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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: Humane Education, among others. Read more here: http://tenthlifecats.org/in-the-community

Community Stories

99 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.

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

1 Dora D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve always been a cat person, but my husband is a dog person and we were living happily with our dog, Julius. This year, after having endured enough about me begging him to have a cat, my husband finally agreed we could take a look and found a cat that does well with dogs. So we walked in the Tenth Life lounge in January 2020. We had fun playing with kitties and also the volunteers greeted us super friendly and asked about the type of cat we wanted to adopt. Very quickly, they hooked us up with our baby Zachary, who was living with his foster mama and her own cats and three dogs. She even let us bring our dog to her house to meet Zachary! The meeting turned out great and on February 1st, Zach came to his forever home and his forever parents! He’s such a great cat, he and our dog play chase every day in our apartment and sometimes they cuddle! We are so happy now. Tenth life is in my heart the best non profit organization for cats in Missouri!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Tenth Life babies were so affectionate and outgoing due to their great fosters.They take on the toughest special needs cases with compassion and skill. The follow through on the adopter website is a great resource and you see how much each kitty was loved by all the volunteers. A true one of a kind organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tenth Life came to our attention a few years back for all the wonderful work they do with special needs cats, as well as, cats living on the streets. We have donated to this organization through the various charity drives ever since. We could not, however, adopt one of their cats until this year because we lived somewhere that limited the number of pets we could have. In February, that situation changed and we decided to adopt another cat and of course, Tenth Life was our first choice. So we visited TL's storefront facility where they kept a lot of their adoptable felines. What a wonderful place it is (all of their cats are currently in private homes at the moment). On the day of our visit the cats were running around and some were playing with each other. They had two large rooms to roam anywhere they wished while a few shy cats took refuge on a sofa or in a cat condo. Others would boldly come up to us to check out the new human visitors. It was a great experience. At first, we didn't know which cat we would choose, but soon we fell in love with a little girl cat named Gouda. As soon as I place my hand near her she took the opportunity to rub her soft ginger head into my palm. Every time I tried to remove my hand, she would take her paw and stop me. At that moment, I knew Gouda was meant to come home with us. We found out that Gouda had been returned to TL just a couple of weeks prior to our visit. What is great about TL is that once a cat is accepted into the Tenth Life family, that cat will always have a home to come back to. We just happened to be lucky enough to be able to give Gouda that second home. We adopted her less than a week before that nasty virus closed down everything. I think we were one of the last adopters who could visit the storefront before TL rehomed all the cats into the private homes of their wonderful volunteer community. Over the last several months, we have not only fallen in complete love with our Gouda, but we have come to appreciate Tenth Life so much. TL is such a supportive community and once we became a part of that community we have felt so welcomed. Many of the adoptive families share their experiences with stories and pictures of their cat's adventures and quirky behaviors. And if there is an issue that arises, what a great place to go for advice and sometimes solace. Have a food issue? One of the cat parents will have a creative suggestion to give. Have an unfortunate health issue, what better place to turn for advice and reassurance. We have found ourselves laughing at the adventures of many of our fellow cat parent's experiences, but we have also shared a few tears along the way. And at this particular time where most of us are finding ourselves at home more and more, TL has been a great place to get to know our fellow adoptive parents and their mischievous cats via FB. Tenth Life is a great organization and one we would recommend for anyone who is interested in providing a home for a loving cat or adorable kitty and definitely a wonderful organization in which to support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Tenth Life Cats in one way or another since its very beginning. I have always been 100% behind its mission to help the most vulnerable of cats, plus all the hundreds of other cats and kittens that need a place to land before finding their forever homes. My first foster experience ended in a foster-fail (win) when I realized, after delivering one of my three foster tabbies to its new person, that there was no way I would be able to let go of the other two. So Apollo and Boomer became permanent residents at our house. A few years later there were some irresistible boy kittens at the Tenth Life lounge and we just had to have two of them, so Quentin and Eliot came home with us.

I do some admin work for the organization, I've scrubbed litter boxes, we do the occasional freedom ride picking up kittens from animal control, volunteer at events, and my husband and I lend our MCing skills to the yearly trivia contest. I can't say enough good things about Tenth Life and all the people associated with it. Big hearts, can't lose!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer, a foster fail, and of course an adopter. I am also a fan.

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Holly W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We contacted Tenth Life Cat Rescue for help with adopting someone who could fill the gap one of our senior cats left in our home after passing away. It had been a few months, and we were looking for a companion who would get along with our other senior cat.

Tenth Life enabled us to connect with a great candidate who was being fostered and had the characteristics we were looking for. When he came into our house, we not only knew that he was the right choice, but he was healthy, happy, and well taken care of.

Throughout the adoption process, Tenth Life Cat Rescue stayed in constant communication, helped connect us virtually with the foster family, answered any and all questions, and offered post-adoption support. They provided us with a remarkable packet of resources for us to use to help introduce the newcomer to our senior resident, and make the transition as smooth as possible. We are a complete, happy family thanks to Tenth Life Cat Rescue and I really couldn't have asked for more support and assistance than they already provided.

nfloeh

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Though I've always cared about animal welfare, I didn't really have a place to channel that energy until I started volunteering with Tenth Life over three years ago. This organization is a constant inspiration to me. The staff are TRULY dedicated to giving these cats the lives they deserve, and they make me want to be a better human - for cats, for our community, and for myself. As you can imagine, 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. But the staff and volunteers have found such creative ways to keep us connected and save the lives of so many vulnerable cats in the midst of a pandemic. I couldn't be prouder to be a part of this team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Tenth Life for 2.5 years, and it has been such a joy. There are so many unique ways to get involved in this organization, from helping with events to actual kitty care-taking. The work that Tenth Life does for the most vulnerable cats & kittens truly impacts and strengthens our St. Louis community. Tenth Life has heart, and grit, and I am honored to be a part of this team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

So, I am not a cat person. I have always loved animals but let's just say my trusty lovable Labrador has been by my side for the last 12 years. And then I married into a cat. Many of my friends had cats, but I just never really understood them, and really just didn't know how to speak cat. Insert a crash course on how to live and communicate with a cat and our little 9 pound rescue is frequently found literally attached to me in some way. I guess I did OK learning to speak cat.

My involvement as a volunteer with Tenth Life came about as I have a friend (total crazy cat lady - she knows this) that had started to volunteer with them and pretty much adopted me in. I was not 100% sure that this was for me, but I found a fabulous group of caring people that truly would go to the ends of the earth to give ALL of these little felines their best lives, no matter what that looks like. Being in health care for my normal 9-5, this is what we strive for with the humans, so why not for the animals too? Their values for their animals' well being, and sheer amount of love and dedication that goes towards all of their kitties is amazing, and is part of why I dedicate my time to this particular rescue organization. I have done caretaking duties, some kitty photography, and worked on various projects for them, and as much as I can call all the human volunteers friends, the gratitude and kitty cuddles you get back from the animals is all the thanks you need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have four cats and three are Tenth Life babies. I began volunteering as a way to say thank you for bringing my wonderful kitties into my life; I keep volunteering because of the incredible people and mission of Tenth Life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where would I be without Tenth Life? I would be without my sweet Ravioli and a much lesser person for it!
I started volunteering with Tenth Life as a way to give back for bringing such awesome kitties to my life. I stay because I love the people, the cats and the mission--to give cats the live they deserve. And this means all cats!

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Kimberly C.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After following rescuers on social media, and helping a few strays find their way to rescue organizations, I decided to try fostering myself. I selected Tenthlife, because their adoption lounge format gave me comfort that my fosters would never spend more than a day or two in a kennel before they found their home.

In the two years since then, I've helped 16 beautiful babycats (including 3 who found their homes this very weekend) find forever love. Every person I've met through this organization has been wonderful and supportive through every question and silly picture along the way!

Kori C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering with Tenth Life for a year and a half and in that time I have worked at the adoption center, fostered a cat, and currently I am working on the adoption team. They are a fantastic organization dedicated to cats and specifically cats with special needs. They give them the care and space they need to heal and develop into happy, well adjusted companions. I have confidence that they are acting in the animals’ best interests and doing all that they can for them. I will continue to support this organization and highly recommend them to anyone who asks!

Bethany C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a foster parent and an adoption coordinator for Tenth Life. This cat rescue is unique because they are helping some of the most vulnerable animals in St. Louis. Tenth Life rehabilitates and finds homes for special needs cats that other area rescues cannot care for. I know that my time and donations are directly helping cats in our community who are in critical need. The staff and volunteers believe deeply in Tenth Life’s mission and are passionate about the work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Tenth Life last winter. I absolutely LOVED going there on Saturday mornings, helping care for the kitties, and being able to bond with the other volunteers and Tenth Life Staff! Having the public come in to hang out with the Cats was also amazing! When Covid19 circumstances had to shut down the TenthLife Lounge there was a call to volunteers to assist in fostering the in house cats. I jumped at the chance and Chicken and Duck (a sibling bonded pair) came to our home! Fostering was SO fulfilling! Within weeks Chicken and Duck had stolen our hearts so we officially adopted them into our home! We now have a perfect number, 5 Cats! You can really see how loving and caring each and every member of the Tenth Life Team is, by how amazing and well adjusted the Cats are who are lucky enough to be rescued by this amazing organization! I am still a Volunteer and Still want to foster more and more Cats!

Linda E.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2018, I had been fostering dogs for two years, and was happy with my success rate. Not only had I built my own pack from rescue dogs that I had rehabilitated, they welcomed in newbies and help me socialize them so that they, in turn, found their forever homes.

Having, only the year before, become unafraid of cats. :), I walked into the adoption lounge at Tenth Life Cat Rescue, asked some questions about the organization, and was immediately impressed. A combination of their mission statement, fostering program, and adoption process made me think of it as akin to a graduation of sorts for cats with special needs. I wanted to become part of that as a volunteer!

I started volunteering at the adoption lounge with the lowly duty of scooping litter to the highest duty of interacting with the public and becoming an ambassador for the organization. I am now fostering cats for them, working at events, and running Kitty taxi services. I haven’t looked back and I love all the people with whom I volunteer! I started volunteering at the adoption lounge with the lowly duty of scooping litter to the highest duty of interacting with the public and becoming an ambassador for the organization. I will now foster cats for them and run Kitty taxi services. I haven’t looked back and I love all the people with whom I volunteer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most amazing organization I have ever encountered. The spirit and enthusiasm each volunteer shares is inspiring. Devotion to making lives better for each cat cared for by Tenth LIfe is a primary aim of all the wonderful individuals who strive to have each cat have the life they truly deserve is amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sometimes it's too hard to capture the right words - but I'll try. Tenth Life Cat Rescue is an organization and gathering of folks who embody caring and compassion for cats and kittens with special needs. Helping the St. Louis community be a better place through working to secure adoptive homes for felines, no matter the level of special care and understanding, is the mission of TLC. I am so proud to be affiliated with this organization because of its mission, its volunteers, and of course, the most delightful, extraordinary, and spirited cats and kittens that bring grace to all of us.

Meg B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tenth Life is one of the most dedicated groups of volunteers I have ever met and worked with. They truly truly care and would do anything for almost any cat that needed help. The cats with disabilities that they are able to treat to a large extent and then find loving for is incredible! Highly recommend getting involved, just coming by on the weekend to play with some of the cats in the adoption lounge, or adopting one of these sweet babies!

Nicki B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love Tenth Life! We foster neonatal kittens and always feel supported. We also adopted a very special kitten from the rescue 2 years ago.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been fostering with Tenth Life for about a year now. Every experience and/or interaction has been positive. Staff are passionate and dedicated about what they do. They care deeply about every cat but also about the people they are working with. Each time I meet a perspective adopter of a cat I’m fostering, they are nicer than the last. It’s so great to see that a group of people who love and care are able to touch so many lives in so many positive ways.

1 Gina K.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are blessed to have many awesome nonprofit animal rescue organizations in the St. Louis area! However, my favorite for many years has been Tenth Life Cat Rescue. Tenth Life is unique in many ways. For one thing, they prioritize special-needs cats. In my years as a caretaker and foster parent for Tenth Life, I have cared for many blind cats, three-legged cats, partially paralyzed cats in diapers, cats with extremely crooked limbs, cats who need their bladders and bowels manually expressed--they all need love and deserve to have the best lives possible, and it's Tenth Life's mission to give that to them! Of course, Tenth Life rescues plenty of "regular-needs" cats as well, but I'm particularly thankful that they open their door and their hearts to the special felines that many other rescues are not able to help.

Another special thing about Tenth Life is their amazing Adoption Lounge, where kitties roam freely in a living room setting. The Adoption Lounge is open to the public at least one day per week. At that time, people can visit to meet a potential family member, or they are welcome to come just to help volunteers keep the cats feeling loved and well-socialized. We love having people come to snuggle or play with the cats, even if they are not planning to adopt. Tenth Life provides freshly brewed coffee, couches, and cats--all for free. Also, once a month or more, Tenth Life hosts Cats 'n' Mats yoga sessions with the kitties. For all these reasons, many of us call Tenth Life's Adoption Lounge "the happiest place on Earth"! But don't take my word for it--come visit the kitties at Tenth Life and see for yourself!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I walked into Tenth Life August 2018 with a litter of kittens I found outside my place of work. I had no idea what I was doing and wanted to make sure they were cared for. Tenth Life helped me by helping the kitties, it was AMAZING!! I've been working with them ever since and look forward to helping more kitties!

Stephanie N.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we adopted Edwin O'Malley from Tenth Life in 2014, we also met and fell in love with Garfield. We wanted to bring them both into our family at that time, but transitioning Edwin into our current cat family was a bit rocky and we didn't want Garfield to wait any longer than necessary for his purrfect family. It was bitter sweet when he was scooped up by his new Pappa Mike. Mike loved and cared for Garfield for 5 years, sharing posts and stories on the Tenth Life Adopters Facebook page, where we all fell in love with him again and again.
During those 5 years, I became a volunteer with Tenth Life. I started with helping out at the adoption lounge until my dream of having a neonatal kitten nursery in my home was realized this past February. In March, I officially welcomed my first two foster kittens, Sippy Cup and Binky. While I wasn't as available to help out at the adoption lounge, I still wanted to contribute to this wonderful organization in any way possible. I soon started working with the adoptions team and taking on more administrative work.
In July of this year, our Garfield's Pappa suddenly passed away and Garfield was returned to Tenth Life. Since we were already set up to foster, we quickly scooped up this wonderful boy and brought him into our home. On August 31, we completed his adoption and officially made Garfield a member of our family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My relationship with Tenth Life started in 2014 with an adoption application subsequently bringing one of the most amazing cats I've ever met into my family. From my early interactions with the Tenth Life Staff and Volunteers (Foster parents, adoption counselors and TLOC staff) I knew this was a special place. I quickly felt as though by adopting Edwin O'Malley, we were adopted into his first family, Tenth Life. Over the last 4 years, I became a regular donor and visitor to the kitties at TLOC. Tenth Life is exemplary in meeting their mission because of the love and dedication of the volunteers and staff and I wanted to do whatever I could to help them to continue to succeed. About 7 months ago, I had the realization that I needed to start giving more of my most precious commodity - my time. I currently volunteer at TLOC on Saturdays or Sundays, about once a month, but I am looking for ways to give back even more. I'm so pleased to do my part to contribute toward their mission (and care for and play with cats!) and enjoy getting to know the rest of the Tenth Life family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tenth Life Cat Rescue goes the extra mile. They focus on special needs kittens and cats. What they do changes the lives of so many cats and gives them the opportunity that otherwise would have been snuffed out. I'm a monthly donor. I volunteer whenever I can and i totally believe in what this organization does. I wish I could free up more time to volunteer more hours to this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a small but mighty organization that helps so many cats and kittens in St Louis. While they save many typical kittens, they also go above and beyond in order to care for cats that have complicated medical issues or injuries. I have also found it to be a great community of people who care about the animals and each other in a profound way. It's a special group!!

Carol B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started fostering for Tenth Life Cat Rescue in 2017. My third foster cat, Feller, was a little guy who struggled to build relationships and struggled in previous foster homes to trust. Tenth Life never gave up on him just like all of the other kitties supported through this organization. Feller was supported by great veterinary care as well as a cat behaviorist to help me help Feller. After a long journey with so many great volunteers and foster homes, I'm happy to say that Feller is thriving and living his best life. Feller is no longer a foster as I decided to adopt him so he can continue to live his life in familiar surroundings. I look forward to hopefully fostering for Tenth Life again so Feller and I can help other kitties live their best lives too!

Josh J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tenth Life is an amazing shelter that offers nothing but kindness and curiosity to forgotten feline friends! When I filed for an adoption it made me feel happy knowing they're make sure that those cats being adopted are going to a loving home. The tenth life family also keeps close together sharing pictures with one another, and it's great to see a community of cat lovers and foster parents stay close knit on the lives of the kitties!

Zoanne A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard about this group through the amazing story of Lincoln, the quadriplegic cat. When I lost one of my beloved companions about 6 years ago, I turned to 10th Life to find another companion for myself and my remaining kitty, Tommy. I found Loki, who has become my snuggle companion, who lies on me and pets my face, who is often a troublemaker to his brofur, and who talks to me constantly. He is a blessing in my life and I thank 10th Life daily for bringing him to me.

Juniormom11

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2016 when our 20 year old cat passed a couple months later my 15 year old son wanted to get a kitten. He found ozzie on your site and after looking & researching we found out they want to adopt in pairs when they are so young, they were born in April & this was july. So she had two brothers, Brock & Gibbs ( the cards crew). We planned on getting Brock also but after seeing these three tiny babies at their foster mamas house we couldnt leave the other brother behind. So we adopted the trio and they keep us on our toes but also cuddly. It was a wonderful experience dealing with them and the two foster mamas that had them gave us their whole background and i am fb friends with them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son found a kitten on tenth lifes website and fell in love with her. I got in touch with them and everything was so easy. We found out they adopt in pairs under 6 months of age so my son saw that she had two brothers so we had an idea that we may want to see Brock also while we were there. We made an appt to meet with the foster mom who had her and her brothers. Well as soon as we saw all three of them we fell in love with all of them! Decided we would adopt all three siblings because we didnt want to split them up. They were almost four months old by then. We have had them since aug.4th and on oct. 20th (tomorrow) they will be 6 months old. We couldnt be happier with the experience we have had with tenth life and their foster moms. I keep in touch with both of them, have gotten their full background and pictures from when they first arrived! They have the kittens up to date on shots, spayed and/or neutered, and chipped before we get them! I cannot praise them enough for the love and joy we have with our three little babies! To preface this we had a cat who passed away in June who was twenty years old, older than my son who is fifteen. We were devastated even though he was sick it was still hard to deal with. My son never experienced the kitten stage and that is what brought us to tenth lifes website.i would reccommend anyone to go to them and rescue a kitten or cat or two.. or three! I have included pictures of my babies.. Brock who is in the basket and is our most vocal one. Ozzie, the little girl who is still tiny and we call her little sissy. And Gibbs (Gibson is his full name) who is a cuddler. When they were brought in they were named for former Cardinals players

Donor

Rating: 5

It was a room full of compassion and love. That was the overwhelming impression we had the moment we walked into the TenthLife location. We have visited only a few times because we live near Seattle, about 2,000 miles from St. Louis, but we do make a financial contribution each year. If we lived nearby, we would be volunteering often. Three cheers for everyone who supports this wonderful, caring organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canon and Major came into our home in Aug 17. Thanks to Tenth Life for fostering the 5 “Music Kittens”. They have been a joy and love each other.

Beth A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The folks who volunteer there are so genuine. I love hanging out at the storefront, meeting people from the community, and getting kitty play time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone is so friendly at Tenth life! I started just hanging out at the storefront 4 years ago. The excitement and sincerity of the volunteers is infectious that I started volunteering too! I’ve been with them for 3 years. There’s always ways to help and many thanks to go around.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about the Tenth life mission many years ago at a charity ball and art auction. They go to great lengths to help the cats in the most need. I went to many events and cuddled many cats. I had a young cat with health problems myself, so I could empathize. When my cat died I took comfort in visiting the animals in the storefront. After a fe months I realized how alone my other cat was. With their guidance, I tried to adopt another cat. They were a great help. While the first adoption didn't work out perfectly, I had to send the cat back to foster care as I could not gain her trust. Then they helped me find Robin, who was a young pregnant cat alone on the street. After giving birth and her kittens were weaned and adopted, a young mother needed a home. Tenth Life helped me get her and now she's the most cuddly cat.

5 jennysuzu

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Tenth Life in April 2013 and attended a volunteer orientation a month later in May. They asked if anyone wanted to hold a kitten and of course I said YES! They put little Piper in my arms and it was love at first sight. Piper was born with special needs - she is missing her back legs (only developed feet) and her front left leg is slightly bent. The owner of the mama cat wanted to euthanize Piper and her siblings (also born with twisted limbs, much more severe than Piper) and volunteers went out of their way to drive them across multiple states to get them to St. Louis. 5 years later and Piper is a spoiled little princess and I am an adoption counselor for Tenth Life in my free time. I have volunteered with several animal organizations and rescues in the St. Louis area over the years but Tenth Life is the one I have felt most appreciated and most welcome at, and they tirelessly work to provide loving homes to kittens and cats who would otherwise be euthanized. I am forever grateful for their mission to advocate for the underdogs (or undercats?) and for introducing me to my little Piper.

lcampbell1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer with Tenth Life that is also a foster fail. I've seen first hand how they do put the cats/kittens first and try to give them the life they deserve. My Aziza came from bad situation. She has seen specialist after specialist to try to resolve her health issues. Still a work in progress but without Tenth Life I would not have known where to begin with her health issues. She has a great vet team and the support we get from the organization. We cheer for every adoption and happy ending and cry for every fur baby that doesn't get the happy ending. This group supports each other and the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer about 2 years ago and I have been involved since. I even became a "foster" parent however, I am a foster fail. My little girl has so many health issues and has been through a lot but Tenth Life has been great at working in finding her relief from her health issues. But that is who they are and they really live up to the name of Tenth Life the cats that come into there care get the best vet care out there and they do not stop until every cat gets the chance. They really do put the cats first.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we were thinking about adoption, we had no doubt where we would go. Tenth life foster parents are life savers. As soon as we walked through the doors at the storefront, we were smitten with Cadence and Treble. They made our family complete. Thank you, Tenth Life for giving our kitties a chance.

Korianne A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My two sweet babies mean the world to me. I know Katniss & Klaud wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Tenth Life and their dedicated volunteers. They are really dedicated to saving all cats, even those most wouldnt.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We found Tenth Life by accident after contributing a large supply of dry food our cats rejected. We visited with more goodies a couple of weeks later and there was Garfield - a cat with very mild CH. We weren't looking for another cat, but I told my wife if he were there when we came back a week later, he would become part of our family. And so he was - and did. During the process, these folks checked our references and very politely let us know there would be no declawing Garfield if he were to come home with us. That was such an 'aha moment'. We are no longer down with declawing - and there's no problem with his having claws and our other 5 not. The cats at Tenth Life are very socialized because they're allowed to roam the facility. Garfield is extremely social and loves everything living - whether it has 2 legs or 4. Tenth Life is an unbelievable rescue - to the point that we consider everyone part of our family.

Katheryn W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2011, the worst thing that could ever happen to a person, happened to me. My kitty Cisco, who had been my companion and best friend for over 20 years, passed away in her sleep. I was absolutely devastated. I started looking at kittens available for adoption, just because my house was way too quiet. I fell in love with a family of kittens who had been found and were being cared for by an amazing foster mom at tenth life. I have to admit to being a bit of a pest about them, once I saw their beautiful faces. Tenth Life saved my girls and I will be forever grateful to them, because they also saved me. Everyone, I'd like you to meet Topaz and Diamond. My baby girls.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful and caring rescue! Volunteering with these amazing people is still one of the joys of my retirement. To see the organization work together to help the otherwise hopeless and homeless cats, and provide them with safety, love, vet care, and occasionally miracles, is a feeling hard to describe. I haven't been able to volunteer as much lately due to health reasons, but i can't wait to get back to it. The volunteers are a wonderful group of caring and dedicated people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful and caring rescue! Volunteering with these amazing and dedicated people has been one of the joys of my retirement. Being able to help the otherwise hopeless cats and providing them with safety and love, and occasionally miracles, is a feeling hard to describe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Tenth Life for just under a year - on day one I told them I specialize in administrative tasks such as spreadsheets, reports and visual storytelling. The staff immediately took interest in my talents and we formulated a game plan to bring their organization and their information into the digital age. Whether it's cleaning data or cleaning the litter boxes at the store front the hard working people at Tenth Life have made my experience an enjoyable one that I know we will continue to modernize to ensure that we are giving cats the life they deserve (using information as our guide).

Tina Jackson S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tenth Life nurtures a community of pet lovers and is there for the adopter AFTER the papers have been signed. They provide advice and support to ensure the cats are getting the best care possible and go the extra mile to produce happy cats and happy caretakers and happy homes!

Jasmine24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesomeness. Awesome cats, people and location. Come and see!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tenth Life is a wonderful organization, which I have volunteered with in the past. Though my work schedule doesn't allow me to be as hands on as I used to be I never hesitate to spread the word about the great work they are doing to help save animals in my community and throughout our region.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Incredible and loving volunteer organization that helps even the most difficult situations. Always working with other groups who may not have the skills or resources. Tenth Life is the best!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that takes kitties with complicated needs

1 Benjamin T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with several rescues in the St Louis area and Tenth Life has always been amazing. Together with Tenth Life, my wife and I have fostered and rescued more than 100 cats and kittens, many with special needs requiring expensive veterinary care. Without the support of Tenth Life Cat Rescue, few of these deserving creatures would have had a chance.

I cannot think of a more deserving animal rescue.

Rachel A.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tenth Life Cat Rescue is doing amazing things for cats in the Saint Louis area. By focusing on stray cats and kittens with injuries, illnesses, and special needs, the rescue saves hundreds of lives every year. But Tenth Life offers so much more. From a community resource helpline, to behavioral counselors, to adoption consultants who work to match adopters with the best possible cat(s) for their situation, Tenth Life really does it all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Tenth Life for over 4 years now. I found out about the organization from my friend who shared Lincoln's story with me, what really resonated with me with this organization is that they prioritize the cats with special needs. I am honored to have helped get the Cat Comapnions program off the ground, to see the joy on the nursing home residents when they get to pet a cat again is the best feeling in the world. The longer I stay the more involved I have become, not only do I volunteer at events, Cat Companions, I am also the Hissin Hustle race director, dining out night planner and most recently foster a parent. Not only do I love helping the cats I have made a lot of new human friends too.

C Nik M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had known of Tenth Life but had never been directly involved. My Girl Scout Troop was in the middle of earning their Bronze Award when we visited and the girls fell in love. The volunteers were patient, kind, informative, and fun. I had the opportunity to find out even more about the organization at the trivia night event. Since then my Troop finished earning their Bronze Award by gathering donations to create adoption bags, and my daughter and I have signed up to begin volunteering.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I signed up to volunteer for this agency bc I Love cats and I found a group of people who are kind and loving to cats and people! I so enjoy volunteering in several different ways and attending their Cats and Mats event where you get to do Yoga wiry the kitties. I’m so happy to be able ti spend time with these fantastic people who have a wonderful mission

Kimberly155

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Tenth Life with a cat that was found abandoned and starving. I decided to foster knowing that all the shelters were so full and they might not be able to take her in. Originally I was only going to foster that one cat(Francis) and I was very up front about that and they accepted that and allowed me in anyways. In the past two years I have no regrets deciding to continue fostering with Tenth Life. I love Tenth Life adoption policies, team members, and cats.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I started volunteering here a couple of years ago, I thought I would just be visiting the storefront on Cherokee maybe once a month, helping with odd projects or filling in when it was short staffed. I never expected to get so involved, but I'm so glad I did! Everyone who volunteers here is so warm and welcoming, it's like having an extended family-- one who loves cats as much as I do, which is a huge bonus since my actual family are more dog people. And it's not just the people who keep me coming back: naturally the cats are the stars of the show. Having the opportunity to love and care for these amazing creatures is just unbelievably rewarding, especially since so many of them would be homeless (or worse) without Tenth Life. It really is a win/win for everyone--where else can you give back to the community and get warm kitty snuggles at the same time? Best place ever!

Kimberlee Coons D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adore this place! I have two cats from here. I love that I can go to the storefront and hangout with their cats. No cages. Loving people who make you feel at home. Just the best place for cats!

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.

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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.

2 Melissa332

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my little kitty, Aurora, from Tenth Life this May. They were very helpful with new kitten information and referred me to a wonderful vet office, the adoption fee even covered Aurora's first visit.

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

Two of my cats came from Tenth Life and I know that they use donated money well. Tenth Life is one of the best organizations I have ever donated too.

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

Abby26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taken in and taken care of outdoor and lost cats my entire life. I have had to say goodbye to more than I can remember because there just weren't resources enough to save them. Those cats literally needed a tenth life and they didn't get it. Tenth Life is helping give cats the life they deserve and I wish it had been around back then. Their mission is to speak for the voiceless and advocate for them, because sometimes nine lives just aren't enough.

1 Karen441

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Tenth Life for several years. They are so giving and only want what's in the best interest for the animals. thry are always my first suggestion to someone looking to add a kitty to their family.

1 Julia70

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tenth Life is an incredible group of volunteers that not only educate people about the care and responsibilities of cat ownership, but they help hundreds of cats every year that would otherwise be euthanized. If you haven't visited the Tenth Life shelter/office you must come by for a visit. I promise you a very relaxing, peaceful and playful time with all the kitties that are at the storefront. You can lounge, sleep, read a book and in no time you will find all your cares and worries gone, it is that peaceful (except when the kitties are all awake and running around!). You can play with the kitties in a safe environment and possibly meet your forever kitty! Absolutely wonderful place and wonderful people! Here are photo's of my two Tenth Life kitties, Biscuit and Crumpet. I can only get photo's when they sleep as they are like a herd of elephants when they are awake!