December 2021 Adoptions

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An incredible 53 cats and kittens were adopted from Ten Lives this month and spent the holidays with their new forever families! Some of our adopted cats arrived to our rescue due to unfortunate circumstances that were no fault of their own, while others were humanely trapped as strays thanks to our community cats efforts. Four adopted kittens this month were born in our rescue and have known the comforts of indoor life and full bellies from the beginning. 24 of our 53 adopted cats were adopted with the help of Bajah’s Cat Café in Tiverton, RI, who we partnered with from November 20th through January 3rd.

As you know from our previous blog post, Two Cats Are Better Than One, we love double adoptions! This month, there were 11 double adoptions! Pippie and Urchin, Figgy and Peppermint, Sabrina and Sophie, Thunder and Lighting, Maggie and Pete, Annabelle and Yukon, Adora and Corazon, Mikey and Merlot, Snowy and Marshmallow, Kenya and Safari, and Akiva and Shulem all were able to go home with their best friends.

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 also 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. The Forgotten Feline program and The Lazzy Fund help many of our cats during their time in our rescue.

Congratulations to Adora, Akiva, Amelia, Annabelle, Aslan, Atticus, Beatrice, Bronze, Bud, Callie, Cher, Chester, Chili, Corazon, Davy Jones, Denny, Dolly, Figgy, Fudge, Ginger, Gino, Habanero, Holly, Jackson, Jalapeño, Kase, Kenya, Lightning, Lily, Maggie, Marshmallow, Melody, Merlot, Mikey, Pebbles, Peppermint, Pete, Philip, Pippie, Punkin Pie, Sabrina, Safari, Sarabi, Shulem, Snowy, Sonny, Sophie, Sweet Tater, Thunder, Tiger Dan, Urchin, Vanilla Kitty, and Yukon for finding their forever homes!

Are you interested in adopting a cat from Ten Lives Cat Rescue? 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: Sara

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Did you know that Ten Lives Cat Rescue is run entirely by volunteers? We currently have over 80 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.

Sara has been a volunteer with Ten Lives since our rescue was founded in 2018. She is one of our incredible fosters, and she plays an important role as one of our Supply Coordinators. Sara has five resident cats: Jack, Luna, Marcelline, Lola, and Salty. Lola and Salty are both Ten Lives foster fails!

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

I previously knew Heidi (Ten Lives Cat Rescue’s co-founder) from another rescue. I loved the vision and mission that she and Melissa (Ten Lives Cat Rescue’s co-founder and Executive Director) had for Ten Lives, and decided to volunteer.

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

My favorites are the tomcats in rough shape that make miraculous comebacks! Slugger (the cat who inspired our rescue and was adopted by one of our board members), Lazarus (the namesake of The Lazzy Fund), and Liam Neelson (who was adopted by his foster dad), to name a few!

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

That there are so many cats in RI that need help, and while there are limited resources, we do what we can to help. I’ve also learned that it takes a village! So many people put their time, hearts, and talents into making everything happen.

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

We are normal, everyday people who love cats and are a like-minded group coming together to rescue the neediest cats in our community. We are 100% funded by donations and fundraising, and always have the cats’ best interests in mind.

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

I work full time in a dental office and have a teenager. My other hobbies include cross stitching and crafting.

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

I think we are going to grow, save more cats, and make more of an impact by providing services to the community like spay/neuter and help with food supply drives.

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

We have a wonderful reputation and are very organized. We all support each other in our different roles, and there’s always someone available to lend a helping hand.

8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

I’ve made so many wonderful friends who share the same passions, and it’s so rewarding to be involved in rescuing cats that really need a chance and seeing them on to their forever homes.

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

As a foster and volunteer-based rescue, every person involved has an impact. As a foster, I’ve had a lot of cats come through my home and stay in my cat room. As one of the Supply Coordinators, I know the fosters rely on myself and the other Supply Coordinators for any cat-related supplies and medications. With the rescue providing this resource to the fosters, it erases the financial barrier that might keep someone from fostering. We are happy to supply all the basics the cats need to thrive while in their foster home! We want our volunteers as well as the cats to have an amazing experience helping us and we’re happy to provide that as well as any support our volunteers may need!

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!

November 2021 Adoptions

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19 cats and kittens were adopted from Ten Lives this month! Ranging from approximately four months old to ten years old, many of our November adoptions strays who came from our community cats efforts, and were outdoors due to lack of spay/neuter and cat overpopulation. These cats were gradually socialized while they learned about the comforts being indoors. Others came to our rescue due to unfortunate circumstances that were no fault of their own.

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:

Witchiepoo arrived at our rescue at approximately 10 weeks old as a stray kitten with a severely injured eye. She ended up having enucleation surgery, and has since recovered perfectly. Now 22 weeks old, Witchiepoo is a sweet, social kitten who curious about the big world around her. She enjoys being carried around, and she has lots of fun kitten energy and enjoys zooming around. She loves playing with all her toys and when she’s all tired out, you might just find her in a comfortable bed!

Rocky Balboa was a three-year-old stray tomcat that was trapped as part of our community cats efforts. He had a very significant face injury when he arrived, which was likely from not being neutered and fighting with other male cats over territory and female cats. He has also tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which is common in unneutered cats. Over time, his incredible foster dad helped him heal beautifully and has since adopted him.

Bella is a graduate of our Forgotten Feline program, and is approximately 10 years old. When she arrived at the rescue, she was very overweight and matted. She had lost her home after her owner died, and lived in a hallway for a prolonged period of time. As a result, Bella was understandably shut down. Her foster mom, who has a soft spot for our undersocialized cats, did an amazing job job socializing Bella and getting her ready for adoption. Today, Bella is thriving in her forever home!

Congratulations to Bella, Ben Franklin, Chickie, Danish, Fat Boy, Fernando, Gingersnap, Hashbrown, Joel, Kairi, Muscles, Pieper, Rocky Balboa, Rue, Sam, Shadow, Stanley, Symba, and Witchiepoo for finding their forever homes!

Are you interested in adopting a cat from Ten Lives Cat Rescue? 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.

Feed a Feline for the Holidays

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This holiday season, our foster families will be caring for 130 cats! Did you know that Ten Lives provides food, litter, and supplies to foster families? We are incredibly grateful for the amazing foster families who share their home and love with these lucky felines. 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, vet care, or other daily essentials.

This Holiday Season, give the gift of a full belly! Your generous donation of $25 will provide one month of food for a cat in our foster program and allow Ten Lives to redirect funds to other vital programs like The Lazzy Fund, Spay it Forward, and Forgotten Felines

 

Are you looking for a thoughtful gift for the animal lover in your life? You can sponsor a feline in honor or memory of that special person and we will send them a notification of your generous gift! 100% of your donation will help cats in our program and allow us to continue our life-changing programs. Our cats and foster families thank you in advance! 

Volunteer Spotlight: Becky

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Did you know that Ten Lives Cat Rescue is run entirely by volunteers? We currently have over 80 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.

Becky has played a crucial role as a Ten Lives volunteer since 2019. Not only is she an incredible foster, but she and her husband, Matt, are the founders of Rhode Island Kitten Kits, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing life-saving neonatal kitten care kits and educational booklets to foster homes via shelters, rescues and veterinary clinics. When needed, Becky makes emergency supply deliveries to time-sensitive kitten intakes and works with our foster families to show them how to bottle/syringe feed and care for neonates. Becky is also always willing to mentor our fosters with any kitten care questions. We are so grateful for everything she does!

Becky’s resident cats include TJ, Leo, Peanut, Charlie, Squish, and Sammy, and she’s currently fostering Squiggy, a special needs cat with a neurological disorder called Cerebellar Hypoplasia.

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

I volunteered at another rescue with the Executive Director of Ten Lives, Melissa. I always admired her leadership and organizational skills and was very happy to see her start her own rescue!

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

I’d say one of my most memorable moments was early on when I helped my friend and Ten Lives foster, Alexandra, with two bottle babies. I’m a hairstylist and Alex is actually one of my customers (that’s how SHE heard about Ten Lives!)! Seeing Alex so determined to save them was extremely heartwarming. As we were caring for the kittens, I looked at her and said, “Did you ever think in a million years you’d be sitting on your kitchen floor bottle feeding kittens with your hairdresser??” Lol! As much as I love kittens, it’s the people that really make my heart feel so full. Watching a new bottle feeder take on that challenge is really, really heartwarming.  

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

That some of the best people in the world are the animal advocates I’ve met in this organization.

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

Ten Lives is an extremely well-run organization that is 100% run by dedicated volunteers. I’d love for people to know just how much the volunteers give of themselves.

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

I’m a full time hairstylist, I’m the director of a nonprofit called Rhode Island Kitten Kits, and I’m a foster mom.

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

I have full confidence that this organization will pave many new paths in the landscape of RI’s homeless cat population.

Becky's husband, Matt
7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

Because it’s SO WORTH it. Whether you foster or take on an admin role, the feeling of quite literally saving lives by giving a little bit of your time is priceless.

8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

I’ve gained a beautiful sense of community with some of the kindest people I’ve ever met.

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

I’ve been able to teach many fosters how to successfully care for neonatal kittens. I’ve watched fosters go from nervous and unsure to life-saving kitten heroes! I’ve watched kittens go from dying to thriving by using my expertise and skillset.

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 Wishlist!