A True No-kill Shelter

Nine Lives Foundation is proud to be a true no-kill shelter!  We adhere to the following criteria in order to meet this classification:


  • Nine Lives never uses euthanasia on a cat or kitten, except for humane reasons such as pain and/or suffering or when an animal has a severe medical condition with a poor prognosis. We will do everything possible to treat the cat's medical condition, regardless of the cost.

  • Nine Lives will never transfer a cat to another shelter or rescue facility that uses euthanasia on animals for any reason other than those stated above.

  • Nine Lives does not euthanize cats deemed anti-social or that have behavior problems. It is our experience that cats labeled as anti-social or having temperament issues which we have rescued from other shelters exhibited minimal issues in our shelter. Nine Lives will spend whatever time necessary to help the cats adjust to their new environment. Most of these otherwise" unadoptable" animals have found permanent loving homes through the efforts of our organization.

  • Nine Lives never euthanizes cats or kittens deemed too young, of insufficient weight or in poor health upon admission to our shelter. All cats and kittens regardless of size or medical condition are given the chance to thrive with proper medical care and nutrition.


Here are just a few examples of cats and kittens that have entered Nine Lives Foundation with serious medical issues or conditions deemed "unadoptable" by other shelters or humane societies. Many of these cats and kittens (and the occasional dog!) have found their forever homes.....the rest are still waiting to meet you!


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