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October - Adopt A Shelter Dog Month!



PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: John Bergmann, General Manager
609-693-1900
September 29, 2010

AHS/Popcorn Park Adopt a Shelter Dog Month October is the Perfect Time to Create a Happy Ending

EVERY DOG AND PUPPY that walks through the doors of Associated Humane Societies’ three animal care shelters usually has a story to tell – often one that involves cruelty, neglect, injury or simply being unwanted.

Take, for example, Autumn, at right, a well-groomed, but paralyzed terrier, who recently was found as a stray and brought to the AHS Newark Animal Care Center, where veterinarians are working diligently to find the paralysis cause and treat him so that eventually he can find a loving forever family.

Then, there are the 35 beagles rescued two weeks ago by AHS/Popcorn Park from a shuttered North Carolina animal testing facility, ordered closed down by the USDA because the animals there were subjected to extreme cruelty and neglect. (See peta.org for full story/video.) All are in good health at the Forked River Animal Care Center and looking for homes, eight of them have already been adopted.

“Our ultimate goal is to take each of these sad stories and give them happy endings,” said Roseann Trezza, Executive Director, Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park. “Everyone deserves a “happily ever after,” especially after the traumatic pasts that many of these dogs and puppies have gone through."

In an effort to find homes for hundreds of orphaned dogs and puppies Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park is among the many animal welfare organizations taking part in National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month this October.

Nationwide, some 7 million dogs, about 30 percent of them purebreds, end up in animal shelters, either stray, abandoned or brought in by their owners who for whatever reason could no longer have them. Most of them will never again have a real home or a real family.

Adopt a dog at an AHS Shelter in Tinton Falls, Newark or Forked River during October, and your new family member will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. They will also receive a leash, collar and identification tag, and dog treats. All pets have a 10-day medical guarantee.

You can get a glimpse of the dogs and puppies available for adoption by logging on to Petfinder.

There are hundreds of dogs, puppies and other animals available for adoption at the AHS shelters. But, for those who cannot have a dog in their homes, there are other ways to “adopt” a pet, and help AHS continue their dogged efforts with canines like Autumn and the beagles.

“When dogs like these come through our doors, we have an obligation to turn their lives around, but so often these efforts come with a larger price tag. For example, diagnosing and treating Autumn has been very expensive,” Ms. Trezza said. “We look to our supporters for donations that help us pay for these special cases. Only through these donations can we continue to do what we do.”

Can't adopt? Why not sponsor one of our wonderful dogs waiting for you heart (or home) on the Share-A-Pet Program? You can come down and walk or bring treats for your sponsored dog and help support him or her through your sponsorship.

9/29/2010

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