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Animal Shelter Appreciation Week



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Roseann Trezza, Executive Director
973-824-7080
November 2, 2007

All Can Share in Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Each year, hundreds of dogs, cats and other furry creatures are brought in to the Associated Humane Societies’ three shelters in poor health, unwanted, and with little hope of a happy future, while shelter staff members thanklessly share their hearts and talents with these animals to make their lives a little better and hopefully find them a loving home.

To honor the men and women who care for these creatures, the Associated Humane Societies has joined with the Humane Society of the United States in celebrating National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, November 4 to 10. “An animal shelter operates 24/7 because of the veterinarians, technicians and other employees who care so much about these homeless animals. Everyday, their job satisfaction comes from the purr of a cat or the wag of a dog’s tail,” said Associated Humane Societies Executive Director Roseann Trezza. “The work is physically and emotionally draining, and it never stops. They are guardian angels for these animals.”

Trezza says that there are many things that people can do to pay thanks during Shelter Appreciation Week, or anytime:
*o Help out at your nearest shelter. Ask staff members there how you can help – maybe spend some playtime with the animals, give walks and brush them.

The Associated Humane Society shelters and the Popcorn Park Zoo 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: 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 bird, wildlife, exotic or farm animal of their choice. 
* Donate goods. The shelters are always in need of canned cat and dog food, blankets, towels, newspapers and pet treats. This year, we are in dire need of more blankets.
* Visit us. Take a self-guided tour of any of our facilities.
* Wear Your Support. Check out our new line of jewelry, designed with some of Popcorn Park Zoo’s most popular residents. Purchase a necklace or earrings and proceeds will go to all of our programs. You can see the entire jewelry online here in our Gift Shop..
* 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 Animal 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.

11/2/2007

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