The Ten Lives Club
BRO reader submission by Anne Gareis
â€śThe greatness of a nation can be judged by the way it treats its animals.â€ť - Mahatma Gandhi
Being homeless, cold and hungry is sad and terrifying for anyone. What about those who canâ€™t speak a human language, fill out forms for food stamps or public assistance, or make a phone call to find out where the local shelter is? This is not to say that people are not extremely important and deserving of compassion and assistance, just that domesticated animals are at a huge disadvantage, since they are very much dependent on humans for their needs, and unable to advocate for themselves when they are without the care of a human.
Anyone who has loved a pet can testify that animals are sentient and intelligent beings possessing the capability to feel love, as well as pain and sadness, and the capacity to love in return. What a tragedy that so many suffer from cold, hunger and cruelty.
This is where several wonderful local organizations come to the rescue! Focusing on one in particular, the Ten Lives Club, it is encouraging and comforting to see the uncountable number of cats rescued, sheltered, and placed into caring homes during its seven years in operation.
Founded and managed by Marie Edwards, the Ten Lives Club is a no-kill shelter providing care to homeless cats with the goal of adoption. This shelter was a dream of Marieâ€™s, and she and a staff of dedicated volunteers are currently caring for over 300 cats, with an additional 150+ being cared for in volunteer foster homes. One special is room devoted exclusively to FIV (Feline Immune Deficiency Virus) positive kitties, who would otherwise be euthanized.
This shelter really has to be seen to understand the entire scope of what they are doing for these animals - visit the website here for more detail.
Sadly, at this time they are over capacity and simply unable to take in any more cats. Ten Lives has also incurred some pretty deep debt caring for several hundreds of them over the years. To be honest â€“ Marie could really use some help. If you feel inclined to assist, there are a number of ways you can:
Support the upcoming Ten Lives Club fundraiser on September 19th, 4:30 â€“ 8p.m., at Cozumel on Elmwood Avenue. A silent auction and theme basket raffle will be held, along with food and drink specials.
Consider adopting a cat or kitten. Come out for a visit! Ten Lives is located on North Boston Road in Concord, New York, and they have a â€śget acquaintedâ€ť room where you can spend time with a cat before making a decision. A bit of a distance but a beautiful drive, especially in this Fall season. Or browse the website to see pictures of available cats, along with their stories.
Monetary donations are gratefully accepted. There is also a wish list posted on the web site of items that would be helpful for them to receive.
If you are a business, consider sponsoring a room! Ten Lives will give you decorating rights to one of their many rooms, which can include your company logo, in exchange for covering costs to renovate the room. Many visitors come through and will see your contribution to this wonderful cause.
Volunteer â€“ there are many services you can provide, please visit their web page for more details.