On the outskirts of Westby, a sparsely populated, rural town in Western
Wisconsin, lies one of America’s great treasures … Tabby Town USA, a small
animal rescue group that brings solace to the forgotten.
Founded by Marie and Ted Glover in 2003 after adopting an injured cat, Tabby
Town now provides shelter and care for up to 80 kittens and cats on any given
day. Currently, the majority of their feline community is housed under the
Glover’s roof, with two floors, multiple bedrooms, vertical lofts and a lovely
sunroom. While most of their cats were abandoned, they’ve also saved kitties
that were slated for euthanasia at local shelters. In the past six years, Marie
and Ted have rescued 1,243 felines. As of this writing, they have successfully
placed 1,053 in loving homes. In spite of the economic downturn and a dramatic
spike in the number of rescued cats, Tabby Town USA has achieved a phenomenal
placement rate – approaching 85%!
The individuals responsible for the operation of Tabby Town shared a story
with us that we believe illustrates a sense of their level of commitment to
their cause. This year, they were presented with an enormous challenge: the mass
rescue of 47 cats, many of whom required immediate and extensive medical
These cats were barely surviving in deplorable conditions. In fact, some had
already perished by the time Tabby Town came to the rescue. Every single feline
that could be saved was saved. In our experience working to advance the cause of
small rescues, the lengths to which Tabby Town went to handle this crisis event,
perfectly demonstrate their above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty attitude towards
saving those unable to save themselves.
In addition to bringing safety, relief and comfort to cats, arguably during
the most desperate periods of their lives, this plucky organization founded The
Thrifty Kitty, a resale store that markets donated clothing, household items,
furniture and antiques. One hundred percent of the sales go to fund their rescue
work. Further, Tabby Town regularly seeks donations from their local community
through bake sales, cat care clinics, rummage sales, mail appeals … even a
karaoke party! All of the proceeds from these fundraising activities go towards
covering the superlative care they provide.
The courageous and caring proprietors of Tabby Town USA are insistent upon
making adoption affordable to their fellow Wisconsinites. In fact, the minimal
fees they collect when cats transition to their forever homes don’t even cover
the amount they pay for veterinary care and medical supplies. Were it not for
their proactive fundraising and the receipt of generous donations like the one
we’re announcing today, Tabby Town would be a ghost town.
The financial award we provided will help to defray the costs of another
ambitious Tabby Town plan to secure additional funds – an advertising campaign
directed at 13,000 families who have already expressed interest in supporting
feline rescue organizations. It is our sincere hope that this grant will enable
Tabby Town to raise enough capital to continue their mission, to provide safe
haven and a promising future for all of their cats.
When asked to summarize her life’s passion, Marie shared with us her credo:
“I rescue cats ... my work is never done and my home is never quiet. My wallet
is always empty, but my heart is always full. Until there are none, rescue one.”
We couldn’t agree more.
If you wish to send additional support to our foundation, you may do so when
placing an order online or by sending a personal check to The Dr. Jane’s
HealthyPetNet Foundation, Inc. at P.O. Box 1425, Palm City, FL 34991. Even if
you can only spare a dollar or two, you’ll be providing much-needed aid to the
organizations just like Tabby Town USA who work every day to reverse the trend
of abandonment in America.
Our sincere thanks to all of our readers who, through their personal
donations and continued patronage, made this grant possible, to help the Glovers
and their dedicated network of volunteers to continue their vital work to make
the world a better place for abandoned felines.