We are often contacted by people who feel they must give up their cat due to the cat's medical condition. The owners says they will not be able to afford treatment, or they can't spend the required time, or that they can't deal with the stress.
There is no doubt that dealing with an illness can entail additional cost and time, and may be stressful. But, You undoubtedly know that it is very hard to find a safe place for a healthy cat. You can be assuredthat it is going to be extremely difficult, likely impossible, to find a facility or person to accept your cat.
Your cat's best, likely only, hope for life is for you to remember your commitment to your cat and reconsider your decision to abandon him or her.
What if Money is the Problem?
The truth is that you probably can afford the required treatment, you are just reluctant to make the required sacrifices. You need to think about whether things like cable TV, magazine subscriptions and similar items are worth the life of your cat.
We understand that there are probably cases where the treatment is very expensive and your family has already cut expenses to the bone. If that is the case, there are non-profit organizations that help with costs for some medical issues. The following is a partial list of such organizations. Please note that these organizations have no affiliation with Tabby's Place and we are not familiar with their policies and practices. Please contact them directly for more information.
- Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program
- In Memory of Magic
- Save U.S. Pets Foundation
- United Animal Nations
- New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance
- NY Save
- Cats in Crisis
- Dougal's Fund
- Animal Assistance Programs
This list is not exhaustive and we recomment that you do additional web research.
What About a Cat that is FIV+ or FeLV+?
Please see our FIV-FeLV information page.
What About Tabby's Place?Please see the following page to determine if Tabby's Place is an option for your cat.