Moderncat Sanctuary Spotlight: Tabby’s Place

Tue, Aug 18, 2009

Animal Welfare

Tabby's Place

After the last Rescue Round-up I received a note from Angela Townsend, the Development Director at Tabby’s Place, a cat sanctuary in Ringoes, New Jersey. The first thing I noticed was the clean contemporary design of the facility, and after further investigation on the Tabby’s Place website, I am so impressed by this organization I had to share it with you. Here are a few words from Angela:

Tabby’s Place rescues cats from the most desperate circumstances, and 99% of our residents come from shelters where they were on the list to be euthanized. Our 100 residents range from 7 days to 20+ years of age, and we don’t restrict cats based on age, medical condition or personality (which means we always have a significant and very cherished contingent of Special Needs kitties). Given our varied population of felines, we serve as an adoption center, finding loving homes for kitties; a hospital, providing first-rate medical care for cats with chronic conditions; and a hospice, giving loving care and respect to terminally ill kitties.

Tabby's Place

The facility appears to be impeccable and the staff look like some of the most wonderful people any shelter could ask for. Tabby’s Place has one of the best websites I have ever seen for an animal rescue organization. One very useful resource is their online process that guides you through information for finding a home for a cat. You can even take a virtual tour of the facility, including links to videos of each area of the sanctuary. Here is the video introduction to the lobby:

There are five main cat suites, each designed with the cats in mind. Custom-made cubbies and climbing structures give the kitties lots of room to play in this incredible cage-free environment.

Tabby's Place

Four of the five cat suites have special ceiling-height clear tubes leading to separate solaria where the kitties can enjoy some fresh air in a protected outdoor space. The two handsome tuxedos demonstrating the tunnel in the photo below are Cory & Spike.

Tabby's Place

To see the outstanding care that all the cats get at Tabby’s Place is truly heartwarming, especially the special needs kitties like Tashi, a 1-year-old tabby who is paraplegic, incontinent, and asthmatic, but that doesn’t stop him from being spunky and adorable. Check out this video of Tashi living the good life at Tabby’s Place:

Photos by Laura Klobusicky and Angela Townsend.

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37 Responses to “Moderncat Sanctuary Spotlight: Tabby’s Place”

  1. 1
    Ingrid King

    This is fabulous! I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve seen sanctuaries that are set up like this in terms of the open space, no cages, etc., but never anything as well designed and as beautiful as this!

  2. 2
    angie (aka Tofu Fairy)

    what a GREAT shelter! I will post to my FB!

  3. 3

    I love to see our local shelters and this one is spectacular! Thanks for letting us know about them!

  4. 4

    AH! I already loved this place for sharing my name, but SERIOUSLY that video of Tashi? I choked up. Amazing. Would you mind if I linked to this post in my blog?

  5. 5

    What an amazing place! And that Tashi is beyond adorable!

  6. 6

    Oh my goodness, that Tashi stole my heart…and my money ;-)

  7. 7

    Tabby’s Place is indeed wonderful. I’ve never seen anything like it. Not only is it clean, fun and full of love, Tabby’s Place is filled with kitties that would not have a chance anywhere else. I wish I lived closer, I would be there volunteering every free minute.

    I adopted my beloved Snapple from Tabby’s Place. She came from a hoarding situation. We are best friends.

    If you cannot adopt from Tabby’s Place, I encourage anyone who has some extra funds to consider donating to Tabby’s Place. It is truly a safe haven for our kitty friends.


  8. 8
    Amy A

    Wow, I love it and love it even more that some awesome people dreamed this up and made it happen!! How cool to have a tunnel to a protected outdoor space. It always breaks my heart when I work with the foster kitties that are spending the week in PetSmart’s adoption center. Since they are in a foster network it is one of the only ways to get them adopted and it is pretty effective, but it really stinks for those that have to go back so many times in an attempt to finally catch that special someone’s eye. Also, it is so hard to see what they’re really like when they’re in those cages, in a strange environment. I hope I can build a NC location of Tabby’s Place someday!

  9. 9

    I’ve been there and it is truly as clean and wonderful as it looks in the pictures. So grateful that a place like this exists!

  10. 10
    Karen R

    What a wonderful place this is. It is so good to see the happy cats!

  11. 11

    What a lovely & amazing place! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Tabby’s Place is inspirational.

  12. 12

    What an amazing place! Thanks so much for sharing. It’s great to see such love and such happy kitties.

  13. 13

    This link was wonderful! Thank you for it! I teared up at the end of the video with Tashi too! It is so good places like this are there!

  14. 14

    What an incredible shelter!!!!! I wish I could find a great place like this to board my cats when I travel!!!

  15. 15

    So cool! I hope more shelters will be like this one day.

  16. 16

    This place sounds wonderful! It’s great to see such a nice sanctuary for animals!! I wish I lived closer so I could work there :)

  17. 17

    what a fantastic place! makes me wish i lived in NJ so i could visit/work there!

  18. 18

    I donate to them, even though I’ve never been there. It’s just such a wonderful idea! Every month I get updates on “my” cat..they tell you how s/he’s doing and have photos, etc. I hope to go up there one day, but until then, I’m sponsoring kitties from 1000 miles away! :-)

  19. 19

    Wow. Really, really wow. I’m speechless.

    The mere fact that they have cats in the lobby is amazing. Really.

  20. 20

    Tabby’s Place is truly inspirational and a model for how ALL sheltering facilities for cats should and could be. WOW.

  21. 21

    I love hearing about a cat sanctuary which treats the cats so well. My cats already have a loving home, but I’m sure they would love to spend time in such a place.

  22. 22

    Thanks to this post, I now sponsor Ben, a special need kitty with kidney disease. They are such good people there, I can’t describe how delighted I was to see such a nice living environment (and modern!). They even called me to thank me, I’m so impressed with them!

    Here is Ben:

  23. 23
    kush's human

    Thanks you *so* much for this. I’m tearing up, and I haven’t seen half of it.

    I live in NJ, and I’m going to look into whether it’s feasible for me to volunteer there. Really a wonderful place. Thanks again, Kate.

  24. 24

    I was able to get a full tour of Tabby’s Place, from Angela, this June. I have to tell you, the photos were NOT taken after the place was cleaned up, or anything like that. It is really in that kind of wonderful condition. When I was there, I got to see some kittens that were newly rescued, and their mama, and I got to visit every suite and room except the hospital.

    Angela is a wonderful person, and LOVES what she does. She and everyone there know each and every cat. I was so impressed. It got to see Tashi getting his PT, and it is done with great love. Although Tashi would have you believe that everyone is against him. grin

    I have a couple of videos of that, and

  25. 25
    Kikusia 666

    I wish all sanctuaries would be like this one…!!!!!!

  26. 26
    A Few Good Cats

    I volunteer at Tabby’s Place, and can tell you that the people are as good as the facilities. There’s work involved in making sure the cats are properly cared for, and everyone does their share — and then some.

  27. 27
    Daniela Caride

    Wow, what a great shelter!! I volunteer for an organization called The Feline Adoption and Rescue Society, which has wonderful people working for them, too. Here’s a story about one of my trips to transport cats for them. This cat’s story we, volunteers, hear all the time, unfortunately…

  28. 28

    Could Modern Cat set up a special fundraising drive for the orange cat Ben who has a painful eyelid disfiguration. This should be surgically corrected it is causing him a lot of discomfort and has a lot to do with him wanting to hide. I have personally seen a cat with this and it is not something that should be left untreated for any length of time. I bet we can raise enough funds quickly for this needy cat so he can have the corrective surgery.

    If they think he is not in discomfort or distress they are wrong. This needs to be taken care of.

  29. 29

    OMG – I love this place!! The cleanliness, the caring people, everything is just amazing. I keep watching the videos of Tashi. With all the love and attention and therapy he’s getting, he cant’ go wrong. I wish I was closer so and see the facilities (I live in Western Canada) so its’ a bit far. I’ll be checking in to see Tashi’s progress and any other happenings at the sanctuary. I’ve shared this email with the animals lovers at work and they’re amazed as well. Keep up the fantastic work, it doesn’t go unnoticed!!

  30. 30

    Truly great place. I really wish there was a place like that near me in the Boston/Metro West area. I use live in Miami and there is a wonderful lady and her kennel for cats only, A Country Cat House. It’s a really nice facility and the staff are really friendly and helpful. They try their hardest to make the cats feel at home and give them play time everyday. There kennels give the cats views to the outside, so that they can watch the birds, insects, and geicos!

  31. 31

    This is probably one of the most inspiring posts I have seen here. I just recently started volunteering at the animal shelter near where I live. Since I have been working with a lot of cats, it gave me the idea of opening a cat sanctuary myself in the future. Reading about Tabby’s Place gave me many great ideas and has been a true inspiration. I can’t wait to visit the facility one day!

  32. 32

    I wish there were more places like this.

  33. 33

    Tina, I live in the Metrowest area, and there are places that try to do as much for kitties. SPIN, at PetWorld in Natick, is a wonderful place, that was started by an Animal Control Officer who just couldn’t stand the idea of so many animals being taken off the streets just to be killed, so she started a shelter! The adoption center is in the store. It’s right on Rte. 9, and the store itself is doing well, despite the fact that the two biggest pet supply chains are within 1/2 mile of it.

  34. 34

    Wow, I am so impressed! This place looks amazing! I wish all shelters and sanctuaries could provide this kind of loving, comfortable and spacious environment. This is such a special gift to these kitties. I am so glad it exists and can help.

  35. 35
    Shelly E.

    wow what an amazing space! Looks like Tashi is making amazing strides in his therapy! Thank you for showing us this wonderful place!

  36. 36

    I volunteer at Tabby’s Place and it really is a wonderful place!! Ben is in my suite and he is such a sweetheart! When you come in the room, he purrs and purrs :) The pic above of the two kitties rolling around (under the cubicle picture) are “my” boys Rusty and Sonny. Glad to see a picture of them up here! :)


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