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Where do we focus our work?

We believe that every cat, regardless of emotional or physical limitations, deserves the chance at a fulfilling and happy life. 

In our effort to end unnecessary euthanasia and cat homelessness, a high percentage of our cats are pulled from Saint Louis County Animal Care and Control and Humane Society of Missouri. We also rescue stray cats found within the city of Saint Louis.

As always, we prioritize those with special needs and injuries. 

While we have a designated service area, our unique mission sometimes requires that we look at other factors. We consider cats from outside of our service area and/or from other shelters based on carefully selected criteria related to their individual special needs, their level of safety, and our capacity to effectively help them get the help they need.

Our policy on euthanasia is simple. 

Only when our trusted veterinarians have determined that a cat is in a state of incurable sufferingdoes Tenth Life relieve them of that suffering through gentle and humane euthanasia. This difficult and thoughtful decision is never made in response to a lack of space or because a cat's medical or behavioral needs are challenging or costly. For exceptionally challenging behavioral issues, we take our time and contract with an industry professional. 

To learn more about some of the cats we prioritize, watch our video. To request admission, start here


Please consider a gift today to help us continue our work and help more cats. Your donation will provide lifesaving 
veterinary care. Thank you!


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