Fancy Cats & Dogs Rescue Team

A nonprofit organization

$350 raised by 2 donors

1% complete

$30,000 Goal


Fancy Cats & Dogs Rescue Team is a non-profit 501(c)(3) pet adoption organization serving the DMV area. FCDRT works hand-in-hand with low-income, rural shelters finding homes for cats and dogs in need. Our mission is to reduce euthanasia by promoting spay and neuter practices, to find suitable lifetime homes for our cats and dogs, and to educate the public on responsible pet ownership.

Founded in August 1997 by Catherine Awad, Fancy Cats & Dogs has now grown to over 400 fosters and volunteers with four PetSmart Adoption Centers. In addition, we have partnered with Alexandria's first cat cafe + wine bar, Mount Purrnon.

On average, Fancy Cats & Dogs helps over 2,000 cats and dogs each year. Since our inception in 1997, we have found loving homes for more than 25,000 cats and dogs, but there is still much work to do. As part of our mission, we do not turn away cats or dogs due to illnesses or injuries. In fact, we are usually the ones who take them in when no one else is willing to...but that is only true when we have the financial resources to do so..


The last two years have been so incredibly difficult. With so many events and projects canceled, we face a huge deficit that directly impacts the number of lives we can save in 2022. Your donation can help change that.

Will you help us realize big changes for next year? By DONATING TODAY, you will help us raise the $55,000 that we need in order to:

  • Pay off our existing medical bills so we can continue to save more lives going forward.
  • Get us closer to buying a mobile spay/neuter clinic where we can have life-saving procedures done at a fraction of the cost of what we have to pay today.
  • Move the needle on our ultimate goal of owning our own property giving cats and dogs a safe space to wait for their forever home.

As a reminder, every single dollar raised helps; no amount is too small as it all adds up to our common goal! It could even be the life of your new family member that we save next!


This year, we would love to raise even more than $55,000 and we're hoping our amazing village of supporters can make it happen. We kindly ask... 

  • that you please share our Giving Tuesday homepage on your Facebook, Twitter or email by clicking "share" in the upper left hand corner. Please let your friends and family know why our rescue is important to you.
  • Watch our Facebook and Giving Tuesday page on November 30th for matching fund challenges and to see our progress!


Thank you so much in advance for your compassion and generosity. We thank you, and the animals thank you.

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Fancy Cats & Dogs Rescue Team

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PO Box 182



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