Spay it Forward

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On May 5th, Ten Lives Cat Rescue will participate in Giving Tuesday Now. What is GTN? It is a global day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. On this day, people all over the world will come together to lift each other up and create a wave of generosity & support for our community. 

 

At the beginning of March, we saw the closure of our local spay-neuter clinic and the immediate halt of spay and neuter surgeries for the foreseeable future. This closure has left a void in our community during a time when rescues and shelters would normally be working overtime to help homeless cats and providing critical spay and neuter services. 

In February, we accepted the first pregnant cat of 2020 into our program. Since then, we have rescued 4 more pregnant cats, 4 neonatal kittens that required bottle feeding, and 3 four week old kittens without their Mom. 

The world may be shut down, but there are still cats awaiting rescue and vet care. As the world returns to normal operations we expect there will be many more cats in need of care. Together, we can be there to provide critical spay/neuter services once it’s safe to do so. 

On Giving Tuesday Now join our campaign to end the needless suffering by Spaying it Forward

 

In seven years, one unspayed cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens. By spaying 1 cat we can prevent the needless suffering for thousands of cats.

How does it work? 

  • You donate $25

  • Ten Lives will match your $25 donation

  • An anonymous donor will match your $25 donation

Together, we’re Spaying it Forward. 

Celebrating Volunteer Week 2020: April 19th-25th

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Did you know that Ten Lives Cat Rescue is 100% volunteer-powered? All of our volunteers have the same goal in mind: to help save and advocate for cats in our community. They donate their time and help us foster cats in need, run events to raise life-saving funds, coordinate transportation for the cats in our care to get to and from their vet appointments, and much more. The best reward for all of them is seeing the cats thrive and to get them adopted into loving forever homes. Many of our volunteers do this while working full time jobs with families and pets of their own while asking for nothing in exchange.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974, and is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities, and be a force that transforms the world. In the last two years, Ten Lives Cat Rescue has saved 477 cats, and has grown to 80 volunteers. Their roles range from intake, fostering, coordinating adoptions, creating adoption agreements, post-adoption services, and anything and everything in between. Here are some of their stories:

Sarah

“I’ve been a Ten Lives foster for two years now and it has easily been the most rewarding experience of my life. From tiny 92 gram neonate bottle babies, to a 13-year-old senior cat who was finally rescued after fighting to survive outside for a year, to a paralyzed cat who lived a life full of neglect—they are all welcome here. Twenty-eight foster cats have come through my apartment since May 2018 and I’m only just getting started. I have learned SO much through hands-on trial and error; but what’s great about Ten Lives is there is always a volunteer who is eager to help. We have a really great team of selfless and caring volunteers and I can’t wait to see what this year brings us—even if we are doing virtual meet and greets and no contact adoptions. Some cats pull on your heartstrings a little more than others, but they are all deserving of a loving forever home, regardless of their beginning. I’m so thankful I’m able to give so many cats a second chance.”

Alexandra

“I became involved with TLCR in the spring of 2018 after fostering (and ultimately adopting) my best feline friend, Lily. Following TLCR’s social media pages after that really opened my eyes to the immense lack of resources and the huge unfulfilled need to help abandoned, injured, and abused cats and kittens across our state. I truly had no idea how large the problem really is. I firmly believe that we all can make a difference in this world (especially collectively) and I was so grateful for finding my Lily that I felt compelled to help too. Every little bit makes a difference.  Although I couldn’t foster at the time, a volunteer opportunity that could be done completely remotely came up at the beginning of 2019 and I became TLCR’s post-adoption coordinator.

What I didn’t know at the time I volunteered for the position was how rewarding it would actually be or how important TLCR’s mission would become to my heart. (Nor did I think that I would soon go on to actually foster 6 cats!) I continue to be blown away by our organization’s collective accomplishments and how closely knit the TLCR “family” is. If you volunteer or adopt from us, I can promise you that you will be working with some of the most dedicated, selfless, loving, compassionate, supportive, kind and genuine human beings that exist—their inspiration never ceases to amaze me.

Even if you cannot foster or adopt, or have only limited time available, there are many, ways to become involved and to help do your part in making a difference for Rhode Island cats too—it can be as simple as sharing TLCR’s posts or even when making regular purchases through Amazon, simply using our Amazon Smile link!”

Kim

“Fostering and volunteering with Ten Lives has been such a rewarding experience that I feel fortunate to share with my daughter. Together we have helped to save countless forgotten cats that were worth saving. Ten Lives is an amazing organization that is committed to saving all cats, and puts each cat’s best interest first. I am proud to be a member of this amazing lifesaving team.”

Julie

“I’ve fostered for other rescues in the past, and the difference with Ten Lives is that they put a significant effort into making their volunteers feel connected and supported through an online community. Other volunteers and the leadership of the organization are always available to offer advice and supplies, so there’s never a time that you feel like you’re doing this alone. Over a dozen cats and kittens have passed through my home into their forever homes because of this rescue’s efforts.

People ask me if it’s hard to give up my foster cats, and yes it is. But to me, being a foster is like being a school teacher. You teach life skills, give compassion, and you celebrate when they’ve learned and grown enough to move onto the next step in their life, feeling great that you made a difference.”

Alissa

“I’ve been a volunteer with Ten Lives Cat Rescue for over a year now! My husband and I rescued a bonded pair of four-month-old kittens named Charlie and Ghost in October 2018, and afterwards, I felt an overwhelming need to give back to the amazing organization that saved my boys from an uncertain fate. As the Adoption Agreements Coordinator, I’m able to help the cats in Ten Lives’ care get one step closer to going to their forever homes. I was also fortunate enough to be part of the planning committee for Ten Lives’ first event, A Night Out for a Good Paws. I’m so proud to volunteer for Ten Lives, and I can’t wait to help them continue to advocate and save cats now and in the future.”

Ally

“I started volunteering as a foster and then after we adopted Motzi I decided I wanted to remain involved with Ten Lives because of the great work they do with rescue cats and because they do a great job advocating for cats living in the community through TNR. I love that Ten Lives is all about giving cats a second chance.”

 

 

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Visit our Volunteer page to learn more!

Kitten Adoptions

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Kitten season is here! We know that everyone is very excited about the kittens we’ve been posting on social media and we can’t blame you. Below is some important information about adopting kittens from Ten Lives!
  • Kittens remain in our program until they are at least 8 weeks old so that they can spend enough time with Mom and/or siblings and receive initial vetting services. 
  • Once kittens are available for adoption we will make an announcement on social media and begin accepting applications on our website. If a kitten receives an overwhelming number of applications we will remove them from our application. This means they are no longer available. Due to limited volunteer power we will not review kitten applications that have been submitted under another cat and those applicants will not be contacted. 
  • Due to COVID-19, many kittens will be going home with a spay/neuter adoption agreement and have a pre-scheduled date for surgery. These services are inclusive of the adoption fee and the adopter is responsible for transport to/from the appointment in Rhode Island. This is non-negotiable, so please take that into consideration when applying. 
  • Due to limited volunteer power, we cannot pre-approve applications. Applications will be accepted when they are listed for adoption and available on our application. We strive to respond to applicants within 72 business hours, but during kitten season it may take longer. Please be patient, we are all volunteers! 
  • We receive an overwhelming number of Facebook messages regarding kittens and do our best to respond to them all. Please remember, everyone at Ten Lives is a volunteer who juggles multiple responsibilities in addition to volunteering. Some times it’s just not possible to respond to every message. Please read our posts carefully. Many times the answers to your questions can be found right in the post or on our website! 
Thanks fur reading!!

Share Your Adoption Story

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Calling all TLCR Alumni

Charlie & Ghost
Nero (FKA Raven)
We love receiving and sharing adoption updates! Our number one goal is to place cats in the best matched homes for them and adopters. If you’ve adopted from Ten Lives, we would love to hear from you! Tell us about your adoption story and how your feline family member has improved or changed your life. We will be sharing these updates on social media and your story could inspire our next adoption!

Continuing our Work During COVID-19

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To Our Community:

As we navigate through uncharted territory and figure out our new normal, we can certainly understand that cat rescue may not be at the forefront of your mind. We are determining how to safely continue our life-saving mission while keeping volunteers and our community safe. As such, we have cancelled all events in March and will be evaluating April events over the coming weeks. Though events are critical to our adoption and fundraising efforts, the safety of our community is more important. During this challenging time that we are all facing, there are still ways you can support our cats! 

 
 
  1. Become a foster. There are still cats to save and they make perfect companions as you work from home and practice social distancing. You just need a little space and we are happy to provide the supplies needed through Chewy and Amazon delivery services! 
  2. Volunteer to help with administrative tasks that can be done at home or events after we’ve made it past COVID-19. Once it’s safe to do so, we will be expanding our in-store presence throughout RI and need volunteers to help!
  3. Share and like our posts on Facebook & Instagram! We will still be active online and hope to bring you lots of cute photos & videos to fill your time.
  4. Donate funds or supplies to help care for the 55 cats in our program. Your donations help defray the cost of their care!
We are a volunteer-powered organization that relies on the generosity of volunteers and donors to complete our life-saving work. We do not receive state or city funding and every dollar that arrives to Ten Lives through donations and adoption fees allows us to provide veterinary care and supplies to cats in need. 

How will we continue our work?

  • We will continue to accept adoption applications and process them in the same manner that we always have. We are strongly urging fosters and potential adopters to have virtual meet & greets if possible. We ask that anyone who feels ill or has been around someone who has been ill to wait until they have been symptom free for two weeks before having a meet & greet. 
  • We will continue to accept requests to help cats in our community. We ask for extra patience during this time as we navigate the best way to interact with our community while keeping our volunteers safe. 
  •  Our foster families will still provide the excellent care and socialization that they have always provided to the cats in their home! 

 

With 55 cats in our program our dedicated volunteers are working over time despite the current situation! We are currently providing care for 5 cats with ringworm, 2 Mama cats and their 5 kittens each, 3 diabetic cats, 7 cats in our Forgotten Feline Program, and a number of cats patiently waiting for specialty consults and veterinary care. 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing lots of stories, photos, and videos so that you know what we’re up to during this period of social distancing. 

Be sure to join us on Friday, 3/20, for a Facebook Live Q&A session with our foster super star Sarah! She’s going to be chatting about the 4 neonatal kittens she has been bottle feeding and answering your questions. 

We know this incredible community can get through this with compassion and grace. We look forward to seeing you in-person once it’s safe to do so! Stay healthy! 

With Gratitude,

Melissa

Co-founder/Executive Director