Resources in the St. Louis Area
plus WHAT TO DO
WHEN A STRAY CAT FINDS YOU
If you've found a cat, we recommend beginning by having them scanned for a microchip. Most veterinarians will do this for you for free and this can help you reunite them with their families in the case that they are lost and not stray.
If you have found baby kittens, please begin here to find out what - and what not - to do to ensure their safety.
Below you will find St. Louis area rescues, shelters, and spay/neuter organizations that may be able to help you in the meantime or in the case that we at Tenth Life cannot.
ADMISSIONS AT TENTH LIFE
If you've already had a stray cat scanned for a microchip and would like them considered for admission, please proceed to our ADMISSION PAGE.
If you're experiencing an animal emergency, please do not wait to speak anyone at Tenth Life or any rescue organization. Instead, please contact your local emergency pet clinic and seek immediate assistance for the animal in danger. You can find low-cost care options listed below as well as ways to help.
We are a stray cat rescue but we do not have a traditional shelter. Most of our cats are in foster homes. Only temperament-tested, healthy cats reside at our storefront until they are adopted. Unfortunately, this means that we are unable to accept new admissions at Tenth Life on Cherokee Street as we must protect the health of the cats who reside there.
Please note that we are not an emergency clinic and we do not currently have a veterinarian on staff. While we will reply as quickly as possible and do whatever we can to help, it is impossible for us to help every cat. Please do not wait to hear from us or any rescue before seeking help for a cat who is in need of emergency medical attention. We believe they found you for a reason and you are the best person to make sure that they get the help they need. If necessary, you can find some wonderful local resources here including links to low-cost care options and additional local rescue organizations which may be able to help when you, or we, cannot.
If you have a question or concern which requires attention more quickly than we're able to respond, please consult our list of other local organizations that may be able to help you below. To reach a specific department at Tenth Life, please check our contact page for the best contact information.
As always, we're very grateful for your support and patience. Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Any and all questions about admitting a cat should be sent to email@example.com.
You can also call (314) 808-2454. As a mainly volunteer-run organization, we aim to answer all requests within 24-48 hours and appreciate your patience. Our website has lots of nooks and crannies for finding ways to get help in the meantime.
Looking to restore peace to your home? We're here for you! You can find many of the answers to your questions here and please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us anytime to seek advice. Our free volunteer counselors are trained to listen and walk you through some common behavior issues and to connect you with professionals when we are unable to find a resolution.
FINDING AND AFFORDING MEDICAL CARE
EMERGENCY VETERINARY SERVICES
Veterinary Specialty Services (VSS)
AVS (Associated Veterinary Specialists)
St. Louis Animal Emergency Center (multiple locations)
Midwest Veterinary Referral Center (MVRC)
LOW COST VETERINARY CARE
Carol House Quick Fix Clinic
Humane Society of Missouri
St. Louis County
LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER
Carol House Quick Fix Clinic - 314-771-7387
Operation Spot - 314-995-8678
Pound Pals - 314-776-7729
SNIP Alliance - 618-488-2656
St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach (help with feral/community cats and TNR) 314-669-5228
Hartz Second Chance (Collinsville, IL) - once monthly $20 feline spay/neuter - 618-975-4434
LOW-COST CARE, GRANTS, OR LINES OF CREDIT
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
P.H.A.R.A.H. (People Helping Animals Remain at Home)
Local: Carol House Quick Fix Clinic
AFFORDING FOOD TO OFFSET COSTS
Local: Bi-State Pet Food Pantry
Jefferson County: Jefferson County Pet Food Pantry
Troy, MO: Lucky Paws Pet Food Pantry
FUNDRAISING FOR CARE (NATIONAL)
SAFELY REHOMING YOUR PET
First, if you adopted your cat from Tenth Life, please email email@example.com regarding any and all returns. In fact, if you adopted your cat from any rescue or shelter that is still in operation, please contact them first. You'll want to review your adoption conract, as well. Please note that many rescues, Tenth Life included, may insert a return clause in their adoption contract as well as breach of contract terms to consider should you fail to reach out. While our goal is to keep cats with their families whenever possible, if you must rehome your pet, we’ve listed several resources here, including options for finding pet-friendly housing and safely moving with your pet.
Pet Resume for Apartment Renters
MOVING SAFELY WITH YOUR PET
Moving to a New Home With Your Cat by Cat Behavior Associates
TEMPORARY FOSTER CARE OPTIONS
Pact For Animals (National)
PACT for Animals is a champion of the Human-Animal Bond. PACT gives peace of mind to hospital patients and military personnel by placing their pets in temporary foster homes until their owners can be reunited with the companion animals they love. Find more information at pactforanimals.org.
Mail: P.O. Box 590, Gladwyne, PA 19035
SHELTERS, RESCUES, AND HUMANE SOCIETIES
AREA OPEN ADMISSION SHELTERS & RESCUES
The following area rescues and shelters are generally available to take in any domestic pet. Please check with each of them to find out if they are able to rehome or find adoptive homes.
APA (Animal Protective Association of MO) - 314-645-4610
Humane Society of MO Headquarters - 314-647-8800
St. Louis County Department of Health, Animal Care & Control - 314-615-0650
St. Charles County Pet Adoption Services - 636-949-PETS
ST. LOUIS AREA LIMITED-ADMISSION (aka NO-KILL) SHELTERS & RESCUES
The following local rescues and shelters are generally limited by available space and may have a specific mission but, to the best of our knowledge, they do not euthanize pets for space. Please check with each of them to find out if they are able to assist you with the pet you are seeking to help.
Open Door Animal Sanctuary - 636-671-3643
All About Paws Rescue - 636-724-6014
Alton Area Animal Aid Association - 618-466-3702
Angel Acres Animal Rescue - firstname.lastname@example.org
Animal House - 314-531-4626
Animal Welfare Association - 636-297-0486
Heartland Humane Society - 636-922-0569
Stray Rescue - 314-771-6121
Five Acres Animal Shelter- 636-949-9918
Felines Forever - 314-707-0795
Mutts-N-Stuff (aka, Phoenix Pack) - 314-306-6888
St. Louis Pet Rescue - 314-827-5543
Country Acres Rescue - 636-227-1919
Frisky Whiskers Cat Rescue - 636-343-7106
Coalition for Animal Rescue & Education - 636-208-6267
The Cat Network - 636-386-7877
4 Paws 4 Rescue - 314-420-7930
METRO EAST RESOURCES
The following rescues and shelters generally help in East St. Louis, Illinois, and surrounding areas. Please check with each of them to find out if they are able to assist you with the pet you are seeking to help.
Community Animal Resource, Education and Safety, Inc. (CARES) Swansea, IL email@example.com
Humane Society of MO - 314-647-8800
Belleville Area Humane Society - 618-235-3712
Gateway Pet Guardians - 314-664-7398
Humane Society of Monroe County - 618-282-7387
Partners for Pets Humane Society - 618-540-7387
HELP WITH COMMUNITY (FERAL) CATS
Tenth Life supports TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) as the most humane and effective way to help feral cats who live in our community. If you'd like to read more about TNR and find out how you can help, you can do that here. Below are links to some local and national organizations working on TNR and feral cat education. And if you need cold weather care tips for outdoor cats to help a cat now, start here.
LOCAL: St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach
NATIONAL: Alley Cat Allies
As a cat rescue, we are only able to help with cats but we love dogs and realize our cat-loving friends help dogs and other pets, as well. The following rescues and shelters generally help with dogs. Please check with each of them to find out if they are able to assist you with the pet you are seeking to help or if they may be able to offer more canine and breed-specific resources.
River City Chihuahua Rescue - firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Dogs for Seniors - 636-458-1892
Canines in Crisis - (636) 208-9037
St. Louis Senior Dog Project - 636-671-7223
Mostly Mutts - 314-607-5852
Come Bye Border Collie Rescue - 618-532-7289
Love A Golden Rescue - 314-963-5232
Pet's Second Chance - 314-422-2350 (Corgi Rescue Only)
LOST AND FOUND PETS
Look here for Tenth Life's tips on recovering and preventing lost cats and check out the other helpful links below. Tenth Life is a proud member of Bissell Partners For Pets which helps reunite families with their pets through LostPetUSA.net. You can visit them on Facebook and check out LostPetUSA.net to learn more.
STL Lost Pets
Lost Your Pet