About Us

Tenth Life's History

One cat, no money, but a whole lot of passion

Tenth Life Cat Rescue was founded on January 2, 2009, in order to address a lack of resources dedicated to stray cats and kittens in the St. Louis area. While several organizations focused on saving area felines, none possessed the specific mission of prioritizing cats with injuries and special needs about which founder, Elizabeth Frick, was deeply passionate.

Starting with just a single foster home, no funding, and Ms. Frick's friends and family, Tenth Life has blossomed into an organization with approximately 80 foster homes in the St. Louis area and 150+ cats in its care at any given time. It has grown through word-of-mouth, a strong presence on social media, and the dedication of the volunteers and supporters who champion its mission. 

Our Founder, Elizabeth Frick

Ms. Frick founded Tenth Life on January 2, 2009, in response to the fact that fewer resources for stray cats and kittens existed in St. Louis; particularly those with special needs and medical conditions. Elizabeth lived in Chicago, IL for 10 years, where she completed an undergraduate degree in sociology and a masters in elementary education. Initially a 5th grade teacher, Elizabeth spent much of her free time volunteering, and eventually working, for Tree House Humane Society - an organization after which Tenth Life is modeled.

She lives near Tower Grove Park in the city of St. Louis, with her group of permanent feline family members, as well as five children, Olive, Ingrid, Camille, Frida, and Lenny and her husband, Adam.