Animal Welfare Federation of NJ to Host Conference, March 14-15

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 5:55pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

parrotThe Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey (AWFNJ) will host its annual Animal Welfare & Care Conference at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, Friday and Saturday March 14-15. It is one of the largest animal welfare conferences on the East Coast and attracts attendees from all over thre region. AWFNJ is a statewide coalition of national and local animal welfare organizations working collaboratively to improve animal welfare in the State of New Jersey through advocacy, networking, and education.

Beth Cruz, president of Shelter Showcase, is a board member of AWFNJ and helps plan the conference. “The workshops and speakers at the AWFNJ Conference are top notch, and bring life-saving information to the shelters, rescue groups and volunteers, to help us work smarter for the animals in our communities,” she said. “I encourage any local resident interested in helping animals to register for the conference. Businesses can also participate by sponsoring, exhibiting, or donating a prize to the event’s tricky tray.”

The conference features two days of workshops, reception and entertainment, and keynote speakers. Presenters include some of the nation’s most dedicated names in animal welfare. The workshops cover topics such as adoption, animal control, wildlife, dog fighting, and fighting animal cruelty.

Sponsors of the event include Petfinder, PetSmart Charities, Merck Animal Health, and Datamars.

Incorporated in 1995, AWFNJ acts as a unifying voice for the animal protection community. AWFNJ advocates on animal welfare legislation, encourages the enforcement of animal cruelty laws, conducts programs to elevate the quality of care for animals, and acts as a resource to help members solve common problems.

Tickets information and a full conference schedule are available on the web site.

Fundraiser Set to Trap and Neuter Stray Cats in East Orange

Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 10:46am  |  COMMENTS (6)

A reader writes:

Working in East Orange, our work parking lot at 60 Evergreen Place is inundated with kitties. We estimate that there are around 60 feral cats, which in one location is immense. It’s anticipated that there will be more than 100 in a few weeks’ time.

We are working with a person from PAWS in Montclair, who used to work at this location years ago. She implemented TNR (trap, neuter, release) and adoption program here, and there were no more cats when she left.

We really want to continue her work and have these cats “fixed” before kitten spring fever hits. We have dedicated volunteers to do the work; however, it costs $55 for each cat to be fixed and vetted.

With the NJ winter upon us, most feral cats will die from starvation, hypothermia, or illness. Yet, in that time, they can produce multiple litters. We are looking for help to save these cats and to stop the birth of even more unwanted animals. Even if it is just $1, every little bit helps.

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One Last Look

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 8:26am  |  COMMENTS (1)

ornamentsTake a moment today to enjoy the holiday street scene in your neighborhood before we head into 2014.

Happy New Year’s Eve Day!

Kitten Found in Verona Backyard

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 8:50pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

veronakitty (478x640) (2)A reader from Verona writes:

I caught this little peanut, who has a collar on, but has been hanging in my yard for about a week. She is tiny, about 3- to 4-months-old, and should not be outside. I plan on taking her to the shelter, since she is obviously someone’s pet. Just thought I would pass around to see if she looks like a kitten you may have recently adopted.

Contact if this is your kitten.

Cat Lost Near Otis Place in Verona

Saturday, Aug 03, 2013 12:22pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA grey and white, six-year-old female cat named Rosy was last seen near Otis Place in Verona on August 2. If you’ve seen her, please contact

Annual Cupcakefest to Benefit Montclair Township Animal Shelter on Saturday

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

cupcakefest2013Vegan bakery Sweet Avenue Bake Shop in Rutherford will host its sixth annual Cupcakefest and this year, the owners have selected Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) as the recipient of all proceeds. Cupcakefest will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 1-7 p.m. at Lincoln Park, 176 Park Avenue, Rutherford.

The event is free of charge, but donations are kindly accepted. Other donations such as gift cards for Pathmark, ShopRite, or Petco, canned cat or dog food, trash bags, paper towels, and bleach are also welcome as donations.

Cupcakefest will feature free mini cupcakes, crafters, a wide variety of vendors, and raffles. There will also be live entertainment featuring The Road Show, Precious Bones, Meadowfire, When Thieves Are About, and others.

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Big Yard Sale Today and Tomorrow to Benefit A Purrfect World

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 01, 2013 7:48am  |  COMMENTS (2)

casscasperThe annual yard sale to benefit cats and kittens who are waiting to be adopted will be held both today and tomorrow, June 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 60 Newark Avenue, Bloomfield (corner of Baldwin Avenue). There will be many tables of merchandise, racks of clothing, plus bookcases and ground tarps full of treasures. All proceeds go to help cats and kittens at A Purrfect World as they wait for their furever homes. DISCLAIMER: Both of my kitties came from A Purrfect World and we could not be happier! Rain dates: June 8 and 9.

High End Vehicles Stolen in Montclair, Cedar Grove

Friday, May 24, 2013 10:22am  |  COMMENTS (7)

stolen vehiclesThe investigation unit of the Montclair Police Department is reporting that a high-end vehicle was stolen from Clinton Ave. at 6:30am last Thursday as the vehicle sat running in the driveway.

On Wednesday, in Cedar Grove, a Bentley and two Mercedes were stolen from Tiffany Court, just over the Montclair border. All three vehicles had the keys in them; one was taken from the driveway and two were taken from an open garage. According to Cedar Grove police, the Montclair Police Department later reported that they received a report of three cars traveling fast near Harrison Ave.

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Second Annual Dogs of Anderson Park Fundraiser Set for May 18 and 19

BY  |  Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Dogs of Anderson ParkThe Dogs of Anderson Park with Pet Photographer Beth Burstein, now in its second year, will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds will go to The Friends of Anderson Park who tirelessly take care of the plantings and the maintenance of the Olmsted-designed park, a favorite spot for walking dogs.

The park was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, losing many trees, including a few of its very large originals. New plantings went in during the past month and this fundraiser will help raise funds for future plantings and park upkeep.

Half-hour time slots must be reserved in advance. The session fee of $60.00 per dog includes one custom 5×7 color print.

For more information or to reserve your pet portrait session time slot, contact Beth at either: or

Four Small Dogs Found in West Orange

BY  |  Tuesday, May 07, 2013 5:16pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

A volunteer from the West Orange Animal Welfare League writes:

Perhaps someone will recognize one of these dogs. These four small dogs were recently found in West Orange. Continue Reading

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