Megan Lynch @MLynchOnAir

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Cats with special needs are getting a new lease. This time, in St. Louis’s Cherokee business district.

For more than a year KMOX has kept you updated on Tenth Life Cat Rescue’s work to bring in strays with injuries, birth defects, and other disabilities.

While the group rehabs a permanent shelter, they want a more public presence to find their cats homes.

“We recently adopted out a cat named Amelia who was born with only half of her back legs, so she didn’t have paws and she didn’t have lower legs in the back,” executive director Elizabeth Frick said. “Our fight is to prove that special needs don’t make a cat less adoptable.”

Frick says the best way to do that is to let the cats meet the public. “We will have a few representative cats at the storefront location so that people can come and interact with the cats and meet them and actually talk to people who work or volunteer for Tenth Life face to face.”

Currently, all the cats are kept in volunteer foster homes.

Tenth Life takes over the lease this week.  Their storefront at Cherokee and Compton should be open in a month. Meanwhile, the group continues renovation on a permanent shelter in the Fox Park neighborhood.

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