This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue in Ringoes, NJ.
Note: In memory of my beloved Maine Coon cat, Little Minx, this week’s Senior Sunday post will include senior cats!
From the Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue website
Tabby’s Place is a cage-free sanctuary that provides refuge to cats in hopeless situations. Our residents come primarily from public shelters where they had once been scheduled for euthanasia.
This one-of-a-kind facility serves as:
- An Adoption Center, finding loving homes for cats;
- A Hospital, providing medical and surgical treatment for sick or injured residents;
- A Hospice, providing palliative care and a warm, loving environment for chronically or terminally ill cats to live out their lives in comfort.
Cats with Special Needs
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.
Unique Features of the Sanctuary:
- 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.
Seniors have a lot to teach, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)
Here are some, but not all of the senior dogs currently available for adoption from the Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue.
You’ll have no trouble spotting Walter in our lobby. He’s a large black-and-white male with a distinctive black nose tip, and he often naps on our Information Table. If you see him walk, you’ll notice that he frequently circles. This is likely due to a cerebral infarction, the result of a compromised blood supply to the brain. In Walter’s case, this has probably been caused by his hyperthyroidism. As you might already have guessed, Walter is one of our Special Needs crew.
Walter is a senior, yes, but he has more energy than you’d expect for his age; if he wants to get through a doorway into a room where he shouldn’t be, he can move like greased lightning. He’s very good with most people but has been known to raise a paw toward some of the other lobby cats once in a while.
We know that Walter is not suitable for all home environments, but we believe there’s someone out there who can give this boy the loving home he deserves. If there is room in your heart and dwelling for a Special Needs cat, we ask that you consider our Walter.
To learn more about Walter, click the link to his Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Adoption page
You might well hear Donna before you see her; she can be very talkative. She has a beautiful orange-and-white coat (there’s orange on her nose, over her head, and in patches on her back; she also has a classic orange stripey tail), and she’s of medium size.
Donna is diabetic, so she’s one of our Special Needs crew. She eats a prescription dry food and receives insulin twice per day. We know she has lived with dogs and other cats in the past, and there were no problems with her doing so. That’s not a surprise to us, as we’ve discovered that Donna is a gentle girl with an engaging personality. She’s generally a happy cat who just likes people. Unusually, we have a birth date for Donna said to be December 24, 2006.
To learn more about Donna, click the link to her Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Adoption page
Part of what sets Tabby’s Place apart from other shelters is our willingness to take in Special Needs cats. Scotty, a large, deep orange tabby male, was found as a stray. We quickly discovered that something was amiss; that “something” turned out to be nasal and gastrointestinal lymphoma. Most shelters simply do not have the ability to treat cats like this and would have had to euthanize Scotty. Fortunately, Tabby’s Place is different.
Scotty is currently on a chemotherapy regimen. Cats often do well on chemotherapy for this type of cancer, but of course we cannot predict exactly what will happen here.
Scotty is easy to recognize; he’s the “big orange guy” in our lobby. Admittedly, he looks a bit scruffy, but if I were being treated for lymphoma I’d probably look a bit scruffy myself. And he looks much better than he did when he came to us. Our best guess is that he was born in the spring of 2008.
It’s a little difficult to assess Scotty’s personality at a time like this. We can say that he is not aggressive toward other cats or people (I myself saw fellow lobby-resident Mimi pinch food from under his nose, and he didn’t even react). He seems a gentle, quiet boy.
We remain hopeful for Scotty. We recognize that having him adopted at this point is a long shot, to say the least, but if the chemo works as well as we know it can, that could easily change. If adopting a Special Needs cat won’t work for you but you’d like to help Scotty, please consider making a donation toward his care.
To learn more about Scotty, click the link to his Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Adoption page
This gentle sweetheart was found at a daycare center to which she just wandered up. Juliana is a small to medium size kitty. She will come up to you and talk, if you’d like. She has a wonderful personality and is very fond of human company.
Juliana has early renal disease. It is so mild that we don’t have to do anything for it. If you don’t know, early renal disease in cats doesn’t always progress quickly, in fact it can remain stable for a long time.
Lovely Juliana has obviously lived in a home environment before, and we’d love to see her do so again. Is there room in your heart and home for this sweet senior?
To learn more about Juliana, click the link to her Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Adoption page
Cats are funny creatures. There are a lot of jokes about cat owners being merely staff to their beloved felines, but sometimes you come across a cat who seems genuinely grateful for what you do. Such a cat is our Sherbert, the most gorgeous, deep orange tabby we’ve seen in some time.
Sherbert was found along the side of a road. Aside from being very hungry and a little dehydrated, he was OK, so he couldn’t have been outside for too long. From the first, he showed nothing but love for us, extraordinary for a cat who had absolutely no idea what was happening to him. His affectionate behavior has continued throughout his quarantine period.
Our best guess is that Sherbert was born around March of 2004, so he’s a senior cat. At some point before he came to us, he had Perineal Urethrostomy (PU) surgery, sometimes performed in the case of recurring blockage in a cat’s urethra or if a cat has FLUTD. We have not noticed any urinary anomalies with Sherbert, but we will continue to monitor him. Sherbert has FIV, so he’s one of our Special Needs felines.
To learn more about Sherbert, click the link to his Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Adoption page
Attention, lovers of long-haired felines! We know you’re out there, and we have a young lady you’ll want to consider adding to your family. Our Sophia is a lovely black-and-white girl (she has white on her tummy, chest, all four feet, and her chin, as well as a funny white nose; the rest of her coat is black). She has no health issues of which we are aware.
Sophia is gentle and rather reserved in temperament. She is not at all aggressive toward humans (or other felines). We think she’d prefer a home that’s on the quieter side.
If you believe that Sophia is a good match for you, we urge you to come in to meet her. We know you’ll be won over by her beauty, even as we have been.
To learn more about Sophia, click the link to her Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Adoption page
How do we know that Elijah would be better off in a home without dogs? Because he was adopted from us once before. His adopter had two dogs, and it seems that Elijah was not crazy about either canine. Elijah was returned to us for inappropriate elimination, but we believe, as does his previous adopter, that it might be due to environmental stress. Between not being fond of the two dogs in the house and a new baby daughter, well, we think Elijah might not have been able to deal with all of that; it’s a lot for a cat to handle.
Elijah is significantly overweight now, so he is living in our Weight Management suite. He’s an extra large boy, beautifully marked in black and white, including a black nose and the funniest little black chin. We think Elijah was born early in 2007, and, aside from being overweight, he has no health issues of which we are aware.
This is a sweet, affectionate boy who likes humans and deserves another chance living in a home. Are you the person who can provide that?
To learn more about Elijah, click the link to his Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Adoption page
Melanie was adopted from Tabby’s Place years ago. Sadly, her adopter had experienced much poorer health over time and felt she could no longer care for Melanie, so she was returned to us. Since her return, Melanie has generally been doing quite well. We’ve placed her in the lobby, because we felt sorry for her, and, while she’s still getting used to her new surroundings, she’s been exploring and has tried repeatedly to get behind closed doors.
She’s on the larger side for a female. Our best guess is that she was born around August of 2004. Melanie is typically even-tempered but can occasionally be a bit of a grump, and she does not like to be picked up. For these reasons, we believe she’d do best in a home without young children.
Melanie is mostly a brown tabby, but she has a funny, thin white stripe exactly down the center of her nose that broadens into more white on her muzzle, chin, and chest. She has white on her tummy and paws, as well. Melanie has no health issues of which we are aware.
To learn more about Melanie, click the link to her Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Adoption page
Wolfie is one of our FIV+ cats, and that means he’s also a member of our Special Needs crew. Wolfie is a gray and white boy, of medium size. His legs are rather shorter than those of most cats and he also loves to eat, so when he walks, his tummy almost touches the ground (it’s hard to blame him for loving his food, given that we know he lived outdoors for some of his life. And, while he’s a little chunky at this point, it isn’t to a degree where it endangers his health). Our best guess is that Wolfie was born late in 2007.
Wolfie is a little shy now, as he’s probably not used to living with multiple other cats in close proximity. However, we know he likes people: he purrs a lot around the humans and loves to rub on hands. We know he just needs to become more confident, and we’re sure that will happen with a little more time and patience.
To learn more about Wolfie, click the link to his Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Adoption page
Phillipa is a lovely, black-and-white girl. Although she’s of medium size, she almost looks like a kitten next to some of our huge males. She has white on her nose, face, and chest/tummy, along with four white paws. Our best estimate is that she was born in the spring of 2004.
Phillipa lived in a private home before coming to us, where she had a history of inappropriate elimination. We think this may have been circumstantial. She’s a timid girl to begin with, and we know that another cat in the house would sometimes attack her when she was trying to use her litterbox. So far, we have not seen that behavior here, but there is the chance it could occur again.
Although Phillipa is shy, more than one of the staff has told me that she is, at bottom, a sweet-natured, well-mannered girl. She’ll require a quiet home and an adopter with some patience. Kids and other animals in the house might be acceptable, as long as they are also quiet, not domineering, and well-mannered.
To learn more about Phillipa, click the link to her Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Adoption page
Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue contact links
To learn about all the dogs, that Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue has available for adoption, click the following links:
* Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Website
* Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Facebook
* Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – Twitter
* Tabby’s Place Cat Rescue – All Available Cats for Adoption
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