Tabby’s Place: A New T(2)NR Mission

Those that have been reading my writings for awhile know that I’m a fan of Tabby’s Place. I’ve never been there, but the work they’re doing out in Ringoes, New Jersey resonates all the way across the internet to Chicago and beyond. It tickles my whiskers to be able to talk about them again because they’re doing something new and exciting! However, I’d like to turn this article over to MomFOD, since the topic is of a serious nature and, we all know, she’s far more serious than I. Hit it, MomFOD!

Feral "Maybelle," fixed up and ready for adoption!

Feral “Maybelle,” fixed up and ready for adoption!

MomFOD: Thank you, Crepes. Tabby’s Place is well-known for taking in sick, wounded, and dying cats, providing hospice care to those that are near finished with their journey, and providing long-term care to those who have no other place to go. Their population usually contains about 30% special needs cats and 70% normal, healthy kitties. Doing great work in the animal welfare arena since 2003, Tabby’s Place is now excited to announce that they’re expanding into the world of TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return.) For those who don’t know, TNR is a process of trapping stray cats, providing them with spay and neuter surgery, and returning them to their colonies to live out their lives, usually with help from a community member who oversees feeding and welfare. It’s an effort to reduce feral cat populations in the hopes of a euthanasia-free future.

The R part of TNR

The R part of TNR

Crepes: I’d just like to pop in here and mention that I was the product of a successful TNR project. Without TNR, I’d still be out there living with Uncle Dad and Aunt Mom in our terribly inbred and overpopulated colony outside of Chicago. I’d probably be my own grandmother by now. 

MomFOD: Thank you, Crepes, for that delightful image. Moving along, Tabby’s Place has something a little different planned for their project, which they’re calling “T2NR.”

Crepes: Terminator!

MomFOD: No, Crepes! Not, T2. T2NR, for Targeted Trap Neuter Return. When asked to clarify the difference between the T2NR program and traditional TNR methods that have been in use for the last decade or so, Angela Townsend explained:

“…the concerted focus on a particular geographic area is a key difference between TNR and T2NR. The other primary distinction is that, for T2NR, we have to be proactive. That is, we won’t be waiting for folks to call us up or bring in feral cats as they find them (like traditional spay/neuter clinics do); we’re explicitly going out to reach all the free-roaming cats in our target area ourselves. This is inevitably “messier,” as it will involve finding cats in places where they can’t safely remain (and then having to find them a new, safe outdoor colony); dealing with community members; etc.”

The T2NR program, according to Tabby’s Place’s web page, centers around these steps:

  • proactively locating free-roaming cat colonies,
  • altering and providing medical care for the cats,
  • forging collaborative relationships with the community,
  • safely relocating cats who cannot remain where they were trapped,
  • and arranging for ongoing care and monitoring for the colonies.
Rescued feral babies. Can I get a "squee?"

Rescued feral babies. Can I get a “squee?”

Tabby’s Place is now estimating that they have roughly 1,000 cats living in their first targeted area surrounding their sanctuary. Their very first goal is to expand their in-house hospital to a larger wing of their building. They want to reach and provide medical care for each and every one of those cats within the next three years.

Crepes: A lofty goal!

MomFOD: And yet attainable, nevertheless. If the new program works, Tabby’s Place will be one of the leaders in reducing the feral cat population, providing a model for all other rescues to follow. Should this succeed and spread to other states, the USA will make a huge leap towards a no-kill future.

Crepes: Hallelujah! 

Feral rescuing in progress.

Feral rescuing in progress on the target site.

 

MomFOD: Presently, Tabby’s Place is collecting funds to get this project underway. With a goal of $400,000, Tabby’s Place is nearly 60% of the way there. They’re offering various types of sponsorship levels, including some lovely commemorative plaques for $500.

Crepes: Thank you, MomFOD, for that excellent report. 

MomFOD: You’re welcome, Crepes. I really couldn’t have done it without you, mostly because you wouldn’t let me. If you’d like to help Tabby’s Place reach their goal, please contact Tabby’s Place’s Development Director Angela Townsend at at(@)tabbysplace.org or 908-237-5300 ext 235. For more information, visit Tabby’s Place on the internet.

 

"This program is great! Also, I'm hungry!" - feral kitten.

“This program is great! Also, I’m hungry!” – feral kitten.

 

Kitty Bungalow CATbaret: MomFOD Composes for Charity!

You Guys!

I know it’s normally haikusday, but we have a lot of announcements this week, so we’re going to have to skip the normal haikus for more serious things. On to business:  Do you remember Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats? They’re an amazing rescue in Los Angeles dedicated to rescuing and socializing feral kittens. Well, they are having a CATbaret party in Los Angeles! It’s one night only, August 4th, 2013, at the historic Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California. There will be quite a few celebrities there including Nora the piano cat!

catbaret

And here’s the REALLY exciting part: momFOD has composed a special piece of music for Nora and it’s going to be premiered live at the event! She worked very hard on it and can’t wait to see the finished performance. For the event, she will be known as “Alana Grelyak” rather than momFOD. Just an FYI, in case you were confused.

As an added bonus, all of my dear readers are eligible for a chance to win tickets to the event! Click here to enter! In the drop down menu, choose “Refrigerator Cat.” That’s my twitter handle.  Good Luck!

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Also, if you missed it yesterday, we got a mention in USA TODAY for our Catdance film “Catalogue.” It’s still managing to live on, so please VOTE FOR CATALOGUE (12 times or so, daily) in the Internet Cat Film Festival. We’re up against Grumpy Cat. That’s a tall order.

Love,

Crepes.

Lovey Loaves: Building A Sanctuary From the Ground Up

Today we have with us Colby, an extra-specially cute pup from Lovey Loaves, an organization that took him in after getting a call from the SPCA. Colby, like many of the dogs at Lovey Loaves, suffers from an injury that has taken away the use of his back legs. He’s going to talk with us today about this great organization that is dedicated to helping less-adoptable dogs and is currently in the process of expanding to be able to help even more.

Colby Bean

Colby Bean

Crepes (C): Welcome, Colby! Tell me about Lovey Loaves. How did it get started?

Colby: LoveyLoaves was started by my momma, Cheri Wells.  She has a heart for special lil’ loveys like me and she has devoted her life to making a difference for lil’ loveys that are different. A lot of pets that are disabled or special needs aren’t adopted in shelters because society thinks that we are damaged. Momma knows thats not true. Momma says that we just require a little more love because we have more love to give and it takes a special person to accept all of our loving!

C: Yes, you’re exuding love, I see. And Lovey Loaves’ mission is…

Colby: LoveyLoaves Rescue’s mission is simple.  We are committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing special-needs dogs.

C: You’re currently located in Florida but it sounds like you’re moving to South Carolina. Will that greatly affect your founders’ lives? 

Colby: Yes! Our plans are to move to SC to open the doors of LoveyLoaves Sanctuary, A Haven for Special Needs Dogs. Momma and Poppy have devoted their lives to our sanctuary so that we can help thousands of special lil’ loveys like me! Wait til you see our property! It is the most beautiful place that I’ve ever been!

Colby on Wheels

Colby on Wheels

C: Do you bake bread?

Colby: No, silly!

C: None? Not even pumpernickel?

Colby: We don’t bake bread, but we do get that question a lot! LoveyLoaves is just one of those crazy, silly names that momma calls her lil’ loveys.

C: Perhaps a small challah roll?

Colby: No bread at all.

C: What about cheese? Colby is a type of cheese.

Colby: Not that, either.

Lovey Loaves Pups Having A Lie Down

Lovey Loaves Pups Having A Lie Down

C: I see. Moving on. You’re currently raising funds for your future facilities. What are your facilities like now?

Colby: We currently do not have a facility. Momma and Poppy have set up a very small network of foster homes that provide the ultimate in care and love for our residents.  We are raising funds for our sanctuary, however we don’t like to use the word “facility.” Momma says this is going to be the most wonderful place in the world, where we can smell flowers, get loving and medicines, learn to live in a home environment and RUN free with our friends. And the best part is that we are all a little different but no one cares about that so no one will make fun of us! I’m so excited…I know its going to be awhile before we get to move but momma always says that perfection takes time.

C: A committed foster network is very important. How many dogs do you have now in foster care?

Colby: Currently, LoveyLoaves has 6 lil’ loveys in foster care. Our numbers are a bit low at the moment because it is so hard to find good foster homes that are willing to care for special lil’ loveys.

C: But once the sanctuary is open, you’ll be able to accommodate many more dogs.

Colby: Once momma opens the sanctuary, we can invite over 100 dogs to live with us while they are waiting on their forever homes. Plus, momma and poppy really want to help the angels that are transporting lil’ loveys across country, so they are going to open part of the sanctuary to those angels so that the lil’ loveys can rest, run, and play in comfort while their angels are sleeping for the night in someplace called a “hotel”.

CHEEEESE.

CHEEEESE.

C: Tell me more about aqua therapy. It sounds like you’re building a little dog spa. 

Colby: Aqua therapy helps dogs to build muscles and stamina, makes their heart healthy, and helps with depression. Aqua therapy is the best exercise for special needs dogs and although it is not always the answer, it is a great way for us special lil’ loveys to get exercise that won’t hurt our joints or spine.

C: And your mom is trained is said therapy?

Colby: Momma is certified in canine aqua therapy and once we move into the sanctuary, she’s going to build a pool so we can do all our swimming at home.

C: Ciabatta?

Colby: No.

A big thank you to Colby for his time. If you’re interested in helping Lovey Loaves’ cause to build their sanctuary, please take a moment to visit their IndieGogo website. They are very close to reaching their goal of $3,200 for the first phase of land-clearing.

And, if you live anywhere near the Orlando, FL area, perhaps you can consider fostering for them. That would help them out a lot until they can build their new sanctuary.

 

That’s all for now! If you haven’t, or if you have, please vote for my movie Catalogue for The Golden Kitty Award! It’s the film that started my career.

 

Love,

Crepes.