Thank you!

Thank you to everyone for making The “Kittens are Coming!” Challenge a huge success! We raised over $15,000!

Thank you to all our volunteers who made it possible! What a team effort!

Huge thanks to all the wonderful folks who met the challenge by donating yesterday! “Kitten Season” always comes like a rising flood, and yesterday it started lapping at the gates, with our first pregnant mom. But this year we’re ready to save more lives, thanks to you!

And the biggest thank you of all to our generous donor who pledged the matching gift! Thank you, anonymous cat lover!

Getting Philosophical

One of the things I love about our new (to us) fundraising platform, Givebutter, is that it allows donors to upload photos and leave messages. Reading the messages and enjoying the photos of adorable cats these people love was a joy throughout the day.

Speaking of “joy,” a dozen people yesterday used that word to describe what their cats gave them every day. That’s the amazing thing about cats – and yes, dogs! All the animals we bring into our lives, and make room for in our hearts. They bring us joy. For a few bucks in cat food, we get a lifetime of joy.

That’s what it’s all about.

—Anna Goebel, President

All Day Tuesday: The “Kittens are Coming!” Challenge

9 Lives has a wonderful opportunity for you to make a big impact on the lives of homeless cats and kittens as the 2024 “kitten season” approaches.

On Tuesday, we are launching a 24-hour “Kittens are Coming!” Challenge.  A very generous donor has pledged to match every dollar raised during the challenge day, up to $5,000 total, effectively doubling the impact of your contribution!

Your support will go twice as far in ensuring we can cover routine medical expenses, plus treatments for life-threatening illnesses and injuries.  As a 100% foster-based, all-volunteer organization, medical costs make up over 90% of our budget

Click here to donate!

Thank you for any support you can give to cat rescue and the cause of finding loving homes for cats when humans have let them down.

Watch this space, or follow us on social media!  

Adoption Fair, Jan. 27, MadCat West, on Mineral Point Rd

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2024
Time: 11 AM to 2 PM
Location: MadCat Pet Supply, 7820 Mineral Point Road

Cats from 9 Lives are coming to MadCat’s Mineral Point Road location! If you’re hoping to adopt a new feline family member, this is the place to be! Join us on January 27 from 11 to 2.

Who will YOU meet at MadCat? Check out our adoptable kitties here. Let us know if there’s a specific one you’d like to meet, and we can make sure he or she is there – or we can make arrangements to suit you.

Be sure to submit an adoption application if you’re hoping to take your new kitty home that day! Please allow several days for us to process your application. A real human will contact your references and confirm your status.

Note also that kittens under 12 weeks must be adopted with another kitten or go to a home with another age-appropriate cat. Cats are very social animals, and kittens will be happier and healthier if they can socialize with another kitten.

A big thank you to MadCat Pet Supplies for hosting us!

The “Kittens are Coming! Challenge, January 30th

Cats are starting to purr at 9 Lives Rescue! They’ve heard there’s a matching gift up to $5,000, and that means more help is coming their way!  🌈

9 Lives Rescue has a matching gift that will allow us to rescue more cats who are out there struggling to survive. Every donation you make on January 30th will be doubled, because an anonymous cat lover has pledged to match every donation up to $5,000! 

That’s a lot of medications for sick kittens, and help for the injured and suffering. 

If you’d like to help save lives in 2024, and if you’d like your donation doubled and have twice the impact, please mark your calendars now and plan to make a gift to 9 Lives Rescue on January 30th!

Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates!

No wonder the cats are purring!

😻

The Adventures of Ducky

📗 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲! ☕️

What better way to wait out a blizzard than to read about a legendary 9 Lives cat?

We recall the adventures of Ducky, who cut an unconventional path into the heart of her foster mom, Kelly. It’s a tale of blood, sweat, and a destroyed furnace. And it’s a story of the relentless care and devotion that our 9 Lives volunteers give.

As Kelly tells the tale, “This little peanut was a ‘spicy’ kitten when I got her and that was an understatement for her. Picking her up at the house she was at before she came to me took over two hours (finding her was one thing, but catching her and getting her in a carrier was a WHOLE other thing) and resulted in several weeks on antibiotics for me after she ripped both my hands to shreds trying to catch her.

“Once I got her home and started working with her, she was so scared of people that she shoved herself into an air vent and crawled all the way down into our furnace through the ducts. After five hours of tearing down air ducts and destroying our furnace, we ended up getting her back into the house by trapping her in a section of duct work and carrying the whole thing upstairs with her in it. Believe it or not, that was the day I knew I couldn’t live without her, thus resulting in her adoption into the family and a well-earned forever name: Duct.

“Fast forward to today, Ducky follows me and my husband all over the house asking for snuggles. She loves meeting new people and is the most loving, cuddly, little grey cloud in the world and we love her so much. Stories like hers are what it’s all about for me; sometimes the spicy ones just need someone to love them for who they are, and the love they give in return is worth it all.” ❤️

Adoption Fair, Jan. 13, Tabby & Jack’s Middleton

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2023
Time: 11 AM to 2 PM
Location: Tabby & Jack’s, 6925 University Avenue, Middleton

9 Lives will be back at Tabby & Jack’s in Middleton! Join us on Saturday, January 13, to meet adoptable kittens and cats!

We have kitties of all ages waiting for you! Check out our adoptable kitties here. Let us know if there’s a specific one you’d like to meet, and we can make sure he or she is there – or we can make arrangements to suit you.

Be sure to submit an adoption application if you’re hoping to take your new kitty home that day! Please allow several days for us to process your application. A real human will contact your references and confirm your status.

Note also that kittens under 12 weeks must be adopted with another kitten or go to a home with another age-appropriate cat. Cats are very social animals, and kittens will be happier and healthier if they can socialize with another kitten.

A big thank you to Tabby & Jack’s Pet Supplies, our wonderful host store this week! You can do all your kitty shopping at the same time!