2015 Year in Review

THANK YOU to all of our LHS supporters, adopters, donors, volunteers and staff! You all made this happen!                

Braveheart and Faithful

UPDATE 2/9/2016: Braveheart and Faithful are ready to find a home together! UPDATE 2/1/2016: Braveheart has come back from the vet and is reunited with Faithful! UPDATE 1/25/2016: Braveheart is out of surgery and on his way to recovery! UPDATE 1/24/2016: Braveheart has been sent for surgery at the vet. In the days leading up to Winter Storm Jonas, two stray dogs were spotted in Liberty State Park. Park Police partnered with Jersey City Animal Control to attempt capture, but the dogs eluded them by running deeper into the park. The day before the storm, they were seen again. While... Continue reading

Giving Firuzeh a Second Chance

  When Firuzeh was brought to us off the streets she was freezing, emaciated and hungry, flea-ridden, and missing an eye.  She had been declawed, left defenseless and forced to hide to stay alive.  She had yet to be spayed and was probably used repeatedly for breeding.  Despite all of this, Firuzeh somehow survived. LHS staff has been working diligently to restore Firuzeh to health - treating her respiratory infection, bathing her, removing all the unwelcome parasites she's picked up in her fight to keep going.  Most importantly, giving her the love and affection she still amazingly responds to.  Also,... Continue reading

LHS Thanks our Rescue Partners: Part 7- North Shore Animal League

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...

LHS Thanks our Rescue Partners: Part 6- Sammy's Hope

When Chief (now Ben) was picked up by Jersey City Animal Control he was so frightened he managed to squeeze into a space underneath our kennels, and wouldn’t come out. But we knew exactly who to call about a fearful and emotionally shut-down Rottweiler who otherwise wouldn’t have had much of a chance: Sammy’s Hope Animal Welfare & Adoption Center. Sammy’s Hope executive director Darren Young drove up to the shelter that day to meet Chief. And he brought with him a helper: a pit-mix named Chuck whose job is to interact with shelter dogs and determine their comfort level...

LHS Thanks our Rescue Partners: Part 5- Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary

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...

LHS Thanks our Rescue Partners: Part 4- The Raptor Trust

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...

LHS Thanks our Rescue Partners: Part 3- Somerset Regional Animal Shelter

Brian Bradshaw has a soft spot for black cats. Like their canine counterparts, black cats often languish longer in shelters, some combination of superstition and bad lighting in kennels.   But when Bradshaw, executive director of the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter,  walked by Brooke’s cage at LHS last month and the 4 month old reached out with her paw as if to stop him, he knew he couldn’t leave her behind. The fact that Brooke only had one eye did not deter him either. “She is very sweet, “ he says.  "I love the black cats."  Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, is a non-profit in Bridgewater, NJ...

LHS Thanks our Rescue Partners: Part 2- FernDog Rescue Foundation

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 FernDoghas...

LHS Thanks our Rescue Partners: Part 1- Animal Alliance

Butterscotch was emaciated and near death when he was picked up by animal control in Jersey City. We wanted to do whatever it took to save this sweet boy, but knew the emergency surgery he required, as well as the post-operative medical care, was beyond our means. Thankfully, we knew whom to call. Animal Alliance picked up Butterscotch, paid for his surgery and arranged for one of their foster families to care for him as he recovered from his ordeal. Today Butterscotch (now Shooter) is a joyful, healthy dog who tips the scales at 71 pounds. His adoptive family adores...