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“The Beirut Blossoms” find springtime beginnings in New Jersey


On the first day of spring, Tabby’s Place: a Cat Sanctuary welcomed 10 vulnerable cats from Animals Lebanon, 5,652 miles across the Atlantic.

Animals Lebanon rescues Beirut’s street cats, rehoming them around the world. But there are few havens for the most fragile animals. Cats like Firestar, who suffered a broken jaw, and Mika, whose neurological disease causes trembling, needed a sanctuary like no other.

Tabby’s Place staff drove through the night to gather “the Beirut Blossoms” from the airport. Six cats on the same flight went to other organizations, while the most delicate tulips came home to Tabby’s Place.

Already, life is blooming for the Beirut Blossoms. Firestar, a marmalade meteor with a crooked smile, has proven to be a world-class snuggler. Shaggy Mika is a merry clown, mugging for affection.

Tabby’s Place survives on the generosity of individual cat lovers. To help Tabby’s Place care for the Beirut Blossoms and all 100 of its cats, donate at, or mail a check made out to “Tabby’s Place” to 1100 US Highway 202, Ringoes, NJ 08551.

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