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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Giving cats the lives they deserve. Tenth Life provides veterinary care, foster homes, and adoptive placement to stray cats and kittens, prioritizing those with special needs. We work to end unnecessary euthanasia and cat homelessness through educational outreach, community programs, and collaborative partnerships. We believe that every cat, regardless of emotional or physical limitations, deserves the chance at a fulfilling and happy life. If a veterinarian determines that a cat is in a state of incurable suffering, Tenth Life relieves them of their pain through gentle and humane euthanasia. This decision is never made because of a lack of space, preventing negative behaviors, or because a cat's medical needs are difficult or expensive. Tenth Life feels strongly that all pets should be spayed and neutered. An unbelievable number of companion animals are euthanized each day because there are not enough homes for them. The only way to make a difference in this tragedy is education. To learn more about the importance of spaying and neutering, please read our reasons for promoting it on our website.

Target demographics: Stray cats in St. Louis and beyond and our beloved community.

Geographic areas served: St. Louis, Missouri

Programs: Tenth Life Cat Companions and Humane Education, among others. Read more here: http://tenthlifecats.org/in-the-community

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Tenth Life Cat Rescue for over a year now. Not only have I had the honor of helping dozens of cats find lives they deserve, I have also acquired a beautiful group of friends who share the same passion. Sometimes you don't know what you were missing until that thing enters your life. Well, I had no idea I was missing Tenth Life and I am thrilled to be part of the team. I started volunteering to fulfill my desire to give back to the community and I have stayed because it fulfills so much more. I had no idea that my heart could contain so much love for so many cats and people. From helping with special events, to educating the public, to teaching children how to use "gentle hands" all the way to helping potential adopters find "the one," I fall further in love with Tenth Life.

Comments ( 1 )

elizabeth Thank you so much for your heartfelt review, Paige. We're so glad you found us and the feeling is very much mutual. - Megan

musicat320

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tenth Life Cat Rescue is a great cat rescue as it gives those cats and kittens that really need it, a tenth life. It takes a lot of dedication from its fosters and volunteers to give those special cats the care they need, whether it be something short term, such a as a URI or a broken bone, to long term such as heart murmurs and paralyzation. No cat is ever 'put down' due to cost of care.

1 Fawn D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Tenth Life for over four years. We have a wonderful network of foster parents who love and care for our foster cats and kittens, and many wonderful volunteers helping us spread the word about our mission of giving cats the lives they deserve. It's so rewarding to see a shy or scared kitty blossom and become a trusting, loving cat and then find their adoptive home.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that Tenth Life does for the stray kitties of St. Louis and for special needs kitties (some from outside of our area) is simply amazing. The dedication of Elizabeth, the fosters and the volunteers is truly inspiring.

1 Gina86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Tenth Life! Not only do they rescue and find homes for the neediest stray and special-needs kitties, but their storefront is one of the most awesome places in St. Louis. Cats roam free there (no cages). You can play with the kitties on their own turf (they cats really the place--the volunteers are just there to serve the felines). And the rest of their cats are raised in loving foster homes, so all the cats are well socialized before they go to their forever homes. The Tenth Life volunteers are so dedicated and friendly. It's an awesome family!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a long time admirer long before I stepped foot into the Tenth Life Storefront. Once I visited I was sure I'd become a longtime volunteer. Everyone that works with Tenth Life is very knowledgeable about the rescue. I enjoy spending all of my free time helping them to help the voiceless feral/special needs cats in need of homes.

Jasmine24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've laughed, cried and had so much fun at Tenth life. Do visit them!

1 Kimberly155

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Tenth Life for about a year. This organization has a lot of love and show so much passion for needy/special cats.

1 Nancy264

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tenth Life Cat Rescue does incredible work on behalf of kitties in need.

Last year we found two teeny kittens in our parking lot. All of us are animal lovers but had multiple pets at home. What were we to do with these poor babies over the 4th of July weekend? Who would help us find homes for them?

We immediately contacted a few area rescues. Tenth Life kindly offered to accept them if we could provide a foster home. I said I would foster them. We were so grateful for their help. Tenth Life helped us get them started on their way - with complete vetting, expert fostering advice on how to care for 5 week old kittens and listening to all the stories about how cute they were!

Tenth Life has an amazing network of fosters and volunteers. The kittens were soon ready for meet & greet events so they could be adopted. They had their photos taken, awesome descriptions about them written and all of it posted on their adoption pages for everyone to see.

One if the kittens had an overbite that would cause trouble if he did not have a special dental procedure done. Tenth Life and their vets found a wonderful vet in the area that specialized in dental care. He had his pulpotomy done when he was about a year old. And is now a healthy happy beautiful cat!

I volunteer for Tenth Life now. My foster work is on hold because I am a proud foster failure. I ended up adopting both of the kittens!

Tenth Life is an amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering a Tenth Life cat for nearly a year and a half now. Not only does the organization have a wonderful mission, but they make sure that everyone involved in the process is informed and feels appreciated. This nonprofit is run more efficiently and effectively than a lot of for-profit places out there, plus they are out there saving cats - can you really ask for anything more!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard of Tenth Life a few years before volunteering, and it was all good things. I started out donating items for auctions, and volunteering at some of the events. When the store front opened, I volunteered to do computer work and got on the schedule for one day a week. It's one of the friendliest places where I've ever worked *or* volunteered! Not only is its mission one that is dear to my heart, focusing on special needs cats, but it's an organization that allows volunteers to do as little or as much as they feel comfortable doing, or are able to do. Tenth Life has become a part of *my* life, and does a remarkable job of fulfilling their mission. I volunteer regularly, and donate frequently.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Tenth Life online and was immediately impressed by their organization. When I found out my friend knew their director, wanted to make a cat calendar for them and asked if I wanted to help I was ecstatic! Once I helped create the calendar, meet the volunteers behind this great organization and meet the cats I had only read about online I was hooked. To see in person the difference they were making in these cats lives where most people would have given up was awe inspiring. I had to get in on the action and volunteer myself. Everyone truly cares for the cats and have a blast while doing it. I count myself lucky to be able to be a part of such an important organization in my community. Thank you Tenth Life! Xo