In December of 2011, Sayreville Pet Adoption Center made news. It lost its final municipal contract with South River, New Jersey which terminated on January 1, 2012. This, in fact, was bad news for a shelter that took a bold step in 2010 to maintain its “no kill” policy. This decision became controversial when the shelter was unwilling to euthanize the borough outdoor cats that were being trapped and brought in.
The shelter Director, Barbara Keegan, is a firm believer in Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and stands her ground on this issue. She believes in the work that Alley Cat Allies has accomplished across the country. She also supports a local TNR group called Whiskers Rescue in Sayreville and partners with them when she can.
Being a “no kill” shelter means Sayreville Pet Adoption Center (SPAC) will care for an animal as long as it is necessary to find it a loving home. But that decision also means more dollars are required, since some animals take longer to rehome and could remain in the shelter for years.
All the animals taken into the shelter are given a wellness exam; are fully vaccinated; are tested for heartworm, FIV and Feline Leukemia; are spayed/neutered, if necessary; and receive flea and tick treatment. A potential adopter can rest assured the pet is ready to take home.
Luckily, residents and businesses in the surrounding area have rallied support with donations in the form of supplies and money since learning that the shelter was in danger of closing its doors. Also, 53 cats and 10 dogs have been adopted since the beginning of the year.
“We are so pleased with how the public has responded to us after learning about our situation,” said Keegan. “For example, the New York and New Jersey Chapters of Rescue Ink donated a truckload of assorted supplies including pet food, cat litter, cleaning supplies, blankets, toys, and even sweatshirts for the staff and volunteers. They also plan to volunteer at some of our upcoming events and assist us with placement of some of our longest resident pit bulls, and we are so grateful for their support, amongst others.”
At the moment, the shelter is most in need of canned cat food, bleach, contractor-size garbage bags, and monetary donations. However, one must not forget the need for adoptions. Suitable and loving homes for the adoptable cats and dogs are always on the wish list.
The staff is working tirelessly to organize a variety of fundraising activities over the coming year. Check their website often for an activity that appeals to you and share with your friends.
If you are looking for a new pet friend, you can view the adoptable cats and dogs online before visiting them in person at the shelter.
The Sayreville Pet Adoption Center is located at 1400 Main Street, Sayreville, New Jersey 08872 Telephone: 732 727 3895. Shelter hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 12:30-5 p.m. – Thursday 12:30-7 p.m. – Saturday 12:30-4 p.m. – closed Sunday.
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