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, 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

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:

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."

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