Happy Holidays!

Help raise money with igive.com

iGive.com is going to attempt to donate $5,000 in just 24 hours to Nine Lives Foundation and other causes.

For each person who joins iGive using the special link below and does just one web search on our site between now and noon Thursday, we'll give Nine Lives Foundation a dollar.

5,000 new members, $5,000. No purchase necessary.

Of course, if they search more (or buy something) they'll earn even more money for Nine Lives Foundation. Right now, they're donating $.02 per search and a bonus $5 for that first purchase plus their usual percentage.

Here's where you come in. The only way Nine Lives Foundation will get new supporters and that free $1 (or more) is if you invite them. Send your friends, family, and colleagues the following link in an e-mail, tweet it, do a Facebook posting, put up posters, shout from mountain tops (you know the drill) and let them know you think Nine Lives Foundation is pretty cool and deserves their support, especially since it's free! You can even just forward this via e-mail.

This is the link:

iGive is really proud of their new search capability, powered by Yahoo! They've made tons of improvements over the past four months, so they want lots of people to try it out and put it to the test. If they you or your friends keep on searching or shopping after testing us out, so much the better for Nine Lives Foundation and iGive.com.

The details:
- Offer active between now and 11:59 a.m., December 17, 2009 (Chicago time).
- New members only (never have been an iGive member previously). All the normal rules of membership, searching, and
purchasing apply, our site has the details.
- Once we've given away $5,000, the offer ends.

That's it. Don't forget to try our search yourself (http://isearch.igive.com). You may need to login first.

From our families to yours, we hope you have a great holiday season.

“If Pets Made New Year’s Resolutions”

New Year’s Contest for Pets (cats & dogs!)
You could win prizes for your pet AND a donation for your favorite animal rescue!
Here are the details:
If Pets Made New Year’s Resolutions
--Send in your pet’s New Year’s resolutions: include a photo of you with your pet.
--Five winners will be selected
--Winners will receive a fun Wellness Natural Food for Pets gift basket for either a cat or dog!
--IN ADDITION... if you win, Wellness will donate $300 AND a generous food donation to the animal shelter/rescue of your choice! Please consider naming the Nine Lives Foundation cat rescue/shelter: http://www.ninelivesfoundation.org

To enter: send an email to: romeo@romeothecat.com with the following information:

** Pet’s Name
** Owner’s name, contact information, city and state
** Pet’s New Year’s resolution(s)
** The name & address of your favorite Animal Rescue/Shelter (U.S. only please)
** The Animal Rescue/Shelter’s Web site
** Either a photo of you and a photo of your pet, or a photo of you together with your pet!

Deadline for entries: December 31, 2009 at 6 p.m. EST. One winner will be announced each day from January 4 – January 8, 2010

This contest is being presented and sponsored by:

RomeoTheCat wants to thank those who helped Nine Lives!

I am so, SO happy to share the success of our November FURPOWER fundraising efforts for Nine Lives Foundation. We raised a little more than $2,000 through individual and corporate donations! Woo hoo!

I just want to give a special thanks to you all for your great support, to everyone who donated and to my sponsors, Clean+Green pet products, Wellness Pet Food, Feline Pine all-natural Cat Litter, and Big Paw Designs for their generous donations as well.

Don’t be strangers, everyone! Come visit my blog for my daily wake up tactics and fun contests and giveaways. 2010 is sure to bring a lot of new features and fun.

Happy Holidays!
xo, Romeo the Cat (and staff)

Thank you!

Nine Lives Foundation Open House
The Nine Lives family would like to thank everyone for their support this past year! Thank you to all who came to help with our open house event. So far we made $5,193.00 from donations, silent auction items, and other retail items. We had about 200+ visitors and a good many volunteers came to help during the event. Once all those who were the winners of the silent auction items pick up their items and pay for them, we will have another couple of hundred dollars. Thank you all so much!

Nine Lives Foundation Open House

Sunday, December 6 at 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Nine Lives family would like to celebrate the holidays and thank everyone for their support this past year! Stop by the shelter and enjoy a toasty holiday drink and sweet treats, and visit with our precious cats and kittens! Meet our volunteers and people who support the Shelter. Shop for holiday gifts and bid for unique one-of-a-kind items at our Silent Auction.

Holiday See's Candy -

Great Holiday gifts for friends and co-workers while raising money for our cats!
Come down and buy a 1 pound boxes of assorted chocolates for $15.70 and/or one of the Mini-Holiday Fancy Boxes for $6.00.
These are available after Nov. 23 at the Feline Well-Care Clinic, 1683 Broadway Street, Redwood City.

Nine Lives Foundation chosen as 
"Romeo the Cat’s" November FURPOWER beneficiary
thanks to all of you!

Support the fund drive & spread the word around the world...

If you don’t know 'Romeo the Cat', you should. This fundraising cat has raised more than $25K for animal shelters and rescues across the United States. This month, Nine Lives is the beneficiary of his efforts - we received more votes than any other rescue in the history of Romeo's website! 

Way to go, all you supporters of Nine Lives!

Romeo raises money through his blog at http://www.romeothecat.com, through Twitter (@romeothecat), and through his corporate sponsors: Wellness Pet Food, Feline Pine cat litter, FURminator deShedding Tools, Sea-Yu Enterprises, makers of Clean + Green pet products, Big Paw Designs, and Petwebdesigner.com

Romeo is also offers
“Rescue Mom” and “Rescue Dad” cat magnets & stickers ranging from $6 to $9.50. The proceeds from the sale of each item range from $2.50 to $4.00 and it will all go to Nine Lives this month. You can see the magnets & stickers at: http://www.romeothecat.com/products-page/

There will also be some other incentives for those who donate, including: for every $1 you donate to Nine Lives through Romeo’s website, you’ll get one chance to win one of four $25
Petco gift cards. So if you donate $5 you’ll get 5 chances and so forth.

This is where you go 
to make your donation:

Come and support Nine Lives through Romeo the Cat's website. This effort will pull together funds from across the country - and even the globe - and
ALL the November monies will come to us. 

Spread the word!

Donors keep doors open at Redwood City cat shelter

By Shaun Bishop
Daily News Staff Writer
Posted: 10/31/2009 12:26:49 AM PDT
Updated: 10/31/2009 12:26:49 AM PDT

A struggling cat shelter in Redwood City got another life and will remain open at least six more months after receiving a flood of donations since September, its founder said Friday.

"I've been actually amazed at the response," said veterinarian Monica Thompson.

Faced with having to close or downsize just a couple months ago, the 5-year-old Nine Lives Foundation shelter has pulled in thousands of dollars since Thompson sent 1,500 letters to past donors, clinic customers and adoptive families asking for help.

Thompson realized that the cost of running the shelter — which rescues and finds homes for cats that would otherwise be euthanized at other shelters — had become too much for her to support with money from her separate low-cost veterinary clinic. Declining donations in the recession compounded the problem.

But Thompson's direct appeal to supporters and a Daily News article about the shelter's troubles drew enough donations for the shelter to continue providing a haven for almost 200 cats.

"I think the article reached people that had never heard of us," Thompson said. "We got letters from people all over the Bay Area. I got flowers from somebody I didn't know. It was great."

While the exact figures are still being tallied, Thompson said the shelter has received more than $20,000 in individual donations since September. More significantly, revenue from monthly pledges has gone up from about $1,600 per month to around $6,000, which helps cover the shelter's operating costs, she said.

She also organized a "Coins for Cats" fundraiser during this month in which kids designed their own containers to collect donations for the shelter. Thompson held a fundraising party at the shelter Friday night to collect the coin containers and to celebrate the generosity of the donors.

With the influx of cash, Thompson said the shelter should remain solvent for at least another six months. Thompson said the shelter — a warehouse on a frontage road along Highway 101 — currently costs about $30,000 per month to operate, including salaries for four full-time staff members, $5,000 monthly rent, and $1,000 monthly for utilities, food and kitty litter.

In September, the shelter temporarily stopped rescuing cats in an effort to shrink the population in case it was forced to close, but has since resumed taking in new "death row kitties" from other shelters.

"We are still reaching out to shelters and doing our best to help the most desperate cats," Thompson said, "but we're still trying to work on the population that we have."

She's trying to cut costs by using fewer paid workers and relying more on donations of food and kitty litter. She says she hopes the generosity of her supporters will continue.

"We still need monthly donations, we still need volunteers," she said. "We still need all the same things."

For information, call 650-368-1365 or visit www.ninelivesfoundation.org.


Dear Friends...

Can you spare 3 minutes to help needy cats & kittens? I promise this will be easy & quick...

There is a website run by a woman (and her cats!) which raises money for animal organizations by holding Twitter ‘paw’-parties and other online events to raise awareness & encourage donations.

Each month only one animal organization is chosen to be the recipient of all donations through the web site. Most of them earn about $1,000 dollars!

I am campaigning to get Nine Lives Foundation to be the one recipient for the month of November. This is vital because the recession has led to a big decrease in donations and Nine Lives is in danger of having to scale back or close their doors. This fundraising effort is urgently needed, and YOUR one-time vote could make difference.

So I am asking you to take those 3 minutes of your time after you read this email and nominate for Nine Lives. You can cast one vote per each email address that you have.

Here’s what you need to do... go to this page:

You’ll see a form with 4 empty spaces to be filled.

1) Your Name
2) Your Email Address
3) Your web site -this is not required and you can leave it blank

4) Your message:
This is the place to type that you are nominating the Nine Lives Foundation (www.NineLivesFoundation.org) to be the donation recipient for November. If you want to say more about Nine Lives or anything else to support the nomination, please do! Any personal experiences would help. But you can keep it short and simple if you like. Just make sure to say the rescue name and web address!

After that, press submit, and if you have any other email addresses that you use, then please reload the page after your first vote has been processed and fill it out again.

And if you can encourage other cat-loving friends and family to vote, we would appreciate it!

If you want to read more about this animal fundraising web site, you can check out a news story here:
"Animal friends have 'pawpawties' for charity"

And you can learn more about Nine Lives at their website.

Veruca - A success story

Dear Nine Lives Staff & Volunteers,

We adopted Veruca (now Juno) a few weeks ago and we feel exceptionally
lucky to have her as part of our family.

She is a joy, snuggling and playing with equal abandon. Our dog is in love with her too! They are constant companions... playing like fools, eating, and sleeping together.
Thank you so much for helping us find her, and for providing such excellent care. We have special thanks for the foster family who sheltered her while she was still nursing kittens, as well.

The Avis-Reece family

Nine Lives article in the Mercury News.


Redwood City cat shelter may be forced to close
By Shaun Bishop
Daily News Staff Writer
Posted: 09/11/2009 10:50:14 PM PDT

On a recent summer day, Monica Thompson walked up to a nondescript warehouse in Redwood City and pushed past the screen door into a large room filled with nearly 200 cats.

Some were sleeping in cages, others crawling around a large enclosure with climbing posts toward the back of the building. Dozens were roaming freely around the room, rubbing against the legs of visitors. One was sprawled out on an overhead beam, napping.

"Every cat in here," the veterinarian says as she looks around, "was supposed to be killed."

Instead, Thompson takes them and finds them new adoptive owners through the Nine Lives Foundation, which she founded in 2004. Thompson calls them "death row kitties" — cats that were scheduled to be euthanized at other shelters because of behavior problems or health issues.

Sometime this fall, though, all those cats in the foundation's shelter may need to find another place to go.

With donations to the foundation dropping during the recession, Thompson says she can no longer afford the shelter's $40,000-per-month cost, 80 percent of which comes out of her own pockets.

She also runs a veterinary practice offering low-cost care for cats in a separate Redwood City building, and gives about $20,000 per month from her practice to the shelter. But she says that's not enough and the shelter may have to close or downsize significantly.

"There's only so much I can do by myself," she said.

For now, the shelter has stopped taking new "death row" cats as it tries to find homes for all the current residents in case it has to shut down.

Determined to save as many cats as she could, Thompson, 43, founded the foundation five years ago and moved into the warehouse on a frontage road along Highway 101. She says shelters all over Northern California now regularly e-mail or call her with offers to take cats.

She acknowledges shelters have to euthanize some cats because the cats are gravely injured or because the shelter runs out of space. But she believes shelters too often put down cats that have adoption potential.

"It's not (the shelter's) fault, but I still think there's so much that could be done that isn't," she said.

The accountants say she's crazy trying to run a low-cost veterinary clinic and an expensive rescue shelter at the same time. "I was an economics major and I know better," she said, "but somebody has to do this."

Besides the "death row" cats, Thompson has been giving her clinic patients another chance at life.

A couple months ago, a woman brought in a black cat that had been struck near a freeway onramp in Tracy. The cat's front left leg was crushed and her abdomenal cavity had been split open.

Thompson took the cat, waived the $100 surrender fee, then sewed up her stomach and amputated the leg for free.

"Cats with these kinds of injuries don't make it past the shelter," Thompson said as the recovering cat pawed at her. "And you can see she definitely wants to live."

The cat was adopted and named "Mimsy" by its new owners, who posted a grateful message on the Nine Lives Foundation's blog.

"Mimsy is becoming more playful and curious, too, and likes to be up on her hind legs to scratch her tower or swat at the Cat Dancer," the family wrote.

Rescue groups like Thompson's aren't a panacea for the thousands of unwanted cats that come into Bay Area shelters.

The Peninsula Humane Society is required to take all of the 10,000 dogs and cats per year that come through its door, said vice president Scott Delucchi. The humane society treats many of the cats but also has to euthanize some.

The organization put down 196 "treatable" cats last year, meaning "they had some issue that, given endless resources, they could possibly be treated and then placed into a home," Delucchi said. Another 1,265 "untreatable" cats, those that were simply suffering, were also euthanized.

"The ones we can't treat are often the real difficult cases that would be hard for any rescue groups to take on as well," Delucchi said.

Thompson says she has until the end of October to make a decision on the shelter's future. She's planning to run a "Coins for Cats" fundraising drive encouraging donors to collect coins through the end of the month.

She has also sent letters to donors and adoptive families asking for $20 per month to keep the foundation going.

"If they can just help us with $20 a month, that makes a huge difference," she said.

For more information or to donate, visit www.ninelivesfoundation.org.

E-mail Shaun Bishop at sbishop@dailynewsgroup.com.

Avis & Mimsy (a.k.a. Corral) - a success story

Hello Nine Lives!

My husband and I adopted little Avis about a month ago, after we fell in love with her at the shelter. She had lost her left hind leg last to a devastating tumor, which Dr. Thompson removed as soon as Avis arrived at Nine Lives. I'll admit that we were worried that we wouldn't know what to do for a tripod cat, but the volunteers assured us that she could pretty much do everything any other cat could do.
She is sweet as sugar, so it's hard to believe she was completely feral when she arrived at the shelter, even though the volunteers to assure us that she was. Before we brought Avis home, we wanted to have a buddy for her, and found a very outgoing, snuggly Karl in the playcage.
Once we brought Avis and Karl home, we discovered that they were super sweet and adorable individually, but Karl just had a little too much energy for Avis and their personalities just weren't well-matched. We tried everything we could think of, but we ultimately brought him back to his more playful buddies at Nine Lives.

We were so sad, and felt we weren't ready to bring another kitty home, but we should've known better. Avis was an only cat for just less than 36 hours, because Dr. Thompson sneakily introduced us to an adorable all-black Wonder Cat named Corral (now named Mimsy). Mimsy was hit by a car three weeks ago, after which a good samaritan brought her to Nine Lives. Dr. Thompson saved her life, although she couldn't save Mim's front left leg.
We chuckled at the idea of having two tripod kitties at home, but we were already hooked - Mimsy was such a doll! We brought her home to Avis, and since their introduction two weeks ago, they've gone from soft hissing to rumbling purrs, and are even allowing close-proximity
napping now!
Avis is settling in more and more each day to her new home. She has started to "hunt" her little toys, and is so proud when she subdues her "prey." She struts up to us with the toy hanging out of her mouth and vocalizes loudly to announce her victory. Mimsy is becoming more playful and curious, too, and likes to be up on her hind legs to scratch her tower or swat at the Cat Dancer.

We couldn't be happier with these two beautiful little girls, and we're thrilled that they're a part of our family. We want to say thank you to Dr. Thompson and all of the wonderful volunteers at Nine Lives, and to those two individuals, whoever you are, for rescuing these precious cats from the streets, so that they could eventually find their way into our home.

Amanda, Jesse, Avis and Mimsy

Corral found in the middle of nowhere

Hello Doctor Thompson,

Attached are the pictures of where I found Corral (the black kitty with 3 legs now). So glad she has already found nice people to adopt her. She is such a sweet kitty, I'm so glad I found her in time. Thank you for everything you have done for her! Take Care, and if I can help is some way one day, I would love to help your foundation in some way.

This photo shows the exit I found her off of .
This photo shows that by turning left you cross over the freeway, I found her against that railing.
Picture 3 - shows you there is nothing ahead but hills and coyotes, etc. She was in the middle of nowhere!
Thank you,
Stacey Anderson

Keeping Pets' Prevents Allergies

Sunday, 27 May, 2001, 00:10 GMT 01:10 UK

Keeping cats in the first year of life can help children

Parents are sometimes wary of keeping pets when they have a new baby.
But a study suggests that children who are exposed to two or more cats and dogs in their first year of life have a reduced risk of allergy.

The research also indicates it could lead to boys having a better lung function.

The research, carried out by scientists at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan looked at 473 children - 241 girls and 232 boys - some of whom had pets up to about seven-years-old.

Families can feel safe keeping dogs

It tested atopy - allergic reaction, lung function, and bronchial function each year.
A questionnaire when the children were one-year-old detailed whether or not they had pets.

Concentrations of dust mite allergens in bedrooms were measured at two years of age.

The children received skin tests to common allergens including cat, dog and dust when they were between six and seven years old.

They were also tested for lung and chest functions.


It was found those children who had been exposed to pets had half the number of positive skin tests to all the allergens compared to those who had not.

The researchers said that the link was still true when results were adjusted for gender, birth order, parental asthma and smoking and dust mite allergen levels.

In boys only, it was found that having two or more pets was linked to lower levels of immunoglobulin E, which is linked to hypersensitivity reactions, and better lung function.

The research was presented to the American Thoracic Society.

Dr Warren Lenney, a consultant respiratory paediatrician at North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, and a member of the British Thoracic Society's external relations board, told BBC News Online the thinking in the past had been to get rid of cats and dogs because they could be a health hazard.

He said: "It very much depends on whether dogs and cats have been there for years or whether it's a new acquisition.

"But they are still very bad news if you are an asthmatic to acquire a dog not having had one before."

But he said he found it "difficult to understand" why boys had different results than girls.

A spokeswoman for the Cats Protection League said: "These findings are good news for cats who are all too often seen as the cause of allergic reactions in children rather than a risk reduction factor."

It's getting hot in here...

So this weekend the shelter reached and surpassed 100°F. It was pretty miserable but we had wonderful volunteers passing our frozen water bottles to the kitties, wetting them down and putting ice in their water bowls. We all survived and it provided the added bonus of making the cats much easier to photograph as you can see...
Trixie and her water bottle.

Vincent, the feral, having a lay about.

Viggo, rudely woken from his nap.
Vanity finding the flashing camera disturbing.
Toby, sleeping though his photo debut.
Bastion, the feral, sound asleep in the rafters.
Roxy, helping out at the front desk.
Rocky sleeping the heat away.
Oreo stretching out.
Mister posing and getting as much cold concrete contact as he can.
Maya draped on a small table.
Luther spending his last Saturday in the shelter before going to his new forever home!
Karl, he just looks perplexed, doesn't he?
Jet trying to be a flat cat, but too darn furry to manage it.
Fannin in perhaps the only photo ever taken that isn't blurred by his constant motion.
Dasha hanging out.
Bobcat, probably wishing we'd refresh his Lion cut.
BJ stretched out....
Big Ben, most likely hoping I won't come any closer.
Baylor just chillin'
Whiskers making sure no one touches her toy and basking in her fancy Lion cut.
Stay cool out there...