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Tenth Life Cat Rescue

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

Community Stories

33 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

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.

Beth A.1

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that takes kitties with complicated needs

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.

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.

Cat_5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Tenth Life goes above and beyond for cats in the St. Louis area, particularly those with special needs. The staff and volunteers rally when there is a cat found in a dangerous situation and they work until that cat is rescued and safe. But they also save many, many perfectly healthy cats and find them homes with a very detailed vetting process. At this time, TL relies on a devoted network of foster homes and could always use more help. I have adopted two TL cats and my life would be sad without them!

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.

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.

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been aware of Tenth Life for a few years now, and just started to volunteer with them this summer 2017. I am blown away by the dedication of the staff & fellow volunteers in this organization. They are kind, communicative, organized, and endlessly devoted to the well-being of the cats, especially those with special needs, in the St. Louis community. And, there are so many ways to volunteer and get involved - it's been easy to find opportunities that work for my personality and interests. I would recommend this organization to anyone who is looking to get involved in animal welfare in St. Louis, or who is looking to adopt a cat. Thank you for all you do, Tenth Life!

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.

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!