Greetings from... Catsbury Park!
It’s been a while since we have checked in. We wanted to give you all, our supporters, a few updates about what is going on with Catsbury Park and what the future holds.
To start, we would like to take a minute to thank all of our donors, supporters, fosters, volunteers, and staff during what has proven to be the most challenging year in most of our lifetimes. It is only because of our community’s support that we could continue to help the lives of cats in need during these trying times. For that, we sincerely thank you.
Like most of you, we have faced many challenges in 2020. Despite that, we have managed to maintain our commitment to helping cats in need. In 2020 we were able to rescue, trap, spay/neuter, foster, and place more cats than in any previous years of operation. All of this, despite not having the cafe open.
With all of that said, we would now like to announce that we will NOT be reopening Catsbury Park in its current location. As we stand today, things seem to be moving in the right direction as far as restrictions and Covid cases are concerned, but as we all know, things can change quickly. Even with decreasing numbers and lessening of restrictions, the best-case scenario of us to feasible reopen and have 10+ people in a small space petting cats for 30-60 minutes at a time is months away. We have made the tough decision to let the current location of Catsbury Park go. The main reason for this is we feel that we have a fiduciary responsibility to our amazing community of supporters to use our funds to help further our mission, rescue cats, and NOT use our funds to pay our landlord on a location we can not use for its full intended use.
CATSBURY PARK IS NOT CLOSING OR GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!!!! The reality is we have not had a storefront or cafe for 12 months now, and in that time, we have been able to increase our rescue efforts. So, in reality, nothing will change from where we are now. We are already ramping up our TNR efforts, developing a more extensive and thorough foster program, and making plans for a new location to open when it is right to do so.
708 Cookman Ave helped put Catsbury Park on the map, it is the place we met so many of you, and many of you met and adopted your best friend there. We will forever be grateful for what the location gave to us and how it helped us grow. We had already outgrown the space as it was, and Covid only made that more apparent in many ways. Not having the burden of supporting a sizeable rental space in downtown Asbury over the next couple of months will only help us save more cats and plan for the future.
We already have an exciting prospect on a new location that we will hopefully share with you in the coming months.
Once again, thank you for your continued support and for allowing us to continue to do what we love, and that is to help save the lives of cats in need. 2021 will be a year of change for Catsbury Park, but it’s a change we welcome and a change we are incredibly excited about.
❤️ Jamie & DJ