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What a great place for cats who are in need.


'Cageless' Cat Sanctuary Opens in New Jersey


by Sherry Morse

A new sanctuary in Ringoes, New Jersey, which features "cageless living facilities" for cats in need, held its grand opening on October 5.

The new facility - known as Tabby's Place (www.tabbysplace.org) - provides round-the-clock care and full dental and vet care for up to one hundred cats while they wait to be adopted.

The sanctuary will accept cats from all over New Jersey who are in "hopeless situations" - facing euthanasia at overcrowded shelters.

Tabby's Place is the brainchild of Jonathan Rosenberg. Rosenberg was working as the chief technology officer for the online computer hardware vendor CNET Networks when his cat, Tabby, became ill with cancer.

"This had to be a place where cats could spend the rest of their lives," Rosenberg said. "I could not put down a cat that was otherwise healthy."

At the facility, cats will live in one of five suites, divided by personality and any medical needs. One suite houses "teenage" cats whose unpredictability often upsets older cats. Another suite is for cats who are FIV-positive, and there are other suites for "high-strung" and "mellow" cats.

Rosenberg hopes that the warm, welcoming atmosphere at Tabby's Place will encourage people to adopt cats, which will open up space for more at-risk cats. The goal is to have a high turnover rate, but cats who are not adopted will have a home for life.

Among the festivities were a ribbon cutting ceremony, a Blessing of the Animals in honor of the feast of St. Francis, a cat trivia quiz with prizes, an opportunity to ask a vet about behavioral problems with cats, and tours of the new facility.

Linda Plevin, State Aide for Senator Frank Lautenberg, read a letter of congratulations from the Senator during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Samantha Mullen, an official with the Humane Society of the United States, said that facilities like Tabby's Place "cannot be expected to absorb the overwhelming volume of cats in need of temporary refuge while awaiting adoption, (but) it can supplement to some extent the efforts of animal control facilities in surrounding communities."

In 2001, the most recent year for which statistics are available, more than 65,000 cats were taken to shelters in New Jersey and 32,000 were euthanized.
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What a wonderful deed that man has done!
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Our SPCA is looking into using Tabby's Place instead of euthanizing cats when they get overcrowded. It's about an hour and a half away. I sent links and news articles to the shelter manager, who was impressed and said he would give them a try next time the cat population was too high.

Fortunately, kitten season seems to be ending, there have not been any euthanizations for overcrowding reasons for almost a month now!
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We have a no cage no kill shelter very close to us!

Wonderful news Kass!
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Wow, that's wonderful. I wish they had something like that in my area.
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