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AHS Retains Charity Navigator's 4 Star Rating



PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT
: Roseann Trezza, Executive Director
973-824-7080
June 11, 2008

AHS/POPCORN PARK ZOO AGAIN NAMED
A FOUR-STAR CHARITY

ASSOCIATED HUMANE SOCIETIES/POPCORN PARK ZOO has received the top designation by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest nonprofit evaluator, for the second year in a row because of the organization’s sound fiscal management practices.

“Only 17 percent of the charities we’ve rated have received at least two consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Associated Humane Societies outperforms most charities in America in its efforts to operate in the most fiscally responsible way possible,” Charity Navigator Interim President and COO Michael Smith said in a letter to AHS.

“We have a strong obligation to our very generous and caring supporters – particularly during these tough economic times – to use their donations wisely, prudently and always in the best interest of the thousands of animals we care for each year,” said AHS Executive Director Roseann Trezza. “Our donors have a right to know that their hard-earned money is being used wisely. And we are proud to do just that.”

The Society maintains three Animal Care Centers, Popcorn Park Zoo sanctuary and two low-cost spay/neuter clinics. Donations to Associated Humane Societies and Popcorn Park Zoo can be made to the general fund or to specific programs. They include:

• ResQ: A fund established solely to provide emergency, surgical or other intensive medical care to animals that have suffered excessively cruel or neglectful treatment.

• Share-A-Pet: A program in which individuals can “sponsor” dogs and cats who are not available for adoption and will make their home at AHS’s Kitty City or Animal Haven Farm for the remainder of their lives.

• Vested Interest: The AHS program to supply bullet- and knife-proof vests for all of New Jersey’s police dogs. Some 950 K9s in New Jersey have been protected through this program.

• Popcorn Park Wildlife Club: A program in which individuals, school classes, etc., can "sponsor" a wildlife, exotic or farm animal of their choice. To learn more, check out our website at www.ahscares.org.

6/11/2008

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