Little Mews is an all volunteer, non profit, 501(c)3, no-kill, animal rescue organization which was formed in 2005 in upstate NY.
We closed our doors at the Norwich, NY facility in 2017.
Now we're based in Lenawee County in southeastern Michigan. Our cats and kittens are housed in foster homes where they're lovingly cared for while waiting for adoption.
We take in cats and kittens from a variety of situations, 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.
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. The cats and kittens who are ready for adoption have been checked by a vet, vaccinated for FVRCP, 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.
Little Mews is still in the process of reorganizing and continues to grow. We do have to limit the number of cats we can take in based on the number of foster homes available. We're going to continue to help with feral cat population and work with others in effort to TNR as many cats as we can.
Our 501(c)3 non-profit organization depends on your generous donations. We're not funded by any governmental agencies. Every dollar of your donation goes towards caring for the cats and kittens to provide veterinary care, medication, nutritious food, supplies and whatever else they need. If you'd like to donate money, food or other supplies please see our donation page.
Your donations are tax-deductible and receipts will be sent if requested.
~ 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.
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, after all, she started it.
Genny kept most of her 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.
Mr. T was also a foster who ended up staying. 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 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.