Saturday, March 21, 2015

Great News From Tabby's Place!!!

I was just catching up with email when I received the most WONDERFUL NEWS!!!! But first, a little background info.

Last summer I participated in a commenthon that Sparkle's human had in her memory and I made a donation to Tabby's Place.

Tabby’s Place: a Cat Sanctuary
1100 US Highway 202; Ringoes, NJ  08551

908-237-5300 ext. 235  908-237-5311 (fax)

When making the donation, I was blessed to meet this beautiful girl, Brielle through a touching thank you note from Angela Elizabeth Townsend, the Development Director at Tabby's Place.:

With a caption that read
"Brielle sends you her thanks and love "
and at the bottom of her email she wrote:

PS: As I type this email, Brielle,
 one of our sweetest Special Needs cats,
 is keeping me company.
 She sends you her purrs (and asked me to attach her photo as her thanks to you).

that  as a tribute to Sparkle, I had joined other bloggers
who had already signed up to sponsor a kitty.
I had signed up to sponsor Brielle,
and I had been sponsoring her monthly
ever since I saw her gorgeous face.

Each month I received updates and here is the latest
I am copying directly from their monthly updates

Dear Brielle buddies,

We knew this day would come.
We wanted this day to come.
And still, I can scarcely believe the day has come.

But it's here, and right at the start of spring's song: Our Brielle has been adopted.
I know. I know. This is wonderful, earth-shaking, heart-breaking in selfish ways but heart-dancing in true ways.
And it's true, kittens, it's true.
As befits our Brielle, this is no ordinary adoption. Heavens, no. Brielle's new family is comprised of three loving generations under one roof, including a fabulous grandma who is home essentially 'round-the clock.
There will never be a moment when Brielle longs for a lap but comes up empty.
As a bonus, there will also never be a moment when Brielle yearns to escape "lesser" felines. That's because Brielle will be the only cat -- queen of her domain! empress of the realm! -- in this phenomenal family.
It's all more wonderful than we could have dreamed.
What's that? You'd like just one last jewel of joy about this new family? You got it: Brielle's new family includes a veteran Tabby's Place volunteer. So Brielle is joining a family that's already part of the Tabby's Place family.
And so, forever and ever amen, will she always be.
My heart, I confess, is singing and soaring and shattering all at once. I can scarcely remember the Community Room before Brielle, and I'll ache to enter it without her. But much more than that, I'll celebrate the sweetness of her much-loved life.
And I'll thank you, from the depths of my heart, for making this possible for her. God bless you, stupendous sponsors -- you are the dream makers.



They are going to transfer my monthly donation
 to another special needs kitty, "Knox" and here he is!

 Special Need: FIV+ and missing a leg

Like the fort that shares his name, Knox is made of strong stuff. Epic inner strength enabled Knox to survive a siege of suffering. As autumn’s last leaves surrendered to the chill, the little grey cat was alone, dragging a “dead” leg behind him, and infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). But winter's impending arrival threatened Knox's best defenses.

At just that point, angels broke into Knox's story. A big-hearted rescuer scooped Knox from the street, and miracles began to follow. Through the a generous Circle of Compassion grant from Paws and Claws Society for Animals, Knox received life-saving surgery to remove his doomed leg and drain fluid from his wounds…and found a haven at Tabby's Place.

Today, the best is yet to come for Knox. The tiny tabby with colossal gold eyes is still quite cautious, but he’s letting down his defenses as he learns our love is secure. Day by day, the walls come down and love blooms for our little fighter.

Since Knox is soulful, sweet, and in overall good health, we believe he will ultimately find the loving home he deserves. But, Knox's FIV means he will need an extra-special adopter.

It is my fondest hope that Knox is blessed with an equally beautiful outcome, I couldn't be happier for sweet Brielle and it is my honor to help another kitty at Tabby's Place in Memory of Sparkle.


  1. Replies
    1. I know, right??!! You know first hand too because YOU are a sponsor! I was soooooo happy when I read the great news! xoxo

  2. Fantastic news for Brielle and hopefully Knox's turn at finding a forever home will come soon.

  3. This is the BEST news! I am over the moon happy for Brielle, and so glad you have such an awesome kitty to sponsor now that she has been adopted. I'm so touched that Sparkle's memorial commenthon inspired you to help these kitties.

    1. Yep it IS the BEST news!! Brielle had periodically had sooo many people interested in her that either backed out or never came through. I am glad I have Knox now too, but I sure will miss Brielle (I adore her name), I hope we get updates as to how she is doing in her new home. Yep, your Memorial Commenthon for dear Sparkle, introduced me to Tabby's Place and the incredibly pawesome Angela. I was so moved that it was a no-brainer!

  4. What a great start to our day reading this - we too sponsor a cat at the Cats Protection League in the UK and get regular updates about them and the best news when they find their forever home.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  5. Great news and paws crossed for Knox. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly.

  6. That is so wonderful! We've got warm fuzzies! Purraying for sweet Know to find his forever home as well! xx

  7. Oh Caren......I cried from the first word to the last of this post - happy crying of course as Brielle has a perfect forever ever after.......but also at Knox's story and the hope I have in my hear that he will find his too. Cats are so amazing.....they "accept" what their situation may be but I think they always have a little bit of hope in their huge hearts that things will get better somehow. Imagine how it was for little Knox.....until Tabby's Place took him in and helped him. Bless you for helping....if all of us would or could, what a better world this would be!!!

    Love, Pam

  8. That is great news and good luck to Knox. I was in PetSmart yesterday and saw several cats and kittens stuck in little boxes, waiting for a home. Each time one is adopted it is worth celebrating.

  9. what wonderful news! I love happy endings!

  10. That story made our whiskers weepy wet too. We are so happy for that dear girl and we pray that Knox finds his very own safe and happy soon.

  11. That is such great news!!!! I believe there is a home for every cat. Sometimes it just takes some cats a little longer to find it.

  12. That is such a great story. We love Tabby's place and that Angela is a terrific person. That is so nice of you to sponsor a cat and are now doing Knox. It must be very rewarding to do that. Cody, good for your Mom.

    1. Marg I am so happy that I learned about Tabby's Place from Sparkle's human, I agree, Angela is just a gem. Her warmth shines through everything she does. What I do is a mere drop in the bucket compared to ALL that you do. You help so many animals it is unreal! I wish I had the space to do the same. I say, "good for you" right back at ya! xoxo

  13. What a lovely post this is. You are doing a very nice thing in sponsoring these precious little ones. I have someone I help each month too. It's a good thing.

    Have a purrfect day Cody. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

    1. Awww thank you! Isn't it great? But..when I received the email I cried, I loved reading updates about Brielle xoxoxo

  14. That is indescribably wonderful for Brielle. And Knox looks like a really sweet boy cat, Mom is leaky eyed here just reading your post. Tabby's place is wonderful and being able to sponsor kitties is too.

  15. Ah, I re-booted and here I am, able to comment.

    I love Tabby's Place and I can't think of a finer place to donate to. I am so glad that baby has a lap and home now.

  16. That is so neat and wonderfur!

    We hope Knox gets a great den soon, too!

    1. Brielle, isn't that a city in the Netherlands??
      Meowmy actually even knows a girl here with that name, OMC!!

    2. good question! I don't know but I bet it is!

  17. That is wonderful news ! And how kind of you to sponsor Knox too.

  18. Aw wow, that is wonderful news!!!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  19. What a wonderful story about Brielle!
    We are so happy for her too :)
    We are delighted that Knox was rescued and got great care.
    Purrs for a home for this handsome boy.
    A good news day :)
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  20. Wes so excited to hears about Brielle getting her own home and extra excited that Knox has yous as a sponsor. Is Cody jealous?

  21. Great news. Knox is pretty special too.
    Sue B

  22. That is such pawsome news for Brille!

  23. Doing a happy dance for Brielle! Such a pretty name for a pretty kitty. Knox looks a little like Cody.

  24. That is such wonderful news! You should be proud of the fact that you helped that adorable girl to be kept safe until she could find that perfect home.
    What a wonderful program that is, it makes it so much more personal and special than just making a generic donation.

    1. Yes it is! I am proud but there are sooo many who do so much more! I was so touched when Angela had written such a beautiful note after I made my initial donation, (actually, she is GENUINELY as special person, but other shelters could learn from her), it is rare to receive such a warm and personal note after making a donation and it is also a brilliant marketing technique, but as I said, she is REAL so I didn't feel I was being manipulated)

  25. What a wonderful post, Caren. I love the concept of sponsoring a cat and it is great how they keep in touch with you. Brielle's story is so touching - she found the purrfect home and I hope the same will be true for Knox. You are a treasure for participating in this great program! xoxox

    1. Thank you Deb! I love the sponsoring a cat idea too and one day I want to sponsor one of the PAWS kitties as well. I do love how we get monthly updates as well. Well, I thank you for your kind words but YOU and so many others do SOOO much more! If we all just did a little bit (and I would say that bloggers DO, it's the general public who needs to as well), imagine how the situation for cats would improve! xoxo

  26. This is indeed good news! It's great to know kind people like yourself. Looking forward to stories about Knox!

  27. Oh, what WONDERFUL news! We are so happy for Brielle and her new family, and for you, Caren. We know your heart is so happy right now at this news, and that makes us happy. :)

    Angela is great, isn't she? We're big fans and supporters of Tabby's Place, too. We were blessed to visit a few years back, and it is an amazing place, doing amazing things.

    Thank you for sponsoring Brielle, and now Knox.


    1. Yes it is! We are so happy too!!! Angela is a gem (as all of YOU are!) One of these days when our financial situation improves, (I have faith that ONE day it will lol), I will sponsor a cat at PAWS too....I wish I could sponsor them all! Bring on megamillions! lol! xoxo

  28. We really like stories like Brielle's one. So happy for her.
    I cross my paws for Knox. He is going to find his forever home !

  29. That is truly truly pawsome and great news.
    We are doing a happy dance for sweet Brielle.


  30. Wow, the news about Brielle brought tears to our eyes, what a wonderful outcome. So glad that Knox is being helped and taken care of at Tabby's Place and so special that you are now sponsoring him, purrs for him finding a forever home where he is cherished.

  31. This is SO wonderful! We're all getting chills up our furry arms and our hearts are bursting for this sweet kitty. What a beautiful way for you to have honored Sparkle too.

    Sending lots of purrs for handsome Knox. We hope he finds his forever family too, very soon.


  32. That is wonderful news Caren! Brielle now has a happily ever after and you were part of that. Well done YOU! Our paws are crossed that sweet Knox doesn't have to wait too long for his forever family. Thank you for sponsoring him :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

    1. awww it IS wonderful news and I thank YOU for your kind words! xoxo

  33. Dat is sooo Pawsum Cody and Miss Caren. Weez so happy fur all of you. And weez purray dat Knox finds hims furever luv soon.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  34. What a great news. Our mom was teary eyed reading this post. Thank Cod!

  35. Wonderful Caren and Cody,

    All of our hearts (feline and human alike) at Tabby's Place bubbled over with joy to read your blog post. Words cannot fully express my gratitude for how deeply you loved Brielle -- and for your generosity in helping to make this all possible for her.

    Knox is blessed in a very big way to have you in his life, and we are ALL so grateful you're part of our Tabby's Place family!

    And to all your phenomenal friends, thank you so much for your loving comments!

    Much love,

    1. Angela I just ADORE you and one day WILL meet you in person!
      The loving updates you provided about Brielle were always appreciated, and the loving you care you give to ALL of the kitties at Tabby's Place is special indeed.
      I am the one who is blessed to have met you (at least online) is my honor to help Knox and I hope he finds a special forever home as Brielle has!
      Much love back at ya!
      Caren (and Cody too!)

  36. That is awesome! Tabby's Place does good work.

  37. Oh, this is such wonderful news!!! We are so happy for Brielle and her new family. And Knox - wow, what a handsome cat. Thank you for sponsoring him. We hope he gets adopted soon too.

  38. Paws and fingers crossed that Knox will have good luck too.
    Maybe Caren and Cody will spread some more magic!

    1. you are too sweet! I don't think it was our magic, it was Angela and the other great peeps at Tabby's Place! xoxo

  39. It gives me hope for Abby and Chandler and all of the other diabetic kitties out there waiting for homes