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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

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

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.

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the Spring of 2017, I adopted my first cat from Tenth Life. From the interaction I had with volunteers during the adoption process and all of the support after the cat came home, I became more interested in the organization. I began to follow Tenth Life more closely and supported the organization in small ways--donations here and there; participating in a couple of fundraising event; and cat yoga at the storefront. In the Fall of that year, I adopted my second Tenth Life kitty--I went through Tenth Life again because I love their mission (not to mention the excellent customer service. I also trusted that they would give me advice on selecting the best cat for my home!).

I am so thankful for the happiness that Tenth Life gave to me that I began volunteering my time as well this year. I want to help share the word about this awesome organization and the fanatic work that everyone does. Tenth Life--the people and the cats--have really made my life richer. Tenth Life does wonderful work with animals who deserve the best care.

1 Stephanie N.2

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.

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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!