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Our Story

Rescuing Kittens at Cape-Atlantic CATS Rescue Shelter, Ocean City, New Jersey

I named her Mandy. She was a beautiful Tabby and her and her four kittens were to be euthanized at an area shelter simply because there was no space. A call from a concerned shelter staff member who knew of my volunteer work with cats resulted in their transfer to my care for fostering. Mandy and her kids would temporarily reside in a cage in the storefront window of a friend’s antique store on Asbury Avenue. They had many visitors, and many evenings people could be seen peering in the window to watch the kittens growing under mom's watchful eyes. The antique store evolved as a place for visitors to talk about family pets and to share stories and seek advice about stray cats. Mandy and all of her kittens found loving homes, the first of many successes to follow. 

Rescue kitten available for adoption in Ocean City, New Jersey

This was the year 2007 and the beginnings of Cape-Atlantic Citizens Altering The Strays, better known in Cape May and Atlantic Counties as C.A.T.S., and a mission to save the lives of area cats and kittens.  In 2008 C.A.T.S. received 501(c)(3) status approval, leased 600 square feet of a Victorian house on Asbury Avenue and established Mew To You Resale Shoppe as a means to fund an aggressive spaying/neutering program. 

Rescuing Kittens at Cape-Atlantic CATS Rescue Shelter, Ocean City, New Jersey
Rescuing Kittens at Cape-Atlantic CATS Rescue Shelter, Ocean City, New Jersey

Presently, you can find Mew To You in a completely renovated 2000 square foot store at 959 Asbury Avenue, the exact site of the original antique store where Mandy and her kittens were fostered. Rescued cats enjoy living cage-free in two fun rooms and interacting with visitors while waiting for homes. Cat lovers and supporters continue to donate wonderful items for resale, and a group of dedicated volunteers help in so many different ways with the cats and in the store.  C.A.T.S. has grown from helping a handful to 400+ cats and kittens yearly through rescue, foster, trap-neuter-return, any and all medical needs, and placement in caring, lifelong homes. Thank you for stopping by and we hope to hear from you.

Judy Cantin
Founder & Owner

Rescue kitten available for adoption in Ocean City, New Jersey
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Rescuing Kittens at Cape-Atlantic CATS Rescue Shelter, Ocean City, New Jersey

Our Mission

  • To rescue those cats and kittens in danger of losing their lives in shelters and on the streets

  • To provide needed veterinary care; to provide foster care, to find loving, lifetime homes

  • To educate the public about pet overpopulation and the importance of spaying/neutering

  • To improve the quality of life for cats

  • To provide and promote TNR (trap, neuter, return) of feral cats where there are caretakers as an alternative to euthanasia

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Cape-Atlantic C.A.T.S.

Citizens Altering The Strays

Rescuing Kittens at Cape-Atlantic CATS Rescue Shelter, Ocean City, New Jersey
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Our Mew To You Too Shop

Shop to help homeless cats!

Mew To You Resale Shoppe located at 959 Asbury Avenue in Ocean City supports our work and accepts donations of new/gently used household items, giftware, toys, and furniture which are sold to help with food and medical expenses. Please consider donating, shopping, and volunteering to help homeless cats!

Our Volunteers 

The Backbone of our Organization 

Susan Arnao

Kyle Arnao

Sue Mangano

Celeste Hayes

Janet Hillman

Renate Johnston

Lois McGarrigel

Cindy Dunbar

Michelle Weeks

Eileen Patton

Donna Heck

Sally Stewart

Tina DiTanna

Chris Tartaro

Diane Cherry

Alan Kopala

Christine Arena

Julia North

Leah Whitesell

Debbie Beutler

Marilyn Campbell

Georgette Carter

Marjie Kowlakowski

Terri Karakatsanis

Judy Owen Irrera

Theresa Zuccharino

Erica Yanoshak

Thank you volunteers, for your amazing
generosity and dedication!

Interested in volunteering at C.A.T.S.

Learn more about our diverse volunteer opportunities

Without their help, this organization could not exist

Our Veterinarians 

Atlantic Animal Health Center

Dr. Lori Nordt

Atlantic Animal Health Center

16 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd
Galloway, NJ 08215
(609) 748-1114

My Best Friends Animal Hospital

Dr. Sue Rew

My Best Friends Animal Hospital

120 E. Jimmie Leeds Road
Galloway, NJ 08205
609-748-1400

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