Cat blog about my life with many, many cats.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Update on Tabby's Place

Tabby's Place, the cat sanctuary for older, homeless cats, had a Cinco de Meow celebration this past Saturday. We stopped in for a few minutes to check out the festitivitities. This non-profit organization, as I've mentioned in a prior entry, takes in older cats and/or sick cats from shelters who would otherwise be euthanized because they were unable to find homes during the brief window of time that shelters are able to keep cats. When we visited this new facility, we were so impressed at the beauty of the building, the happiness of the kitties, and the kindness of the staff.

The Cinco de Meo celebration was a fun outdoor fair held to introduce people to the place and to help get more cats adopted. When we went inside to see the kitties again, we noticed that there were maybe half the number of cats as last time. So it looks like they have been successful in getting a lot of them adopted out, which is great. Tabby's Place makes a life-time commitment to these cats. If they don't find a home, they can stay at the shelter indefinitely. Tabby's Place only takes in "hopeless cases," cats that are less likely to find adoption than, say, kittens or healthy older cats.

One reader of my blog was already moved to make a generous donation to the facility, and I thank her for her big, fuzzy heart. I'll provide a link to their website here at the end of this entry if you'd like to see about helping them out, too. It's a great place, and everybody there had a real commitment to serving this over-looked feline community.

In October, Tabby's Place will be having another outdoor fair called Tabby Road, with a Beatles theme. (Wordplay for Abbey Road, in case you didn't figure it out!)

At the Cinco de Meow celebration, the cats seemed surprised to see the big turnout of people who had shown up to celebrate felines and to help them out. Several of them seemed very aware of what was happening. (Cats can be very psychic, I've found. More on that in my future books and on my upcoming website.)

You know when an old person living in a nursing home suddenly gets a bunch of visitors at once? Maybe a bunch of family members decided to visit that person at the same time. The old person blinks a little in surprise, not quite believing that all of this attention is being focused on them. The person's reaction can be so sweet - like someone receiving an unexpected birthday party. "What? All of this - for me?"

That's how these cats were at the Cinco de Meow celebration. As people came inside to see them, the kitties sort of did the same thing. "All of these people - here for us?"

It was very sweet.

Here's hoping that Catso, Gulliver, and the other lovelies there find homes really soon.


Right now at the site, you can read about Corey, a lovely orange boy who came to them with many medical problems. They will accept sponsorships to help provide for the cost of his veterinary care. I think this is a great cause. Since Tabby's Place makes a commitment to caring for these cats no matter how costly their medical treatment becomes, they need our help. And Corey's a sweetheart!


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