Who we are
Nine Lives Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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.
A community where all cats and kittens are spayed or neutered and safeguarded or sheltered.
We are a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 also committed to addressing the overpopulation of homeless cats by providing low-cost spay and neuter services for cats in our community.
Founded in 2004, Nine Lives Foundation began in a tiny warehouse space in Redwood City as a cat-only boarding facility originally called The Scratching Post.
In 2016, Nine Lives Foundation opened its low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinic on Jefferson Avenue in Redwood City, providing veterinary services to our shelter cats and low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services to the local community.
In 2018, the Adoption Center was opened, providing a comfortable and welcoming environment to help find forever homes for our resident cats.
In 2021, Nine Lives Foundation went through a transition after the retirement of its Chief Veterinarian and Founder at the end of 2020. Nine Lives continues to serve the community through its low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services as well as the rescue, treatment, and adoption of at-risk cats in our local community and beyond.
Get to know our
Liam, who hails from Wales, joined Nine Lives as Executive Director in October 2021. Previously, Liam was a regional director for a conglomerate of private veterinary practices along the West Coast and before that was a manager of a multi-disciplinary 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital in San Francisco. He brings extensive management experience as well as broad relationships across the world of private veterinary practice. Liam describes himself as a “crazy cat lover” who has a deep passion for all things that walk on four legs.
Before retiring to devote herself full-time to animal rescue, Jo spent 30 years as a management consultant and financial services executive, specializing in strategy, data & analytics, and customer experience. She grew up in the UK and spent her professional life in the UK, Australia, and Asia before moving to the US in 2000. Jo began volunteering with Nine Lives in 2018 and has been on the Board since 2019. She and her partner are dutiful servants to three beautiful cats, Zoomy, Wampus (pictured), and Dora.
Janaina joined the Nine Lives Foundation Board in March 2021. Before joining Nine Lives as a volunteer in 2019 with a focus on moving paper-based processes online, she volunteered with cat rescues for many years — in her birth country, Brazil, and at Humane Society Silicon Valley, where she worked with kittens for four years. Janaina works as a principal program manager at Amazon Web Services, and has held multiple lead roles in technology companies prior to that. Janaina loves to foster (and of course is a foster fail) and lives with her husband, three hens, and her Nine Lives cat Katamari who doesn’t quite like the paparazzi spotlight, as can be seen in the picture.
Michele McNamara joined Nine Lives’ Board of Directors in 2018 and serves as its Treasurer. She also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator and volunteers at the Adoption Center. In addition to Nine Lives, Michele has volunteered for the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA and the San Francisco SPCA. In 2015 she retired from a career in financial services — which included 15+ years with Visa, world leader in digital payments, where she worked in product management, client consulting, business intelligence and analytics. She now shares her home with two cats from Nine Lives — Pooh Bear (not pictured) and Eskimo – who are grateful to be no longer living on the streets of San Francisco.
Mindy started volunteering with Nine Lives Foundation in September 2019 and joined the Board in early 2021. She works in Legal Operations for a media company based in San Francisco. Mindy is a Bay Area native and life-long animal lover. She has two cats — Birdie, adopted from Nine Lives in 2019, and Bumble, adopted from another Bay Area rescue in 2016. Since she started volunteering for Nine Lives, Mindy has fallen in love with more Nine Lives kitties she can count. Remarkably, she has resisted bringing them all home to live with her.
Jeanne joined Nine Lives Foundation in April 2022. She retired from Humane Society Silicon Valley in 2019 after 15 years, where she held Executive level roles in HR, Volunteer Programs, Humane Education, Operations and Pet Services. Prior to HSSV she worked in executive roles in high tech software companies in Human Resources. Jeanne is a “foster fail” many times over and is pictured with her dog, Joey, an HSSV alum. She lives with her husband and four cats, two of which were adopted from Nine Lives 14 years ago.