Baby Goat Meets Tashi, a Very Special Cat (Video)

Valentine’s Day 2012 is just about over but here’s one more story about love and companionship: Tashi is a once-stray paraplegic cat who has been living at Tabby’s Place, a cage-free sanctuary in Ringoes in central New Jersey for the past three years. reports that, thanks to online videos of his progress doing physical therapy, Tashi has gained fans around the world, from England, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Videos show the brown tabby slithering on the floor on the strength of his front legs as he drags his hind limbs behind him, but with time, he defied odds — lunging toward a dangling string in one video and standing for several minutes at a time while playing with a three-day-old goat in another.

“Each one is as different as a fingerprint,” said Angela Townsend, director of development at Tabby’s Place, a cage-free cat sanctuary in Ringoes. “We learned as we went along.”

Last month, Tashi and Gabriella, a neurologically-disabled cat who cannot walk, were both adopted by the Weidner family in Horsham, Pennsylvania. The family had had another cat with disabilities, Priscilla, who had passed away. Rori Weidner noted that

“We wanted to open our hearts and homes to another one. They bring out the best in you. You don’t see their disability, just that loving personality.”

Weidner continues to make sure Tashi does his routine of daily exercises to strengthen the muscles in his back legs.

This video shows Tashi in his new home with the Weidners while encountering a new friend, a baby goat.

More than 100 monthly sponsors virtually adopted Tashi while he was at Tabby’s Place; the money helped provide for his medical needs. With Tashi and Priscilla now adopted, Tabby’s Place can focus on saving more cats from being euthanized and on helping them find loving homes, too.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R4 years ago


Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright5 years ago

We continue to receive updates from Rori and family and I am very pleased to report that both Tashi and Gaby are thriving and absolutely loving life! Rori's children are also learning very important life lessons that simply cannot be taught in any other fashion. I believe these kids will grow up to be responsible, caring and compassionate human beings. These kids are our future and we need them to make this world a better place for animals and humans alike.

Not being perfect should not be a death sentence for these animals..........

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright5 years ago

To Doug H............I don't know if you'll ever see this but as someone who had a small part in Tashi's journey from almost the beginning at the colony to his journey to Tabby's Place I can tell you from the monthly updates we get that Tashi and Gabby are very, very, very happy kitties who love and are very much loved by their new guardians.

They both have good lives, rich and full of everything that all animal lovers wish all animals had. Tashi is a gregarious, loving and happy creature who deserves every good thing that comes his way. So does Gabby. And that Tashi had well over a hundred monthly sponsors tells me that saving him was the right thing to do.

Isabelle J.
Isabelle J5 years ago

Adorable !

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe5 years ago

Tashi is very special. I am so glad he has a new home with lots of love in it. He has a lot of love to give back!! I hope his back leg muscles get stronger.

Jackie Agusta
Jackie Agusta5 years ago

Very cute :-)

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago

This is so great. I'm so glad Tashi has found a home.

Nancy L.
Nancy L5 years ago

Tabby's place is fantastic!! Go Tashi!! :)

michelle B.

Awww how adorable !

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton6 years ago

Thanks for posting.