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.

575 Woodland Avenue
Madison, NJ

3201 Route 22 East
North Branch, NJ

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.”

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


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