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Tenth Life Cat Rescue: Shelter of the Month

Tenth Life Cat Rescue: Shelter of the Month

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.2 million cats enter shelters and rescues every year. Of these, most come in as strays or feral cats. With so many families adopting puppies during the holiday season, we feel it’s important to remember all the cats awaiting their forever homes in shelters and rescues across the St. Louis Area. That’s why our Shelter of the Month is Tenth Life Cat Rescue!

Tenth Life Cat Rescue was founded in 2009 by Elizabeth Frick. She started out with no money, a handful of supporters, and one cat in her own home. Over the years, Tenth Life grew to support over 50 foster homes around St. Louis and more than 100 cats. Their mission is to provide care to stray cats and kittens, especially those with special needs, in the hope of finding them adoptive homes while ending cat homelessness and unnecessary euthanasia.

Tenth Life Cat Rescue

Instead of a traditional shelter environment, Tenth Life Cat Rescue operates mostly through fosters. They also feature about 10 to 15 of their adoptable felines in their storefront on Cherokee Street. In opening their storefront, Tenth Life works towards their goal of creating a cat haven instead of the standard shelter space. They even encourage cat-lovers in their area to visit on their lunch break just to play with and snuggle their adoptable cats.

Tenth Life Cat Rescue believes that special needs cats are just as deserving of loving homes as any other, so they make it their mission to seek out and provide care for special needs strays in the St. Louis Area. Meet a few of their adoptable special needs cats.

Tenth Life Cat Rescue

Meet Tinsel, an Adoptable Special Needs Cat

Tinsel is an adult cat with tons of spunk! She was found as a stray in 2012 with a severely broken tail, which was amputated. The location of the break caused permanent nerve damage, and she is unable to use the little box on her own. Instead, her foster mom expresses her bowels and bladder over the toilet and cleans her up with tissue.

Though Tinsel is a sweetheart and a bundle of fun, it has been difficult to place her in a home with a family that is willing to take on her care. If you think you might be a good fit for a kitty with no tail and a ton of heart, read more about her here.

Tenth Life Cat Rescue

Meet Slate, an Adoptable Special Needs Cat

Slate is a young male cat with the most adorable white tip on his tail. His first rescue home was full of children and dogs, and the chaos made him anxious. Now, he lives with several other cats and his foster mom. She says that he is a little standoffish with new people but that he turns into a lover and snuggler over time.

Slate has recently tested positive for FIV+. Fortunately, FIV+ is only spread through deep bite wounds and from mother to kitten, so Slate will be able to live a long, healthy life in a home with other cats. If you would like to welcome Slate into your home, read more about him here.

Tenth Life Cat Rescue

Meet Jasper, an Adoptable Special Needs Cat

Jasper was found living with a feral colony, but his rescuer noticed that he was far from feral the first time she approached him and was greeted with purrs and cat kisses. He is friendly with other cats, but he prefers peace and quiet (and chasing after toys).

Jasper has FeLV, or feline leukemia virus, which is spread through bodily fluids. It can be spread through anything from shared water bowls to mutual grooming. Because of this, Jasper absolutely must be in a single-cat home or with other FeLV+ cats. If you’d like to learn more about Jasper and maybe be his forever home, read more about him here.


Tenth Life Cat Rescue Contact Info

Phone: (314) 808-2454


Address: 3202 Cherokee St

                St. Louis, MO 63118

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