Irene B published LHS Thanks our Rescue Partners: Part 7- North Shore Animal League in News 2015-12-02 12:46:18 -0500
Cheeseburger had been hit by a car in Jersey City and arrived at LHS with a fractured tibia in May. The handsome orange and white kitten's leg healed well and he became an LHS staff favorite (we even decorated his cast with stars and stripes for Fourth of July!) but after a number of months he was still waiting to find his forever home. Cheeseburger’s luck changed in September, when he caught the eye of North Shore Animal League's Karla Agostinello, who makes regular trips from Long Island to Jersey City to help us out.
“Within two weeks, Cheeseburger found his family, and he is doing great!” said Agostinello. “It gives me great satisfaction to pull animals from local shelters and bring them back to North Shore Animal League to find them loving homes. I have been working with LHS for some time now, and we have a great partner relationship. Like us, they have the same goals: to find homes for the animals that are in their care.”
A huge thank you to North Shore, who has transferred a whopping 41 cats from LHS this year.
Irene B published LHS Thanks our Rescue Partners: Part 5- Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary in News 2015-11-24 15:14:57 -0500
Our relationship with Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary (ARWS) began on a cold, icy day 8 years ago when two sheep were spotted running on the NJ Turnpike. The pair, maybe escapees from a truck headed to the slaughterhouse, was captured by our animal control officer and brought back to the shelter. Despite the terrible weather, ARWS founder Kelly Simonetti responded promptly to our call for assistance, and, slipping and sliding on the ice, we wrangled the sheep into her truck. Those sheep are still alive today, enjoying a quiet life on a NJ farm owned by friends of Simonetti’s.
A non-profit licensed NJ rehabilitation center, ARWS is located on a 120 acre preserved farm in Warren County, and cares for fawns, raccoon, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks and other small mammals. More than 1000 animals are brought to their facility every year. The mission of the all-volunteer group is to provide care and treatment to sick, injured or orphaned wild animals, rehabilitate them back to their wild state so they can be returned to their natural habitat, actively educate the public to care for and support the ecosystems and environment which they share with wildlife, and to protect and preserve our native lands.
We have transferred many, smaller, animals to ARWS since those sheep: squirrels, skunks, possums (including one delivered to us in a brown paper bag) chickens and roosters. Simonetti values the partnership. “We have great communication, “ she says. “LHS staff has been really careful and diligent about calling me, and we do all we can to help them out. It allows us both to focus on our missions.” Thank you, Antler Ridge, for always being there for us!
Irene B published LHS Thanks our Rescue Partners: Part 4- The Raptor Trust in News 2015-11-23 15:30:01 -0500
When our animal control officers received a call from Bayonne about an injured bird we expected to find a sparrow or a crow—but instead, they found an osprey. The bird had singed feathers and burns on its legs and feet, probably after an encounter with a methane exhaust chimney in the Meadowlands, and we transferred it immediately to The Raptor Trust for rehabilitation. (Amazingly, ospreys have made a comeback in NJ. They love to roost and nest on high structures, ideally trees and nesting platforms, but sometimes telephone and utility poles and the occasional exhaust pipe chimney in landfills.)
The Raptor Trust was able to treat the burns with creams and pain medications, but the bird’s feathers could not be fixed so quickly. Ospreys only molt once a year and this one would not grow in new feathers for many more months. To complicate the situation, ospreys are migratory birds that prefer to winter in a warm climate. It is unlikely that this bird would have thrived during a harsh NJ winter, so the bird was flown to a wild bird rehabilitator in Florida where it spent a sunny winter recuperating, and was released back into the wild once its new feathers molted in.
LHS has also brought dozens of pigeons, geese, ducks, falcons, herons and many smaller birds to The Raptor Trust, which is located in the Great Swamp in Millington. The organization has three goals: to provide free care and assistance to injured, sick, or orphaned wild birds, to educate people about wild birds, especially birds of prey, and to provide a humane example for others. We are proud to partner with this nationally recognized leader in wild bird rehabilitation and the conservation of birds of prey!
Irene B published LHS Thanks our Rescue Partners: Part 2- Fern Dog Rescue Foundation in News 2015-11-19 11:25:12 -0500
Lassie (now Lola) was an overbred black bulldog/Boston terrier mix with bad skin and nipples that hung to the floor. Moonlight (now Wilbur) had a serious yeast and bacterial infection that caused patches of fur loss. The deck was seriously stacked against both dogs, yet both are thriving in loving homes thanks to our wonderful partner FernDog Rescue. “We will pull anyone that touches us and that we have a foster for, no matter age, breed or medical condition,” says Adoption and Fosters Coordinator Donna Buccellato. “Lola looked pretty pathetic, but insanely beautiful to us." So far in 2015 FernDog
has pulled 7 dogs from LHS, including a 12-year-old Schnauzer.
Based in Caldwell, FernDog Rescue was founded by dog behavior consultant and trainer Fernando Camacho with one goal: to getdogs out of shelters and into foster homes as quickly as possible. He had witnessed the mental deterioration that can occur in a shelter to even the most adoptable dogs, and also believed that getting dogs into foster homes is the best way to prepare them for their future homes. Camacho, along with his friend and fellow trainer Buccellato, designed a foster program designed to nurture dogs’ physical and emotional health, help them through any issues, and provide a support system. FernDog also focuses on developing programs to promote pet adoption services and raise public awareness by providing community education of the issues surrounding animal rescue.
Dogs rescued by FernDog spend a minimum of two weeks in foster care, and fosterers receive all the training, support and resources they need. “We try to help anyone we can,” says Buccellato. “We never say no. Our dogs are family.”
Irene B published City of Bayonne Terminates LHS Contract Mid-Term in News 2015-11-12 16:03:44 -0500
At the Bayonne City Council meeting on Tuesday November 10th, the Council unanimously voted on a mid-term termination of its animal control and sheltering contract with Liberty Humane Society (LHS) that runs through April of 2016, and approved a contract with New Jersey Animal Control and Rescue, a controversial for-profit firm based in Lodi, New Jersey as of December 1st. We were not aware that the City had issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP), or that they were seeking to terminate our agreement until hours before the council meeting.
Over the last year, LHS has faced increasing pressure from the City of Bayonne to remove healthy wildlife from municipal and private property and euthanize or relocate them elsewhere. This is against our animal control policies, and against best practices. LHS follows the State of New Jersey’s animal control best practices, which allows for the removal of injured, sick, or dangerous wildlife for rehabilitation or euthanasia. Healthy wildlife is protected under state law, and it is illegal and inhumane to relocate certain types of wildlife (known as rabies vector species) outside of city limits.
The Bayonne Municipal Council does not agree with LHS’s wildlife policy and has chosen to contract with a company who will take a different, as yet undocumented approach.
This company will also be responsible for responding to calls for assistance with stray or injured domestic animals, securing emergency medical care, and housing these animals in accordance with state law. The facility where these animals will be taken and the conditions in which they will be kept have not been made public. This is where the residents of Bayonne will need to travel to in order to search for their lost pets.
LHS is disappointed by the City of Bayonne’s decision to suddenly terminate animal control and sheltering services with our facility and to engage a provider about whom little is known. We urge the public to ask for more details so as to ensure the safety of their community animals. Contact information for the Mayor and Council can be found here.
We have appreciated the opportunity to make progressive animal control and sheltering services available to residents, if only for a short time.
State of New Jersey Animal Control Best Practices:
State of New Jersey Wildlife Relocation Policy:
View and download a PDF of this statement, here.
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