#401Gives Starts Friday!

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On Friday, April 1st, Ten Lives will be participating in #401Gives and raising vital funds to support of life-changing programs. This day of giving is your chance to support the Rhode Island nonprofits you love – including us! 

 

 

A gift of just $15 can change a cat’s life. Every single cat adopted from Ten Lives goes home with a microchip that comes with free lifetime registration! This ensures that our adopted cats have a nearly 40% higher chance of being returned to their families if they are ever lost. 

Since our inception in 2018, we have provided vital services to 1300 cats in the community and facilitated 1000 adoptions. The support of our community has allowed us to change the landscape for cats in Rhode Island, including providing spay/neuter services to community cats and establishing a low-cost spay/neuter voucher program. 
On #401Gives, there are many ways you can help cats in our community! 
As a 100% volunteer-powered organization that does not receive any state or city funding all of our critical, life-saving funds come from generous donors who believe in our mission statement. The entirety of your donation will help cats in our community!
As a bonus, the sponsors of 401Gives will be awarding prizes in addition to your donations. Check out how your donation can have an even larger impact!

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie

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Did you know that Ten Lives Cat Rescue is run entirely by volunteers? We currently have over 80 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.

Julie has volunteered with Ten Lives since May 2019, and she is a crucial part of our foster team. Julie has one resident cat named Remy, and three resident dogs named Roxy, Nina, and Penny. She has fostered over 30 cats in her time with us, and recently welcomed her newest foster, Cayenne. We truly appreciate everything that Julie does for our rescue!

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

I was fostering for a different rescue, and a co-worker of mine discovered a Ten Lives fundraiser through PVDonuts, which paired donuts and cat rescue together. I immediately knew they were my kind of people and I applied!

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

I truly enjoy taking in pregnant mother cats and giving them a safe place to have their last litter of kittens! My favorite memory was fostering this orange cat named Doug. He came to me filthy, matted, and injured, and he was scared of just about everything. I took him in at the same time as a pregnant mother cat named Ambrosia and was just hoping to keep him long enough until another foster home could take him. Much to my surprise, he formed an incredible bond with Ambrosia and started to learn to be a cat by watching her kittens grow up! It was the sweetest thing watching him overcome his trauma and become a big dopey uncle. He and Ambrosia were adopted together and get to continue to be each other’s best friends!

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

I’ve learned so much during my time with Ten Lives. When I first started fostering, I thought I would be a cat whisperer and it would be as cute as a Dodo video. In reality, fostering is a lot of hard work, and I’ve had my struggles. The cats and kittens we take off the streets are very vulnerable and usually have some kind of illness or ailment that needs tending. I’ve learned to recognize how and when to intervene, sometimes learning to bottle feed or administer subcutaneous fluids, and it’s been incredible to save lives!

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

I wish that people knew that fostering doesn’t need to be a huge time, space, or financial commitment. I have a dedicated room in my home for my fosters, but most of the cats are just happy to have a bathroom to decompress in. Ten Lives provides all of the supplies you could need and finances every vet visit, and there’s no expectation to provide anything from the volunteer’s pocket.

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

When I’m not working or volunteering, my fiancé and I are avid animal lovers and hang out with my resident animals and upkeep our two aquariums. We also love to travel, go hiking, and kayak!

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

Ten Lives has grown so much in the two years that I have been volunteering, and I’m sure the next five will have even more growth! Melissa (Ten Lives’ Executive Director) is an incredible leader and has so many great ideas to expand our influence and find better ways to provide care to our cats.

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

I can only speak from my own experience, but volunteering with Ten Lives has become such an important part of my life, and I really don’t know what I did without it!

8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

I’ve fostered over 30 cats through Ten Lives and I’ve gained so much knowledge from the experience and also from the other members of the group. Everyone is always willing to ask for or offer advice, and I always feel so connected. I’ve met some of the most kind, like-minded people through this group and have made some pretty amazing friendships.

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

I’ve seen some pretty amazing transformations in my fosters – from shy to confident, from emaciated to chubby, and from ill to healthy. I know for a fact that some of these cats would not have lasted very long on the streets. I stay connected with some of my previous adopters, and they show me pictures of my former foster cats living their absolute best lives.

Are you interested in volunteering with Ten Lives Cat Rescue? Read about our open volunteer roles and fill out a Volunteer Application, become a foster, sponsor a Forgotten Feline, and purchase needed supplies through our Wishlist!

February 2022 Adoptions

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22 cats and kittens went to their forever homes this month! Ranging from six months to 12-years-old, some of our adopted cats arrived to our rescue due to unfortunate circumstances that were no fault of their own, while others were humanely trapped as strays thanks to our community cats efforts. Nine cats and kittens were adopted by their foster families, including one double adoption. One cat was adopted through our Foster-to-Adopt program.

Our rescue relies heavily on donations from our amazing supporters to help us give the cats in our care the best possible chance at long, healthy lives where they are cherished by their forever families. In response to the cats in our program’s needs, we have created our Forgotten Feline program to help scared and under-socialized cats regain trust and confidence. We have also created The Lazzy Fund, which gives a second chance to those cats who have been neglected and forgotten, including cats in need of critical and lifesaving medical care. The Forgotten Feline program and The Lazzy Fund help many of our cats during their time in our rescue.

Our Foster-to-Adopt program allows potential adopters to interact and bond with a cat in their home prior to making a lifelong commitment. Fostering-to-adopt is a great way to see a cat’s true personality, watch how they integrate into your household, and determine whether adoption is the best match for the cat and family. Foster-to-Adopt applicants are approved through our normal adoption process and based on the specific needs of the cat. Once approved, an adopter will bring home their new feline friend and have 30 days to determine whether they are a perfect fit for them and their family. During the 30-day foster-to-adopt period, the adopter responsible for providing food and litter; however, we will provide any outstanding vet care at a partner rescue veterinarian. At the end of the 30 days, the adoption can be made official by signing an adoption agreement and paying the adoption fee. If the adopter feels that they and the cat are not a good match, the cat can be returned our care. If an adopter wishes to continue fostering until the cat is adopted, we will list the cat for adoption on our website and social media pages, and will provide more information about our foster program. This month, Shirelle found her forever home through our Foster-to-Adopt program!

Yamada’s story is a common one for our rescue: she was humanely trapped in August 2021, and arrived with ringworm. She was slated to be released after she was spayed and vetted because she was shy and we didn’t have any fosters that could take her in. However, our Intake Coordinator decided to make room for Yamada because she wasn’t feral; she was young and scared. During her time in her foster home, Yamada suffered three rectal prolapses, which multiple cats where she was trapped also unfortunately endured. We ended up requesting a specific surgery to help Yamada so she would no longer suffer from this condition. Despite multiple vet visits, a surgery, cones of shame, lots and lots of medications, “Yammy” (as her foster mom calls her) blossomed, and this month, she found a wonderful forever home where she is already sleeping in her adopter’s bed. Her transformation was incredible, and was incredibly rewarding to see unfold.

We are always looking for new foster families to join our rescue – if you are interested in helping cats like Yamada, please fill out a foster application. We would love for you to join us as we help the cats in our community!

Congratulations to Ackbar, Arch 2, Bianca, Chicken Finger, Fontaine, Franklin, Ivan, Julius, Junebug, Liliana, Lovey, Marky Mark, Max, Milton, Mother, Sadie, Shirelle, Toto, Tuukka, Weasley, Yamada, and Zappa for finding their forever homes!

Are you interested in adopting a cat from Ten Lives Cat Rescue? Take a look at our adoptable cats!

How can you help the cats currently in Ten Lives’ care? Sponsor a Forgotten Feline, become a foster, apply for one of our volunteer opportunities, donate to The Lazzy Fund, or purchase a needed item on our Wishlist.

January 2022 Adoptions

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January was a busy month for us: 51 cats and kittens went to their forever homes this month! Some of our adopted cats arrived to our rescue due to unfortunate circumstances that were no fault of their own, while others were humanely trapped as strays thanks to our community cats efforts. Five adopted kittens this month were born in our rescue and have known the comforts of indoor life and full bellies from the beginning – these kittens were born in October, and are all a part of our “Candy” litter! Eight cats and kittens were adopted by their foster families, and 12 cats and kittens were a part of double adoptions.

Our rescue relies heavily on donations from our amazing supporters to help us give the cats in our care the best possible chance at long, healthy lives where they are cherished by their forever families. In response to the cats in our program’s needs, we have created our Forgotten Feline program to help scared and under-socialized cats regain trust and confidence. We have also created The Lazzy Fund, which gives a second chance to those cats who have been neglected and forgotten, including cats in need of critical and lifesaving medical care. The Forgotten Feline program and The Lazzy Fund help many of our cats during their time in our rescue, and this month, two of our Forgotten Feline graduates were adopted!

The "Candy" litter
Lydia and Ida, graduates of our Forgotten Feline program

Recently, our rescue has been caring for several cats who were diagnosed with ringworm. Ringworm is a fungal infection affecting the skin and hair of animals and people. There are three species of ringworm that commonly affect cats. Animals at any age are susceptible to contracting ringworm, but young animals (less than 1 year old) and geriatric animals are at the highest risk. Animals with compromised immune systems (FIV, FeLV, malnutrition, etc.) and with preexisting conditions also have an increased risk. The best and most reliable way to diagnose ringworm is with a PCR test and/or fungal culture. Ringworm treatment takes six weeks, and successful treatment of ringworm includes topical treatment, oral medication, and reducing environmental contamination. Thanks to our dedicated foster families, 15 kittens who were successfully treated for ringworm were adopted this month.

Congratulations to Asra, Casper, Caulimeower, Clint Eastwood, Dahlia, Ellie, Elton, Freckles, Garbo, Georgio Armani, Gryphon, Hall, Hendrix, Honey, Honor, Ida, Iris, Kathleen, Kit Kat, Lydia, Mavis, Memphis, Oates, Pan, Pawtato, Peppurr, Puck, Pumpkin, Purrsnip, Reese, Rolo, Romana, Roselina, Russet, Seabiscuit, Shorty, Skittle, Smartie, Squeak, Squeaky, Stormer, Taco, Tiggie, Tina, Tinsel, Toddy, Tomeowto, Vanilla Fudge, Wiley, Winfrey, and Xena for finding their forever homes!

Are you interested in adopting a cat from Ten Lives Cat Rescue? Take a look at our adoptable cats!

How can you help the cats currently in Ten Lives’ care? Sponsor a Forgotten Feline, become a foster, donate to The Lazzy Fund, or purchase a needed item on our Wishlist.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sabrina

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Did you know that Ten Lives Cat Rescue is run entirely by volunteers? We currently have over 80 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.

Sabrina started volunteering with Ten Lives in August 2021, and in the short amount of time she’s been a part of our team, she has made an incredible impact as a foster and our Foster Program Manager. She is always willing to help out when needed with events, cat cabs, supply runs, and much more. We are grateful for everything she does! Sabrina has five resident cats – Roo, Penelope, Eevee, Squeak, and Peppurr, Izzy, her resident chinchilla, and Winston and Sheldon, her resident guinea pigs. She currently has six foster cats – Weasley, Lenny, Mother, Stewie, Zappa, and Marky Mark. Squeak and Peppurr are the most recent residents in her family and are Ten Lives alumni and foster fails!

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

I had always followed Ten Lives on social media and have always wanted to foster, but with my six resident pets in a one bedroom, 1,000 square foot condo, it wasn’t in the cards. When we sold our condo in the summer of 2021 and bought a larger single family with 4 bedrooms, I was finally able to pursue my dreams! After many conversations with my boyfriend and an attempt to rescue what we thought was a stray cat who turned out to actually be the neighbor’s, I applied to be a foster!

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

I have so many, but a day after taking in my original four ringworm foster kittens, one became deathly ill. While it was exhausting, I was up every three hours to syringe feed him and administer a variety of medications to get him back to good health. He fought, and while he is still having some health issues, is doing extremely well. It was so rewarding to know I played a part in that.

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

That this is my passion. I’ve always felt like a piece of me was missing, and this has filled that.

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

How amazing the community is. I have been in awe since day one of the support the Ten Lives community has shown. It truly does not get better than being surrounded by like-minded crazy cat people.

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

If I’m being honest, finding/doing my next hobby. In 2021, my short-term hobbies included: building tiny houses (lasted about a month), becoming an Amazon book reseller (lasted 3-4 months, and I made my initial investment money back!), participating in focus groups (lasted 3-4 months), and last but not least, extreme couponing (lasted 2 months)! My ADHD brain hyper fixates on things, I become obsessed, then I get bored and move on.

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

Oh man! The ideas I could give are endless. I think we’ll continue to grow as an organization, allowing us to help more cats in our community and beyond. Outside of that, I can envision some very exciting business expansion ideas (whether that be within the current organization, or as a “sister” brand) that would complement our current work and help us achieve even more!

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

If you love cats, there is no better community to be a part of. Cats are ALL WE DO. Come join us!

8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

A sense of purpose. As much as I love my 9-5 job, it doesn’t give me the same sense of accomplishment like the work I do at Ten Lives does. I feel so lucky to have been welcomed into this community.

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

As a foster, I’ve stepped up to the plate and have taken in many ringworm cats. Cats with ringworm are extremely hard to place in our foster program as the treatment sounds scarier than it is, but I have the time, space, and energy to take in these special cases, so that’s what I’ve done! As the Foster Program Manager, I feel that I’ve really done my best to make sure our cats are all on the right path to adoption and that our fosters feel supported on that path.

Are you interested in volunteering with Ten Lives Cat Rescue? Read about our open volunteer roles and fill out a Volunteer Application, become a foster, sponsor a Forgotten Feline, and purchase needed supplies through our Wishlist!

Winston