When we received the call, it seemed like déjà vu. It’s the second time our Red Star® team was asked this year alone to help a New Jersey animal shelter on the brink. And again, the situation was bleak. According to the New Jersey SPCA, “Simple matters such as….the lack of cleaning of cages, basic feeding, the co-mingling of sick and healthy animals, insufficient veterinary care, the lack of disease control protocols, [with] the majority of the animals thin or emaciated, and the need for emergency vet care of some severely sick animals, are all of a very disturbing nature and require immediate action.”
To help, we deployed our 50-foot Lois Pope Red Star Rescue Vehicle assigned to the Northeast region along with a team of staff and volunteers to care for the animals – and to turn things around for the more than 100 dogs and cats impacted by the situation. As I’m writing this today however, we helped to reduce the number of animals here to 62 cats and 15 dogs. Happily, many of the animals who have since left the shelter have been taken to other rescue groups where they can be adopted out and where they can begin their new lives. Some of those animals, however, were in such dire shape that they needed more intense veterinary care than we could provide here.
The facility is still under quarantine by the health department until further notice, meaning they cannot bring in any additional animals, nor are they open for adoption. That said, we remain hopeful that soon more of these beautiful creatures can find a second chance in a forever home. But until then, the Red Star team will continue to clean the facility, treat the animals, and provide them with the compassionate care that they haven’t experienced in a long time.
In the week since our team arrived here in Helmetta, we’ve seen a remarkable change in the disposition of these animals. They were scared, and sometimes even sick or hurt. But our highly trained team of staff and volunteers is here to provide tender loving care and these animals seem to sense that. The transformation in these few short days has been miraculous.
Thanks to Our Volunteers and Major Sponsors
We are grateful to our volunteers who chose to use their hard-earned vacation time before the holiday season to deploy with the Red Star team.
But it’s not just our Red Star team that’s been working to help animals in Helmetta. Our Red Star team is only able to do its lifesaving working thanks to its presenting sponsor, MARS Petcare US, makers of PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs. In addition, MARS has sent a shipment of food and coupons to make sure the animals have plenty of good, nutritious food to eat.
Our Northeast emergency response vehicle was generously funded by philanthropist Lois Pope and Banfield Pet Hospital®, which also sent a team to provide some of the veterinary care and veterinary supplies these animals have desperately needed for so long. It’s wonderful to have sponsors who not only provide the necessary support to keep our team moving and outfitted, but who are also there side by side with us, rolling up their sleeves to help the dogs and cats in any way they can.
It’s been a hard but heartwarming week in New Jersey, and we remain hopeful that we can give a happy holiday to the animals who remain in our care. If you can help, please do by visiting here. Thank you!
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