Special Needs Strays Get “Tenth Life”
St. Louis, Mo. (KMOX) – They’re hit by cars, mauled by dogs, or born with medical conditions.
One St. Louis woman says nine lives isn’t enough for stray cats with special needs.
Elizabeth Frick spoons food into dishes as Augie, Bernice, Bella, Sage and Gus circle the kitchen.
Meowing the loudest — Augie. Until you look this little black cat in the face, you don’t realize he has no eyes. But he has no problem finding his food bowl.
It’s for cats like him, that Frick founded Tenth Life Cat Rescue three years ago.
“We don’t, unfortunately have to find those cats. They easily and readily come to us.”
Like Buttercup. “She was attacked by a dog very brutally, her leg mangled. We thought for sure we’d have to amputate.” It’s taken extensive surgeries and rehab for Buttercup to land on all-fours again.
Frick says veterinary bills can easily reach four-thousand dollars a month. Tenth Life relies primarly on private donations to foot the bill and a network of foster homes to provide injured, sick and disabled cats’ daily needs until they’re adopted.
But Frick points out, special needs felines require owners with special understanding. Some need only minor accomodation, but others require regular medications or injections, special diets and frequent medical visits.
“And some cats could end up with us forever, but that’s okay, because they’re in a loving foster home.”
Frick says there’s always another cat that needs rescued which is why she’s working now on opening a shelter.
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