This past Giving Tuesday our community came together to raise $8942 across our various fundraising platforms! Your charitable gift will directly help cats in need, funding our life-saving programs that are not possible without support from donors. Your continued generosity has allowed us to save 300 precious lives over the last 11 months. It has given second chances to cats like Winnie (pictured) and so many others.
We have big plans for 2020 and feel incredibly grateful to have an amazing community by our side! Together, we are saving and changing lives.
Melissa & Heidi (Co-founders) & the entire Ten Lives Crew
Giving Tuesday is here and the world is a buzz with excitement. We know you could donate to any organization and we are incredibly grateful that you chose to support Ten Lives!
What is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a day for people all over the globe to come together to donate their time, money, and support for non-profits organizations like Ten Lives!
Why give today? Facebook and PayPal have committed to matching donations made on Giving Tuesday up to $100,000 per non-profit and totaling 7 million dollars! This match is on a first-come, first-serve basis until matching funds are depleted. In addition to this, the Ten Lives Board of Directors is providing a generous $2,000 match! By donating today, you have the opportunity to triple your impact!
Don’t adoption fees cover everything? Why do you need donations? Routinely, cats that arrive to Ten Lives need veterinary care above and beyond routine services. A majority of the cats we rescue have lived difficult lives on the street and are often sick with upper respiratory infections, parasites, conjunctivitis, and many other ailments caused by poor nutrition and living conditions. Our expenses include not just routine veterinary care, but emergency funds for cats needing critical care. Ten Lives believes that funds should not be the determining factor when making decisions about life-saving care and your donation today ensures we never have to!
How will we use your funds?
- $10 provides 1 rabies vaccination
- $20 provides 1 month of wet food for 1 cat
- $25 provides 1 wellness visit
- $50 provides 1 FIV/FeLV test
- $75 provides 1 spay or neuter
- $100 provides blood work for 1 sick cat
- $225 completely sponsors the veterinary care for one healthy kitten
Thanks, purrs, and kisses from Lazarus!
2019 has been a busy year for Ten Lives volunteers. Within the last 11 months we have rescued and rehabilitated 284 cats and we still have a little over a month left in the year. Thanks to our amazing adopters, 217 of these felines have found loving forever homes! Since accepting the first cat into our program in May 2018, volunteers have have worked tirelessly to change the landscape for cats in our community. To date, we have rescued 389 cats from dismal situations and needless suffering.
We owe this incredible success to our amazing foster families, volunteers, and of course, you! The Ten Lives family is just getting started with our life-saving work and we have big plans in 2020 to help the cats in our community.
On Tuesday, 12/3, Ten Lives will be participating in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving back to your favorite local charities that inspire you. Facebook and PayPal will be matching donations starting at 8 am EST on a first come, first serve basis. Since Facebook does not charge fees for donating to non-profits and Ten Lives runs on the generosity of volunteers, every cent you donate will truly help save lives!
Wondering what we’ll be doing with your life-saving gifts? Read below to learn more about just some of the cats that have and continue to benefit from your generosity.
This past year, Ten Lives has helped 16 Mama cats get off the streets and into loving foster homes where they could safely have their babies. These Mama cats and their kittens thrived under the care of their foster families, were spayed or neutered, fully vetted, and found loving adoptive homes. Never again will these Mamas have unwanted litters and contribute to the homeless animal population. Their kittens will not grow up to be feral cats living on the streets and suffering the same fate as their Mamas. We have stopped the endless cycle of needless suffering for this group of cats, but there is still more work to do and your donations allow Ten Lives to take action and save lives!
Your generous donations on Giving Tuesday, and every day, allow Ten Lives to continue to help cats like Julian. Julian arrived to Ten Lives after he became sick with a urinary blockage. His family did not have the funds to provide critical care and the life long management he would need to survive. Thankfully, one of the Ten Lives co-founders became aware of the situation and intervened before he was unnecessarily euthanized. Shortly after Julian was admitted to the emergency vet it was discovered that he was positive for feline leukemia. All over this country cats with FeLV are unnecessarily euthanized. At Ten Lives, we believe that this population of cats is just as deserving of loving adoptive homes as their counterparts. Your continued generosity allows Ten Lives to provide longer term foster care and the proper vet care needed to meet Julian’s unique needs.
Winnie and Gus were two shelter cats that just happened to end up sharing a cage and finding comfort in each other. They thought they had found their forever home; however, due to an illness in the family their owner could no longer care for them. Unfortunately, the shelter where they were adopted from would not take them back into the program and they found themselves with no where to go. Thankfully, Ten Lives was contacted with a plea for help and a foster was available so they could be accepted into the Ten Lives family. Winnie is an adorable tripawd tabby who is shy and relies on her best friend, Gus, for confidence. Gus is a handsome black and white feline that is curious and playful. Together, they are the perfect duo! W&G are looking for a quiet home with a patient adopter that will give them the love and support they need to blossom in their new space. Thanks to our donors, cats like Winnie & Gus can be given the time they need to find the perfect home. There is no time limit on their stay and your donations help defray the cost of their longer term care.
Ten Lives is dedicated to giving a second chance to those who have been forgotten: seniors, the physically and emotionally scarred, the behaviorally challenged, and those in need of critical medical care. For cats like Soul, Ten Lives is the only option when they find themselves suddenly losing their home. As a senior diabetic cat, Soul was turned away from every local shelter, but when a Ten Lives volunteer heard about his situation she felt compelled to help and of course we were happy to accept him into our program. Soul is now thriving in his foster home where he is patiently waiting for the right family to find him. He and his foster Mom have developed a daily routine that allows Soul to easily receive his twice daily insulin injections. Because of generous supporters, cats like Soul get to live their golden years with dignity.
Lunar and Orion arrived to Ten Lives back in June 2019. They, along with 4 adult cats and 4 other kittens, had been living in a home in Pawtucket. Unfortunately, none of the cats had been spayed or neutered and were living indoors and outdoors. Due to this, one of the adult cats arrived to Ten Lives pregnant and all of the kittens suffered from severe upper respiratory infections. In addition to this, all of the adults cats were suffering from flea dermatitis and one of the kittens required enucleation surgery due to an unknown injury. Unfortunately, Lunar never seemed to be able to recover from his upper respiratory infection and it was discovered that he had a nasal polyp, which is unusual for a cat his age. Lunar has required extensive treatment at a specialty vet, numerous visits, and many meds. Thankfully, Lunar and Orion have an amazing foster Mom who has worked tirelessly to help Lunar recuperate. We’re elated to say that he is finally on the mend and will soon be available for adoption with his brother, Orion!
Your donations are truly life-saving gifts. We couldn’t rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home any of our foster cats without the amazing support from our community and donors. We are indescribably grateful for all of you!
This Giving Tuesday, join us on Facebook for a global day of giving and reflecting back on the lives you helped save this past year. Feeling extra inspired? Start your own fundraiser for this special day!
Ten Lives is committed to saving homeless, abused, and abandoned cats. We are dedicated to giving a second chance to those who have been forgotten: seniors, the physically and emotionally scarred, the behaviorally challenged, and those who need critical medical care. With the help of dedicated foster families and generous donors we are able to provide second chances and ensure these forgotten felines get the socialization, medical care, and some times long-term foster support they need and deserve.
Meet the members of The 6 Month Club. These are cats that have been in the Ten Lives program for 6 months or longer. This is not due their lack of adoptability, but rather because they have required additional care and support to blossom into their true selves.
We hope you’ll read their stories and consider adding one of these deserving felines to your home!
Stella spent more of her life living outside and having kittens. Thankfully, a Good Samaritan decided to take action and get Stella the help and care she desperately needed. Since arriving to Ten Lives Stella has made a lot of progress in her foster home. She was once a terrified cat that never left her crate and now she can be found exploring around her foster home, hanging out on the cat condo, and sleeping in her favorite beds. Stella fosters with 3 cats and has been fantastic with all of them. She’s going to need a quiet home with humans that are willing to give her time to blossom in her new space. But let us tell you, this gal is worth it! Every milestone she reaches warms our hearts and we love seeing her finally enjoying indoor life. Stella has been in the Ten Lives program for 311 days and would love to find her forever home! Click on her photo to learn more.
Pretty Boy joined Ten Lives after he was surrendered from an overcrowding situation. He had lived with many cats and had not received proper veterinary care. Thankfully, we were able to take PB into the rescue and get him the medical care he deserved. Because of the situation he came from, Pretty Boy is FIV+. All over the country cats with FIV are euthanized, but at Ten Lives we know they’re worth saving and equally deserving of forever homes. Pretty Boy is an incredibly affectionate cat and wants nothing more than to love and be loved. He will even accept belly rubs and we promise it’s not a trap! He’s laid back and very easy to have in the house. We think he’s easy to fall in love with, too! Pretty Boy has been in the Ten Lives program for 175 days and would love to find his forever home! Click on his photo to learn more.
Before arriving to Ten Lives Billy lived a challenging life outdoors. He was born outside, like so many kittens are, and struggled to survive. He arrived to us as an older kitten, but showed promise for socialization. With the support of his foster family, Billy has become a sweet and playful feline. He loves playing with his toys, rolling in catnip, and the company of other cats. In fact, Billy’s forever home must have another friendly feline to show him the way. If your cat is looking for a new best friend Billy could be the one! Billy has been in the Ten Lives program for 286 days and would love to find his forever home! Click on his photo to learn more.
April and Maya are bonded sisters who had a rough start in life. Before arriving to Ten Lives they were with another rescue where they didn’t receive the socialization that is so important for young kittens. Thankfully, one of our dedicated foster Moms agreed to take them into her home and they have been thriving! Maya is outgoing, curious, and affectionate. April is more reserved, but curious and playful. Together, they are an incredible pair. April and Maya would love a forever home with a friendly resident feline to show them the way and patient humans that will give them time to adjust to their new home. April and Maya have been in the Ten Lives program for 219 days and would love to find his forever home! Click on their photo to learn more.
Sammy arrived to Ten Lives from a large unmanaged cat colony in Central Falls. It was obvious that life had not been kind to him and that he was struggling to survive. Thankfully, one of our amazing foster Moms agreed to take Sammy in and help him build some catfidence. Sammy has learned that he loves to sunbathe- if there is a sunbeam, there is a Sammy. He also enjoys hanging out in the cat condo and playing with his favorite toys. Most importantly, he LOVES other cats. In fact, the friendly felines in his foster home help Sammy be more confident and he would love a cat sibling in his forever home. Sammy will need patient humans who will give him the time and patience he needs to blossom! Sammy has been in the Ten Lives program for 239 days and would love to find his forever home! Click on his photo to learn more.
Mochi joined Ten Lives after a volunteer heard about his story and felt compelled to help. Mochi was abandoned in an empty apartment after his owner moved out. He spent several days there without food or water before the landlord found him. It was reported by other tenants that they would hear Mochi’s owner verbally and physically abuse him- which breaks our heart. Mochi is thriving in his foster home and has blossomed into a inquisitive, affectionate, and playful feline! Though initially shy, with time and patience Mochi will make you feel like the luckiest person in the world! Mochi has been in the Ten Lives program for 205 days and would love to find his forever home! Click on his photo to learn more.
Cleo arrived to Ten Lives shortly after she gave birth to 4 beautiful kittens. She was a fantastic mother and took great care of her babies. All of her kittens have since gone home and Cleo now gets to focus on herself. Though initially shy, she is incredibly sweet and has the best purr. She also loves to play and leaps through the air like an acrobat while playing with her toys! Cleo recently started sleeping in bed with her foster Mom which has us elated. Cleo would do wonderful in a home with a friendly feline companion. Cleo has been in the Ten Lives program for 251 days and would love to find her forever home! Click on her photo to learn more.
Aspen was born in one of our amazing foster homes after her Mom arrived to us very pregnant. Everyone was seemingly healthy when one day the kittens became ill with upper respiratory and conjunctivitis. Their foster Mom worked tirelessly to nurse this family back to health, which required numerous vet visits and meds. Not uncommonly, this virus also infected Aspen’s left eye. Though she has perfect vision, she will forever have a cloudy eye. Despite all of this, Aspen is the perfect teenage kitten! She loves to play and is a total love bug. She loves watching the birds and squirrels from her favorite window and is beyond adorable when she gets the zoomies! Aspen has been in the Ten Lives program for 185 days and would love to find her forever home! Click on her photo to learn more.
Hazel was born in one of our amazing foster homes after her Mom arrived to us very pregnant. Everyone was seemingly healthy when one day the kittens became ill with upper respiratory and conjunctivitis. Their foster Mom worked tirelessly to nurse this family back to health which required numerous vet visits and meds. Now that Hazel is healthy she’s on the hunt for a forever home. Hazel is such a ham! She loves to hide around corners and spring out to surprise her foster family. She’s curious, friendly, and just a lot of fun! Hazel is full of love and silliness and will be a great addition to nearly any home. Hazel has been in the Ten Lives program for 185 days and would love to find her forever home! Click on her photo to learn more.
Arya and Sansa arrived to Ten Lives as young kittens and had been born outside. Shortly after their arrival they developed significant signs of ringworm. Ringworm is not a worm, but a fungus that affects the skin and coat. It’s totally treatable, yet across this country cats and kittens with ringworm are unnecessarily euthanized. At Ten Lives, we know cats with ringworm are worth saving. For months, Arya and Sansa have been undergoing treatment and we are elated to say they have finally been cleared of this annoying fungus! These sisters are immensely bonded and looking for a forever home together. They are curious, playful, friendly, and loving! Arya & Sansa have been in the Ten Lives program for 189 days and would love to find their forever home! Click on their photo to learn more.