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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) St. Louis residents have shown tremendous support for groups that rescue and adopt stray dogs.

Now one group is hoping the community will help shelter sick, injured and disabled cats.

Tenth Life Cat Rescue has been operating out of a network of 40 foster homes, but by 2014 hopes to open a haven for its special needs cats.

The group recently purchased a building in the Fox Park neighborhood of the city, but the property needs a million dollars in renovations.

“The building we purchased is in a pretty significant state of disrepair, so we have a lot of updates, renovations and restoration we need to do to the building before we can move in.”

Tenth Life founder and executive director Elizabeth Frick says most people are willing to help when they hear about what she calls their “miracle cats”.

Like Lincoln, a paralyzed kitten taken in a couple of weeks ago, and put through intensive physical therapy. “The vets didn’t really know what had happened whether it was a spinal injury or a neurological issue,” explains Frick.

She says the foster family started a regimen of physical therapy. “Within 48 hours of getting him he started moving his legs and now I just heard from his foster mom that he had walked up to his water dish and was drinking his water like a normal little kitty.”

Tenth Life was just awarded 15,000 dollars from Monsanto’s St. Louis Grown contest.

Click here for a link to Tenth Life Cat Rescue

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