St. Hubert’s and People for Animals take in 130 Cats

Two organizations respond to overwhelmed rescue in icy weather

 

(February 13, 2017) Madison, NJ, A call for supplies and adoptions follows the intake of over 130 cats from an overwhelmed animal rescue in northern New Jersey on Sunday, February 12th.

People for Animals and St. Hubert’s worked together to remove the cats in icy storm conditions and bring them to St. Hubert’s Madison campus for immediate triage, vaccinations and care.

“We were asked to assist the rescue who does good work in the community but had simply gotten overrun,” said Jane Guillaume, Executive Director of People for Animals. “We could not have responded at this level without our friends at St. Hubert’s.” she added.

Guillaume had contacted St. Hubert’s on Friday morning requesting assistance.  

A team of combined staff removed the cats from the property and provided initial care at St. Hubert’s. Although some of the cats had vaccines, records were unavailable and citing health and well-being, the groups provided about a hundred cats vaccinations upon arrival at St. Hubert’s and were examined by Dr. Laurie Heeb, a veterinarian onsite from People for Animals and two veterinary technicians, Valerie Wilson and Jennifer Gomez, from People for Animals and St. Hubert’s, respectively. The remainder of the cats will receive vaccinations and veterinary exams on Monday and Tuesday.

“We appreciate People for Animals reaching out to us and the rescue group whose founder and volunteers were eager to see these cats get the care and help they needed,” said Heather Cammisa, President/CEO of St. Hubert’s. “The importance of productive relationships in animal rescue cannot be overstated, in these situations or in the daily work to advance animal welfare,” Cammisa added.

All cats are currently resting and adjusting to their new environment while being observed for health before being placed for adoption. The most common ailment noted by St. Hubert’s so far is upper respiratory infection while some cats are being tested for skin conditions. After triage, People for Animals transported 50 cats to their program. The 83 remaining cats will stay at St. Hubert’s for the foreseeable future until health conditions have been cleared.

St. Hubert’s and People for Animals are both in need of monetary donations as well as supplies to care for these cats as they await adoption. The public can immediately help by donating canned cat food, clean towels, plastic scrub brushes, wire ties, washable cat toys, and white copy paper. Both groups also seek anyone thinking of adopting a cat to visit their adoption locations so there is more adoption housing space for these cats. Volunteers have been called in by both agencies to help care for the cats while they recover or are being prepared for placement. St Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center is open seven days a week for adoptions and donation drop offs. To learn more or make a donation, please contact St. Hubert’s, 973.377.7094, www.sthuberts.org, and People for Animals, 973.282.0890, www.pfaonline.org.

ABOUT ST. HUBERT'S ANIMAL WELFARE CENTER Founded in 1939, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. Its services to the community include pet adoption and animal rescue, humane education, a pet helpline, pet training, professional education, animal-assisted therapy, and pet loss support. St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center has shelters in Madison, North Branch, and Ledgewood, NJ, a dog training school in Madison, and a PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center at the PetSmart in Mt. Olive. For more information about St. Hubert’s, visit www.sthuberts.org or contact the Madison shelter at (973) 377-2295, the North Branch shelter at (908) 526-3330, the Ledgewood shelter at (973) 347-5469, or the Everyday Adoption Center at (973) 448-7601, ext. 7.

 

ABOUT PEOPLE FOR ANIMALS Founded in 1980, People for Animals, Inc. is an independent nonprofit animal welfare organization not affiliated with any other Humane Society or any national or local animal welfare groups. They were chosen by the State of New Jersey to participate in a pilot program to reduce animal overpopulation, and in 1985, opened the first Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic of its kind in this State. People for Animals relies entirely upon private donations, grants, bequests and fund raising events to care for more than 22,000 animals the organization provides services for each year. People for Animals has three locations; Hillside NJ, Clayton NJ, and Robbinsville NJ.

Enrichment Program Provides Healing for At-Risk Youth Through Shelter Dog Training

On Friday, January 27, 2017, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center celebrated the graduation of its 4th Annual Teen Animal Welfare Enrichment Program. The program allows at-risk teens to work in pairs, using teamwork to train St. Hubert’s shelter dogs in commands and behavior modification. The program participants have all struggled through traumatic experiences resulting in substance abuse and behavioral issues. The 5-day intensive is designed to teach lessons that inspire empathy, compassion, respect, and responsibility while strengthening the human-animal bond and giving the participants a sense of accomplishment. During the graduation day, family and community members were invited to St. Hubert’s Training and Behavior Center on the Madison Campus where the students demonstrated their dog’s learned commands. Many of St. Hubert’s shelter dogs have also come from difficult pasts. St. Hubert’s provides the unique opportunity for a special bond to grow between each Daytop teen and their furry student. In addition to the daily training courses, the students also participated in group discussions with guest clinicians providing education on animal welfare issues such as factory farming, respect for wild-life, and therapy. The participants even had a cooking lesson with a vegan chef.

 

“We have a wonderful Humane Education program, but really wanted to dive-in to where we thought a greater impact was needed,” said Heather Cammisa, President & CEO. We began this program in 2014 to really provide a way for at-risk youth to feel a sense of accomplishment and the power of the human-animal bond.”

Overall, St. Hubert’s Humane Education offerings, which include school, scout, and summer day camp programs, reached more than 4,000 students this past year, with many of them coming from underserved communities. They are pleased to partner with Daytop NJ, a residential and out-patient facility for adolescents struggling with substance abuse and behavioral issues, to help transform these teens into compassionate, motivated, adults.

Chef Stefan Davenport teaching our students the ways of vegan cooking

St. Hubert's Sister Shelter Partners Words of Gratitude

Our Waystation program grew substantially in 2016, allowing St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center to meet and work with so many dedicated animal welfare individuals and organizations throughout New Jersey and the United States, all with the shared goals of trying to save lives and find more homes for adoptable pets. And together we did save lives, we welcomed over 6000 animals in our care in 2016.  This is just the beginning, St. Hubert’s continues to connect with regional shelters and share best practices while planning how to expand on our life saving work today, tomorrow and for the future of animal welfare.

What makes St. Hubert's Transport/Waystation so unique is our partnerships represent a relationship beyond the simple transfer of animals and includes opportunities for information sharing, and the distribution of funds to support spaying and neutering of public or free roaming animals in the source community. St. Hubert’s is changing the way shelters interact with each other and promoting teamwork. We believe in promoting best practices, and educational resources in order to enhance our joint efforts and heighten the sense of community goodwill within the animal sheltering profession, while helping more and more animals.

Each Source Partner Shelter, which is the shelter we receive the adoptable pet, is given $25.00 per animal by participating in the program. For many small rural shelters, the benefits of participating in the St. Hubert's program is multi-faceted, the funds are directly used to increase spaying and neutering of community pets, while allowing the adoptable pets at the shelter to quickly move to another part of the country where there is a greater chance for them to find homes. Many of the smaller shelters have limited resources, so to contemplate funding a needed community spay and neuter program is beyond the realm of possibilities.As an example, one of our regional sister shelter source partners exists on an annual budget of $26,000. By working together, things become possible.

The Sister Shelter staff also benefits through shared resources and educational opportunities, which helps to increase employee morale and management efficiency. At times, it is often enough for the Shelter Staff to be able to speak to other Animal Welfare Professionals and know they are not alone in their work and dedication to saving animals. 

St. Hubert's also works very closely with numerous destination partner Shelters. These partners are at the other end of the process and receive just as much attention from our St. Hubert's team in making sure they have room for adoptable animals and adhere to the Waystation program quality standards. St. Hubert’s takes its role as guardian to these transported animals very seriously. Animals are altered and evaluated before they go out to be adopted. The program impact goes far beyond saving lives.

Here are some quotes from our Sister shelters and Destination shelters. St. Hubert's is redefining how an animal welfare organization functions and give back- not only do the animals win, but so does the animal shelter community.
The positive ripple effect is contagious. 
Look for more information and developments as 2017 progresses!

Anderson County PAWS is so happy to report that due to your giveback program we have been able to implement a “Spay or Pay” program for dogs. So far we have altered 23 dogs! We can’t thank St. Hubert’s enough for being a partner and helping us give back to the animals in our community!
Kim Sanders, PAWS

Community Outreach Programs Help Thousands of Humans and Pets

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center now welcomes over 5000 pets into our care each year, but our outreach extends to humans in need as well. Our community outreach programs are focused on helping both pets and people in Northern and Central New Jersey. We are proud to have reached thousands of individuals in 2016, and we’re excited to share updates on our 2016 programs below—as well as our plans for 2017.

Our Food Bank program for pet parents in need has experienced significant growth in 2016. With 2016 program support from M&T Bank and the Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund, we work with ten human services organizations in New Jersey to distribute pet food and supplies on a regular, ongoing basis to families experiencing financial hardship, and provide support services as needed. We are on track to provide well over 60,000 pet meals to families in need in New Jersey this year—feeding over 183 pets all their meals each day. And we go beyond just food and supplies—we also help clients spay and neuter their pets and receive low-cost medical services. We are committed to meeting the needs of pet parents in our communities in order to keep families together with the pets they love—that’s why we’re looking to further expand this program in 2017 by adding new organizations to our list of partners and deepening our outreach to senior citizen pet parents.

Our 2016 organizational partnerships extend to local domestic abuse organizations, whom we partner with to provide emergency housing for the pets of those fleeing domestic violence. Through our TLCC program (Temporary Loving Critter Care), we help victims leave abusive relationships while ensuring that their animal family members are safe.  Statistics show that between 25 and 40 percent of victims with pets remain in unsafe situations due to reluctance about leaving them behind. Through this program, we provide free emergency sheltering through comforting foster care or in-shelter care for all types of pets and enable visitation opportunities with their guardians until they can be reunited. 

In 2015, St. Hubert’s launched a new program to provide vaccine clinics in underserved areas in Northern and Central New Jersey; we found that 67% of the pets at our first vaccine clinic were unaltered, and many had never seen a veterinarian before. To better meet this need, we held five vaccine clinics in 2016 in targeted areas in Somerville, Morristown, Roxbury, Maplewood, and Dover, NJ. These clinics, made possible through 2016 support from the Head Family Charitable Foundation, provided free vaccines to those for whom even low-cost options were unaffordable or inaccessible. Across these clinics, 39% had never seen a veterinarian before, and nearly half, 47%, were unaltered. We offered assistance with untreated medical issues, and provided free spay/neuter services for unaltered pets – with great success – 74% of unaltered pets in attendance are now spayed and neutered, showing that there was not an ideological opposition, but rather a lack of accessible care. These clinics are helping pets stay healthy, and enabling pet parents in underserved areas in our communities to receive the support services they need. We are committed to providing future clinics to reach those in need, and providing ongoing support to those who attend our clinics; a new position has been created here at St. Hubert’s—thanks to funding from the Fournier Family Foundation--to help meet the needs of pet parents in underserved communities. Our new Community Care Manager, Jenn Gregory, is already making plans to further expand our community outreach, including organizing winter/spring 2017 vaccine clinics in Newark, South Orange, and East Orange, NJ.

In 2016, our free pet helpline, supported in part through funding from the Head Family Charitable Foundation, has received an average of 50 new cases per month. This service provides assistance for those seeking resources such as low-cost veterinary care and pet-friendly housing information, as well as those seeking help resolving pet behavior issues or searching for lost pets. This year, our pet helpline staff has updated the St. Hubert’s website with online resources to expand our reach, and to make it easy to reach out, our staff is reachable by phone, email, and through our Pet Retention Facebook page. In 2016, our helpline staff has noted an increase in calls reporting found pets, likely a result of our staff developing relationships with many volunteer run county and statewide lost and found groups. Our helpline’s 2016 successes include reuniting lost pets with their families, successfully resolving behavior issues, and providing ongoing encouragement and support to pet parents in our communities.

2016 has been a year of growth and success for St. Hubert’s community outreach programs, and we’re looking forward to continuing and building on this important work in 2017. We are committed to being a resource for our communities—identifying and responding to the needs ofunderserved and at-risk populations and making a difference in the lives of both people and pets in New Jersey. Continue to check our news for more information about our community programs.

 

 

Visit the Newly Re-Opened St. Hubert's Noah's Ark Campus.

St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center Noah's Ark Campus celebrated its grand re-opening on Sunday, November 6, with an Open House Community Day. The adoptable animals were settled in, and were ready to meet the community. Many people, both old supporters of Noah's, as well as new neighbors came by and commented on how beautiful the renovated facilities are.

The Zephyr, our new custom designed animal transport vehicle was at the Noah's Ark Campus, so the public could tour the largest vehicle of the Waystation transport initiative and learn about the life saving program. The Zephyr allows us to partner with many U.S. shelters through short and long-distance transfers, and relocate adoptable pets to areas where they have a greater chance to find homes. Besides the transport program, St. Hubert's has been very active right here in New Jersey; with educational programs, and numerous community outreach services. 

The Noah's Ark Campus transformation is a testament to how community support, hard work and your donations can create real change. The Campus is now a shelter serving the people and pets in western Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties. The re-opening has been a great success with all our dogs finding new homes in the  first week and many small pocket pets and cats also finding new families to love.

The facilities are as beautiful and functional inside and out. The past structural issues have been corrected, new flooring has been installed, the plumbing has been upgraded, and the electrical system is now up to code. The new optimal HVAC system will keep the animals comfortable throughout the year. The kennels have been enlarged and the animals have a more pleasant outdoor area to play in. Potential Pet Parents will enjoy meeting their new best friend, in one of our two new Meet and Greet rooms. Our experienced staff will evaluate the animals in our new exam and treatment room.

Everything is completely refurbished and up to standards and building codes, we certainly hope you  will come and visit, even if its just to see the renovations and to say hello. If you are not in the area, or just cannot visit, we have posted a short virtual tour on our Noah's Ark web page. St. Hubert's Noah's Ark continues to  be a special community spot in Ledgewood, New Jersey.

We look forward to sharing our new home with the community in the upcoming weeks and years ahead. Consider continuing your St. Hubert's Noah's Ark Campus commitment by volunteering, or by making a donation during this very important first year of service. The animals will be very grateful for your contributions.

St. Hubert's Noah's Ark Campus is located at 1915 Route 46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852
Additional parking will be available for Sunday, November 6th at the Health Pavilion, 1911 Route 46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852
 

Please consider making a donation to the St. Hubert's Noah's Ark Campus Launch Fund. Proceeds from the Launch Fund will go directly to cover the Noah's Ark Campus first year of ongoing daily expenses. 

For any additional information, call Marianne Bosshart, VP Communications and Development at 973-377-7094, ext. 242

Animals From North Carolina Flood Area Arrive At St. Hubert's

October 16, 2016:  St. Hubert’s team always stands ready to assist however we can in response to natural and man-made disasters.  As an Emergency Placement Partner (EPP) with The Humane Society of the United States, we received a request to help by accepting animals from Wayne County Animal Adoption and Education Center in North Carolina. Wayne County is part of the region affected by devastating flooding from Hurricane Matthew.  We agreed to accept 10 dogs into our adoption program and further offered to serve as the “hub” for a transport to northeast EPPs.   A large transport, carrying animals for a number of partners, could travel to St. Hubert’s and partners could assemble at the Madison campus to meet its arrival.  Distance transports best practices call for pets to be on the vehicle no longer than 10 hours at a stretch, making St. Hubert’s a good stopping point for animals traveling further.   Dogs can be walked to relieve themselves and get some exercise before heading out on the rest of the journey.   Logistics were quickly taken care of and the transport was set to take place on Saturday, 10/15  with pets on board for St. Hubert’s and a number of partners. 

 

The animals selected for transport are those that were already awaiting adoption in the source shelter.  They were transferred north to find new homes and to free up space for sheltering local pets displaced by the recent flooding until they can be reunited with their families. The alliance between the HSUS and Emergency Placement Partners helps to ensure animals will be safely transported away from disaster areas, obtain the proper care they need and get ready for adoption – all in a timely manner.

Saturday, October 15:  89 dogs and cats boarded the transport early in the morning.  After a stop in Virginia to deliver dogs going to shelters there,  43 dogs and 33 cats/kittens arrived at St. Hubert’s just after dark and when they roled in, they were met by the partners waiting to take guardianship of the pets they had agreed to intake.

In addition to the dogs being welcomed to St. Hubert’s, dogs and cats/kittens  were accepted by EPPs Monmouth County SPCA, Jersey Shore Animal Center, and Cumberland County SPCA in New Jersey as well as The SPCA Serving Erie County NY, New Hampshire SPCA, Upper Valley Humane Society (NH) and Second Chance Animal Shelter (MA).   

St. Hubert’s location in New Jersey and its capacity and experience in managing these animal transfer initiatives, has made St. Hubert’s a regional waystation for emergency transport efforts such as this most recent effort in North Carolina. The transfer/waystation program also allows for a more effective distribution of available pets throughout the northeast, and saves transportation costs, staff time and a duplication of efforts from smaller regional shelters who may not be able to handle the journey themselves.

St. Hubert’s is so grateful for the help and support of all the staff, volunteers and partner organizations involved with this emergency transport. Together we can save more pets within a timely manner and reduce costs. We appreciate Wayne County Animal Adoption and Education Center for trusting us with this very special cargo of pets. St. Hubert’s will care for all the animals left in our care and make sure they find the homes they deserve.

Come and visit our new arrivals and the many other dogs, cats and small and furry pets looking for families to call their own.


Donations towards the care of these homeless pets and other St. Hubert’s emergency transfer efforts are greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact St. Hubert's at 973-377-7094 ext. 242.

Wings Of Rescue

On July 9th, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center and partner shelters in four states welcomed 133 small dogs to New Jersey from five shelters in southern California to help ease overcrowding from wildfires and high intake. The dogs arrived at Morristown Airport through a California based operation, "Wings of Rescue." There are Doxie mixes, Chihuahuas and mixes, wire coated cuties, Poodle types and furry, fluffy little guys and girls all 20 lbs and under! Together with our east coast placement partners, we're able to widen the safety net for these adorable at-risk animals by moving them to areas where loving homes await!  

In addition to the medical services/spay/neuter we always provide pets prior to adoption, it cost about $125 for each dog to board the airlift. We need our community's assistance to continue to respond to the need. Now is the perfect time to sponsor -- our Matching Gift Challenge continues until 7/31/16 so your donation to cover a dog's journey will actually mean tickets to a new home in NJ for TWO dogs!

In addition to St. Hubert's the shelters listed below have welcomed dogs from this case into their care. Please contact them for more information regarding adoption opportunities.

New Hampshire SPCA, NH: 603-772-2921
Second Chance Animal Shelter, MA: 508-867-5525
Animal Welfare Society, ME: 207-985-3244
Sammy's Hope, NJ: 732-518-2313
Animal Rescue Force, NJ: 732-257-7559
ASPCA, NY: 212-876-7700 (Adoption Center ext. 4120)

Howell Dog Rescue

Update, June 14: What an exciting weekend at St. Hubert’s!  Hundreds came out to meet our dogs, cats and small animals. All dogs from the Howell case that were available for adoption are spoken for and have gone to new homes with a bright future ahead!  There are a small handful of dogs that need additional support in acclimating and are in foster care.  We also have some “Mamas” who are currently caring for their babies and will need loving homes once the puppies are available for adoption.

Update, June 12 - morning edition: All the Howell rescue dogs are officially spoken for! Yesterday was an incredible day at St. Hubert's and we are now taking applications for newborns who will be available for adoption in 8-10 weeks. We have a wide variety of loving pets who could be the perfect match for your family. Please visit us during adoption hours any day! 

We are still in great need of financial support to help cover the expenses St. Hubert's incurred over the last week. If you'd like to donate and find out more information, please visit www.sthuberts.org/howelldogrescue. 

Update, June 11: 8 Howell dogs went home today & are now in loving homes where they will be showered with attention & love! Thank you so much to all the families for opting to adopt! Your response has been amazing and the crowds today are proof of that. All the Howell dogs have now been spoken for. We are taking applications for the tiny newborns who will be ready for families & homes of their own in 8-10 weeks. As always, we have a wide variety of other loving & deserving pets in our shelters every day who might be a perfect match for your family.

2nd Update, June 10: We certainly had a big week here at St. Hubert's! We are so grateful for the kindness, compassion, & generosity of those who are supporting our work with the Howell dog rescue. Available this weekend we currently have 5-6 Howell dogs not spoken for in Madison and only 1 in North Branch. Over the next two weeks, more dogs will be ready for adoption as we heal them, spay/neuter, and help some with socialization. The tiny puppies will be available for adoption in 8-10 weeks.

Update, June 10: What a fabulous day it was!  3 dogs have already been placed in homes and when our doors opened at noon, the line to meet these wonderful animals went out the door! Today we held a press conference to highlight all of the activities since the rescue last Friday. We shared updates on the progress of the dogs from medical needs, placement in addition to financial support we are seeking to ensure all of the dogs receive the care they need. To catch some of the coverage, tune in to our Media Partners: News 12 NJ- every hour today and Saturday; Fox/Chasing News – 10 pm tonight Channel 9 & 1 am this morning on Channel 5.

Update, June 9: Willie went home! The first puppy adoption of those we have cared for from the Howell case took place, and we're so excited for him and his new mom, Christina!

Update, June 8: We will be welcoming members of the media to our Madison campus on Friday, June 10th at 11:45am for a press conference, and to meet some of the dogs from this case. Press credentials will be required. For more information, please contact Director of Communications and Marketing Lauren Huston [email protected] or 973-377-7094 x.262.

We are also thrilled to announce that the first foster-to-adopt dog from the Howell case went home today! Shelter staff got this sweet-tempered gentleman spiffed up and ready this morning, and he went home with his new mom this afternoon!

Update, June 7: We are welcoming potential adopters to our shelters to meet these wonderful dogs and talk with our adoption counselors!

On June 3rd, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center assisted the Monmouth County SPCA with the rescue of 280 dogs from a hoarding case in Howell, New Jersey. We welcomed over 141 dogs and puppies to our shelters, and our dedicated staff is giving them the love and care they need. Click here for more information on this case. 

The dogs we welcomed into our care from this case require medical attention, including vaccines, dewormers, and spay/neuter services, as well as treatment for conditions such as skin issues and fleas. We welcomed puppies and new and pregnant mothers into our shelters, who need special care, supplies, and nutrition.

We need your help. Please consider making a donation below--donations in all amounts will be greatly appreciated and allocated towards the care that these dogs so greatly need and deserve; for example, a donation of $25 will help fund vaccines and dewormers. A donation of $50 includes the opportunity to name a dog; donations of $100 or more include the opportunity to name a puppy. For donations at this level, please include the name of your choice in the 'comments about this gift' section below. Donations may also be mailed to our Madison campus at:
St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center
P.O. Box 159
575 Woodland Ave.
Madison, NJ 07940

We are only able to help in cases of great need with the support of people who care. Thank you for caring and for your generous support of pets in need.

In addition to St. Hubert's the shelters listed below have welcomed dogs from this case into their care. Please contact them for more information regarding adoption opportunities.
Organization Town & State Contact Information
Monmouth County SPCA Eatontown, NJ 732-542-0040
Animal Alliance of NJ Lambertville, NJ  609-635-7006
Father John's Animal House Lafayette, NJ 973-300-5909
Second Chance Oak Ridge, NJ 973-208-1054
Cold Nose Warm Heart Succasunna, NJ [email protected]
Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge Oakland, NJ  201-337-5180
Dakin Humane Society Springfield, MA  413-781-4000
Associated Humane Societies Tinton Falls, NJ  732-922-0100

St. Hubert's Welcomes Dogs From South Korea Meat Farm

St. Hubert’s Assists Dogs Once Destined for Slaughter on South Korean Dog Meat Farm

Ambassador dogs for change will get care and new lives starting in New Jersey

[Madison, NJ] (April 28, 2016) ― An emergency shelter operation has been set up at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center to welcome and care for more than 120 dogs rescued by Humane Society International (HSI) from a dog meat farm in South Korea. The dogs began arriving on April 26th and are being provided medical treatment, time for adjustment and will later be put up for adoption.

The dogs are part of a group of 250 dogs and puppies rescued by HSI’s Animal Rescue Team from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea. The case is part of HSI’s efforts to redirect farmers to engage in other economic activities and who agree to permanently end the farming of dogs for the meat trade and dismantle the cages. The farmer who released these animals will now be growing mushrooms; other farmers HSI has worked with have chosen to grow blueberries.

“We are proud to welcome these deserving animals and make sure their stories are told to help effect change,” said Heather Cammisa, President and CEO of St. Hubert’s. “Two of the Huskies were so happy to see one another again, they were face licking and frolicking in the cage when reunited. It is important for the world to see the individuals impacted,” Cammisa added.

Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement for HSI, said, “We are so grateful to St. Hubert’s for partnering with us to provide the immediate stateside care for these animals and be one of our placement partners for these animals to begin lives anew.”

The dogs will be placed through shelters across the North East. St. Hubert’s estimates they will keep twenty or so dogs for direct placement. Shelters on the east coast where these dogs will be available for adoption include*:

Monmouth County SPCA , NJ (732) 542-0040
Animal Alliance NJ (609) 635-7006
Dutchess County SPCA, NY (845) 452-7722
Cumberland County SPCA & South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, NJ (856) 691-1500
Lancaster SPCA, PA (717) 917-6979
Humane Society of Atlantic City, NJ (609) 347-2487
Animal Rescue League, PA (412) 345-7300
Mastiffs to Mutts, PA [email protected]
Rescue our Furry Friends,  PA 1-877-933-ROFF (7633)
Second Chance Animal Shelter, MA (508) 867-5525
Upper Valley Humane Society, NH (603) 448-6888
Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, ME (207) 854-9771
New Hampshire SPCA, (603) 772-2921

*The dogs who have been cared for at St. Hubert's from South Korea have been given medical treatment and time for adjustment; some are available for adoption, both at St. Hubert's and at shelters along the East Coast (please see list above) and others will become available for adoption in the coming weeks. Please check this page and like us on Facebook for more details. Please see below for video updates and photos of the South Korean dogs here at St. Hubert's. Thank you for caring!

Introducing The Feline Pipeline

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center’s Feline Pipeline transport program is a part of our lifesaving, four-tiered outreach program, which enables us to expand our local, regional, and national reach by working in collaboration with other organizations at all levels to relocate pets to shelters where they have a better chance of being adopted, based on differing community demands across New Jersey and across the country.

We participate in organized programs which invest in the source communities toward solutions to the overpopulation of dogs and cats in their areas.  All animals transported from other areas of the country to St. Hubert’s have been fully vetted and vaccinated prior to arrival, and no local animals in our care are displaced to accommodate them. Our experienced staff pilot and supervise the trips made by our fleet of transport vehicles, including our custom 26-foot vehicle The Zephyr, ensuring a safe, happy journey for pets and increased adoption opportunities for pets in need. 
 

Let's Fix It!

Last year more than 1,750 spay/neuter surgeries were performed at St. Hubert’s veterinary clinic. Through partnerships with local veterinarians, St. Hubert’s also subsidized more than 1,000 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for community cats.

Spaying and neutering helps curb pet overpopulation and prevents more homeless animals from entering shelters. It also helps to keep dogs and cats healthy by reducing or eliminating the possibility of uterine infection, mammary tumors, prostrate problems and certain types of cancers. Neutering male dogs and cats also eliminates the urge to seek out females in heat, reducing the risks associated with free-roaming animals.

Low-cost vouchers for community cats

Feeding an outdoor cat is kind, but just isn’t enough—PLEASE take the next step and spay and neuter! St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center is proud to partner with participating veterinary hospitals to help reduce the number of homeless kittens born this spring. Join us! Together, we can help fix New Jersey’s cat overpopulation problem.

Vouchers can be purchased from St. Hubert's $50 by residents who are caring for free-roaming community cats.  Vouchers cover spay/neuter procedure, rabies vaccine, microchip and mandatory eartip for any outdoor cat who relies on you for care. Vouchers are valid for one month after purchase, and can be redeemed only at participating veterinary hospitals or at St. Hubert's clinic at the Madison campus.

Please call St. Hubert's to find out more about low-cost spay/neuter vouchers.

MADISON ADOPTION CENTER
575 Woodland Avenue
Madison, NJ
973.377.2295

NORTH BRANCH ADOPTION CENTER
3201 Route 22 East
North Branch, NJ
908.526.3330

The Story Behind The Zephyr


Zephyr came to St. Hubert’s in the Fall of 2011 on a local transport from our sister shelter, Cumberland County SPCA in southern New Jersey. They had found Zephyr, a senior beagle mix, as a stray, wandering alone in a grassy field. CCSPCA staff quickly brought Zephyr into their care, but had no luck finding his owner.

So, when Cumberland asked St. Hubert’s to take Zephyr into our adoption program, we welcomed him with open arms. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite, most well known around the shelter for his grumpy, yet charming, personality. While up for adoption, Zephyr made it quite clear that he loved being at St. Hubert’s, surrounded by the people who loved him most. He became an instant celebrity among St. Hubert’s supporters, and enjoyed taking mini adventures around town with volunteers, popping in at offsite events, starring in shelter videos, and going on sleepovers with one of his devoted St. Hubert’s caregivers.

In August of 2013, Zephyr’s health started to decline. He was given top veterinary care and kept comfortable until he let staff know it was his time to make the journey to the Rainbow Bridge. On August 23, 2013, surrounded by his loving St. Hubert’s Family, Zephyr said his final goodbyes to those who loved him most.

To this day, Zephyr leaves behind a lasting legacy inside the walls of St. Hubert’s and beyond. His spirit exemplifies the way a shelter pet should be treated, loved and cared for. St. Hubert’s strongly believes in giving every opportunity possible to all of the animals who make their way into our shelters- no matter their age or special needs.


 Zephyr is now the face of our new life-saving transport vehicle, fittingly called “The Zephyr”. There is no better way to honor his life!

Dogs Saved From South Korea Meat Farm

At the request of Humane Society International (HSI), two of the 23 dogs rescued from a meat farm in South Korea were transported to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and transferred over to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's on February 23. HSI officials contacted St. Hubert’s and the ASPCA after it became apparent that the two dogs—a white Jindo named Robin, and Kaya, a Husky mix—required specialized behavioral rehabilitation.

 
St. Hubert's Director of Shelter Operations Becky Burton arrives from Virginia to St. Hubert's with Kaya and Robin.

The dogs will undergo behavioral treatment at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert’s, the first-ever facility dedicated strictly to providing behavior rehabilitation to homeless dogs. At the center, ASPCA animal behavior experts and support staff work daily with dogs until they are ready for adoption. Scientific techniques are used to reduce the dogs’ fear of people, as well as to gradually acclimate them to unfamiliar objects, sounds, living areas, and real-life situations that can induce trauma and severe stress.

HSI launched its program nearly a year ago to end the dog meat trade by helping dog meat farmers transition to more humane ways of making a living. This is the first time a farmer has cooperated with the organization, agreeing to relinquish the dogs and transition to blueberry farming. It is estimated that thousands of dog farms supply animals for the dog meat trade in South Korea, where nearly two million dogs are killed for human consumption annually.

“We are honored to welcome Robin and Kaya to St. Hubert’s, and join a multi-agency effort to increase awareness of the cruel dog meat trade,” said Heather Cammisa, President and CEO for St. Hubert’s. “By helping Kaya and Robin, we can help to bring unprecedented attention to this horrific practice. These dogs are ambassadors for change.”

While most of the rescued dogs have been more social than expected, Kaya and Robin have exhibited fearful behavior and are too anxious to interact with people. “They will now receive top-notch care and rehabilitation at the ASPCA’s center. Our goal is to ultimately place them for adoption at St. Hubert’s and we are encouraged that the work of the center will offer new tools and techniques to rescuers in other parts of the world when these farms hopefully continue to move away from dog farming,” said Cammisa.

“The ASPCA is pleased to be in a position to help these two dogs overcome their past and begin a new life,” said Kristen Collins, senior director of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation. “We’ve gained a tremendous amount of insight into behavioral rehabilitation over the past two years since the launch of our program, and we hope to help countless more dogs like Kaya and Robin recover and find permanent homes.”

Kaya and Robin were transferred to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's on February 23. Photo: ASPCA

Kaya and Robin were transferred to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's on February 23. Photo: ASPCA

Adam Parascandola, director of animal protection and crisis response for HSI said, “We are grateful to the ASPCA and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center for agreeing to work with Kaya and Robin. Dogs on dog meat farms live their entire lives isolated in cages and, as a result, are frightened by many facets of everyday life. The expertise provided by the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center will help them build the tools to succeed as beloved companions in someone’s family.”

For more information about the rescue, and to watch a video of the rescue efforts, visit http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2015/01/south-korea-dog-meat-trade-rescue.html

To learn more about Kaya and Robin's care and rehabilitation at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's, watch a National Geographic video that details their progress.

About the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's