Support a Homeless Cat for the Holidays

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This Holiday Season help support one of the 42 cats currently in our foster program by donating to the Ten Lives Supply Drive!

Support our critical life-saving program by hosting a donation drive at your work, school, church, or community center! Email us for more info: hello.tenlives@gmail.com

Shop our Amazon Wishlist! Don’t shop on Amazon? Donated supplies can be sent to: Ten Lives Cat Rescue, 16 Harvard St, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Our cats and kittens thank mew in advance! 

Giving Tuesday: 9 Ten Lives Cats Who Need Your Help on 11/27

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Since accepting our first foster cat into the Ten Lives program in May 2018, we have saved over 100 cats from dismal situations and needless suffering.  We owe this incredible success to our amazing foster families, volunteers, and of course, you!  The Ten Lives family is just getting started with our life-saving work, but we need your continued support to save even more cats and give our current fosters their best chance at a new life.  And Giving Tuesday is the perfect day to do just that!

On Tuesday, 11/27, Ten Lives Cat Rescue will be participating in our first ever Giving Tuesday, a day centered around supporting and giving back to your local charities and favorite organizations.  Facebook and PayPal will be matching donations starting at 8 am EST on a first come, first serve basis.  Since Facebook does not charge fees for donations to non-profits and Ten Lives runs on the generosity of volunteers, each cent you give will truly help save lives!  In addition to Facebook’s generous pledge, the Ten Lives Board of Directors will be matching the first $2,500 in donations, further multiplying your generous gift!

Wondering just what we’ll be doing with your life-saving gifts?  Plenty!  Below we have highlighted some of the cats in our care with ailments in need of medical attention above routine care, many of which require costly procedures.

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June

First up is June: a beautiful, sweet, loving girl, June had been living outside for quite a while when Ten Lives was contacted for assistance. When she came to us, she was terribly thin and had been getting attacked by other animals in the neighborhood. Our team discovered June was pregnant—in fact, she is due any day now! June is also FIV positive, and although that is not in any way a death sentence, it is a consequence of having been left outdoors. This one year old girl is incredibly friendly and affectionate, which leads us to believe her former humans left her behind. With babies on the way, she and her young will need a lot of care, but Ten Lives is committed to giving each of them everything they need to thrive!

Pepper

Pepper is only about four months old, but she has already had far more than her share of hardships. Born outside, every one of her littermates passed away before help arrived. Now in a Ten Lives foster’s care, Pepper is safe and loved—but when first rescued, she was very thin and terrified. A traumatic perforation injury before she was rescued caused chronic eye infections, and as a result she will need her left eye removed. First Pepper needs to put on some weight, though, which means this sweet baby will be a longer term foster. Still, she is playful and spunky despite her terrible beginnings, and we’re excited to see her recuperate, recover, and find her forever home!

Faith

Next up we would like to introduce Faith, a beautiful mom found living outside with her three kittens. We trapped all four and moved them to a foster’s home where they would be safe. Faith was very scared when she first arrived, but her foster family’s dedication has turned her into a loving, affectionate cat! She did, however, develop a mammary tumor—which is preventable if a cat is spayed before six months of age. Although a very high percentage of mammary tumors are malignant, we are incredibly thrilled to report Faith’s tumor is benign! She just had her biopsy and is now recovering in her foster home.

Walter

Walter was also found outdoors, though his circumstances were rather different. Just before winter in 2017, Walter’s owner passed away and he was thrown outside. Miraculously, this poor senior boy managed to survive in the brutal New England winter. He lived outdoors for nearly a year before Ten Lives was called to his aid. When first rescued, he was terribly thin, filthy, and absolutely fearful. After four months with a wonderful foster mom, we are happy to report he was not only rehabilitated—Walter was adopted! His forever mom is a perfect match. However, Ten Lives made a commitment to the dental care he is very much in need of, and we intend to see that through. Dental procedures are never cheap, but Walter is worth it!

Jeffrey

Jeffrey is another boy who requires dental surgery—this time by a specialist, as the location of the tooth he needs removed poses some difficulty, and needs an expert’s careful hand. Jeffrey was found living in a yard with a mother cat and their two babies. He is not feral; his personality tells us that he had a family, a home, but was abandoned. Left to fend for himself for too long outside, Jeffrey shut down emotionally. Found completely covered in engorged ticks that had to be painstakingly picked off one by one, a cracked tooth, and an FIV positive diagnosis, it is clear this poor cat had a very traumatic past. Still, at only two years old, he has a whole life ahead of him—and we’re determined to give him all the love, warmth, and security he deserves! Now, Jeffrey is safe and warm in his foster home, where he gets plenty of food and is learning to love pets!

Cora

Cora was found with an open wound where her rear foot should have been. The veterinarian thinks this was a potential birth defect, but there’s no way to know for sure. She will need to have surgery to have the leg removed to give her the best chance at a happy, healthy life, but at just eleven weeks old, she’s not quite ready for the surgery. When Cora was found, her stomach was terrifyingly bloated from worms—worse than we’ve ever seen. Cora is currently on pain medication until she gains enough weight for surgery on her leg to be safe, but despite all she’s been through, her foster mom says she is the cuddliest lap kitten she’s ever met!

Bowie

Three year old Bowie was kept isolated by her previous owner, first in a bathroom and then forced to live outside in a dog crate. Cats need socialization—they need love and affection. Bowie did not receive these things, and as a result she has understandably needed extensive socialization to become adoptable. Long term fosters always cost more than their readily adoptable counterparts, but we can say from experience that giving them the patience and time they need can produce incredible results and is always worth it! Bowie needs a full dental, too, with many of her teeth needing to be extracted. She also has stomatitis, though after various testing the cause is still unknown.

Archie

Ten year old Archie’s story is another sad one. He suddenly lost his dad when the man passed away in his sleep. Archie devotedly stayed by his father’s side for three days before anyone came to check in on him. He had a very difficult time transitioning into foster care, but his foster family was patient and worked with him until he turned into a total lap cat. He found a wonderful forever home and has since been adopted (and is blossoming with his new mom!), giving his story one very happy ending! Ten Lives promised to provide him with a dental he sorely needs, however, which, as stated earlier, is certainly not inexpensive, but very much worth it!

Poppy

Our last spotlight for today is on Poppy. She is the mom cat of three other Ten Lives kitties, but because she proved difficult to trap, she managed to get pregnant again before finally becoming an official Ten Lives cat. She is very thin and rather shy, but Poppy is doing fantastic in her foster home, where our volunteer is working to get her the food she needs to allow her babies to thrive. Poppy will be giving birth within the next few weeks; Ten Lives will provide for her and her babies, and once old enough, we will spay and neuter all to ensure the cycle doesn’t continue.

If you read this far, you can see how many cats we have that are in need of major medical care.  Each and every one of them is worth the costs they incur, and our team is proud to say we never give up on any of our cats—no matter what. 

Your donations are truly life-saving gifts.  We couldn’t rescue and rehome any of our foster cats without the amazing support from our community and donors, far and wide!  We are indescribably grateful for all of you! 

To donate to Ten Lives Cat Rescue on Giving Tuesday, join us right here on Facebook using our fundraising page.  And remember: the earlier you donate on 11/27, the more likely it is that your gift be doubled by Facebook and PayPal!

Save the Date: Giving Tuesday!

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#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. After you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, join us on Giving Tuesday and give the gift of life!

Since May Ten Lives has adopted out 50 homeless cats and kittens! None of this would be possible without our dedicated fosters & volunteers, and generous donors. Together, we are giving second chances to the voiceless and forgotten.

Join us on Facebook and Instagram on November 27th as we share remarkable transformations and the impact of your generous donations. For this one day only, Facebook and PayPal will be matching donations made to approved non-profit organizations!

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Charlie & Ghost, Bonded brothers

Double your impact by making a tax deductible donation on Giving Tuesday via Facebook and help save more bonded pairs like Charlie & Ghost! 


The Details:

Join us Tuesday, 11/27, at 8am EST on Facebook to make a tax-deductible donation using our fundraising link on the page or by starting your own fundraiser in support of Ten Lives. Facebook and PayPal will be matching donations up to 7 million dollars starting at 8am and until the matching funds run out. Donations will be matched on a first come, first serve basis. The closer you donate to 8am EST, the more likely your donation will be matched!

Facebook does not charge any fees for donations made to non-profits and Ten Lives runs on the generosity of volunteers, so every single penny donated will help homeless animals in need!

Spotlight on Black Cats: Witch’s Familiar or Magic House Panther?

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Did you know that October is Black Cat Awareness Month?

Nearly 3 million cats are euthanized every year—and the majority of them are black cats. There are also more black cats at shelters than any other cat, and some shelters have reported they take longer to rehome, too. At Ten Lives Cat Rescue, black cats hold a special place in many of our hearts, so today’s post is dedicated to them. Read on to learn some fascinating facts and myths about these little house panthers!

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Toni, an adoptable female kitten at TLCR

It’s hard to know exactly when and why black cats were first considered bad luck, but it seems likely to have begun in Medieval Europe. Stray cats were often cared for by poor, unmarried women, who themselves were accused of witchcraft. Thus, cats too were wrongly accused, and as witch hunts increased, black cats specifically were singled out as witches’ companions. While such superstitions are far less common today, black cats are still thought to be bad luck by some. An old pirate superstition states that a black cat who boards a ship only to get back off is a sign the ship will sink, and it’s considered bad luck if a black cat passes you from right to left in Germany.

Myths about black cats don’t always pertain to bad luck, though—in other countries they’re considered blessings! In fact, in many Asian countries, Russia, and much of the U.K., black cats are considered good luck in general. Sailors’ wives believe these black-furred family members can protect their husbands out at sea. In England, black cats are said to bless a marriage; while Feng Shui practices consider black cats forces for good, and powerful ones at that. In southern France, respect for a black cat supposedly brings good luck and prosperity—and they are often referred to as matagots, which roughly translated means “magician cats.” Traditional Japanese culture says that single women with black cats will attract more suitors.

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Screech, a male baby currently in our foster care

As fun as these positive superstitions about our beloved companions are, there are plenty of fascinating facts, too! Did you know that, while black cats can be any gender, they are more commonly male? They aren’t restricted to one particular breed, either; over eighteen cat breeds can have all black coats. Similarly, while they can have any eye color, they are most often found with amber or gold irises due to the high melanin levels that produce their fur color.  

Speaking of a black cat’s fur, did you know it can both turn white with age and “rust”? Rusting refers to the coat lightening—often turning orange in hue—when exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. During this process, their coats often reveal that they were never solid black at all, but rather faintly striped or spotted!

The most interesting aspect of a black cat’s fur, however, might just be that it provides them with some level of disease resistance. Humans don’t fully understand the extent of this yet, but it’s believed their excess melanin levels are linked to stronger immune systems and resistance to certain diseases! Which means black cats aren’t just incredibly adorable mini house panthers, but also potentially the luckiest cat of all!

Ten Lives Cat Rescue has some amazing black cats waiting for their forever homes right now—click here to meet them!

Life Saving Work: On the Importance of Fostering

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Ghost, before and after foster care with Ten Lives Cat RescueAt Ten Lives Cat Rescue, foster volunteers are the core of our work and the essence of our mission.  We do not have a physical shelter, which means when asked to take in a new cat we can only do so if a foster home is available.  We talk about this a lot on our other platforms, but today we’re going to dive into the details of why fostering is so important and how it makes a life changing and life saving difference for these cats.

Shelters can be great; they can save a large number of animals from life on the street, from bad situations and harsh weather, from starvation and abuse.  Shelters are able to optimize the amount of cats they can accept in a way foster homes simply cannot.  And, of course, many animals they take in do well and go on to be adopted by their forever families.  The reality, however, is that no matter how hard a shelter tries to ensure their cats are comfortable and happy, it isn’t the right environment for every animal.  In fact, shelters can be overwhelming, even terrifying, for many cats.  In turn, this causes animals to feel extreme stress and leads to them suppressing their true personalities.  They hide, isolate themselves from potential adopters, grow depressed, or even refuse to eat—and as a result, they are passed up by families looking to adopt time and time again.

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Charlie, before and after becoming a happy foster cat

This is where foster homes become so vitally important.  Cats in foster care learn what it’s like to live in a home, something many cats have never experienced.  They get one-on-one attention with their foster family, learning essential socialization skills while being given the time they need to come out of their shell.  They begin to realize that not all humans are scary; they learn to trust and understand what it means to be given affection and love and be part of a family.  They become braver and more confident, and they do all this in a relaxing, safe environment.  Cats who were previously strays, neglected, or in shelter cages open up once they’re in foster care, allowing their true personalities to shine through and giving them a chance to work on any fears and traumas they may have from past experiences.  Shy, nervous, and timid cats who need extra time and patience can then blossom, becoming happier and better adjusted.

Foster homes are absolutely life changing for the cats who are deemed unadoptable by many shelters.  Cats with special needs, those with injuries or illnesses, pregnant or nursing cats, and litters of young kittens especially benefit from the extra time and care they receive with their foster families.  Being in a home also means the foster volunteers learn things about each individual cat, such as what foods they prefer, whether they would do well in a home with other animals or small children, along with any health issues that must be addressed.  This allows fostered cats to be better matched to potential adopters, and significantly reduces the risk of them being surrendered or returned.

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From abandoned to loved: foster cat Walter

Now that we’ve covered some of the extraordinary and life saving benefits fostering provides to the cats, let’s take a look at what fostering requires for their human counterparts.  All you need is a spare room in your home and compassion in your heart, and you can begin the process of becoming a foster.  The length of time a cat stays in their foster home depends upon their specific needs and situation; it can be anywhere from weeks to months, but fostering costs nothing for the volunteer—all food, litter, medical care, and other expenses are covered by Ten Lives Cat Rescue.  Fostering is an amazing way to help save homeless cats, and it comes with the flexibility that typical volunteer positions cannot offer.  If the lifetime commitment of adopting a cat is something you are unable to do at the moment, fostering is also a wonderful way to enjoy the companionship our furry friends provide while making a difference. 

Most importantly, by allowing these cats a temporary respite in your home, you are absolutely and immediately saving a life.  And it doesn’t end there; as a foster you are dramatically improving the quality of that life, too.  By providing a warm home, some kindness and love, you are giving these animals another chance so they may find their forever family.  And really, what’s better than that?

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Former foster Eclipse

Fostering saves lives. 

You can, too!  Ready to make a difference and become part of the Ten Lives Cat Rescue team?  Click here!