Raise Your Paws for a Cause: Ten Lives Cat Rescue’s Online Auction

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It’s hard to believe that Ten Lives Cat Rescue’s first online auction starts in just five days! Over the last two months, we have worked hard to make our auction the best it can be, and we are thrilled that it’s time to start the bidding process. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our donors, volunteers, and supporters.

Join us from 9:00AM on Sunday, April 11th through 11:00PM on Sunday, April 18th and bid to win one of our amazing items up for grabs! Our auction items include handmade and crafted items, gift cards, products from small businesses, and certificates for experiences. We have everything from handcrafted wreaths and door signs, one-of-a-kind paintings and photographs, unique jewelry, and gift baskets, to tickets and VIP experiences at museums, zoos, and a chocolate factory, to signed sports memorabilia, brewery swag, and bar crawls—and much more! We have over 70 items available to win—check them out by visiting our auction site!

Don’t forget to create your online auction account today! Once you have an account, you can add items to your watch list and stay up-to-date on newly added items. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t bid!

All of the proceeds from Ten Lives Cat Rescue’s online auction go directly towards the cats and kittens in our care. With higher bids, we are able to purchase much-needed supplies, fund necessary surgeries, and provide lifesaving care to our foster cats and the cats in our community. Please remember to bid high and bid often to help support a fantastic cause!

Volunteer Spotlight: Tracy

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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.

Tracy has played an important role with Ten Lives Cat Rescue as a foster since February 2019. If you’ve gone to our PetSmart open houses, there is a chance you have met Tracy, as she also attends and helps us during those essential events. Tracy has two resident cats—Ryder, who is a handsome, four-year-old boy, and Cuddles, a 19-year-old senior cat, who she adopted from Ten Lives. Her current foster cats include Seidita, a three-month-old boy full of energy and sweetness, Mama Mella, who is about one and a half years old, and Mella’s three-week-old kittens, Sugar, Glazed, and Sprinkles.

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

I learned about Ten Lives Cat Rescue on Facebook. I was going through a bit of an empty nest syndrome with my twin daughters both being off at college, and one of my daughters thought maybe I would like to foster cats. To date, I have had 38 cats come and go in my home. Now that my daughters are done with college, one is off on her own, but the other still lives with me and is a huge help with fostering. She has also become a volunteer herself as an adoption coordinator.

2. What is your favorite story or memory while volunteering with us?
Tracy and her daughters
Tracy's resident cat, Ryder

I don’t think I could pick a favorite memory, but some of the most exciting times have been certainly witnessing the birth of Mama Mella’s kittens a few weeks ago. I have also fostered many scared cats, such as Moon Pie and Boo, and that moment when you make a connection for the first time—first purrs, or they make eye contact with you and you can tell that they finally trust you and feel safe, is also one of my favorite moments. The most rewarding experience was when Moon Pie, who I had for over 350 days, was actually going to find her forever family. I think I cried all day when I knew it was really going to happen (mostly happy tears!).

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

I have learned so much while fostering, including how important it is to be patient and to have the support of all the other volunteers – that has been huge!

One of Tracy's current foster cats, Seidita
4. What do you wish other people knew about us?

I wish that other people knew that although you fall a little bit in love with all of your fosters, it’s so great to see them go off to their own new homes. When you get updates from their adopters, you really see the difference you’ve made in their lives. Then, you can look forward to your next foster experience!

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

In my “real life,” I am an RN. I’ve been a nurse for nearly 30 years, and I currently work full time as a school nurse in my hometown, as well as part time doing Hospice and Palliative Care nursing. In my free time, I like to cook, garden, go to the beach, and spend time doing anything with my girls.

Mama Mella and her kittens
Tracy's resident cat, Cuddles
6. How do you think Ten Lives Cat Rescue will change over the next five years?

Seeing the growth that Ten Lives has had over the past two years, I can only imagine that we will continue to have a huge positive impact on the community. I’d love to see us be able to expand more into Southeastern Massachusetts.

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

I think people should volunteer because it is so rewarding, and it is also a lot of fun.

8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

I have gained mostly a lot of cat stuff in my house… in every room!! Truly, my heart has grown for my fosters and all the others that I follow in the group. I feel proud to volunteer doing this type of work.

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: Maggie

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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.

Maggie has been a volunteer with Ten Lives Cat Rescue for almost three years, and is currently our Adoption Manager. This means she gets to work with our awesome crew of adoption coordinators who work hard and are dedicated to matching each of our rescue cats with their purrfect furever home. Maggie originally had three resident black cats: Perrin, Peter Parker, and Poe. All were taken in from outside. Recently, she adopted a fourth cat from a local shelter. It seemed he was likely not going to get adopted because of his health problems and other factors, so she decided to bring him to his new, potentially temporary home. Fortunately, her resident cats (even her most stand-offish!) accepted him into the pack! His name is Paxton, and he is also a mini house panther.

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

I originally heard about the organization through my cats’ Instagram account. We are friends with Melissa’s (the co-founder) cats on Instagram, and there was a post about looking for volunteers. I decided to join out of a strong desire to contribute to the mission of the rescue, which I found to match with my core beliefs of cat adoptions and care.

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

I must say that I have a soft spot for our forgotten felines. Those that come to us with severe health problems, injuries, and potentially more. Those that may be turned away elsewhere. Each of these cats have touched my heart, and I just love to watch them heal and blossom.

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

I have learned that there are so many wonderful people out there, from the fosters to the volunteers to the adopters, who care with all their heart for the health and wellbeing of cats in need of homes, love, and, at times, patience and understanding. It’s amazing to see what kind of impact a group of dedicated volunteers can have on a community.

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

How dedicated all of our volunteers are to the wellbeing of cats in the community, how hard we strive to match each cat to their purrfect home, and also that volunteers don’t have to be local—I actually live a few states away!

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

I work mainly as a research scientist, specializing in biogeochemistry, hydrology, and immunology. I also love to get outside with my partner, and, of course, I spend a good amount of time trying to entertain our cats.

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

I think that the organization will continue to grow and touch even more hearts in the greater Rhode Island area and beyond! I have been so impressed with the capacity of TLCR to grow and all of the amazing ideas our volunteers and founders have to expand the positive impact TLCR has on the community’s cats and people.

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

Others should consider volunteering because TLCR was born out of the belief that every cat is adoptable and should be given a chance to find a loving home. This is an admirable approach that is unfortunately not universal.

8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?
Perrin and Poe

I have gained a great appreciation for the process of matching cats with their forever homes. It is incredibly rewarding to see our rescue cats blossom in their homes. I also have had the chance to talk with wonderful people, who share stories about their lives and the animals who have touched their hearts.

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

I’m not sure how much of an impact I have had individually, but Ten Lives Cat Rescue depends greatly on its volunteers, and as a team of adoption coordinators, we have helped find so many cats their forever homes. And that feels fantastic.

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: Terri

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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.

Terri has been a part of Ten Lives from the very beginning! She wears many hats as a volunteer—among them, she is a founding Board member on the Board of Directors, a foster, our DEM administrator, and a crafter. If you’ve ever purchased one of our catnip mats from an event, it’s very likely Terri made it! Ten Lives wouldn’t be where it is today without Terri’s support and guidance.

Terri has three resident cats—Slugger (the inspiration behind Ten Lives Cat Rescue!), Chloe, and Sage, and currently fosters Rowdy, who is working on his catfidence and will be up for adoption in the future.

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

I was volunteering with another organization and met Melissa (Ten Lives’ Executive Director). She was fostering my Slugger and Sage that I adopted through this organization. When Melissa, inspired by her experience fostering Slugger, decided that she wanted to start a foster-based rescue, she invited me to be on the board. I was moved by the vision and couldn’t say no!

2. What is your favorite story or memory while volunteering with us?
Slugger, one of Terri's resident cats and the inspiration behind Ten Lives Cat Rescue

Because my home address is the rescue address, my postman knows my involvement in cat rescue. One day in the summer of 2019, I was working at home in my upstairs office and the doorbell rang. “Hmmm, I’m not expecting anyone,” I thought, and peeked out the window and saw the mail truck. I thought, “Oh, must be leaving a package.” Then the bell rings again. Downstairs I go and open the door and there stands my postman with a 4-month-old kitten. “Oh my, is this your new kitty?” I say to him. “Uh no,” he replied. “I have seen her on my route for days and found out that her owner tossed her out because she couldn’t deal with her.” I reached out to take her from him, and she peed all the way down his uniform! Well, the good news is she became my foster cat and is now in the MOST wonderful home.

Chloe, one of Terri's resident cats
3. What have you learned during your time as a volunteer?

That each foster is unique. There is such a range of personalities. I have discovered that with each foster (especially the very shy ones), I have to find a unique strategy to bring them out of their shell. I have also learned more medical things about cats than I know about myself!

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

What a great community we are. We have such an amazing group of volunteers that not only care for cats, but for each other. I am always amazed by the support I see given between volunteers. I would also like people to understand the compassion we have, often taking on under-socialized cats that other organizations pass by. We also have a heart for seniors.

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

I work a lot… but in my spare time, I love to sew and craft, and I enjoy yard work and home renovation projects (I am kind of handy). Over the years I have done a fair bit of hiking (not quite as much in the last couple years). I have taken some great hiking trips around the world and domestically over the years. Two spotlight adventures were summiting Mount Kilimanjaro and climbing to Mount Everest North base camp. 

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

I believe we will continue to grow in service to our community of cats.

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?
Sage, one of Terri's resident cats
Rowdy, Terri's current foster cat

Ten Lives is such a great cat rescue. We strive to conduct ourselves in a professional and respectful manner both internally to our volunteers and externally to the community.

8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

Weight (Bahahaha. Wait, that is a COVID thing), seriously pride, I am so proud to be part of this organization. Although we have been through some difficult times that made us all sad, I mostly find the experience to be joyful. There is no better feeling than taking in a shy, sick, unloved, or neglected cat and then seeing them blossom to gain a loving forever home!

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

I like to think I have made important contributions, at least I try. I support financially as best I can and pitch in for events both as a volunteer when able and a craft donator for all of them. I also foster and have socialized some rather shy fur-kids.

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!

Spotlight: Volunteer Services for Animals

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Since Ten Lives Cat Rescue was founded in May 2018, Volunteer Services for Animals (VSA) in Rhode Island has been one of our rescue’s top supporters. Founded in 1979, VSA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of animal shelters. From the very beginning, VSA has helped improve conditions and the standard of care at shelters throughout Rhode Island.

Thanks to VSA’s efforts, most shelters now provide veterinary care for sick animals and provide vaccinations against rabies and distemper. One of VSA’s most effective programs to date is the promotion of spaying and neutering of pets. Over the last 40+ years, VSA has expanded its mission to advocate at international, state, and local levels for the humane treatment of all animals.

From the beginning, VSA has helped us in many ways. They have donated towards every spay and neuter we have had completed—they donate $25 towards all neuters, and $35 towards all spays. In addition, VSA has donated to the care of many of our cats who have been sick or who have needed specialist veterinary appointments. The Warwick branch of the VSA has also given us cat food and litter to alleviate some of the financial burden in caring for our foster cats. Ten Lives currently has 68 cats and kittens in foster homes, and VSA is committed to helping us give them the best possible care they can receive.

Ten Lives receives an average of one request each day to help an unwanted cat, and as the weather gets colder, that number is growing. Our volunteer-run rescue includes administrators, coordinators, and foster families who work tirelessly to rescue these helpless animals. Rescue is often a daunting task, but thanks to our supporters and donors, we are not alone. Since our inception, Ten Lives has helped 748 cats, and VSA has provided financial assistance to most of these cats. Ten Lives Cat Rescue truly appreciates everything they have done for us, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without their support.

Volunteer Services for Animals is an incredible resource for any animal. If you have a question about an animal or group of animals, or if you would like to learn more about the VSA’s efforts to improve the quality of life for animals, please contact them here, or visit their website.