Tabby's Place

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The Tabby's Place Lobby, showing the cageless sanctuary.

Tabby's Place is a cat sanctuary situated in Ringoes, New Jersey, United States. Opened in 2003,[1] it can house approximately 100 cats, which come primarily from high-volume public animal shelters where they have been scheduled to be killed.[2]

History[edit]

Opened in 2003,[1] the inception of Tabby’s Place began with a stray brown tabby cat. Jonathan Rosenberg, then Chief Technology Officer at CNET, and his wife Sharon adopted this cat and named him "Tabby." The Rosenbergs lost Tabby fifteen years later to untreatable squamous cell carcinoma.[3] In honor of Tabby, Jonathan resigned from his job, cashed in his company stock options and invested more than US$2 million to create a new 501c-3 non-profit corporation called Tabby's Place.[4] The sanctuary was established "to provide refuge to cats in hopeless situations."[5] The sanctuary's 500th intake was documented in 2007 in the Westchester Times Tribune.[6]

Tashi, a paraplegic resident of Tabby's Place.

The physical therapy Tabby’s Place gives to a paraplegic resident, Tashi, attracted the attention of national and local media, including Cat Channel upon Tashi's rescue in 2008,[7] Best Friends Animal Society,[8] ZooToo in 2008,[9] the Courier News in 2009,[10] the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in 2009,[4] and WWOR-TV.[11]

In June 2010, a USA Today article described a United States Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan who had been caring for three stray cats when his local animal shelter was being shut down. The cats were scheduled to be euthanized, but the Marine requested help from the Okinawan American Animal Rescue Society, which arranged for the cats' journey from Okinawa to Tabby's Place. The transfer, which occurred in April 2010, was Tabby's Place's first international rescue.[1]

Located in the small New Jersey town of Ringoes, Tabby's Place houses approximately 100 cats from public shelters where they have been scheduled to be killed as of 2010.[2] As of late 2010, over 750 Tabby's Place cats had been adopted, approximately 150 had lived out the remainder of their lives at the sanctuary, and 100 awaited adoption by qualifying families. At the time, founder Jonathan Rosenberg served as unsalaried full-time executive director and Sharon Rosenberg as volunteer coordinator at Tabby's Place.

In 2011, Tabby's Place: A Cat Sanctuary was the host of a Trap-Neuter-Return Boot Camp with the Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society.[12]

In 2014, funds raised by a tour of the cat Lil Bub were in part donated to Tabby's Place.[13] In June 2015, Tabby's Place held a Kitten Shower open to visitors, with a reading and book-signing by author Gwen Cooper, known for writing Homer's Odyssey about a blind cat. Around 20 kittens were available for adoption at the event. At the time, there were over 100 cats at the sanctuary.[14] In November 2016, the sanctuary or a time lowered the adoption cost of senior cats from all cats over ten years of age from $135 to $50. At the time, a third of Tabby's Place's 120 cats were over the age of ten.[15] Individuals contributed 97% of Tabby Place's income in 2016.[16]

Facility and services[edit]

Two cats in Suite B

Tabby's Place acts as an adoption center, and hospital and hospice for cats.[5] Tabby's Place also provides annual open houses where pet owners can obtain microchip implants for their pets and learn from exhibitions and mini-classes in animal behavior.

Tabby's Place houses around 100 cats in a single building, and in 2010 had plans the addition of two more buildings to increase care for a total of 500 residents. The physical design of the Tabby's Place building and attention to detail has received considerable media coverage. The New Jersey Monthly described the sanctuary as "palatial."[17] The sanctuary is cage free[18] and constructed of materials that allow for easy and frequent cleaning.[18] The building includes specialized suites or cats with specific medical needs,[18] outdoor enclosures with acess to sunlight, communal living areas with areas to excercise, and a medical facility in house.[18]

Focusing on serving cats scheduled for euthanasia at public shelters and rarely taking cats in from members of the public,[19] Tabby's Place abides by a strict "no-kill" policy.[20] Tabby's Place does not restrict the admission of cats on the basis of age or medical conditions, or being generally considered "unadoptable" by the standards of most public animal shelters.[18]

Tabby's Place houses many "special needs" cats, adopting a philosophy that even cats with serious health conditions such as diabetes, Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), neurological disabilities, cancer, blindness and paraplegia should be able to live with dignity, to have a loving home, and to be adopted.[5] Families who are unable to adopt are offered the option of sponsoring or "virtually" adopting a cat.

Media coverage[edit]

Tabby’s Place cats and personnel are frequently seen in YouTube video shorts and the facility and its residents have been included in programming on Animal Planet's series Cats 101.[21]

As of 2016, NewJersey.com had on ongoing "Cat of the Week at Tabby's Place" column ongoing in the community bulletin of the paper.[22]

Recognition[edit]

The Rosenbergs’ work has been recognized by the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, which awarded Jonathan the 2005 New Jersey Veterinary Foundation Award,[23] and the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association awarded Jonathan and Sharon the Shining World Hero Award in 2009.[24]

Most recently, the "SuperCats" of Tabby's Place were collectively nominated by the sanctuary's volunteers and won the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association's 2011 Animal Hall of Fame Award.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c USA Today USA Today: "Cat Sanctuary Takes In Trio from 8,000 Miles Away" (June 2010)
  2. ^ a b [1] Newark, NJ Star Ledger: "Helping Hands: Tabby's Place"
  3. ^ [2] New York Daily News: "How You Can Join the News in Helping Our Four-Legged Friends"
  4. ^ a b CBS Evening News with Katie Couric Tabby's Place on CBS Evening News: "Millionaire Invests in Feline Futures"
  5. ^ a b c "Tabby's Place: Where Unwanted Cats Are Most Loved". ZooToo. 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  6. ^ [3] Westchester Times Tribune: "Former Internet CTO Reaches Feline Philanthropic Milestone"
  7. ^ "New Jersey Sanctuary Rescues Paralyzed Kitten". Cat Channel. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  8. ^ Best Friends Animal Society Best Friends Animal Society: "It Took the Network to Find Tashi Sanctuary - Part 1"
  9. ^ "Hind Over Matter: Paraplegic Cat Learns to Walk". ZooToo. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  10. ^ "NJ Courier-News: "Paraplegic Feline Has Reason To Celebrate"". Flemington.injersey.com. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  11. ^ "New Jersey Network's series, Homeless Tails: "Almost Heaven on Earth"". Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  12. ^ http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/hunterdon-county/express-times/index.ssf/2011/03/cat_boot_camp_in_hunterdon_cou.html Lehigh Valley Live article on March 6, 2011
  13. ^ http://www.app.com/story/entertainment/2014/05/30/celebrity-cat-lil-bub-aids-nj-shelters/9771839/ App.com article by Alex Biese] on June 2, 2014
  14. ^ http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2015/05/tabbys_place_in_ringoes_hosts_kitten_shower_with_a.html NewJersey.com news article from May 12, 2015]
  15. ^ http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2016/11/tabbys_place_offers_reduced_adoption_fees_for_olde.html NewJersey.com news article from November 23, 2016]
  16. ^ http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2017/03/injured_cats_find_haven_at_tabbys_place.html NewJersey.com article by Angela Townsend on March 08, 2017
  17. ^ New Jersey Monthly New Jersey Monthly: "Mansion of Meows"
  18. ^ a b c d e https://www.tabbysplace.org/
  19. ^ https://www.tabbysplace.org/Resources/public-intake-policy.html
  20. ^ "New Jersey Network's series, Homeless Tails: "Almost Heaven on Earth"". Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  21. ^ [4] Animal Planet's Series, "Cats 101"
  22. ^ http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2016/11/meet_grindle_cat_of_the_week_at_tabbys_place.html NewJersey.com article on November 14, 2016
  23. ^ [5] NJVMA 2005 New Jersey Veterinary Foundation Winner
  24. ^ the Shining World Hero Award The Shining World Hero Award goes to the Rosenbergs
  25. ^ [6] NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame 2011 Winners

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