Friday, March 13, 2009

Another Casualty of this &#%@ing Economy

My niece Jen started working for Tabby's Place in 2007, and if there ever was a perfect job for her, that was it. It's a wonderful organization - non-profit, cage-free cat sanctuary. They take cats from shelters that would otherwise be euthanized, and they give them medical attention, love, and the chance to possibly be adopted by a forever family. There are lots of pictures of Tabby's Place from my first visit there in this post, and who could forget this post with the gentle giant, Rhubarb? Well, just like everyone else, times are hard at Tabby's Place and they are laying off staff, and apparently going to all (or mostly) volunteers to care for the cats. Jen is losing her job and her apartment in one swoosh. I don't know all of the details, but from reading this article, and seeing this segment on CBS Evening News, I feel sure that the kind-hearted man who has given so much of his fortune, (and himself) to Tabby's Place would rather not be making this decision. We're all going up this weekend with a couple of pickup trucks to pack up and move Jen back home.

Who knows, though...this might all be a blessing in disguise. Jen is my niece whose father was recently diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia, so now she will be available to help with her dad. Still, it's all so very sad...

10 comments:

Channon said...

Well, that stinks, all the way around. I'm sorry!

Sonya said...

That is a lot of s**t all at once. I hope things are better for her soon.
Those cats need her damnit!

Stephanie said...

That sucks. :(

Sue said...

More proof that it's not just people who are suffering, the animals are hit by the hard times, too. And they are helpless.

(Not-So) Cynical Gal said...

Phooey on this!!

margo said...

Well that just bites!

Thalia said...

I'm sorry for Jen, and sorry for the cats. That does suck.

In somewhat fun news, I've nominated you (even though it's happened before) for a Kreativ Blogger Award. Because you rock!

Nichole said...

That really stinks... so sorry to hear... but such a true sign of the times. :/

Jen's Journal said...

::sigh::

Criquette said...

No! This is terrible news, not just for Jen, but for those sweet kitties, too. Please give her some hugs from me and my kitties!