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Ten Lives requests donations

Editor:

Ten Lives Club nonprofit Cat Rescue and Adoption Group is nearing 13 years as one of the leading cat rescue organizations in Erie and nearby counties. Since our start, the lives of over 18,000 felines have been saved or assisted.

You may know of us, as we helped with a stray cat situation, a mother cat and babies that found their way to your property, orphaned kittens you came upon, cats that needed to be humanely trapped and spayed or neutered or you have benefitted from the very low-cost spay/neuter services we provided to thousands of cats with our mobile clinic. We may have taken in your personal pet(s) you needed to place, for whatever reason, you may know someone we helped or have heard good things about us through word of mouth. You may have adopted from us or we helped you by offering you advice and support, at times financial aid or food for the strays, feral or barn cats you help to feed. How many times were many of you desperate in your immediate request for help and Ten Lives Club offered you assistance?

Since our start, the Southtowns, city of Buffalo and virtually almost every community in Erie County, along with nearby counties, have been assisted by our cat organization. In 2013 alone, our organization took in 1,659 unwanted or stray cats. We then worked very hard to adopt out 1,470 cats into new homes. If we were not in existence, where would all these cats go? It takes approximately half a million dollars to run yearly, which is made possible through grants, donations and constant fundraising.

We have purchased a building on 1.6 acres of land in Hamburg, which will be our permanent shelter. With the closure of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the Angola area, over four years ago, there is critical need for us to fill this void in the Southtowns and other towns that need help.

This shelter will provide rescue services, vet clinic and adoption center, under one roof. The property, with renovations, will cost an estimated $400,000. We are asking for help. It is your chance to make a difference, to fund a shelter that will stay operational for the next generation to run, to take care of the animals that need help.

We have rarely said no to help. Can you now say yes to help? Please consider donating so we can build a state-of-the-art cat shelter that is so desperately needed. Naming rights of the shelter and rooms are available.

Donations can be mailed to Ten Lives Club, P.O. Box 253, North Boston, N.Y., 14110, online at www.tenlivesclub.com or by calling 646-5577.

In-kind donations or services to help remodel are welcome. Tax receipts will be provided.

Marie Edwards
President and Founder,
Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue and Adoption Group


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