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

Help Lunar Live Pain Free

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Baby Lunar

This past June, Lunar arrived to Ten Lives along with 6 siblings, 3 adults, and 1 pregnant Mama who would later give birth to 6 kittens. What had started as one cat grew into an entire family and quickly became too much for the owner to handle. Sadly, all of the cats from this home were suffering from upper respiratory infections and flea dermatitis. Shortly after arriving to Ten Lives, Lunar’s brother, Harvey, would be hospitalized for a severe calicivirus infection that would cause him to temporarily lose mobility in his rear legs. His brother, Nick Fury, then required enucleation surgery after an eye infection went untreated for too long. 

Sadly, these medical issues are common for cats who do not receive basic care and live in over crowded conditions. 

Lunar and best bro, Orion. They have been inseparable since day one! 

 

Unfortunately, Lunar has been facing his own medical challenges over the last nine months. Under the care of Dr. C at OSVS, Lunar has been undergoing treatment for reoccurring ear and upper respiratory infections. Despite multiple rounds of antibiotics and ear flushing procedures, we’ve been unable to cure his infections. Because of this, Lunar is undergoing VBO surgery. 

We’ve been down a similar road before with our buddy, Lazarus, and know this surgery will be life-changing for Lunar. As with Lazzy, Lunar will be under the excellent care of Dr. B and the staff at BSVS and we have full confidence that he’s going to have a smooth recovery. 

Lunar’s surgery is estimated to cost $2,500-$2,800 in addition to the expenses already incurred for his ongoing care. As a small rescue, this is a huge expense, but we know that Lunar is worth every penny and deserves to live a pain-free life. 

 

 

As a volunteer-powered organization, 100% of your donation will go towards Lunar’s medical fund and help defray the expense. No amount is too small and every dollar helps! 

Lunar and his friends thank you in advance! 

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!