Celebrate Your Local AHS Shelter during National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week!
ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY, 70 percent of all Americans believe that our nation’s animal shelters play an important role in their communities and 55 percent say it is better to adopt a pet from a shelter than from a breeder or a pet store. Yet, only about 20 percent of cats and dogs in permanent households were actually adopted from the nation’s 3,500 animal shelters.
What’s more, the number of unwanted pets being left at shelters, including Associated Humane Societies three Animal Care Centers in Newark, Tinton Falls and Forked River, is rising dramatically, while funding, and donations of money, supplies and volunteer efforts are dropping equally as fast, the result of a poor economy.
Meanwhile, shelter staff members thanklessly share their hearts and talents with every animal that enters the centers, hoping to make their lives a little better and find them a forever home.
Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park will celebrate and honor these men and women during National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, November 2 to 8.
“Our community needs to take a closer look at the wonderful things that happen in our Animal Care Centers, and shelters throughout the country,” said Roseann Trezza, Executive Director, Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park. “Every day, animals are given a second chance at a good life, thanks to the dedication of our staff members, and their caring, innovative and selfless labors of love. Their work is physically and emotionally draining and it never stops. Yet, when they walk through the When it comes to the Associated Humane Societies Animal Care Centers, Ms. Trezza says there are plenty of ways for anyone to show their appreciation during this special week or any other day of the year.
• Support Our Programs. The Associated Humane Societies Animal Care Centers and Popcorn Park exist completely on the donations of caring supporters. General donations will be used to support all of our programs, or you can donate to specific ones. They include
* ResQ Fund: 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 Fund: The AHS program to supply bullet- and knife-proof vests for all of New Jersey’s police dogs. Some 950 K9's in New Jersey have been protected through this program.
* Popcorn Park Wildlife Club: A program in which individuals, school classes, etc., can sponsor a bird, wildlife, exotic or farm animal of their choice.
• Share Your Talent.Our Animal Care Center staff can always use a helping hand. Stop by and see if your expertise fits our needs.
• Donate goods. The Animal Care Centers always need canned cat and dog food, blankets, towels, newspapers and pet treats.
• Visit us. Take a self-guided tour of any of our facilities.
• Spay or Neuter your pets. Tell your friends, family and acquaintances about the importance of controlling the population of cats and dogs and urge them to do the same.
• Spread the word. You know the great things that happen at AHS shelters. Tell your friends and neighbors and invite them to make donations, too.
• Adopt a pet. Shelters are most appreciated by happy families leaving the facilities with new furry family members. To learn more or see some of the animals looking for new homes visit them on Petfinder or check them out in our weekly-updated adoption montages.