentioned above, the woman said we could be released. She said we could take her to the shelter and she’d call them to let them know it was ok for them to keep her. Fast forward to today (2 1/2 weeks after we surrendered our baby), and we find out she straight up LIED to us. The shelter informed us that Fancy Cats took possession of our baby, and now we have no idea where she is or what has become of her. We were worried they would stick her in one of those glass cages you see at PetSmart, and we knew she would NOT do well there. She’s terrified of strangers! And I’m beyond heartbroken to think that may be where she is right now.This woman made what was already a VERY difficult time for us into a complete nightmare. After dealing with them, my anxiety has spiked, and I had to go on medication. And to top things off, this woman was the executive director!!! So it’s not like I could go above her head. I do NOT recommend Fancy Cats. There are plenty of other cat adoption organizations in this area who don’t treat heartbroken people like trash.