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! 

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!