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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Provide community based - below market veterinary services and no-kill shelter for cats

Programs: Provide community based - below market veterinary services and no-kill shelter for cats

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Rachel E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so thankful there's a rescue out there that helps the less "desirable" cats and provides resources to try and minimize the feral cat colonies in the area. Dr. Rutiger works endlessly to help the cats of San Mateo, just the other week she did over 30 surgeries (primarily, if not all, spays and neuters) in ONE DAY.

We adopted our cat of an unknown age (6-8 years old), Fluffy turned Mouse from Nine Lives. Mouse had originally been trapped and brought to Nine Lives when she was 3 or 4 as a TNR (trap neuter release), but the Foundation thought they could adopt her out and they did. She ended up back at the rescue for unknown reasons, and there she stayed for 5 months. As an older lady with a hard background, Mouse wasn't the most outgoing cat in the shelter so she was overlooked. Especially since everyoneeee wants kittens. But luckily we found her and she's now a part of our family, thanks to Nine Lives Foundation taking in a not so easy to adopt cat and giving her a chance at the life she deserved.

Review from Guidestar


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm so grateful that Nine Lives Foundation saves cats considered special-needs or hopeless, cats that other shelters won't take. As a result, they saved our sweet Koko, the best cat we've ever had.
Koko our grey tabby was stepped on at 2 months old by his first family. This incident broke his jaw and even part of his brain was exposed. After one night at the vet the family wanted to put him down. Dr. Monica Rudiger was working there and told them about her no kill shelter called Nine Lives Foundation. They gave Koko to her and never followed up with her again.
I came to volunteer 8 years ago at Nine Lives when Koko was 3.5 months old. I learned about his sad story and Dr. Rudiger said she did not know if he was blind in one eye from being stepped or he was born that way.
He was like Steve Young after many head injuries when we first brought him home. I had a month off work so I worked with him every day to make him stronger and after three months he was playful kitten.
About a year later he started to have seizures. We were told that this sometimes happens and he would have to be on meds his entire life which may not be long....But we wanted to know why he was getting these seizures that we had to keep increasing his meds. So we had an MRI done and the neurologist vet said he had never seen this before. Koko only had half a brain. The other side of his brain is filled with fluid. I called my friend Bill who is cat lover, who had my first cat Leticia two sons, Linus and Rolo who is an epileptic neuro-surgeon at UCSF. He explained it’s a virus that happens in people and in animals and if it happens early enough the good part of the brain can compensate.
Koko runs, eats, plays and uses the litter box perfectly. He loves our other 3 cats and they all accepted him. He sometimes runs into things but does not seem to mind. He loves to listen to you are a Rich Girl by Hall and Oates well I have been singing it to him since he came to live with us. He also loves to listen to my husband play guitar and gently puts his paw on my husbands’ shoulder when he makes a mistake.
Koko thinks he is human and whatever we are eating he wants to try. Some of his favorites are pot roast, steak pizzola, spicy beef with broccoli, filet migon, focaccia bread, and the cake part of cupcakes. But his normal diet is high protein and high fat to reduce his seizures. He loves coconut oil but it has to be organic or he won’t eat it. Dr. Monica Rudiger has kept a close eye on his liver enzymes with his medication and we have been able with diet reduce his medication.

Two years ago at the age of 43 I had a massive stroke and almost died. When I was in the hospital starting to speak one of the words they choose for me was Kokogogo- the doctors did not know we had a cat named Koko. I had to relearn to walk talk etc. Both my husband and Koko always wanting to be by my side gave me such comfort. My husband was even going to sneak Koko into the hospital.

Koko is an inspiration to us as he had such a tough start and is such a loving cat.
Nine lives saves cats from other high kill shelters. They saved the best cat we have ever encountered. We will always adopt special needs pets and from Nine Lives Foundation as they always save cats from being put down from other shelters. They are a true no-kill shelter. They don’t discriminate by breed, sickness, or physical disabilities.

They do all of this without any corporate funding.
These are the reasons why I choose to give my time & money to Nine Lives Foundation in Redwood City, California.

Review from #MyGivingStory