There are cat rescues and cat sanctuaries all over the world, but a small handful of them are really special. Tabby’s Place is one of them. Located in Ringoes, NJ (less than an hour north of Trenton), it’s the kind of rescue that many cat-loving humans dream of having one day: the majority of cats live cage-free, and there are outdoor enclosures to give them fresh air and warm sun patches. There are in-house medical facilities and a hospice for the terminally ill. Most of the cats were saved from death row at public shelters. And around 30% of the cats have special needs, from FIV+ and inflammatory bowel disease, to spinal injuries and blindness. The kitties at Tabby’s Place get the help they need, the love they deserve and, hopefully, a forever home through their adoption process.
Like I said, many cat-loving humans dream of creating such an elaborate, well-run sanctuary, but Jonathan Rosenberg actually went out and did it after his beloved cat, Tabby, was diagnosed with cancer (Tabby died in September, 1999). Rosenberg put things into action, and Tabby’s Place began its mission in 2003. Today it’s a 501c3 nonprofit consisting of one large building that houses 95 cats and the organization’s offices, but Rosenberg is continuing to dream and has plans to eventually expand it to a three-building, 400-cat facility.
As a cat, I am impressed by Tabby’s Place and happy to know about all the good work they are doing for kitties in need. And while I can’t magically wave my tail and make those two extra buildings appear, I can help in a very small way: for the rest of the year, $1 of every Dear Sparkle book purchased from my website will go to Tabby’s Place. I chose now because it’s holiday gift-buying season, and I sell more of my books than any other time, so I’ll have more money to give.