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The Sun letter to the editor: Lend a hand to help the kitties

Editor:
Ten Lives Club nonprofit cat rescue and adoption group is nearing 14 years as one of the leading cat rescue organizations in Erie and nearby counties. Since our start, the lives of over 18,000 felines have been saved or assisted.

You may know of us, as we helped with a stray cat situation, a mother cat and babies that found their way to your property, orphaned kittens that you came upon, cats that needed to be humanely trapped and then spayed or neutered, or you have benefitted from the very low cost spay/neuter services we provided, years ago, to over 3,000 cats, with our mobile clinic.

We may have taken in your personal pet(s) you needed to place, for whatever reason. You may know someone we helped, or have heard good things about us, through word of mouth. You may have adopted from us, or we helped you by offering you advice and support, at times financial aid or food for the strays, feral or barn cats you help to feed.

You may be a senior who took advantage of our Senior Kitty program, matching hundreds of seniors with senior cats, or you may be a family member or friend seeing, firsthand, the benefit of this unique program.

How many times were many of you desperate in your immediate request for help and Ten Lives Club stepped in to offer assistance? This year alone, we have taken 1,211 stray and homeless cats into our program. If we were not in existence, where would these cats go?

We have purchased a building on 1.6 acres of land in Hamburg. With the closure of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the Angola area over four years ago, there is critical need for us to fill this void in the Southtowns. This shelter will provide all rescue services, vet clinic and adoption center under one roof.

The property, with renovations, will cost an estimated $350,000. We are asking for help. We are offering a unique opportunity to any that have benefitted from Ten Lives Club being around, these many years.

It is your chance to say thanks for helping you find the cat of your dreams, the family pet you cherish, or for acknowledging our good work in the community. It is your chance to make a difference to fund a shelter that will stay operational for the next generation to run, to take care of the animals that need help.

We have rarely said no to help. Can you now say yes to help? Please consider a donation so we can build a state-of-the-art shelter that WNY so desperately needs.

Naming rights of the shelter and rooms are available for business and individual donors.

Donations can be sent to Ten Lives Club, P.O. Box 253, North Boston, NY, 14110, through credit card at our website, www.tenlivesclub.com, or by telephoning 646-5577.

In-kind donations or services to help remodel and build are welcome. Tax receipts can be provided for any type donation.

Marie Edwards
President and founder
Ten Lives Club Cat rescue and adoption group
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