The New Honey Bear

A letter from Honey Bear's pet parents who participated in St. Hubert's Training and Behavior Center's Feisty Fido class for dogs who don't get along with other dogs:

Honey Bear and my husband and I would not be family without Feisty Fido! We were embarrassed by Honey when we first got her, when we would go out in public. She would get in fights, was un-walkable and car rides were unbearable! We first sought help in a place that showed dogs but that was not a good fit. Honey met force with force and when I asked for help for her biting was publicly  shamed. That has never once ever happened at St. Hubert's Feisty Fido we were welcomed and helped with all our problems from biting, pulling, aggression to how to be calm!!! We can now ride in the car without a panic attack!!! We can go on walks and go out in public. We are not perfect, but we now have the skills to recover so much faster and Honey has a way of asking for what she wants without hurting us.

I cannot thank Meg and the team at St. Hubert's enough. St. Hubert's Fiesty Fido is a a turning point in our relationship with Honey. 

Thank you, 

Honey, Ashley and Jason

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Rawhide Graduates with Flying Colors!

Rawhide's pet parent, Roni, describes his adoption as fate, but she still knew signing him up for basic training was a great idea to get him started on the right paw! At first, Rawhide had a hard time learning how to "down" on cue, but he got it with lots of hard work on Roni's part and a soft bed for Rawhide. Roni and Rawhide recently graduated from Basic Obedience. Congratulations!

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Thanks to Ridge High School for Their Support!

There is no acting going on when it comes to the Ridge High School Drama Club's commitment to helping animals. The students utilized their winter production of Annie the Musical to benefit St. Hubert's. Throughout the week leading to their production, the club's members asked their peers and the larger community for cash donations and wish list items for St. Hubert's. St. Hubert's was also provided with a full-page advertisement, free of charge, in their playbill. In addition, the students invited St. Hubert's to set up an informational table in the performance hall's lobby and some of our wonderful volunteers provided information to the play's attendees about adoption and other ways to support our organization. Two of the leaders of the Drama Club, Olivia Gong and Loan Ho, visited St. Hubert's with the collected donations, and they had the opportunity to meet our adoptable animals.

 

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Bodey is a Good Boy!

An e-mail from a family that adopted Bodey:

"In September of 2017 my family and I adopted a grey lab mix named Zion, at St. Huberts in
Madison, New Jersey. The name fit his size, but we quickly realized his personality is not so
lofty and noble. He is loving, goofy, wiggly and had so many kisses for anyone and everyone.
So we decided to rename him Bodey and it fits him perfectly. St. Huberts provided us with a
scholarship [to the Training and Behavior Center] so Bodey could learn the basic training he needed. Every Friday night we went as a family to his class and learned from his excellent teacher at St Huberts. Bodey learned quickly and eagerly in the fun, patient and supportive environment. Our instructor Amber also helped us with many of the not so fun parts of Bodey’s personality, like his love of chewing shoes, and his need to lunge after squirrels. With her help and instruction, we corrected the behavioral issues and grew closer with our wonderful dog as owners and as a family."

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Corporate Sponsorship Funds St. Hubert’s Food Bank for Pet Families in Need

Friday, September 15, 2017

Food Bank for Pet Families in Need is a major component of St. Hubert’s community outreach efforts. Goods are collected at our Madison campus and routinely distributed by our volunteers. A special acknowledgment goes to M&T Bank for their corporate sponsorship of this ongoing

Arriving at 11:30 am on Friday Sept. 15, 2017, the recipients were already waiting in the parking lot of the Salvation Army. The group was very anxious and appreciative to receive dog food and cat food for their pets. Approximately 330 dog meals, 523 cat meals, 300 lbs. of cat litter, 20 treats and 8 dog beds were gifted to families. The distribution lasted about 2½ hours and also helped more than twelve families who had multiple pets. One woman, who noted that M&T Bank was the sponsor, inquired about the organization and requested more information about the bank program.

“When struggling financially, pet parents often face the impossible decision of giving up their animals due to lack of resources. We are proud to help St. Hubert’s offer critical assistance to keep pets with their families.”  - Vincent Moretti, Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, M&T Bank and Board Member at St. Hubert’s.

 

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Wimbo, a Dog from Puerto Rico, Graduates from Basic Obedience!

Wimbo, one of the hundreds of dogs that arrived at St. Hubert’s from Puerto Rico, recently graduated from a basic obedience class at St. Hubert’s Training and Behavior Center! His family wrote to one of our trainers, Amber Byleckie: “Thanks so much for the class and for teaching us everything we have learned.  We had a great time. Wimbo is being such a good boy. And he really liked you! I know that [Wimbo] was well-liked by many people over there.  He's a huge sap... such a snuggle bug.  Please let everyone know he is a very happy boy. He is happy and healthy, and living a great life with his new family.”

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Singing for St. Hubert's

Emma, Siya, Ria, and Anvita, from William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge have graciously made a generous cash donation to St. Hubert’s. After meeting Humane Educator, Karen, at the school’s ‘Day of Giving’ event, the girls decided that they wanted to raise some funds for the animals of St. Hubert’s. The girls love to sing, so during the holiday season, they spent an evening singing holiday carols in their neighborhood and collected cash donations, which they donated to St. Hubert’s. All four girls are interested in volunteering for St. Hubert’s in the near future and Emma even has dreams of becoming a veterinarian one day! The girls were given a VIP tour and got to meet some of the animals currently up for adoption! Amazing job girls!   

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Tank Graduates!

Tank just graduated from Basic Obedience class at our Training and Behavior Center and his family even bought the graduation hat to prove it! Tank's family was able to bring him to class thanks to St. Hubert's scholarship fund!  Tank earned a scholarship due to his high energy level and some bad (but silly) manners.  Everyone Tank meets is his new best friend and he lets you know by jumping up and giving hugs (which isn't so sweet when he's larger than you!). Not only did Tank pass Basic Obedience with flying colors, but he also had perfect attendance and was definitely the "teacher's pet." Tank is a proud member of the Freehauf family since 11/11/17! His favorite activities include playing with multiple toys at the same time and doing the zoomies!!

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A Quilt for St. Hubert's

St. Hubert’s was recently approached by, Community Outreach Project for Empowerment (COPE), a non-profit helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence. COPE provides sewing classes, supplies and equipment to participants of their Quilts4Hope project to empower participants with the gift of a new skill that can be therapeutic and an opportunity to reclaim themselves after surviving awful situations. One of the components of the program is to create a group quilt for a charity, and this year’s COPE participants selected St. Hubert’s! St. Hubert’s is grateful to the women who made this beautiful quilt which will grace our building and remind us of the power of hope and perseverance!

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In September, St. Hubert's Community Care Manager received a call from Susan, who was distraught. Her father, with whom she lived, had passed away and she had to find a new home for her, her son and her adopted dog, Shasta. Unfortunately, because of limited funds, her only option was to temporarily stay in a hotel that did not allow pets. St. Hubert's found a foster home for Shasta, and within two months Susan found a dog-friendly home to move into. Now Shasta is sleeping warmly in her own bed with her loving family and just in time for the holidays!

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Riley Learns Recall

St. Hubert's trainer Amber Byleckie received this wonderful e-mail from a pet parent enrolled in our Training and Behavior Center:

I took Riley for a walk on Tuesday night and his leash got stuck in my glove. It was dark out and a family was walking to their car. Riley heard them, took off and started chasing a little girl.  I quickly used the recall that Riley and I have been practicing and he came right to me. I was so relieved that after just 5 weeks of training class he was so responsive and what we’ve been practicing worked. The little girl was fine and Riley and I were able to go home for a major treat party.

Thank you for everything! We have both learned so much from you.

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Arturo and His Dog

Arturo met St. Hubert's staff at our free vaccine clinic in Dover in October. He told us a sad story: for two years he had been living in his pick up truck with his 9 year old lab mix, Trumpo. Although Arturo lived in subsidized housing, he was not allowed to bring Trumpo into his apartment and so he spent all his time, including every night, in the truck with his dog. Arturo has a sister in Honduras who lives in a home with a lot of land and she was happy to take Trumpo. When Arturo met us at the Dover vaccine clinic, he had already saved up money for flying Trumpo to Honduras, but he was in need of a large airline approved dog crate and an international health certificate. St. Hubert's provided him with both and now Trumpo is happy in his new home and Arturo can sleep soundly in his own bed knowing his beloved dog is safe.

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Thanksgiving with Samaritan Homeless Interim Program

St. Hubert’s Community Outreach team of Nora Parker, Matt Wildman and Jenn Gregory attended Thanksgiving Day at Samaritan Homeless Interim Program’s (S.H.I.P) Holiday Meals Program at the United Reformed Church in Somerville. While there, they provided tote bags with pet food, toys and treats to pet owners to bring home to their babies for the holidays. Among the dozens of pet owners who received a gift bag was Susan who told Jenn about her three beautiful cats and how much they were going to appreciate the food and toys. She continued to tell Jenn that because of transportation and financial issues she hadn’t been able to get them to the vet in a very long time and she was worried about them. They were all older cats and she wanted to make sure they were all okay. The following week, Jenn transported all of Susan's cats to St. Hubert's where they received updated vaccines. Susan was beside herself that St. Hubert’s would go out of their way to help her and was so thankful for the whole experience. Jenn was grateful for the opportunity to help bring such joy this holiday season to clients like Susan.

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Daisy Troop Earns Their Caring Pedals

The 1st grade Hartshorn Elementary Daisy Troop received an educational tour of our Madison facility, which helped them earn their 'caring' petal.  Their troop leader wrote, "Dear Karen, on behalf of the 1st grade Hartshorn Elementary Daisy Troop, thank you so much for leading the tour through St. Hubert’s. It was so informative and interesting and you provided a great way for the girls to earn their caring petal. The work you do is extraordinary. Thank you for your kindness and generosity and for being such a wonderful role model."

 

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Congratulations Wiley and Cheryl!

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October 18, 2017 - Wiley Venezia (formerly Romeo) showing off his fancy new St. Hubert’s Training School diploma and his amazing “Sit & Stay” skills! Cheryl, his very proud dog-mom, accompanied Wiley through our Basic Obedience class and made sure that he did all of his homework! Wiley was adopted from St. Hubert’s back in August and his favorite hobbies include snuggling, giving doggy kisses, and going for boat rides (but he hates the water)! 

School is Back in Session!

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October 18, 2017 - A total of 138 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from the Robert Morris Elementary School in South Bound Brook received a variety of St. Hubert’s Humane Education lesson on October 16th and 17th. Topics including Safety & Respect and Empathy & Compassion were discussed in small groups.  In addition, the students had the opportunity to meet some very sweet domestic mice.  Needless to say, these little critters were a big hit with the students!

 

Temporary Loving Critter Care (TLCC)

October 1, 2017 - One of the domestic violence agencies that St. Hubert’s partners with recently referred to us a mother and daughter and their dog. The agency provided them with shelter while St. Hubert’s placed their dog in one of our foster homes. Knowing that their dog was safe and being cared for gave the mother and daughter peace of mind during what was already a stressful time in their lives. After several months the family found a new home and they picked up their loving dog and started their new life. They were so thankful, stating “If it were not for St. Hubert’s we don’t know what we would have done.”

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