Giving cats an extra life in a no-kill world

Cats are 30 times more prolific than humans. Whether they're free-roaming or live indoors, cats are excellent breeders. With a gestation period of just 65 days, an intact mature female cat can produce up to three litters a year. Since maturity begins at as young as 4 months, cats are efficient kitten-makers.

Spay/neuter is the simplest, most humane method for controlling feline overpopulation because its positive effects begin at the source: unwanted litters. Fewer unwanted litters means fewer homeless cats and kittens, an end to shelter overcrowding and a natural reduction in feline overpopulation. That means life, love and a home for every cat.

Cats are terrible at math.

In just a few years, one unfixed cat can be responsible for hundreds of offspring. The reason? Cats are terrible at math, but they sure do multiply. Our current advertising campaign examines the dangers of cat math and offers a very real overpopulation solution: spay, neuter and adopt.

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Who is Scooter?

Meet the legend who started it all.

Ten’s mascot, Scooter the Neutered Cat, made his debut in 2014 and instantly became a smash success. Appearing on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” and Spike TV’s “Funniest TV Commercials,” Scooter showed the world that we can make a positive difference and create a no-kill nation without showing cats in cages with sad music.

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The Joanie Bernard Foundation

The Joanie Bernard Foundation funds Ten and other feline welfare projects, groups and advocates. Through the foundation, the mission of a no-kill cat nation moves closer to reality.

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Our no-kill partners

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  • UCAN (United Coalition for Animals Nonprofit Spay and Neuter Clinic) has performed almost 70,000 surgeries. As part of its mission to reduce pet overpopulation by providing an effective, accessible and affordable spay/neuter option, UCAN is able to reduce the number of animals who are killed in Greater Cincinnati. To make sure everyone has access to its services, UCAN also provides free transports from several locations in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. UCAN reminds us: Do your part. Fix your pet.

  • OAR (Ohio Alleycat Resource) focuses exclusively on cats and operates a nonprofit high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinic with licensed veterinary staff. A transport van helps customers in outlying areas access spay/neuter services. For strays and feral cats, OAR lends humane live traps to trap/neuter/return programs that help effectively address cat overpopulation. And if you’re looking for a new furry feline friend, OAR has a shelter in Cincinnati’s Madisonville neighborhood.

  • LFAW (League for Animal Welfare) is a nonprofit organization that operates the first established and largest adoption center and no-kill animal shelter in Cincinnati. They offer financial assistance in the form of vouchers for spay/neuter services. If you’re looking for a new dog or cat, you’ll find many options in their lovingly maintained shelter, including last-chance pets in the “None Left Behind” program. On their site, you’ll also find events and lots of ways to help animals.

  • Pets in Need is a veterinary resource committed to keeping pets with the families who love them. Pets in Need offers very low-cost services to low-income pet owners in the tristate area. Some of their resources include wellness care, treatment of minor health issues, vouchers for low-cost spay/neuter, flea and heartworm prevention, pet food from Steffi’s Pantry, and compassionate end-of-life care.

  • The Scratching Post is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter in Silverton, Ohio, for stray and abandoned cats and sometimes offers a low-cost spay/neuter incentive program depending on funding availability. They house 150 cats at a time and are usually at full capacity, which means they must turn away thousands of cats each year. They also offer a Meow Mart that sells “everything for the cat and the cat lover” and helps support the shelter. 


  • FACE (The Foundation Against Companion-Animal Euthanasia) was formed in 1993 with the purpose of decreasing the number of unwanted dogs and cats euthanized in Indianapolis each year. FACE performs more than 75 surgeries each day and has performed thousands of spay/neuter surgeries since opening.


  • SOS (Shelter Outreach Services of Ohio) is a low-cost, nonprofit spay/neuter clinic serving low-income families and animal-rescue organizations in the greater Columbus area. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of shelter animals and companion animals of low-income families by providing affordable veterinary care and to help reduce the homeless pet population through spay/neuter programs. In addition to spay/neuter, they also offer other low-cost veterinary services, vaccinations and treatments at the time of surgery.