Weirdo Cat Lovers of Cleveland would like to take the time today to shine a spotlight on a rescue for who we have great admiration and love for- Tabby Tails Cat Rescue. Tabby Tails is a non profit cat rescue located in Toledo, Ohio. It is a small operation run by its founder, Kay Banks. Kay selflessly devotes all of her time, energy, and finances to operating her rescue. Kay will take in any cat that needs her help, but she specializes in taking in cats that would be otherwise cast away. The rescue is filled with cats with physical, mental, or behavioral abnormalities that make it more difficult to be cared for or adopted out by other shelters or kennels. Kay and her rescue volunteers work to rehabilitate the cats in their care and instill the confidence back into these cats’ personalities so they can live their best life despite their limitations. One of the really great things about Tabby Tails is that it is a cage free rescue. All of the cats are free roaming and much happier for it! This also gives Kay and her volunteers the ability to really learn about each cat’s personality which helps for matching them up to potential adopters.
I personally have been to Tabby Tails to adopt one of my cats! I made the drive from Cleveland out to Toledo so I could meet a few of the cats in Kay’s care. My husband and I had just adopted a dog and our 3 resident cats were having a hard time building a relationship with the dog, and the dog had no idea how to interact with them. I was specifically looking for a “dog cat,” one that I could be sure knew what a dog was and wasn’t afraid to play and interact with one. I emailed Kay and she gave me a list of current cats she had that got along with the resident dog at Tabby Tails. So I hit the road on a snowy, cold, day and that’s when I met Elvis. As soon as I entered Tabby Tails I was swarmed by cats! Basically, a dream come true for a cat lover! They were all very interested in me and what I was doing there. I could tell right away that they were all very happy cats and well socialized. Kay did also warn me, as she does all visitors to the rescue, that the rescue does include some cats which just don’t want to be disturbed or startled, so that not to just start petting a cat that hasn’t expressed their interest or permission for an interaction. Knowing these particularities about cats and their behavior is what makes Tabby Tails a very nurturing and safe environment for the cats living there. Kay introduced me to Elvis (now Oz), and he climbed on my shoulder! She said that he was great with all the other cats and that he loved to play with the dog whenever he had the chance. After walking through the rescue a bit and looking at all the lovely cats, I had Elvis say his goodbyes to his friends and to Kay and I took him back to his now forever home. (He’s the perfect fit, by the way. He’s hilarious and mischievous and he absolutely loves the dog and bridged the gap between the dog and the other 3 cats!)
Taking care of the day to day needs of the cats at Tabby Tails is expensive, plus the added expense of the special medical care that many of the cats there need. Tabby Tails relies on donations from generous cat lovers like yourself to keep up the great work they are doing. You can check out Tabby Tails’ Facebook Page to make a donation- https://www.facebook.com/TabbyTailz/
Kay has also recently written a book about her rescue efforts and the proceeds will benefit the rescue! (Some triggering and not-so-glamourous aspects of rescue are included in the book- but that is the reality of the work!) You can buy the book on Amazon! - https://www.amazon.com/Living-60-Cats-Tales-Rescue-ebook
Another great way to learn more about Tabby Tails, and to see some adorable videos, is to follow Kay on Tik Tok! @theRealCEOofCats
Tabby Tails is a wonderful rescue that is definitely worth supporting and knowing. Adoption fees are only $45 for all the cats there but the cats in their care are priceless! Keep up the great work, Tabby Tails! Weirdo Cat Lovers of Cleveland support you and your efforts to help cats in need!
-Cassandra Bean Ungvarsky