August 2021 Adoptions

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In August 2021, 27 cats and kittens in Ten Lives Cat Rescue’s care were adopted! Ranging from approximately three months old to nine years old, some of the kittens were born in our rescue and knew the comforts of a warm bed and delicious food and treats from the beginning. Others were strays that needed time to decompress and learn how to become beloved family members over the course of several months.

The road to adoption isn’t always easy—this month, there were some cases where cats required extensive medical care and 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 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:

Sir Lancelot is currently around 17 weeks old, and had a tough beginning. Due to an accident when he was younger, Sir Lancelot suffered a traumatic injury and had to have one of his legs amputated. His surgery cost $3,100, but we knew he was worth every penny. Thanks to our amazing donors, we were able to raise $2,200 towards his surgery. He hasn’t let this setback hold him back one bit, and has made a full recovery. He is a friendly, outgoing boy who loves to meet new people. Sir Lancelot was adopted this month with his sister, Guinevere.

Munchkin arrived at Ten Lives Cat Rescue at approximately nine weeks old, and was very weak and sick. She needed to be bottle fed around the clock by her dedicated foster family. Bottle feeding is no small task; Munchkin’s foster family had to be sure to feed her a certain amount of formula every few hours. To learn more about bottle feeding, the Kitten Lady has an informative video of what it entails. One of our fosters also went live on our Facebook page to discuss bottle feeding and her experiences.

Over time, Munchkin flourished into a beautiful cat who is described as sweet around people, and playful, energetic, social, and outgoing. Now 20 weeks old, Munchkin’s forever home is with one of our adoption coordinators!

Parsnip was born in the rescue, and was the smallest of the five kittens in her litter. Unlike her siblings, she was not thriving and had to be bottle fed around the clock by her foster family. Today, Parsnip is 19 weeks old, and while she’s still small, she is mighty! Parsnip is playful, inquisitive, and affectionate, and she loves climbing, snoozing in the sun, playing with other cats, running around the house, and chasing her tail.

Lady and Teddy came to the rescue from Providence Animal Control after they were rescued from an overcrowding situation in December 2020. Lady and Teddy are both approximately nine years old, and received little to no veterinary care in their lifetimes. Understandably, they were shut down and did not trust humans, and they soon joined our Forgotten Feline program to gain socialization skills. They both required extensive medical care during their time with our rescue, including dental surgeries—their care was expensive, but we truly believed they were worth saving. Over time, Lady and Teddy began to feel safe and learn to trust again, and while they are still working on their confidence, they are blossoming into their true selves. They recently graduated our Forgotten Feline program, and were adopted into a forever home together this month!

Ace arrived at Ten Lives in December 2020 as a terrified older kitten, and became a part of our Forgotten Feline program. With help from his foster mom and his three feline foster siblings, Ace made great progress on his confidence and bravery over the last several months. Ace also learned how much he loves to play with toys, explore boxes, and zoom around his home. Ace is now a little over a year old, and was recently adopted by a patient forever family who love him and appreciate him for who he is.

Congratulations to Ace, Alf, Ava, Baja, Blueberry, Cabbage, Cinnamon, Fisher, Floof, Gingerbread, Greenbean, Guinevere, Lady, Lego, Mama Tigre, Marshmallow, Mia, Munchkin, Nacho, Orangen, Parsnip, Petunia, Sir Lancelot, Teddy, Tiny Tim, Wren, and Zinnia for finding their forever homes!

Are you interested in adopting a cat from Ten Lives Cat Rescue in September? Take a look at our adoptable cats!

How can you help the cats currently in Ten Lives’ care? Sponsor a Forgotten Feline, become a foster, donate to The Lazzy Fund, or purchase a needed item on our Wishlist.

Volunteer Spotlight: Diandra

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Did you know that Ten Lives Cat Rescue is run entirely by volunteers? We currently have over 70 volunteers in various roles helping us achieve our mission—to save homeless, abused, and abandoned cats by providing veterinary care, rehabilitation services, and then placing them into loving adoptive homes.

Diandra has made an incredible impact as an Adoption Coordinator with Ten Lives, and has been volunteering with us since November 2018. During her time with us, she has assisted in finding almost 100 cats find their forever homes! Diandra has three resident cats named Freyja, Syn, and Beyla, and recently fostered two kittens who went to their forever homes earlier this month.

1. How did you originally hear about us, and what made you decide to become a volunteer?

I had wanted to volunteer with a shelter or rescue for a few years, but was working multiple jobs and didn’t have the time to physically volunteer somewhere, and lived in a small apartment with my three cats so I didn’t have space to foster. I had first heard of Ten Lives in the summer of 2018 via the Providence Flea. In November, I saw a Facebook ad seeking volunteers to be Adoption Coordinators and it mentioned that this was a remote position. I got SO excited. I was really worried about the phone call aspect of it because I feel I am terrible on the phone, but I saw it as a good way to work on improving that. It sounded like the perfect opportunity to get involved with the rescue – I applied and have been with the rescue ever since!

2. What is your favorite story or memory while volunteering with us?

Honestly, my favorite memory is the timeframe when I was just starting out – I was just blown away by the work Melissa and Heidi (Ten Lives’ founders) had put into this rescue in the short time since it had been founded, and I really can’t believe how much more it’s grown looking back on it today. The volunteers in this organization are just fantastic people – it is the best team around. Every single person is dedicated, passionate, and just overall amazing. My favorite memory is from when I began because the rescue has come SO far and has saved SO many cats since then. It’s truly been an honor and a privilege to watch it grow and to be a part of that growth!

3. What have you learned during your time as a volunteer?

I learn something new every day here! I’m really appreciative of the fact that I’ve learned so much about cat behavior and health issues. I also have learned that it takes a village to run a rescue.

4. What do you wish other people knew about us?

I wish folks knew how easy it is to get involved with us, and I also wish people could see how hard this team works behind the scenes. I don’t think everyone fully realizes that we are 100% volunteer-run, and that most of our volunteers have full-time jobs or family obligations. Also, fostering is wonderful and not as hard as you think it might be. We all love all of these cats, and some of us “foster fail” at times, but it really is the best feeling in the world when the cats are sent home. I promise! There’s nothing better than seeing the impact you’ve made on a cat’s ability to be adopted out and knowing that they’re going to such a loving home, especially if the cat was undersocialized. My resident cat, Beyla, was undersocialized when we adopted her (a couple of years prior to joining Ten Lives). I had never needed to put so much time and effort into gaining a cat’s trust. It was a learning experience, and the most fulfilling feeling in the world seeing her come out of her shell slowly over time. The transformations these rescue cats make when given patience, time, and lots of love are really amazing and it brings me joy every day when our fosters share updates on their foster cat’s progress.

5. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?

I am a Lead Customer Care Specialist in the healthtech industry, but when I’m not working or volunteering, I am normally either hanging out with my three cats, hiking, or gardening.

6. How do you think Ten Lives Cat Rescue will change over the next five years?

I’m excited to see Ten Lives continue to grow. I hope that our team of volunteers expands, as we can always use the help, and there are several ways to be involved remotely. It would be awesome to someday have a team dedicated to fundraising, and it would be great to see our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts expand.

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

We’re an incredibly supportive team who helps each other out and ensures we’re set up for success. It’s not very time-consuming, and every single volunteer makes a huge impact on this rescue and the number of cats we can save.

8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

It gives me a sense of fulfillment and like I’m contributing positively to the community around me. I’ve gained so much knowledge. Most importantly, I’ve gained lifelong friends.

9. How much of an impact do you feel your volunteer work has had with Ten Lives Cat Rescue?

I’ve been with the rescue for a while now and am one of the Adoption Coordinators who has been with Ten Lives the longest, which is an awesome feeling! Compared to a lot of the other roles like our director, our intake/TNR folks, and our fosters, I have some days where feel like my impact isn’t that big. But I’ve been reminded that each of our roles plays an integral part in this rescue, and my job is super important because I get to help these cats find their perfect homes! I actually just counted, and as of the middle of August, it looks like I’ve coordinated the adoptions for 90 cats! I’d say that’s a great impact. Hopefully I’ll hit 100 by my three year anniversary with the rescue in November. 🙂

Are you interested in volunteering with Ten Lives Cat Rescue? Read about our open volunteer roles and fill out a Volunteer Application, become a foster, sponsor a Forgotten Feline, and purchase needed supplies through our Amazon Wishlist!

Volunteer Spotlight: Cate

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Did you know that Ten Lives Cat Rescue is run entirely by volunteers? We currently have over 70 volunteers in various roles helping us achieve our mission—to save homeless, abused, and abandoned cats by providing veterinary care, rehabilitation services, and then placing them into loving adoptive homes.

Cate has been a vital Ten Lives volunteer for over three years. She is a foster who takes in a variety of cats, ranging from kittens to our Forgotten Felines, and is always willing to help our other fosters out with transportation to and from vet appointments when needed. Cate’s resident pets include her dog Emerald, a 60 pound, 10-year-old Catahoula mix, and her cats Bungo, a 19-year-old Tuxedo, Mina, a 9-year-old orange tiger, and Moxie, a 9-year-old tortoiseshell. Cate also recently fostered a mother cat and her five kittens—three of the kittens have recently found their forever homes!

1. How did you originally hear about us, and what made you decide to become a volunteer?

I had been volunteering for another rescue for a year, but was drawn to Ten Lives Cat Rescue because of their Facebook page and very clear and informative website. When I saw on Facebook that they had a need for someone to foster two cats that were an owner surrender, I responded and have continued fostering since then!

2. What is your favorite story or memory while volunteering with us?
Cate and Bungo

The first undersocialized cat I fostered was a six month old kitten that came from a very busy and loud house. He hid under his bed for a month, and I wondered if he would ever warm up to me. One day, he gave me signs of wanting to come out of the crate, so I left the door open to see what he would do. He never went back in the crate, and decided to trust me practically overnight. He became the most loveable, cuddly cat, and went to a home where he is cherished!

Louie Blue, a Forgotten Feline graduate and Cate's former foster cat
3. What have you learned during your time as a volunteer?

I have learned patience, patience, patience! All cats progress at different rates, and I have learned to respect their timing. I have also learned so much about cat illness, vetting procedures, and how essential Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is to humanely reduce the population of cats!

4. What do you wish other people knew about us?

I wish that people knew that you can volunteer as much or as little as you are able. It doesn’t have to be an involved thing if you don’t have a lot of time. There are many little things that you can contribute to help make the rescue successful.

5. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?

I love vegetable and flower gardening, and I love to kayak and take photos. I am a retired Massage Therapist, and now just give friends and family massages.

6. How do you think Ten Lives Cat Rescue will change over the next five years?

I really hope that we can make a dent in the population of cats in RI by TNR’ing.

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

Ten Lives Cat Rescue is a great group of people that really care about cats. They are very supportive to new volunteers.

Milly-Grace, one of Cate's former foster cats
8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

I have gained many new friends and a sense of satisfaction when we can find loving homes for most of the cats we rescue.

9. How much of an impact do you feel your volunteer work has had with Ten Lives Cat Rescue?

I believe that I have made a very good impact. I am passionate about rescue work, but it is the collective of people working together that makes this rescue have a great impact in the community!

Are you interested in volunteering with Ten Lives Cat Rescue? Fill out a Volunteer Application, become a foster, sponsor a Forgotten Feline, and purchase needed supplies through our Amazon Wishlist!

Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa

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Did you know that Ten Lives Cat Rescue is run entirely by volunteers? We currently have over 70 volunteers in various roles helping us achieve our mission—to save homeless, abused, and abandoned cats by providing veterinary care, rehabilitation services, and then placing them into loving adoptive homes.

Melissa has played a crucial role as a Ten Lives volunteer for over two years as a foster, and as our Warwick PetSmart Coordinator. Thanks to her dedication, 125 cats have found their forever homes through being cared for and through events at PetSmart. Melissa has one resident cat—a Ten Lives alumnus named Happy Go Lucky—and she currently has one foster cat named Papaya.

1. How did you originally hear about us, and what made you decide to become a volunteer?

My husband and I had been thinking of adding a kitty member to our family, but were unsure how our son with special needs would do. I saw a friend’s social media post about fostering dogs through a rescue. I had never heard of fostering, so I searched it on Google and came across Ten Lives Cat Rescue. We reached out and found out how easy it was to foster and started from there.

2. What is your favorite story or memory while volunteering with us?

One of my favorite stories is about a kitten named Eve. Eve came to Ten Lives Cat Rescue after she was found in the woods by a family out on a hike on December 31st. She was all alone, less than 4 weeks old, and cold, weak, and dirty. We bottle fed/syringe fed her and gave her fluids to keep her alive. She was amazing and a fighter, and she made it through. Today, she is living her best life with her furever family.

3. What have you learned during your time as a volunteer?

One thing I have learned is that you do fall for each cat and find love for each of them in their own ways (and yes, you do feel like you want to “adopt them all”). At the same time, I have learned that sending a cat to a furever home is bittersweet. You will miss them, but it is so rewarding to know you were there when they needed it most and were a part of their journey to their forever home.

Melissa's resident cat, Happy Go Lucky
4. What do you wish other people knew about us?

I wish other people would see that you can make a difference and it doesn’t take a lot to do so. This rescue has so many small, intricate parts that help make it run so well, and it’s all done by an amazing team of volunteers. You can help by doing administrative tasks, event planning, trapping for our TNR projects, fostering, etc. You can volunteer for an hour a week to as much as you would like, and it really does make a difference.  

5. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?

I am a wife and mom of three (a kindergartener and two high schoolers). I am also a third grade teacher and a grad student.

6. How do you think Ten Lives Cat Rescue will change over the next five years?

I think Ten Lives Cat Rescue will continue to become bigger and more known in the community. I have personally seen so much growth in the last two years I have been with Ten Lives. The rescue is doing a lot of great things and has a lot of great initiatives that really benefit the Rhode Island community. I am excited to see what is to come and to help in any way I can.

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

The reason others should consider volunteering with us is because we have a great network of support available in our rescue. We share stories, questions, resources, and support. I have laughed and shed some tears with this rescue. When you volunteer with Ten Lives, you are not only helping the cats; you are a part of a great community. I have made several meaningful friends throughout this journey.

8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

I have gained so much experience with working with all sorts of kitties. I have also gained great friendships through my time volunteering.

9. How much of an impact do you feel your volunteer work has had with Ten Lives Cat Rescue?

My volunteer time with Ten Lives mainly focuses on the partnership with PetSmart in Warwick and overseeing the temporary residents we have there. I coordinate the amazing team of volunteers that are there twice a day, every day, I communicate with the rescue and the staff at PetSmart, and I help plan and attend our monthly events. 

Melissa and her former foster, Eve

Since February 2021 alone, we have had over 50 adoptions at PetSmart. Because our rescue operates as a foster-based organization, we do not have a shelter in place, so this is one way for us to be out in the community. The impact of my volunteer work at PetSmart allows me (and our amazing PetSmart team) to meet so many people in our community and let them know about our rescue and our kitties. It also allows others to learn more about ways they can get involved, and about all of the great things that we are working on. I hope that my role is making a positive impact on Ten Lives Cat Rescue and its mission. 

Are you interested in volunteering with Ten Lives Cat Rescue? Fill out a Volunteer Application, become a foster, sponsor a Forgotten Feline, and purchase needed supplies through our Amazon Wishlist!

Volunteer Spotlight: Run

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Did you know that Ten Lives Cat Rescue is run entirely by volunteers? We currently have over 60 volunteers in various roles helping us achieve our mission—to save homeless, abused, and abandoned cats by providing veterinary care, rehabilitation services, and then placing them into loving adoptive homes.

Run has played an extremely important role as a Ten Lives volunteer since February 2020, and is both a foster and a trapper for our rescue. She has three of her own cats, all of whom were rescued by her from the streets. Currently, she is fostering three 10-week-old kittens and an undersocialized adult cat.

1. How did you originally hear about us, and what made you decide to become a volunteer?

A friend of mine, Kim, is a volunteer and one of the coordinators with Ten Lives. I reached out to her for help with a cat hanging out around my house. Kim was very persuasive about fostering for Ten Lives. I couldn’t say no, and I’m glad I didn’t, because I love it!

2. What is your favorite story or memory while volunteering with us?

I don’t think I have a favorite story because every story has its own happy ending, and almost all of the stories end with helping to find these felines a forever home! That would be my favorite part—finding homes for these fur babies!

3. What have you learned during your time as a volunteer?

Although it was tough, I’ve learned that I cannot save every cat, and that not every cat wants to be inside. I’ve had to learn to be okay with that.

4. What do you wish other people knew about us?

I hope people to know that Ten Lives is a non-profit rescue, where the people are taking time out of their lives and are dedicated to helping these helpless felines! We truly care about the well-being of all cats.

5. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?

When I’m not trapping cats, I’m spending time with my own resident cats and my fosters! If it’s summertime, I am also tending to my garden. I am also always on call for rescuing or trapping when needed.

6. How do you think Ten Lives Cat Rescue will change over the next five years?

In the next five years, I hope we gain more volunteers with the rescue—more great people to help save cats!

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

Volunteering with us is a great experience because you’re helping save cats. If you’re someone who wants a cat, but is unsure, fostering is a great way to get to know and understand of what owning a cat is like. Everyone in the rescue is also very helpful!

8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

I’ve gained more experience in taking care of cats, and I have gained some great new friends with Ten Lives!

9. How much of an impact do you feel your volunteer work has had with Ten Lives Cat Rescue?

I didn’t realize I had that much of an impact until I was told I was nominated as April’s Volunteer Spotlight! Which is so amazing! Thank you!

Are you interested in volunteering with Ten Lives Cat Rescue? Fill out a Volunteer Application, become a foster, sponsor a Forgotten Feline, and purchase needed supplies through our Amazon Wishlist!