I want to share with you a very special story about a cat named Tabby who captured the hearts of his human parents in such a way that they have created a legacy in his honor that will live on....in the most awesome way imaginable.
In April of 1999, Jonathan Rosenberg and his wife learned that their beloved cat, Tabby, had untreatable cancer and only months to live. Jonathan began soul searching during this time of pure sadness and he began to re-evaluate his life. He wondered how he could live differently and honor his friendship of 15 years with Tabby.
Jonathan Rosenberg resigned from his job as Chief Technology Officer at CNET and committed himself to creating Tabby’s Place: a Cat Sanctuary, in memory of Tabby. Four years later, Tabby’s Place officially began its mission.
Tabby’s Place currently consists of one building, designed to accommodate 95 cats. Their long-term vision is to accommodate 400 cats by erecting two additional buildings on their eight acres of property.
Tabby’s Place is a public charity (501c3 non-profit corporation). Jonathan Rosenberg donated sufficient funds (2 million dollars worth) to construct the first building and allow the sanctuary to get a running start on its operations.
What is Tabby's Place?
The following is an exact description from their 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.
I first heard of Tabby's Place after watching the video below and I was so touched by this story and inspired by these remarkable people. Have a look....
I hope you will take the time to to visit Tabby's Place and if you think you can help in some way, I have listed below a few ways to do so.
Ways You Can HelpTabby's Place is a public charity. They receive no government funding and depend on donations from the public for their continued operation. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, donations to Tabby's Place are tax deductible.
- Make A DonationMake a one-time donation to be used where it is most needed.
- Sponsor A Special Needs CatSupport the care of a cat with special needs and receive monthly updates on your "adopted" feline. You can make the sponsorship a gift for a friend or family member.
- Donate In Honor Of A Person Or PetCreate a personalized card to be sent to the recipient.
- Donate In Memory Of A Person Or PetCreate a personalized card to be sent to the recipient or engrave a brick on our memorial walkway.
A few direct links to my favorite spots around Tabby's Place below
Note...Tabby succumbed to his cancer on September 15, 1999, four months after diagnosis.
And Now a Note from Mikey's HouseLoving animals is not easy for us animal lovers, it comes naturally but it is difficult because we are touched by the experiences that animals endure. Sometimes the battle for animal rights and welfare seems like a long one and sometimes there are days when it feels hopeless.
But then a story like this one comes along and hope gets restored because we are an army, a dedicated army and there are more of us than we realize. Standing up for animals, helping them in any way you can is always worth the effort even if it seems as if it will not make a difference....it does make a difference to the animal that you help.
Never underestimate the power of love.
Mr. and Mrs. Rosenberg...you are heroes...Bless you for all of the kindness you show these animals that need you so much. You are an inspiration.
Thanks for reading.
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