Our new shelter from the start...

When we first visited the building that is now our new shelter, it was still in use as a wood working shop so it was a bit hard to envision how it would look as a cat shelter. We took some photos and got the blueprints and got to work on floor plans. Here it is the day we first saw it.
Then, when the building was completely empty we got started on making it our own. We prepped it for paint and taped out the locations where we would soon have structures built.
Once everything was taped out, we had to paint primer over the red line around the building. Then we were ready and the paint went on.Once the painting of the overall building was done the real work began. First the get acquainted, isolation, quarantine exam and laundry/wash rooms were built.

Then yet more painting...

After the painting was done, it was time to build the big play enclosure for the kitties...Meanwhile, the carpet was pulled and tiles were put down in what will be the sugery suite and the prep room.Once all of that was done, the kitties came over...

For the new Shelter -

Update - A big thank you to all that showed up and put forth the effort to help get the Nine Lives Foundation moved. We see the light at the end of the tunnel yet more still to go. In order to complete the move we need to clean up the old place (gotta be out of there by the 20th) and open up for business at 3016 on the 15th. I'm sure there are a lot of tried and sore bodies out there with all the lifting, pulling, bending, scrubbing, on-your-feet, knees, and butt kind of activity that moving demands. To all the bearers of food to nourish us, the gifts of supplies (from absorbent pads, cat trees, doors, paint supplies, etc) and the transport services (the moving truck/drivers/personal vehicles) to help move items, including the expertise, commitment and creativity to accomplish what needs to be done and the willingness to do it or anything or anyone else that I have forgotten - THANK YOU!

Supplies needed:

  • Card board boxes and packing material would be helpful.
  • We're still in need of the paper food cups or boats that we use for wet food to feed the cats. They are found at Smart & Final, and are the smallest size (I think 0.5 lbs.) that they make. They come in a pack of ~250, blue on the outside, a pack of six would be great.
  • Extra large Under Pads. They are a flat rectangular sheet of plastic covered in a thin layer of absorbent material. Their used for conveyancing cats. I find them at Longs in the adult diaper section. A couple of packs would work well.
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Bleach
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Baby food: chicken, turkey, beef, ham, lamb (Food Co. has the best price on Delmonte baby food.)
  • Towels, bedding
  • Cat beds from indivilual that will accompildate more than one cat; med dog size works well
  • Cat trees-Cat tubes-Foam
  • Little tikes play structures - easy to sanitize
  • Cat Country litter large sized bags
  • Small area rugs (machine washable please) are a favorite for feline lounging.
  • Ferret hammocks, large size works best. The kittens pile into them and take long naps

Written by: Trish


It's time to pack the old and prep the new for our move to the new location at 3016 Rolison Avenue. We’re in dire need of volunteers now if you’re interested please contact Trish 714-5457 or Dr. Monica Thompson at 814-6696 for information. See our website: ninelivesfoundation.org for more updates on the blog.

We are in need of people with electrician, plumbing, handy man skills to install: lighting fixtures, outlets, treatment sinks, shelving, drying racks, drivers for fork lift to move banks of cages and moving truck, unclogging of drains, etc. There are already eight working 220 outlets available in the warehouse.


2-4 Mon Prep work for painting the inside of warehouse – FINISHED!
2-5 Tues Paint inside of warehouse and newly constructed rooms.
2-5 to 2-8 construct cat runs, kitten nursery, quarantine, ICU, get acquainted rooms, etc.
Tues- Fri Install flooring and install lighting
2-8 Friday Set up of sanitization equipment and supplies for Friday morning. Need floor plan
2-9 Saturday Cats: ID and collars, deflea, mini physicals, nails
ID holding cages at 1255, sanitize (location TBA), move them to 3016.
Sort, toss, defer. box up, label & move what is ready to go. Dump runs.

2-10 Sunday Moving truck arrives. Sanitize/wash (location to TBA) equipment and supplies via pressure sprayer and/or hand washing before items go into the new shelter. Bring your scrub brushes and rubber gloves. Here’s a sampling of what’s on the sanitation wash list: banks of cat cages including doors, brick cage supports, stainless steel sinks, treatment tables, service carts, trash containers, and miscellaneous equipment like refrigerators, washers, dryer, freezer, office equipment, furnishings and supplies (brooms, brushes, dust pans, shoes, door knobs etc.). Remember the under side of items; tables, carts, rolling equipment.
  • Move cages and install skirting.
  • Move surgery and prep
  • Move washer, dryer, freezer, refrigerator(s
  • Evening may move cats depending of progress of the move

2-11 Monday Install banisters. Move furnishings, office, supplies.
2-10 to 2-17 Clean 1255 Annette and replace cabinetSun – Mon
2-16 Saturday Volunteer training TBA and adoption event 10 am - 4 pm at 3016 Rolison
2-17 to 21 Dr. Thompson at veterinary conference out of town
Sun – Thur After initial move Clear drains, check heating & electrical

Plumbing: washer, clean sink, groom sink, install sign, rear window ventilation, room installation

March 3rd - March First Friday - Grand Opening!

There is limited parking in front of 3016 Rolison (NLF) use 2nd Avenue as an alterative.