The Importance of Spaying and Neutering

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As we prepare for kitten season, we wanted to reiterate the importance of spaying and neutering your cat. While we have focused on this topic here and here, we cannot stress the importance of spaying and neutering enough. Last year’s kitten season was especially long, with Ten Lives Cat Rescue rescuing 16 pregnant cats and rescuing/saving 138 kittens (up to six months old) and 30 teenage kittens (ages 6 months to one year old) from March 1st through the mid-December. This statistic is sadly on-trend with national statistics, as female cats are able to give birth every four months, with each litter averaging three to five kittens.

Did you know that spaying and neutering helps cats live longer, healthier lives while contributing to reducing the homeless pet population? Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat. Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or Spay Neuter Infographicovarian cancer and greatly reduces the occurrence of breast tumors, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first heat. Neutering removes the possibility of testicular cancer and decreases some prostate problems. Spaying and neutering your pet can also eliminate unwanted behaviors such as spraying, roaming, aggression, and mounting.

An unaltered female cat can become pregnant as early as four months old—when she is still a kitten herself! A kitten can be spayed or neutered when they reach two pounds in body weight, which is typically at eight weeks old.  In addition, a cat is never too old to be spayed or neutered. If your cat is more than seven years old, it is recommended that you take your cat to your veterinarian to have blood tests done before surgery to determine if his or her liver and kidneys are working properly.

Shelters and rescues such as ours do their best to help as many cats and kittens as they can, but kitten season causes added expenses and depleted supplies—stresses that weigh heavily on all shelters and rescues. While kittens are seen as “cute,” the heartbreaking reality is many unwanted kittens end up in feral colonies, or suffer worse fates—shelters across the country are forced to euthanize many adoptable cats each year due to overcrowding. Many of these kittens were the result of unwanted and unplanned litters, but by spaying or neutering your pet, you are doing your part to bring an end to the pet overpopulation problem.  Your cat will not have unplanned kittens that end up in a shelter or on the streets, and that means that the cats already waiting for homes will have that much more of a chance to find one.

How Can You Help Ten Lives Cat Rescue?

Foster/Volunteer:

As a foster-based rescue without a brick and mortar facility, we are always looking for new fosters to join us! We can only take in as many cats as our foster volunteers have room for, and we often find ourselves stretched thin when it comes to foster homes—particularly during kitten season and upcoming winter weather. You supply the space, love, and time, and we provide the supplies, vetting, and support. Even fostering a single cat helps us accept more cats on our growing intake list. To learn more, please email us at hello.tenlives@gmail.com. Ready to take a leap into fostering and saving cats with us? Our application can be found here.

If you can’t foster but would still like to help Ten Lives Cat Rescue in another way, please apply here to become a volunteer!

Donate:

A significant portion of our funds are spent on medical expenses and supplies. You can check out our Amazon wishlist for an up-to-date list of items we need most.  If you would like to donate items in person, please email us at hello.tenlives@gmail.com.  Of course, monetary donations are also greatly appreciated.

Adopt:

Consider applying to adopt a Ten Lives cat (or two!)! All of our cats receive their initial vetting and microchips, and every cat adopted frees up a space for more cats in need. View our adoptable cats and find your perfect match here.

Spay or Neuter Your Cat:

Please help us end the heartbreaking cycle and spay or neuter your cat! If you are worried about the cost of spaying or neutering your cat, there are options:

Potter League Spay and Neuter Clinic
235 Elm Street
Warwick, RI 02889

Salmon River Vet, LLC
(Visit website for locations and hours)

PetSmart Charities also has a useful low-cost clinic locator service.

Feed a Cat for the Holidays

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This Holiday Season Ten Lives foster families will be caring for more than 60 cats. We are incredibly grateful for these amazing families and the love they share with these lucky felines not just during the holidays, but every single day! 
 
Caring for this many felines is no small task! On average, it costs $25 per month to feed one cat. This cost does not include litter, prescription food, or other daily essentials.
As a non-profit that does not receive any state or city funding, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to care for the constant influx of cats in our program.
This Holiday Season, Feed a Cat for the Holidays ! Your charitable donation of $25 will not only feed one cat for the holidays, but it will also allow Ten Lives to redirect funds to other critical services like spay/neuter and emergency care. 
 
Every sponsor will receive a photo of the lucky feline they are feeding for the holidays along with a personalized thank you on social media. This Holiday Season, give the gift of a full belly! 

Feeling Grateful- Thank You!

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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. 

With Gratitude,

Melissa & Heidi (Co-founders) & the entire Ten Lives Crew

 

It’s #GivingTuesday!

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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? 

Ten Lives is a 501(c)(3), non-profit that is volunteer-powered. We have no paid staff or employees or building to maintain. This means that every penny you donate will help cats and kittens in need! 
 
  • $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
 

 

How can I donate? 

 

 

Thanks, purrs, and kisses from Lazarus!

Giving Tuesday: The Impact of Your Donations

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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!