FAQ

How many cats live at Tabby’s Place?

We have approximately 115 residents at any given time.

How does Tabby’s Place choose which cats to help?

Unfortunately, there is no shortage of cats in need of a safe haven.

We prioritize helping cats who are truly alone in the world, with no one advocating for them. A cat impounded by Animal Control; found injured by the roadside; or orphaned by a feral mother is in an unquestionably hopeless situation.

This means that, unfortunately, we generally cannot take cats from the public — but we can help connect you with resources for placing a cat.

Where do the residents at Tabby’s Place come from?

Our cats come from “hopeless situations” — a term which spans a wide spectrum of circumstances. We commonly take cats from Animal Control; shelters at which they were scheduled for euthanasia; and through our Trap-Neuter-Return work.

Are there really no cages at Tabby’s Place?

Our cats live in large, open Suites; cozy offices; and community areas like our Lounge and Lobby — all cage-free. But, there are times when it’s in a cat’s best interest to be in a cage temporarily:

  • When a cat first comes to Tabby’s Place, she spends approximately three weeks in Quarantine. We make sure she’s healthy enough to join our general population; treat her for any diseases; and evaluate her personality, so we can place her in the room where she’ll be happiest.
  • If a cat has a contagious illness, we isolate her until she is no longer infectious.
  • After a cat has had surgery, we’ll care for her in a cage to protect her from inquisitive kitties.
  • Cats eating prescription diets, as well as cats who otherwise get bullied away from their food by bossy neighbors, are caged at mealtime, so they can eat in peace.
  • When a cat moves into a new room, she spends her first few days in a cage, where she can see and smell her neighbors before having to interact with them. This eases the introduction process for every cat involved.

I’ve found a stray cat. Will Tabby’s Place take him?

Sadly, there are many more cats in need than we can help directly, so the answer is almost certainly “no.” But, we can point you in the right direction through our Help Form.

Does Tabby’s Place accept feral cats?

No. As an indoor sanctuary, Tabby’s Place is not the right environment for feral cats. They are happiest and flourish best in monitored, outdoor colonies — which is why we’re committed to TNR.

What is TNR, and what services does Tabby’s Place provide for feral/community cats?

TNR stands for “Trap-Neuter-Return,” widely accepted as the most humane and effective method of caring for and controlling community cat populations.

TNR involves capturing; spaying/neutering; and returning community cats to their outdoor homes, where they are fed and monitored by conscientious caregivers. This provides community cats with a safer return to the outdoor life they love, while preventing their proliferation.

Since 2011, Tabby’s Place has conducted TNR locally as our capacity allows. In addition to conducting the basics described above, Tabby’s Place provides medical care for each cat we trap, including dental and wound care. In this way, we’re saving community cats from years of lonely pain.

We lovingly evaluate each cat we trap, and keep kittens, friendly cats, or fragile cats at Tabby’s Place rather than returning them outdoors.

Currently, Tabby’s Place’s TNR work is limited to our six surrounding townships (East Amwell, West Amwell, Delaware, Raritan, Lambertville and Flemington). If you need assitance with community cats in one of these areas, please contact Danielle Rice at dr@tabbysplace.org to get on our waiting list for TNR assistance.

Can I bring my feral cats to Tabby’s Place to get neutered?

No. But, we would be happy to lend you a humane trap, teach you how to use it, and connect you with low-cost spay/neuter resources. Please contact Danielle Rice at dr@tabbysplace.org for trap rental assistance.

Does Tabby’s Place accept FIV+ cats?

Yes…but since FIV+ cats are adopted out less frequently than others, space in our FIV+ Suite opens up only sporadically. We accept FIV+ cats on a first-come, first-serve basis as space becomes available. Click here for a list of sanctuaries accepting FIV+ cats.

Does Tabby’s Place Accept FeLV+ Cats?

Unfortunately, we are not currently equipped to accept FeLV+ cats. But, our vision for the future includes expanding our building to create a haven for FeLV+ cats. Click here for a list of sanctuaries accepting FeLV+ cats.

Can I bring my cat to Tabby’s Place for veterinary care?

No. The veterinary facility at Tabby’s Place is exclusively for the care of our resident cats. You can find a list of accredited vet hospitals here. Having trouble affording your cat’s care? Click here for a list of resources.

Will Tabby’s Place board my cat temporarily?

No. Tabby’s Place does not provide boarding services. We’d recommend asking your veterinarian, or searching online, for a qualified local boarding facility.

How is Tabby’s Place funded?

Tabby’s Place can only do what we do because of generous people like you. We are a 501(c)3 public charity, receiving no funding from the government, and over 90% of our income comes from individuals.

We are grateful that compassionate people like you choose to support our cats. We truly couldn’t do it without you.