Have you ever wanted to try your hand at painting, but you weren’t sure where to start? Alternatively, do you love to paint, and need some inspiration? What if you were able to support a great cause without ever leaving home? Ten Lives Cat Rescue’s got you covered!
On Sunday, November 8th starting at 5:00PM, we are hosting Paint for Purrs, the purrfect virtual event for both new and experienced painters, and the best part? By purchasing a ticket and joining us for a creative evening, you’re able to support our life-saving mission right from the comfort of your home. That’s right, you don’t even have to put real pants on!
Your virtual paint night ticket includes entry into this 2.5-3 hour event, instruction by a local artist, and a painting kit. The first 35 people who purchase tickets will receive their kit in a Ten Lives tote!
The painting kit includes:
One 16 x 20 gallery wrapped canvas
A paint palette
A brush cleaning cup
A plastic table cover
A printout of the featured painting for reference
We also have raffle tickets available for purchase for a Cat Lovers Basket! Tickets are $1 per raffle ticket, and $5 for 6 tickets.
The Cat Lovers Basket includes:
Cat print slippers
Cat print eye mask
“You had me at Meow” stemless wine glasses
Matching black & white cat mugs
Cat jigsaw puzzle
Cat wine charms
“Cats in Movies” notecards
Cat print makeup bag
“Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza” card game
Proceeds from Paint for Purrs will help Ten Lives Cat Rescue continue to save homeless and forgotten cats, and provide food, litter, and vet care to cats in need. This event is BYOB and BYOC (bring your own cat)! We hope you’ll join us!
To purchase your tickets for Paint for Purrs and to learn more about paint kit pick up, please click here. A video link will be emailed to attendees prior to the event.
Every year, millions of community cats, or feral cats, are euthanized in shelters after being brought there by well-intentioned individuals. Many do not know that this population of cats live and thrive outdoors, and by bringing them to local shelters they are often subjecting them to an unnecessary fate. Sadly, many of these shelters lack the resources and staffing to provide the best care for community cats- which is Trap, Neuter, Return.
At Ten Lives we recognize the life and dignity of community cats. Though they will never be the loving indoor cats that we all recognize, we believe they are no less deserving of safety and care. What can you do to help cats in our community?
Sponsor a community cat shelter for $20
Sponsor food for community cats for $35
Sponsor a spay/neuter and vaccinations for $65
This Global Cat Day we are asking for your support to help improve the lives of cats in our community. No amount is too small and every penny of your donation helps cats in need!
If you follow our social media accounts, you may have fallen in love with a sweet, former tomcat named Falkor—also known as the star of #falkorfriday. Falkor was part of a large cat colony in Cumberland that our volunteers had been working to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), and was rescued by Ten Lives Cat Rescue at the end of June. After he was humanely trapped, we realized he actually wasn’t feral at all—just painfully timid. He was in terrible condition when he first joined our program. His fur was so matted, he had to be shaved when he was seen at the spay/neuter clinic.
Under the mats, Falkor had scars and wounds from being attacked by other cats. Sadly, this is very common for male cats who are not neutered. They fight over territory, female cats who aren’t spayed, and food. Because of the location of his wounds (on his lower back and hind quarters) the vet felt like he was trying to get away. He also tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV+), which is not uncommon for unneutered male cats living outside.
Ten Lives’ Executive Director has a soft spot for former tomcats, and became Falkor’s foster mom after his neuter. During his time in our program, Falkor has needed a lot of TLC. He developed an infection at his neuter site, has extensive dental disease, and was suffering from a terrible ear infection. Despite all of the treatments and vet visits, Falkor retained his soft and affectionate personality. Within the first week in his foster home, he allowed his foster mom to rub his cheeks and gently pet his back. Over the past few months, he has transformed from a terrified cat who would hide in his crate to actively seeking out affection, playing with his rainbow wand, and napping out in the open.
He now spends his days demanding attention, getting brushed, and asking for his favorite treat, Churu. Falkor is still working on his catfidence and getting used to regular household noises, but he’s starting to explore more and show off how brave he can be.
According to his foster mom, Falkor has turned into an extremely sweet boy, and has a tender soul. She knows he’s going to bond closely with his adopter if they are willing to put in a little work. He has a relaxed and easygoing personality, and as a bonus, he’s adorable, too. He has big fuzzy paws, the most soulful eyes, and this large slow-moving body. Falkor is easy to fall in love with!
Falkor will be having an extensive dental surgery in October. Sadly, due to his time outside, his teeth are in awful condition. He has severe dental disease, including broken teeth, tooth resorption, and will require numerous extractions to deal with it. His surgery is estimated to cost the rescue $800. After Falkor recovers, he will be looking for the perfect forever home, which should be a quiet home with patient humans, who will give him the love and support he needs to continue to blossom.
Falkor is part of our Forgotten Feline Program, which aims to help scared and under-socialized cats who are considered “unadoptable” by other shelters. With the help of our dedicated foster families, we are able to give them the support they need to blossom.
If you are interested in sponsoring Falkor and contributing to his upcoming dental surgery, please click here.
Join us on Sunday, 10/4, for a virtual yoga class to benefit the cats and kittens of Ten Lives! This 60 minute class will be hosted by self professed cat lady Jessica Amsden from Raffa Yoga in Cranston.
The minimum donation to attend is $10 and ALL funds will help provide litter, food, and veterinary care to cats in need. Additional donations are welcomed!
About the Class
In this class you can expect to move easily with the pace and ability of your own body as Jess is Yoga for All certified, an inclusive, mindful way to engage all body types and more effectively teach individual students based on their personal needs. Suggested props include: yoga mat, two blocks (or books or shoe boxes) a yoga strap (or scarf or belt) a bolster (or comforter rolled up for support) a yoga blanket, water bottle and open heart. Don’t forget to invite your furry friends!
Meet our Instructor Jessica
Jessica teaches Stretch, Restorative & Yoga Nidra at Raffa Yoga & Urban Sweat. She prides herself in holding a warm, welcoming, accessible space for her students to explore their yoga and heal body, mind and spirit. “Yoga is a deeply personal journey. Of the self, through the self, to the self. As such, it is the highest honor and privilege to hold space for you to explore your yoga.”
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.
Sonita has been a Ten Lives Cat Rescue volunteer since July 2018, and she is a fantastic foster mom and our Instagram Admin. She has three resident cats named Kenya, Melanie, and Ash (a Ten Lives foster fail!), and she currently has four foster kittens: Apollo, Calliope, Olympia, and Marley.
1. How did you originally hear about us, and what made you decide to become a volunteer?
I came across a Facebook post about three sickly, tiny kittens who were in immediate need of a foster home. I initially remember thinking, “I hope someone steps up to help.” I thought about the post all night and talked about it with my boyfriend. By morning, I decided to take the initiative and submit a foster application. I was contacted about the kittens within hours and got them the same day.
2. What is your favorite story or memory while volunteering with us?
I’ll always remember my first foster kittens, Charlie, Ghost, and Nimbus, who arrived to me scared and sick with upper respiratory and eye infections. Their transformations were remarkable.
One of my most memorable fosters was a polydactyl tabby cat I named Mochi. I actually first came across Mochi through another rescue’s Facebook post. They had been contacted about a cat who was left behind for nearly two weeks by his previous owner in an abandoned apartment without food or water. The landlord found Mochi when she went to clean it out. We were told that Mochi had endured physical abuse and starvation as punishment. I contacted Ten Lives’ Executive Director and asked if I could foster Mochi on behalf of Ten Lives, and of course, they were happy to help. When Mochi arrived to us, he was terrified and reactive; he’d swipe and lunge at us in fear. Over time, we were able to earn his trust and love and watched him transform into the most affectionate, inquisitive, and silly shoulder cat. Mochi has since found the most amazing forever home and continues to thrive. He even kept his name.
3. What have you learned during your time as a volunteer?
Volunteering has definitely helped me hone my time management skills so that I can balance my volunteer commitments with other aspects of my life.
4. What do you wish other people knew about us?
The rescue really does try our best to help every cat that’s brought to our attention, but our efforts can only extend as far as our resources allow. Some resources are regretfully very limited, such as donations and foster homes. I wish people knew that when we say skip your purchased coffee for the day because any small bit helps—we truly mean it.
5. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
I’m an ED nurse so I guess one can say that I get a lot of fulfillment from caring for and nurturing others, especially the sick, whether it’s an animal or a person. I love to cook, bake, and weight train. I also digest a lot of true crime in my spare time through books, documentaries, and podcasts.
6. How do you think Ten Lives Cat Rescue will change over the next five years?
I think Ten Lives will only continue to grow in volunteers and foster families so that we can continue to help more cats. It would be incredible if we were able to attain a physical location to expand our rescue work, too!
7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?
Everyone in the rescue has a genuine love and compassion for animal welfare. We’re always willing to help each other out when it comes to transport, caring for one another’s fosters during a trip/vacation, or general guidance on caring for your foster. There are so many roles that you can take on as well even if you are unable to foster.
8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?
I’ve met of wonderful people through the rescue. I’ve also gained an amazing sense of fulfillment that I feel only helping an animal in need can give you. I’ve gotten so much joy out of watching my foster cats go from struggling to survive outside to joining loving forever families and being pampered and spoiled like they deserve to be.
9. How much of an impact do you feel your volunteer work has had with Ten Lives Cat Rescue?
I like to think that I’ve made a positive impact in the lives of all the cats I’ve come across during my time as a volunteer. I also hope my involvement has brought awareness to my friends and family as I don’t think my social circle was too aware of fostering and rescue work previously.