About Nine Lives Foundation

Nine Lives Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit cat welfare organization that rescues at-risk cats and kittens and finds them loving forever homes. We place our rescued cats in our no-kill facility, providing medical treatments through our veterinary clinic. We are committed to addressing the overpopulation of homeless cats by providing low-cost spay and neuter services for cats in our community.


Nine Lives Foundation provides low-cost spay, neuter, and vaccination 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 population and reduce the senseless euthanasia 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 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Our goal is to 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. Cats or kittens adopted from Nine Lives that can no longer remain in their current living situation may be returned at any time.


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 cats or kittens that are at risk of death or injury or those that are homeless or abandoned. 


Nine Lives Foundation relies primarily on private donations, adoption fees and funds generated from the low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics.

Our tax ID # is 20-2150714. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

2020 Tax Return (I990)

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!


Help us save lives! Please spay & neuter!

Our Vision

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

Our History

Founded in 2004, Nine Lives Foundation began in a tiny warehouse space in Redwood City that was originally called The Scratching Post, a cat-only boarding facility. 


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 Nine Lives Foundation's no-kill shelter. In 2011, the Feline Well-Care Clinic veterinary clinic was closed so we could focus on the shelter cats and low cost spay/neuter service for the community.

In 2016, Nine Lives Foundation opened its 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.

In 2020 Nine Lives Foundation went through a transition with the retirement of its Chief Veterinarian and Founder. Nine Lives continues to serve the community through its low-cost spay/neuter & vaccination services as well as the rescue, treatment, and adoption of at-risk cats. Click here to read the latest update on our progress towards that goal.


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Smurf and Wanda Adoption Center

Board of Directors

Jo McDermott - Co-President

Janaina Pilomia - Co-President

Michele McNamara - Treasurer

Mindy McCrory - Secretary

Jeanne Wu

Liam Montgomery - Executive Director of Nine Lives Foundation