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Little Mews is an all volunteer, non profit, 501(c)3 rescue organization located in Chenango County NY. We take in cats and kittens from a variety of situations, most are stray, unwanted, neglected or abused. We can also refer you to other organizations in the area that have dogs, cats and other animals for adoption, and have information about low cost spay and neuter options.

 

All our cats and kittens who are ready for adoption have been checked by a vet, vaccinated for FVRCCP, rabies (if over 4 months), tested for Feline Leukemia, FIV, wormed, and spayed/neutered if old enough. Any health conditions are treated so that the cats can be adopted as healthy as possible.  

 

Our cats don't live in shelter cages, they're cared for in family homes with lots of love and attention. They're socialized with other cats and large friendly dogs. We try to get them to adapt to normal family life so they'll be ready to settle in to their new homes quickly. Since the cats and kittens live in a home, not a shelter cage, we can take the time to know each cat individually. We know which ones are shy or outgoing, who is the most playful, or the most quiet. Because we know the personality of each cat and kitten, we're able to match you with one that will fit your lifestyle the best. 

 

Our goal is to find safe, healthy, forever homes for cats and to promote spay/neuter so that the number of unwanted cats is lowered every year. We want each cat and kitten adopted to a home where it will live forever and promise to take back any who are unable to remain with you, at any time, for any reason.

 

We ask for an adoption donation, which is  used to help cover the cost of veterinary care and may vary depending on the age and special needs of the cat/kitten.   We spay and neuter all older kittens and adult cats before they are adopted and that will be included in the adoption fee.  There is spay/neuter assistance available for low income families if needed, through the state or local organizations.

 

On occasion we'll list cats (or even a dog or two) as a courtesy to others who need to find new homes for their pets, and can help arrange adoption for you. If you need to find a new home for your cat or find yourself with unwanted kittens, we'll help you find homes for them.

 

Foster homes are always needed to help care for the cats and kittens until they can find permanent homes. If you'd like to foster a litter of kittens or adult cats, please let us know.

 

Our non-profit, no-kill organization depends on your generous donations. Every penny of the donations goes towards caring for the cats and kittens to provide veterinary care, good food, supplies and whatever else they need. If you'd like to donate  please see our donation page here

 

          



~ In the beginning... GENNY - the first little mew ~

Genny was one of our first foster kittens many years ago. She was born a feral kitten, her mother died, then her litter was given to another mother cat to raise. I took them all in when they were around 2 weeks old. Genny never meowed like a normal cat, she only made a tiny little mew sound so I started calling her "little mew". They grew healthy and the rest of the litter went on to be adopted, but she was a bit shy and slower than the others, had to be babied a bit longer. Torties and calicos were always my favorites, I think she knew it and played me just right so she should stay here forever. It worked!!!

Litter after litter of fosters arrived, it snowballed, I was getting more and more calls about unwanted cats and kittens. More needed to be done, too many cats, not enough help for them. I decided to form my own rescue. I filled out the paperwork to get it going, needed to think of a name for the rescue.  I decided to name it Little Mews because of Genny, afterall, she started it.

Genny always had many feral traits, she was very bonded with me but shy of strangers. If someone was visiting, she would never be seen. My little sidekick, she sat on the arm of my chair or on my desk. She liked some of the other cats but most of all, she loved one of our dogs, Mr. T. the most.  Mr. T was also a foster who ended up here and never left. Quite the odd couple, he was a dorky Pit Bull with a heart of gold, she was the dainty scaredy cat who was afraid of her own shadow! They became inseparable, she shared his bed with him every night, they followed each other around every day. 

Eventually Mr. T's health took a turn for the worst and he passed away. Genny became very depressed without him. She refused to go downstairs anymore, she stayed in my husband's computer room where Mr. T's bed was.  After a year or so she ventured downstairs again, but she just seemed to give up on life, sleeping near the stairs as if to wait for him.  On March 22, 2013, she was given her wings and flew off to the heavens to join Mr. T for all eternity. I really think she died of a broken heart since she never had any serious health problems.

I was very saddened by Genny's passing, I loved her very much.  Some days I still seem to see her out of the corner of my eye. Her spirit is still here reminding me of why I started all of this in the first place. On days when this entire rescue business gets overwhelming and I want to give up, I see her tiny little face and hear her tiny little mews.

There's so much more work that needs to be done here. I'm hoping to get my own adoption center building so we'll have more room for the cats. I plan on starting a fund in Genny's name just for helping feral cats. I have a thousand more ideas in my head of things that need to be done, trying to figure out how to raise money to do it. I have to do it for her and all the others.