About Nine Lives Foundation

The Nine Lives Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit cat welfare organization that rescues cats and kittens from high-kill shelters and at-risk homeless situations and places them in our no-kill facility until they can be placed in permanent, loving homes. Nine Lives Foundation provides all necessary medical treatments for its shelter cats through an on-site veterinary clinic, including those with physical, medical or behavioral disabilities.


Nine Lives Foundation provides low cost spay, neuter and vaccinations services for cats and kittens in our community, both privately owned and stray or feral cats to help reduce the number of unwanted kittens born annually in the Bay Area. We encourage the work of those responsible citizens who actively trap, neuter and return homeless feral cats living outside to managed feral colonies. Spaying and neutering homeless and/or feral cats is the only way to stabilize the popluation and reduce the senseless euthanasia of tens thousands of kittens every year. Reduced fees are offered to private citizens and rescue groups who bring in stray and feral trapped cats or kittens for surgery and vaccinations. All stray and feral cats must arrive in humane traps.


Our Adoption Center is open to the public by appointment. Our goal is the place our cats and kittens in safe, permanent homes and living situations depending on age, temperament and health status. We welcome adoptions of indoor only, indoor-outdoor, barn, business and winery cats. Our adoption counselors will work hard to help select the appropriate cats or kittens for each unique situation. If at any time, cats or kittens adopted from Nine Lives can no longer remain in their current living situation, they may be returned to our no kill shelter.


Nine Lives Foundation never uses euthanasia on a cat or kitten, except for humane reasons such as pain or suffering or when a cat has severe medical problems with a poor or grave prognosis.


We apologize that we do not routinely accept surrenders of privately owned cats into our facility due to the astounding number of cats and kittens in immediate danger of euthanasia in local shelters. Priority is given to those cats or kittens that are at-risk of death or injury or those that are homeless or abandoned. 



A community where all cats and kittens are spayed or neutered and safeguarded or sheltered.


Nine Lives Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that does not receive funding from any city, state or government agencies, relying only on private donations and money generated from adoption fees and our low cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics.


We invite you to visit our clinic and adoption center to see how your donations are making a difference in the lives of so many cats and kittens.


Nine Lives Foundation is proud to be a true no-kill shelter.  Find out what that means!

EIN # : 20-2150714


Help us save lives! Please spay & neuter!

Nine Lives Foundation does not receive funding from any city, state or government agencies.


We rely solely on private donations, adoption fees and funds generated from the low cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics.

Nine Lives in the News

Dr. Rudiger's Retirement Announcement 

A Letter from the Board of Directors

Our History

Founded in 2004 by Dr. Monica (Thompson) Rudiger DVM, the Nine Lives Foundation began in a tiny warehouse space in Redwood City that was originally The Scratching Post, Dr. Rudiger's cat only boarding facility. While working part-time at a local animal shelter, Dr. Rudiger learned first hand the fate of most cats and kittens entering city shleters.


Due to the overwhelmeing influx of cats and kittens, difficult decisions are made by shelters daily to make space for new arrivals. Cats and kittens with medical or perceived behavioral issues were eliminated first, followed by the underweight, elderly or injured animals. Nine Lives Foundation was established to provide safe haven (a no-kill shelter) for these high risk cats and those passed over as "unadoptable' by other shelters.


The Feline Well-Care Clinic, also established in 2004, helped provide low cost spay/neuter, vaccinations and veterinary medical care for local cat rescue organizations and the underserved community. All funds generated from the Feline Well-Care Clinic supported the Nine Lives Foundation no-kill shelter. In 2011, the Feline Well-Care Clinic veterinary clinic was closed to allow Dr. Rudiger to focus on the shelter cats and low cost spay/neuter service for the community.

In 2016, Nine Lives Foundation opened their low cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinic on Jefferson Avenue in Redwood City serving cat rescue groups and the local community.  In 2018, the Smurf and Wanda Adoption Center was opened, providing a comfortable and welcoming environment to help find forever homes for our resident cats.


Original logo

Jefferson Avenue Clinic


Nine Lives Adoption Center


10th Anniversary logo

Board of Directors

Carl Rudiger, President

Jo McDermott

Michele McNamara

Carol Scola

Mindy McCrory

Janaina Pilomia