Associated Humane Societies
& Popcorn Park

Pep of South Toms River

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I remember the date - November 2005; so thankful I was rescued, so happy to be alive. A neglect and abuse victim of someone who didn’t care; that person shouldn’t have been allowed to have me there. But once all fixed up, I began my wait; each day I looked hopefully at every visiting face. Will it be me? Will today be MY day? So far no one’s invited me to stay. Will it be you? Will today be OUR day? I’m closing my eyes and wishing ... won’t you please invite me to stay?

  • Pep of South Toms River
  • Popcorn Park
  • Cats
  • Feline
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • 15 Years
  • Black
  • White
  • Adoptable
  • Share-A-Pet
  • Male
  • Short Hair
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We established the Share-A-Pet Program in February 1978 to save the lives of a number of dogs and cats who, for various reasons, were in special need of a “New Leash on Life.” The animals are selected by the Society staff from among those at our Animal Care Centers which the Society considers unadoptable due to age, handicap, medical problems, abuse, length of stay, etc. All Share-A-Pet sponsors through our web site will receive via e-mail the Society’s publication, the HUMANE NEWS, plus every four months, a color photo of each dog or cat they are sponsoring and a letter telling about the health and activities of the animal. All sponsors will also receive a Share-A-Pet membership card, which entitles you to free admission to Popcorn Park Zoo for the duration of your sponsorship. Please note: Should funds for one animal exceed the cost of its care, they are applied to all cats and dogs in need on the Share-A-Pet Program.

Popcorn Park was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned , abused, or injured, and which could no longer survive in its natural habitat. As time went on, we expanded to include exotic and domestic animals. All our residents once faced these circumstances, as well as exploitation and illegal ownership. Over 200 of these animals and birds now live in spacious surroundings in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. The Refuge, which is federally licensed, comprises seven acres and is graced by the indigenous Scrub Oak and Scrub Pine. You may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon you will see a marvelous array of animals including a lion and lionesses. tigers, mountain lions, baboons, a serval cat, and more. Many different types of monkeys clamor for your attention in the monkey house, and the Refuge abounds with all kinds of native wildlife such as white-tailed deer, bobcats, and American black bears. Farm animals such as horses, steer. sheep, pigs, llamas and goats often look for a handout, and reptiles and tortoises enjoy their own special house. In addition, you'll find numerous species of birds have made themselves comfortable throughout the park. But what makes Popcorn Park so special is that each animal was rescued from suffering, exploitation and/or death - each has its own unique story to tell. You will learn these stories as you walk through the Refuge and as you visit this section of our web site. You have entered a quiet world where all the residents were once in danger and now are safe. So start your journey - bring your curiosity and respect for these beautiful creatures.

  • Popcorn Park
  • 1 Humane Way
  • P.O. Box 43
  • Forked River, New Jersey 08731
  • Daily: 11 AM - 5 PM; Holidays: 11 AM - 2 PM
  • (609) 693-1900
  • contactus@ahscares.org