A haven for those cats the rest of the world forgot.
You look at the cats that “no one wants” and say, “you matter to me.”
With your help, vulnerable FeLV+ cats will finally have the sanctuary they deserve.
This one-of-a-kind haven is specifically designed to help these wonderful cats thrive.
Tabby’s Place is growing…
from 7,000 sq. ft to 12,000 sq. ft
New additions shown in orange
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A bright, open area, where friendly FeLV+ cats will snuggle with visitors and volunteers, enjoying the same social life as “normal” kitties
Sunny solaria, where FeLV+ cats can enjoy fresh air, sunshine, chirping birds and safe access to the outdoors
A first-of-its-kind feature for FeLV+ cats, “microsuites,” where discordant cats will thrive with human office-mates and/or access to solaria.
Cage-free, communal “colony” suites of 5-10 cats, designed to meet their needs and delight their senses, with plenty of vertical space, cozy nooks, and access to safe, enclosed outdoor solaria
The buzzing hub of Tabby’s Place, our Operations Center (laundry and food prep) will grow by almost 100%, enabling us to keep all of our feline residents clean, comfortable and well-fed
Glimpse inside Quinn’s Corner (renderings)
Quinn's Corner Lobby
Inside Quinn's Corner Lobby
Quinn's Corner Suite
Kitten Nursery and Adoption Suite
The Mighty Quinn is still flourishing
“Hope” can be as quiet as the sunrise as a new day dawns. No one would have looked upon a tiny kitten, frozen in the snow, and declared, “she’s going to change the world.” But as you know so well, cats don’t answer to anyone’s expectations.
Quinn was that snowbound kitten. A Good Samaritan rushed her to Tabby’s Place, knowing our reputation as a haven for the most desperate. But no sooner did Quinn pull through her initial trauma, than she tested positive for FeLV.
Our collective heart broke, but we cobbled together an isolation room using our limited resources, determined to do our best for Quinn.
A short time later, a woman with a heart of gold walked into Tabby’s Place, seeking to adopt a cat that no one else wanted. When she met Quinn, it was love at first sight. We worried whether the adopter really understood what she was in for. Quinn would live a few months, or a year, if luck prevailed. But our tender, tenacious adopter understood, and Quinn went to her new home.
Months passed, and then years, and Quinn remained a healthy, active cat. She filled her new family’s life with sunshine. Their joy was matched only by the heartache of knowing that numberless cats like Quinn would never know love and safety.
Quinn’s adopter walked into Tabby’s Place once more, determined to work with us to change the world for these wonderful cats. She understood what it entailed and made a generous pledge to enable us to expand and care for the most vulnerable members of the feline family.
You will help so many cats…
The dream is as big as your love for the cats. Scroll through to learn more…
Right at the heart of Quinn’s Corner, you’ll find a tender haven for the tiniest members of the feline family. Newborns often arrive without their mothers, making them utterly dependent on our love and expert care.
Our Kitten Nursery will contain a world-class neonatal unit, outfitted with incubators, feeding stations, and a designated area for nursing mother cats; and an adjacent adoption showcase, where growing kittens leap, frolic, and snuggle.
Ramekin thrives after wound treatment, a blood transfusion, and syringe feeding
A World of Hope for Cats Beyond Our Walls
As a unique sanctuary for FeLV+ cats, Quinn’s Corner will be a living testimony to the value of these little ones’ lives. Just as we’ve done with FIV+ cats since 2003, Tabby’s Place will use our voice and our vibrant feline family to champion the cause of these “misunderstood” cats. Our unique population will help to change public perceptions of FeLV, encouraging cat lovers to consider adopting these wonderful friends.
Gravy (FeLV+) loves his forever home and his BFF
A Better Tabby's Place for Every Cat
Sweeter suites: After 18 years, our cat suites stand in need of repair. Nearly 4,000 cats have romped, cuddled, and dreamed in these bright, open rooms. With construction underway at Quinn’s Corner, this is a fiscally responsible moment to renovate our existing cat suites, equipping them with durable, easy-to-clean furniture; repairing sagging ramps; and making our cats’ home a safer, more comfortable haven. Since many of our residents spend years with us, they deserve “digs” that will delight their senses and support their well-being over a lifetime.
Raising the roof: The roof over our cats’ heads has taken a beating through the years, surviving several hurricanes and bomb cyclones. Now is the ideal time for us to replace it, sheltering our cats for years to come.
A lovelier Lobby: As Tabby’s Place has grown, our little Lobby has struggled to accommodate a greater volume of visitors and volunteers than we ever dreamed of in 2003. Our renovations will expand the Lobby, making it a more welcoming space for humans and Lobby cats alike. A new atrium entrance will also provide additional safety for our curious Lobby residents.
A calmer Quarantine: Renovated, 50% larger holding rooms will provide greater stimulation for our newest residents during their initial quarantine period.
More sunshine for everyone: Additional solaria will let the sun shine in for cats in our existing office spaces, affording their own personal “catios” for balmy basking.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is FeLV?
FeLV is short for feline leukemia virus, a condition that can suppress cats’ immune systems and leave them susceptible to other diseases, including cancer, anemia, and infection. FeLV+ cats can live normal, happy lives, although their lifespan has the potential to be shorter. In many shelters and veterinary hospitals, FeLV+ cats are euthanized upon diagnosis because they are deemed unadoptable or thought to have a poor quality of life. At Tabby’s Place, we know this simply isn’t true: thriving, playful FeLV+ cats of all ages have endless love to give, and they deserve loving homes where they can flourish.
What’s the difference between FeLV and FIV?
Although they are both feline retroviruses, each affecting 2-4% of the feline population in the United States, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are distinct. FIV generally does not cause severe illness, and many infected cats remain asymptomatic for life. FIV is spread via saliva or blood, and testing is straightforward. Although cats cannot “fight off” FIV, this virus typically has no impact on a cat’s lifespan, and infected cats can live with uninfected cats safely. FeLV, on the other hand, can cause multiple fatal and non-fatal disease syndromes, including certain types of cancer, and persistent infection is likely to result in a shorter lifespan (although life expectancy, like so much related to FeLV, is variable). Whereas FIV is a “fighting disease” typically spread through deep bite wounds, FeLV is a “friendly disease,” spread via secretions including saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces, and milk. It can be transmitted through grooming, from mother to kittens, and by sharing food bowls, and infected cats should not intermingle with uninfected cats. A small number of cats will “fight off” FeLV, but testing is complicated and may involve bone marrow.
Why do FeLV+ cats need their own special area?
Feline leukemiavirus (FeLV) is highly transmissible through casual contact between cats (such as sharing food bowls and grooming). Accordingly, FeLV+ cats cannot safely be housed with other felines.
Where will Tabby's Place find FeLV+ cats for Quinn's Corner?
Tabby’s Place receives requests to take FeLV+ cats on an almost weekly basis. We are painfully aware that there will be no shortage of cats in desperate need of this one-of-a-kind haven.
Will FeLV+ cats be adoptable?
Yes! Our FeLV+ cats who are in otherwise good health will be available for adoption into loving homes. They will receive the same world-class medical care as all of our resident cats.
How will Quinn's Corner help neonatal kittens?
Newborns are among the most fragile, underserved members of the feline population. Quinn’s Corner will include a world-class kitten nursery where these tiny wonders can receive the intensive nurturing and diligent monitoring they require. Once they’re a bit older, these wee ones will graduate to our attached kitten adoption suite, where they will thrive and play in a joyful “romper room”, designed to make adopters fall in love with them.
Can I visit Quinn's Corner when it opens?
Yes! Tabby’s Place will be thrilled to welcome you to Quinn’s Corner once it is open to the public. Our FeLV+ cats would love to see you. And, fear not; spending time with them will not pose any risk to your pets at home. You can’t carry the virus on your clothes, etc.; all you’ll bring home are joyful memories of time spent with lovable cats who are full of life.
How can I find out more?
Click HERE for our full contact information. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have, and we’re excited to be on this adventure with you!
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