Giving Tuesday: How You Can Help in 2020

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This year has been a challenging one for everyone—Ten Lives Cat Rescue included. With traditional events and fundraisers cancelled, we have had to become more creative in everything we do, from how to raise funds to save cats, to introducing cats to potential adopters. We are now more than eight months into the pandemic and are proud to say we have continued to grow as a rescue and save lives, despite reduced funding and resources. Our team has worked tirelessly to adapt and develop new protocols so we could continue to rescue cats, find them loving homes, and provide Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) services. At the time we published this blog post, we have been able to foster 305 cats in 2020, and 242 of them have since been adopted into loving, forever homes. We have TNR’d 19 cats, and we even launched a voucher program to further reduce barriers for spay and neuter services!

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With traditional events and fundraisers cancelled, we need your help more than ever.

On Tuesday, December 1st, we will be participating in #GivingTuesday; a global day of giving and supporting the non-profits you love. This year, Facebook is matching up to 7 million dollars, and thanks to a very generous donation from Ten Lives Board Director, the first $4,000 donated to us on Giving Tuesday will have three times the impact!

Here are some of the cats your Giving Tuesday donations will help:
Burroughs

Rescued from a hoarding situation earlier this year, Burroughs was part of a litter of two. She and her sibling were born under a couch at the time, which turned into a difficult rescue for Providence Animal Control. Burroughs’ mom was a kitten herself at the time, and had a hard time being a mom. As a result, Burroughs’ foster had to bottle feed her and her sibling to keep them alive alive. Burroughs has been in and out of the hospital since she was a baby. She started with respiratory issues and pneumonia. She has had ongoing gastrointestinal issues that have required a lot of specialty care, such as overnight stays, medications, repeated veterinary visits, consultations with specialists, and diagnostic imaging. While Burroughs she seems to be improving, she still has a long road ahead of her. She also has a hernia that needs to be repaired.

Dash

You may have read Dash’s story from her Forgotten Feline Spotlight. Dash has been in our foster program since January 2020, and she currently needs a major hernia repair that is estimated to cost $3,000. Dash’s ongoing care has been costly to the rescue this year, but like all of the cats in our care, we feel she is worth every penny.

Finn

One of our newest fosters, Finn, was living outside in Providence with his three siblings and mom. Sadly, before we could trap Finn and his family, one of his siblings disappeared. Finn’s mom is feral, so she was TNR’d. Finn and his sibling were brought into our foster program. Finn has a congenital deformity of his legs—he is built and walks like a kangaroo. He also has a grade III heart murmur. In addition to his regular vetting, Finn needs a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon for his legs, and then he will need a consultation with a cardiologist for his heart murmur.

Tom Tom, Snickers, Oreo, Anastasia, and Izzie

While Tom Tom and Snickers have been adopted into their forever homes, if our vet determines that a cat needs a dental examination or surgery during our vetting process, we feel like it’s our responsibility to take care of it. We’ve paid for 20 dental surgeries in 2020, and will be covering Tom Tom, Snickers, Oreo, Anastasia, and Izzie’s, as well. On average, dental surgeries cost between $400 and $800, depending on extractions and severity of dental disease.

Oreo is available for adoption, and is able to go to his forever home before his dental surgery. Anastasia and Izzie are currently not available for adoption, and are being loved and cared for in their foster homes.

How Can You Help Us Raise Needed Funds to Continue Our Live-Saving Mission?

We know this is a challenging time for many people in the community, and we are so appreciative of our supporters’ continued generosity. No matter how much you’re able to give, your gift will help us fund needed medical expenses for cats like Burroughs, Dash, Finn, Tom Tom, Oreo, and Snickers. Your gift will also help us continue save lives in the years to come.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Leo

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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.

Leo is going into his second year as a Ten Lives volunteer, and while his “official” role is as a trapper, he’s always available to help with other aspects of whatever the rescue needs. Whether it’s picking up donated supplies, transporting cats to appointments, or building feeding stations, Leo has done that and more! Before becoming an official volunteer with us, Leo has always been involved in caring for cats in one way or another. Leo has two resident cats—a gray and white tabby named Boots (because she has white paws that look like shoes) and a calico named Skinny (for her thin frame). Leo also takes care of three outdoor cats that he TNR’d.

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1. How did you originally hear about us, and what made you decide to become a volunteer?

I found a stray cat in one of the makeshift shelters I build and started doing research online for “what to do next.” Ten Lives Cat Rescue (TLCR) came up as a search result, and they sounded like the perfect place to start. Becoming a volunteer just sort of happened from there. I had already been finding cats in need all over the place (in my local neighborhoods, around areas I’d be traveling for work, or just driving around every day). TLCR was very helpful in taking them into the rescue.

2. What is your favorite story or memory while volunteering with us?

I’ve trapped a couple tomcats that were in really rough shape. To see them get stronger and healthier with a little love and time was cool, especially knowing that I had a hand in their comeback story.

3. What have you learned during your time as a volunteer?

I’ve always been that guy that has a soft spot for cats, but I had just been winging it when it came to trying to help them on my own. As a volunteer, I’ve learned a lot about the proper way to trap displaced cats and also how to take care of kittens. I’d say volunteering has also made me a better people-person in general, too.

4. What do you wish other people knew about us?

I wish other people knew that cats rule! Oh, and that TLCR loves every cat they are lucky enough to help, and they have an amazing team of people who share the same vision.

5. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?

When I’m not volunteering, I’m usually working or sleeping. Oddly enough, I’m an acoustical ceiling guy that works six to seven days a week. It’s a demanding, hands-on job, but it’s something I’ve done for many years and I’m meticulous at it. You probably wouldn’t guess at first glance that I’m such a big cat person, but my surroundings say otherwise; I’ve got some pretty cool cat art that I’ve collected over the years.

6. How do you think Ten Lives Cat Rescue will change over the next five years?

I see the rescue growing, which means saving many more cats and finding them the perfect homes. It also means I’ll be busy doing more TNR work, too.

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

People should volunteer because they want to help their community cat population. Everyone is always looking for ways to “give back,” but aren’t sure how to start. Volunteering is a way to make use of your time for the greater good, and you’ll meet fellow cat lovers in the process. I also can’t be one of the only dudes in the bunch! Come join us!

8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

Volunteering has really helped me become more open with myself and what I’m capable of. It’s helped me become more of a people-person and work more easily with others. I’ve always found working with animals has been easier than working with people, but volunteering has helped me see people can be worth the effort, too. I feel lucky to be able to gain tips, tricks, and overall knowledge from those that have been doing this for a long time. It’s really made me want to go all in with helping street cats and put what I’ve learned into action.

An outdoor feeding station and shelter made by Leo
An outdoor feeding station and shelter made by Leo
9. How much of an impact do you feel your volunteer work has had with Ten Lives Cat Rescue?

I would like to think I’ve made an impact with the rescue. I tend to not be afraid to go to the more questionable areas to help save a cat. Having learned about my work with the rescue, I’m hoping people will be more comfortable with asking questions and reaching out.

Are you interested in volunteering with Ten Lives Cat Rescue? Fill out a Volunteer Application, become a foster, sponsor a Forgotten Feline, and purchase needed supplies through our Amazon Wishlist!

Volunteer Spotlight: Kim

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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.

Kim has been a Ten Lives Cat Rescue volunteer since September 22, 2018, and she wears many hats: she is a foster, our Intake Coordinator, and our Facebook Admin.

Kim with one of her former fosters, Billy Joel

If you have ever emailed our general email address, there is a high chance you’ve spoken to Kim, because she manages that, as well! Her resident cats include Lloyd (17) and Emma (16), and she recently fostered Snowdrop, who was just adopted.

1. How did you originally hear about us, and what made you decide to become a volunteer?

My former cat, @davecatri, followed TLCR on Instagram, we likely met at an event, and I saw a social media post about not being able to take in any more cats because they didn’t have enough foster homes. I knew it was time. I had wanted to foster kittens for a while, but that post was the deciding factor.

2. What is your favorite story or memory while volunteering with us?

Honestly, I don’t have a favorite memory/story because I have so many! If I had to pick, I would say that socializing shy cats and watch them do a complete 360 and become friendly cats has been memorable. 

3. What have you learned during your time as a volunteer?

SO MUCH! I remember sitting in a volunteer meeting right after I signed up and thinking to myself, “what are these women talking about?” Melissa (Ten Lives’ Executive Director) was using terms I had never heard of like “spicy” and I kept thinking I wasn’t as “crazy” as I thought I was, and I mean that in the best possible way. Flash forward two years, and I use the cat lady lingo on the reg. I have also learned how to socialize spicy cats, trap cats, cure ringworm, detect panleuk, help run a rescue—you name it, I’ve learned it!

4. What do you wish other people knew about us?

We don’t profit from the “sale” of cats, it’s not as big of a commitment as you think, and the dangers of not spaying/neutering and vaccinating your cats! Prior to joining Ten Lives, I just thought it was the right thing to do; I didn’t realize the detriments it could have (aside from the overpopulation problem)—this is another thing I’ve learned, apparently!

5. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?

I work full time in Human Resources, I just finished my Masters Degree (all while volunteering with Ten Lives), I work out regularly with my amazing gym community, and of course, I spend time with Jack (better known as “Cat Dad”), our kids, and my large, modern, extended family, as I refer to it.

6. How do you think Ten Lives Cat Rescue will change over the next five years?

I hope we continue to grow. It really has been amazing to watch it transform and blossom over the two years that I have been involved. Melissa is one of the most tenacious people I know, and I have so much admiration and respect for her. I know with her leadership, we will continue to accomplish great things.

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

Because we can’t do this alone! We can only save as many cats as we are capable of. More volunteers, more cats saved. It’s that simple.

8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

Honestly, I think the biggest thing I have gained is this new network of amazing humans, and I mean that sincerely. The people I have met thru Ten Lives are not just my peers—they have become my friends. It’s something I did not expect, nor was I looking for, but I am so glad that it worked out this way.

9. How much of an impact do you feel your volunteer work has had with Ten Lives Cat Rescue?

I’m going to say a lot! I do a lot of “work” for the rescue because I WANT to, and I enjoy doing it. I think without dedicated volunteers like myself (and many, many others), Ten Lives would not be the rescue that it has become today.

Are you interested in volunteering with Ten Lives Cat Rescue? Fill out a Volunteer Application, become a foster, sponsor a Forgotten Feline, and purchase needed supplies through our Amazon Wishlist!

Join Ten Lives Cat Rescue for a Virtual Paint Night!

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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
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • 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
  • Meow Libs
  • “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.

Global Cat Day

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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
Falkor's feral brother who was TNR'd
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!