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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Tabby’s Place is a cage-free, no-kill sanctuary that provides refuge to cats in hopeless situations. At Tabby’s Place, cats who were once in desperate circumstances are cherished and provided with a joyful haven, the very best medical care, and lots of love. Our kitties come primarily from public shelters where they had once been scheduled for euthanasia. This one-of-a-kind facility serves as: 1) An Adoption Center, finding loving homes for cats; 2) A Hospital, providing medical and surgical treatment for sick or injured residents; 3) A Hospice, providing palliative care and a warm, loving environment for chronically or terminally ill cats to live out their lives in comfort. Tabby’s Place does not turn cats away due to age, medical need, or “lack of adoptability.” It is, therefore, a safe haven for several older, chronically ill, or handicapped cats. These cats have special needs such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or blindness. At Tabby’s Place, these cats are able to live full and happy lives with the medical care, love, and affection they deserve. Tabby’s Place… * Provides communal living environments for cats, with plenty of horizontal and vertical space for exercise and play. * Provides outdoor enclosures for cats to enjoy fresh air and sunlight. * Contains special group rooms for cats who are FIV+, overweight, or on prescription diets. * Contains an in-house medical facility. * Uses specialized materials to facilitate cleaning and encourage a disease-free environment.

Results: To date, Tabby’s Place has rescued nearly 800 cats from hopeless situations, placing 650 in loving adoptive homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Tabby's Place rescues over 100 cats each year, and places over 100 in forever homes.

Programs: In 2012 we continued our efforts at adding tnr (trap neuter release of feral cats) to our program, as we sterilized close to 100 cats in our local area. We also added an online help facility for people looking for help with their cats, primarily trying to find new homes. We hired a part-time employee to provide prompt help with each request. During 2012, we received and responded to over 1,000 requests. In 2011 we expanded our outreach into tnr (trap neuter release) for feral cats. Along with several small tnr projexts in the area, we began a collaboration with the nj state women's prison to manage the feral cat population on their property. The project is ongoing, but during 2011 we trapped and sterilized 33 cats and returned them to the prison grounds. In addition, we continued our primary work of saving cats from hopeless situations and adopting them to loving homes adopting 120 in 2011. In 2010 the organization reached a new high in public donations despite the harsh economic times the country is facing. For the second consecutive year the organization has operated profitably, the organization was able to obtain a used x-ray machine from a local friendly veternarian which has proven to be a much needed addition to our medical facilities. Lastly, in 2010 we saved our 900th cat from a hopeless situation. In 2009 we surpassed our 800th saved cat, continued on-going operations and made significant upgrades to our it. In 2008 we celebrated the 5th anniversary of operations in the new facility. We saved our 600th cat, grew our volunteer program and saw an 8% increase in donations. In 2007, we accepted several cats with rare diseases that we have treated with some success. This experience will not only help our practice but the practices of other feline practioners, we were able to increase our fundraising from 2006 by 50% and grew our development department with the addition of a development associate. During 2007 we hit the major milestone of saving our 500th cat. The year also saw our 400th adoption. We purchased a high- end dental machine that allows the staff to accomplish dental procedures more efficiently and thoroughly.

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Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 karmakaze

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so glad I discovered Tabby's Place. It is a sanctuary that rescues cats that would otherwise be unadoptable from a shelter, particulaly given the time and financial constraints of shelters. Most of the cats are elderly or have medical conditions that require monitoring, medications, and attention. They have volunteers to provide for cats that are well enough to leave the shelter and still be well cared for. Tabby's Place has recently initiated a new program to care for feral cats. They spay and neuter them, provide dental care, medical help, and then have volunteers who look after them upon release. In a world that is so often dark and uncaring and looks at even healthy animals as disposable, Tabby's Place is a bright light. Urge support of this sanctuary and its occupants.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Heaven for cats. The facility is top notch. The staff is amazing. I have been a donor for many years and fully intend to continue to support Tabby's Place. May all felines without forever homes be lucky enough to find themselves at Tabby's Place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a cat lover; I have never seen a place more wonderful than Tabby's Place. It is a cat lover's dream come true. They rescue cats from hopeless situations and turn their lives right around. They take in those cats that other shelters would consider unadoptable and unwanted. They give these cats a second chance at life, the chance they deserve. At Tabby's Place the cats are given all of the medical care, and all the love and affection they could possibly ever need. The founder, his wife and his staff are all wonderful people- you just can't top what they do for these kitties. When you adopt a cat from Tabby's you are saving two cats; the one you adopted and you are making room for them to bring in another cat- quite possibly one that may have otherwise been euthanized at another shelter. Keep in mind Tabby's Place is a no kill sanctuary. Please check them out when you have a chance. There are many wonderful cats there of all ages. I can tell you from experience that adopting an adult cat is extremely rewarding. And yes of course, the little kittens are adorable too. If you are not able to adopt a cat at the moment; consider making a donation. Trust me it will definitely be put to good use.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted a cat from Tabby's Place in 2007. We actually went there looking for a kitten, but then decided to adopt an adult cat. We named the cat Pumpkin, and he is an absolutely wonderful cat. He is a lovable, caring, affectionate lap cat. He is perfect! I feel like not enough people want to give these adult cats a chance, and 9 times out of 10 they end up making the best pets. We fell in love with Tabby's Place after being there and finding out what it's all about. How could you not love a place dedicated to helping and saving innocent cats, cats who might have otherwise been euthanized because they weren't being adopted quickly enough. Pumpkin loves people, but is not a huge fan of other cats. So we are not able to adopt any other cats. Since we can't adopt any more cats, we sponsor a special needs cat for only $16 a month, less than $2 a day. Sponsoring a special needs cat is something I would highly recommend, it's a great feeling knowing that we are doing something to help these wonderful cats, who if it weren't for Tabby's Place may not be with us anymore. Tabby's Place is definitely any cat lovers dream come true. You should definitely check them out, you won't be disappointed!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served as a volunteer at Tabby's Place for a few months in 2011 and it was always so fulfilling and fun. The people who run Tabby's Place are kind and welcoming of everyone. And of course, the cats are amazing. There were kittens at one point and after my shifts I would go sit and play with them for half an hour before leaving. If you love animals - especially cats - and want to learn more about compassion and how non-profits run, sign up to volunteer at Tabby's Place. We were given an orientation and small cat behavior training in order to be volunteers, and then we had the option to volunteer doing different things. Almost everytime I came in I ended up doing something different, from doing dishes and laundry, filing, sweeping and dusting the lobby, or cleaning the cat suites. My mom and I also volunteered at Catoberfest and it was a great day! Great music and people coming together to support a worthy cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tabby's Place is truly one-of-a-kind! The cats want for nothing and get all the love, medical attention and care that a cat could need. The staff goes out of their way to do everything possible, particularly for the special needs cats. Volunteers and donors are treated wth appreciation and respect. The money raised is used wisely and they are wonderful stewards of every penny! If I were a cat and had no home of my own, I would choose to live at Tabby's Place -- it really is a haven/heaven on earth for felines!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Tabby's Place for almost two years. I saw the website before I moved to the area and couldn't wait to check it out. From the very beginning, I could see how devoted the founders, Jonathan and Sharon Rosenberg, are to the cats they care for. They have a wonderful, dedicated staff, and they make good use of their volunteers to help the sanctuary run smoothly. I also sponsor two special needs cats.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our cat from Tabby's Place a year ago. I was amazed when I first visited Tabby's as the cats were not caged, but housed in suites with other cats. I was also impressed that Tabby's provided a clean, well-run, loving sanctuary for cats that probably would otherwise have been euthanized. Some, like the cat we adopted, had behavioral problems, which the Tabby's place staff reviewed with us carefully so that we would know what to expect. They told us the truth: our cat had been adopted before but brought back due to her behavior. Once we were approved for adoption and our cat came home with us, Tabby's place staff followed up several times to make sure things were working out. I'm am thrilled to report that our "behavioral problem" cat has become a big, loving, lap cat whom we adore. She is still tempermental sometimes, but 100 percent better than she had been. We've learned how to judge her moods and let her be, and she has learned to trust us. Thanks to the great people at Tabby's our beloved cat was not euthanized and is here with us for the rest of her life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering there since October and absolutely love it! I feel so good that I was there and don't mind that I actually woke up early on a Sunday. I wish it was closer so I could go more often. The Mr and Mrs. Rosenberg and the staff do such a great job and try so hard! I'm thankful for the opportunity to work and spend time there!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I had driven by Tabby's Place on the way to New Hope many times. One day I said I had to find out what Tabby's Place was. So we stopped and were utterly smitten with what we found there. On that first visit, I said I HAD to volunteer my time there. That was six months ago and I have become even more impressed at the everyday miracles happening there EVERY day. From a business perspective, the Rosenbergs built a beautiful haven for cats that is all about cats: Not a memorial to someone's ego or a flash-in-the-pan, TP is a self-sustaining full service organization run by a dedicated and kind 'lean and mean' core staff. At any time, one will find numerous volunteers enjoying their time at Tabby's as much as the casual (or perennial) visitor. Each time I go to TP, I add more little sweeties to my 'fan of' list. There are great days (when one or more of these special kitties find homes of their own) and there are dark days (when favorite kitties become angel kitties), but the greater group of staff and volunteers pull together to remember the wonderful days spent in the company of these mysterious, beautiful creatures and renew their commitment to making the dream of Tabby's Place continue to come true.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a joy it was to visit Tabby's Place recently and get to meet all the beautiful felines and the loving staff. As a life-long cat lover, I am so happy that there is a place like this to care for cats who need it, saving their lives and providing a loving atmosphere for them to thrive. I know it's the love expressed by the staff that really keeps all these kitties going strong, regardless of their situation. Thank you for Tabby's Place.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteer for a cat rescue organization, and had the opportunity to transfer six cats from a 'shelter' death row in North Carolina to Tabbys Place. We drove the kitties up to New Jersey and were amazed by the sanctuary, the wonderful, caring staff, and the level of care given to each resident. How very lucky are the kitties who get to make a stop at Tabbys Place on their way to their fur-ever home!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former Tabby's Place volunteer, I will always keep a special place in my heart for these loving and dedicated people and their cats. Jonathan and Sharon have created a miracle in NJ that is an inspiration for all of us who love and want to help animals. They will go to any length for their kitties with medical care, accommodations, and most of all, love. The facility is bright, light, and it's a joy to see the cats in so happy a home. I celebrate the vision that made this place possible.

1 Lora726

Donor

Rating: 5

A jewel of an organization where special needs kitties are well loved and cared for. I would encourage everyone to learn all they can about this amazing Sanctuary, and to donate, visit, volunteer and/or adopt. I sponsor Tashi, a parapalegic kitty many other organizations would have euthanized, and receive special updates, pictures and videos of his progress. He is one happy, happy kitty, which is a great tribute to the work of the staff and volunteers. They are very appreciative of all support, and are dedicated to every kitty under their care and to ensuring each one has the best possible life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted Boo-boo, renamed Beau four-five years ago. He can climb but can't jump as he was caught in a door when a kitten and his back was broken (he was also very misunderstood by his previous owners as I came to understand by reading the comprehensive medical and phys. information upon adoption). His personality as a talker was the draw, as my previous 30 lb. kitty was a talker and that was what I was looking for. Ok, so he peed on one of the toys in the sanctuary, I just figured it was from the catnip just given to all the kitties. I didn't pick him, he picked me..as I was checking out a much younger and more energecic kitty. But he didn't want to be ignored and nipped at my calf and it was love at second sight. How did I come upon Tabby's? My niece's had heard of it and knew I was looking for an older cat, as that is how I have gotten my other cat's; one from a family whom the Dad turned out to be alergic to cats, the other I found in a paper bag on the side of the road off the parkway..to this day I don't know why I stopped, but I had her until the ripe old age of 19. But as I was saying my niece's had heard of 'Tabby's Place' and I didn't want to come home finding a puppy as I had to put down my dog, I agreed to go. If I could of I would have taken more than one of those cats home with me,though they did seem very content to be where they were. They are well cared for and loved at Tabbys Place, but they even more happy at their forever homes. I adopted another cat..Annie at a local shelter and she is very mindful of Beau's disability, she lets him chase her and doesn't even jump up until he's right there to catch her, and then she jumps. So, if you want a cat already broken in and not have to deal with the 'baby' stage (sure their cute, but too much work, more so than special need kitties), than I suggest you check out Tabbys Place. Kate