In October 2021, 16 cats and kittens in Ten Lives Cat Rescue’s care were adopted! Many of the cats who were adopted this month were originally stray cats due to lack of spay/neuter and cat overpopulation. These cats were gradually socialized while they learned about the comforts of a warm bed and delicious food and treats. Others came to our rescue due to unfortunate circumstances that were no fault of their own. One kitten is among this month’s adoptions—she was born in our rescue and was adopted by one of our volunteers!
The road to adoption isn’t always easy—this month, there were a few cases where cats required extensive socialization and medical care. Thankfully, all of our adopted cats had extremely dedicated and patient foster families. Our rescue relies heavily on donations from our amazing supporters to help us give the cats in our care the best possible chance at long, healthy lives where they are cherished by their forever families. In response to the cats in our program’s needs, we have created our Forgotten Feline program to help scared and under-socialized cats regain trust and confidence.
We have also created The Lazzy Fund, which gives a second chance to those cats who have been neglected and forgotten, including cats in need of critical and lifesaving medical care. This month, both the Forgotten Feline program and The Lazzy Fund helped several of our cats prior to their adoptions:
Doug and Ambrosia are an unlikely duo who became incredibly bonded during their time in foster care. Ambrosia is a three-year-old stray who lived behind a church for most of her life. When she arrived at her foster mom’s, it was discovered that she was pregnant with her third (and last!) litter of kittens. Doug was a timid, two-year-old stray who came to our rescue with mats in his fur and a nasty foot injury. While curious, Doug was petrified of people for his first few weeks in his foster home. When introduced, Doug and Ambrosia immediately found comfort with one another and formed an unbreakable bond. Together, they were able to learn from each other and build their cat-fidence. When Ambrosia’s kittens arrived, Doug became “Uncle Doug,” and was constantly found hanging out with the kittens. When they graduated from our Forgotten Feline program, we knew they were better together! Today, they are thriving in their forever home.
Cashmere came to our rescue after living outdoors, and was in rough shape. He was approximately 8.5 years old when he was rescued, and was soon quarantined due to a wound of unknown origin. A few months later, he tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), and for heartworm. While FIV is common in to find in male cats who were formerly outdoors, heartworm is incredibly rare in cats, especially in New England. There isn’t a prescribed treatment plan for heartworm in cats like there is for dogs, but through the help of our partner veterinarians and his dedicated foster family, Cashmere began to feel better. After a six month journey in foster care, he was adopted by his foster family– they couldn’t let him go! He also has recently tested negative for heartworm!
Jerry and his siblings arrived at our rescue in June, and were unfortunately born outside and as a result, arrived to the rescue sick, emaciated, and needing a lot of extra care. Jerry in particular became extremely ill and ended up at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists for three nights. While Jerry’s vet bill was nearly $2,000, we refused to give up on him and knew he deserved a second chance at life. Thanks to the support of our generous donors and followers, we were able to fund half of his vet bill through social media donations. Jerry has since made a full recovery, and is now living his best life with his new forever family.
Congratulations to Ambrosia, Angelo, Bagel, Boots, Cacao, Cashmere, Claudia, Clover, Doug, Erik, Freddie, Jerry, Julia, Laila, Nico, and Sacha for finding their forever homes!
Are you interested in adopting a cat from Ten Lives Cat Rescue? Take a look at our adoptable cats!