How does 1 + 4 = 13?

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It started off with a request to help a Mom and her 4 kittens and turned into 13 cats desperately needing our help….

Last night, volunteers were on site in Providence to assess and setup humane traps for a Mom and 4 kittens that were living in an abandoned lot. As they started to walk around they noticed a kitten’s head pop up behind a bush, then another kitten run across the street, then a different kitten run into a yard, then a Mama cat peek around the corner…. and you get the drift.




In total, volunteers have identified 13 cats that desperately need our help. This group of cats includes young kittens, older kittens, Mama cats who are just babies themselves, and beat up tom cats. Unfortunately, years of breeding, irresponsible pet ownership, and apathy have taken a toll on these poor souls. Their condition makes it obvious that they’ve all lived hard lives and desperately need medical care, food, and empathy. 

And that is exactly what Ten Lives is going to provide for them.



Volunteers will be on site every single day until we’ve trapped every last cat. All of the cats will receive the medical care they critically need, including spay and neuter services, and be assessed for socialization. With the heat expected to reach over 100 degrees on Saturday, our dedicated foster families have made room in their homes to help get these cats to safety. 

How can you help end the suffering for these 13 cats?
  • Sponsor a spay/neuter and vaccination package for $75.
  • Donate to their ongoing medical and food expenses. 
  • Join our efforts in the community by becoming a volunteer.
  • Join our foster team and help get one of these deserving cats off the street. 
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Mother’s Day Fundraiser

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Celebrate Motherhood With a Lifesaving Gift

This Mother’s Day, give the gift of life by making a donation in honor of that special Mom in your life!

Ten Lives is paying tribute to all the Mama cats we’ve rescued with a beautiful Mother’s Day card that we know the Moms in your life will cherish. For a donation of $20, Ten Lives will send this special card directly to the Mom of your choice.  So whether she’s a mother to you, a mother to your children (furbabies included!), a dear friend or a colleague, honor her this year with the gift that saves lives.

How does $20 save lives? $20 allows us to provide 2 rabies or 2 distemper vaccinations, one wellness visit with a certified veterinarian, or a month’s worth of canned wet food! 

We hope you’ll participate in this lifesaving event and help Ten Lives continue our work to save lives! 
*Orders must be received by Sunday, 5/5/19, to ensure delivery in time for Mother’s Day. 

Kittens Are Coming

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Kittens are Coming

Kitten season is on its way!  Starting from March and going into October, kitten season is the time of year when rescues see the greatest influx of pregnant cats and kittens.  We’ve talked before  about kitten season and its impact, year after year, on communities around the country.  As cute as it sounds, what kitten season really means is that shelters and rescues, who are already overwhelmed with the amount of cats in their care, are stretched even thinner as they try to take on all the extra litters born.  With over three million cats entering shelters around the country every year, think about just how busy a time that makes kitten season!  Most rescues are already strained when it comes to resources and space, so no matter how much we prepare, it never feels like enough.  On top of that, pregnant cats and newborn kittens require even more supplies and care than the average cat. 

With kitten season just around the corner, Ten Lives would like to ask for help from our community so that we can continue to find loving forever homes for cats this upcoming kitten season.  Read on to learn what you can do to help during this busy time of year.
A significant portion of our funds are spent on supplies, and this time of year we could really use donations of goods to get us through. Wet cat food is in huge demand around here, especially canned kitten food—have you ever seen a litter of kittens at lunchtime?  Pregnant cats, too, eat a lot of food! Our foster cats go through litter like it’s going out of style.  They would greatly appreciate some donations of litter so their boxes can stay nice and clean (and the floor can continue to be covered in the litter they fling outside their boxes).
Tiverton Mom

Scales to weigh kittens (and make sure they’re gaining properly and are healthy) are incredibly useful, too.  These are generally common kitchen scales that measure in ounces.  We would also appreciate pet friendly warming pads, puppy liners for birthing and nursing on, and towels, blankets, and beds. You can check out our current wish list for an up-to-date list of items we need most.  If you would like to donate items in person, please email us! You can also make a monetary donation to be used to purchase items in greatest need. 

Foster & Volunteer

As a foster-based rescue with no physical shelter, our ability to help cats in the community relies on generous individuals who donate their time and space. Thanks to generous donors, Ten Lives provides supplies, like food and litter, and covers the cost of veterinary care. We have an incredible team of volunteers who provide guidance and support throughout the process. Ten Lives provides services to cats & kittens with various needs. Our goal is to place cats with foster families who match their experience and skill set. If you have a little extra space and want to help cats in our community, submit our foster application! 

Can’t foster? Consider volunteering! We are always in need of dedicated volunteers for administrative roles, events, fundraising, graphic design, writing, and transport. Ten Lives is 100% volunteer-powered, which means we need your help to get important work done! Your time and skills can have a huge impact and keep us moving forward. Submit our volunteer inquiry to learn more! 


If you see a pregnant cat or litter of kittens outside, it’s important to act early! It is incredibly challenging for cats to live outside, especially kittens who have weakened immune systems. They often become sick and suffer from preventable injuries that require urgent intervention. When you act early, kittens have a better chance of surviving and being socialized for adoption. Cute kittens in your backyard quickly become feral teenagers who cannot be placed indoors. For help with stray cats, please contact Ten Lives or another reputable local rescue. 

How to Make an Outdoor Shelter

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A Simple Way You Can Help Save Cats this Season

It’s winter in the northeast, and that means frigid nights along with snow, rain, and wind.  We’re lucky to have our homes and warm beds, but there are many cats who have no shelter from the cold weather.  Whether feral, abandoned, or lost, these cats are all in danger of developing hypothermia, especially in rain and snow.  How can you help?  The answer may already be in your home!  Plastic storage tubs can be modified, and with just a few additional supplies you can easily provide cats in your neighborhood with winter shelters that will protect them from cold weather and predators. 

To make one outdoor shelter, start with two plastic storage tubs—one 18 gallon-sized bin and one small enough to fit inside with room to spare.  The Rubbermaid brand is actually most recommended, as it is both waterproof and the plastic will not crack in freezing temperatures.  Cut a hole in one side of both bins (so that they create a doorway when nestled together), approximately six inches by six inches, using a box cutter or other sharp tool. Protective gloves and caution are highly advised!  The bottom of the doorway should be several inches above the floor of the tubs to prevent flooding from rainwater or melted snow.  The smaller tub will sit inside the larger one and will ultimately be the cat’s shelter area, so make sure the openings line up!  Don’t make the doorway too large as cats can easily fit into small openings but dogs, raccoons, and other animals cannot.  Once the doorway is complete, check the edges of the plastic for sharp places a cat may cut themselves on when trying to slip inside.  If there are any, you can either file them down, use weather-safe tape (such as duct tape) to line the opening, or cut the hole to be used with some plastic tubing (see our video).

With the doorways finished, place the smaller tub inside the large one and insulate the space between the two storage bins.  You can use any insulating material, such as straw or foam insulation—but do not use blankets or hay, as they won’t keep the shelter warm and will hold onto any water they come in contact with.  Add the same insulating material to the floor space between the bins.  Optionally, the smaller container can be filled with straw.  Straw is a very good insulator because it traps body heat rather than absorbing it (thus stealing it from the cat), and doesn’t retain wetness like blankets, newspapers, or hay would (which means it will not mold so easily).  Add enough straw so one large cat or two small cats can comfortably burrow inside, then close the lid of the small bin.  Too much empty space inside means wind and cold can circulate, so ensure you’ve added enough.  You will also want to add insulation between the roof of the small bin and the lid of the large one, then attach the lid to the large storage tub and the shelter is complete!

Well, nearly complete.  Now it’s time to decide where to put your newly finished cat shelter.  Don’t leave the shelter directly on the cold ground, as this will make it more difficult for the cat to keep warm.  Prop the shelter up off the ground by putting it atop 2×4 wooden studs or another sturdy material.  To further prevent water from collecting inside the shelter, you can slightly raise the back or create a small hole in the bottom for drainage purposes.  Never leave bowls of water or wet food inside a shelter, as they could easily be turned over and spilled.

Place the shelter somewhere discreet and out of sight, away from dogs and any other predators or disturbances.  In an urban area, this might be behind a building, while in more suburban or rural neighborhoods, near a thicket of trees or wooded area.  Particularly with shy or feral cats, the placement of the shelter must be somewhere they feel safe and comfortable or it will sit unused.

As these shelters are so lightweight, it’s best to weigh the bins down to keep them safe from wind or predators.  Flat barbell weights can be placed on the floor of the outer bin, or bricks can be stacked atop the outer lid.  If you have multiple shelters in the same area, consider laying a heavy plank of wood over the top of both to provide an awning and weigh down two shelters at once. 

A few more tips to keep in mind:

  • A plastic flap can be added to the opening (unless using the tubing option) to better protect against wind and rain, and give the cat extra security.
  • A slanted roof (as simple as a plank of wood) will keep snow and rain from gathering atop the shelter, and may also detract potential predators from stalking the cat from above.
  • If you have seen multiple cats in your area, there may be more than you know.  If you are able to provide more shelters than you think you need, do so.
  • Neutral colors that blend in with the environment work best for the outer bin.  They will be less noticed by predators and thus make the cat feel more secure.  However, use what you have access to!
  • Lastly, if a cat is in desperate need of shelter (say due to an impending storm), and you don’t have time to fashion a proper shelter, something to protect them from the bitter cold is better than doing nothing and could be the difference between life and death.  A reinforced box, an empty litter box, tub or bin, and even a garbage can turned on its side could act as a temporary solution.

Do you have any other tips for outdoor cat shelters?  Leave a comment below!

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:

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!