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We Need Volunteers!
Jersey State Animal Rescue maintains the adoption center at PetsMart on Rt 73 in West Berlin, NJ. We need volunteers to help with this, especially on weekends. Read the information on this page to learn more about us, and if you would like to help, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Who We Are
Jersey State Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization comprised of a small group of people who have come together for one purpose: to help as many animals as we can. Jersey StAR is not an animal shelter. The only space we have to house animals is a small room at the Berlin PetSmart. The rest are fostered by our volunteers who open their hearts and homes to take care of our babies. We are NOT breeders and we do NOT allow our cats to be adopted before they are spayed or neutered. Our animals are either strays, from area shelters or owner surrenders. We primarily work with cats, but do have dogs available from time to time.
Nicolette is a beautiful calico cat that was taken out of a county shelter. She came from the streets of Camden and was shot on her front leg. She is about 2-1/2f and gets along with cats and dogs. She loves to sit on laps.
Isabella has been at the shelter for 2 years. She is a beautiful 3 yr old longhaired tortoiseshell. She was a stray in someone's back yard with her teenage son and her new litter, eating pizza and beef jerky. She is an absolute sweetheart. She just loves everyone. She sits patiently waiting for her forever home.
Alayna is a about 2-1/2 and has been in our rescue for a year. She was owned by a sickly elderly man. She came with her 2 kittens who were adopted right away. She loves other cats and dogs
Crystal is a beautiful calico with awesome green eyes. Crystal has been at the shelter since 2008. She was found
outside eating dog food with her 5 kittens. The kittens were all adopted quickly but Crystal is still waiting for her forever home. She loves to relax in the sun and and gets along with other cats.
Monique is one of our oldest residents. Monique has been at the shelter since 2007. She is a beautiful silver calico with stunning green eyes. She was at a motel in a local town. She loves to be brushed and petted.
The Rock Dwayne
He was nicknamed "The Rock" because of his stocky body. Dwayne has been at the shelter since 2006 and is the longest resident. He is a red and white man with no tail. Dwayne lived at an auto service station with a female cat and 6 kittens. They were all adopted. Dwayne is an all- around gentleman, and gets along with everyone. He weighs in at about 22lbs!
Meeting a Potential Pet
While we try to keep our online listing as up-to-date as possible, there are almost always some cats that are not yet posted. Many of our animals are at the Berlin Petsmart on Route 73. If you think one of our cats is right for you, come into Petsmart to meet them. However, for as many cats as we have at Petsmart, there are just as many in foster care. These cats are marked as such in their online description. If you are interested in a cat in foster care, please get in touch with us to arrange a visit.
Adopting a friend
Our goal at Jersey StAR is to keep our babies as safe and happy as possible. This means trying to match them with the best family possible. To this end, we ask potential adopters a lot of questions. Some people feel that the adoption process is a tedious one, but please understand that we want everyone to be happy with the new addition.
In order to adopt one of our animals, you must first fill out an application. Upon approval of your personal and vet references (yes, we WILL call them) a home visit will be scheduled. This is not to invade your privacy; it is to ensure the safety of our animals and to verify your application.
Please remember that volunteers run this entire organization. Most of us have full time jobs, families and animals of our own we must take care of. It may take us a few days (up to a week) to get back to you but we appreciate your patience.
We hold the right to deny any application for any reason we deem appropriate. Our adoptions are not on a first come, first served basis. We try to make the best possible fit and we try to make the best decision possible for the animals and their families. If the animal you wanted is no longer available please don't give up. We always have new babies coming in and we can help you find that perfect soulmate.
Adopting a Senior
Are you someone who would love to own a pet, but are hesitant to adopt due to worry that your pet may outlive you? Just like humans, cats are living longer and longer these days due to the advancements in medicine and treatments. What happens to our pets after we are gone is a major concern for many of us. If this concern is stopping you from adopting, have you ever considered adopting a senior? There are many older cats who are eagerly waiting new homes, but who are not getting adopted because they are older. So, if you are hesitant to adopt a pet that may live another 15-18 years, why not adopt an older pet who may live another 5-8 years? You'll then have less concern of outliving your pet, and you won't be denying yourself all the love and joy that a pet can bring.
Ways You Can Help
There are many ways you can help save precious lives. Of course, we can always use monetary donations but did you know there are other donations that are also needed? Below is a partial list of items needed to care for our cats:
- Regular Clay Litter
- Bathroom Mats (for the cages)
- Canned Cat Food (Fancy Feast)
- Cat Toys
- Stainless Steel Bowls
- Paper Towels
- Paper Plates (to dispense canned food)
- Plastic Spoons (to dispense canned food)
- 30 Gallon Heavy Duty Trash Bags
- Gift Cards (PetsMart, WalMart, K-Mart, Target, etc)
You can also volunteer. We need help in MANY areas. There is more to rescue then most people know. Help is always needed in the following areas:
- Coming to Petsmart to play with the cats and straighten the cages
- Taking part in adopt-a-thons
- Making home visits of prospective adopters
- Fostering a cat
- Helping with fund-raising efforts
- Taking cats to the veterinary hospital for check ups/treatment
If you are interested in any of the above, please contact us!
We can also use money, of course! If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, please make your check or money order payable to Jersey State Animal Rescue and send to
Jersey State Animal Rescue
PO Box 609
Atco, NJ 08004
Have you ever thought of opening up your heart and home to an animal temporarily? Unfortunately we are often in the position of having to turn away animals because we don't have the room for them. All we have are the few cages at Petsmart and space in the homes of kind volunteers. Do you have an extra bedroom, an office, even a laundry room? A cat doesn't need a whole lot of space, but that little space you have could save a life. A foster can last as little as a couple of days and as long as a couple of months. And, yes, it can be hard saying goodbye to them, but you get the satisfaction of knowing you saved a life, and that the animal now has a chance of finding a forever home.
Some people would LOVE to own an animal but, for one reason or another, are unable to. Maybe you don't have the room to foster or the time to volunteer and really want to help. We have the solution! SPONSOR AN ANIMAL OR A CAGE! You can do this in memory of someone, in memory of an animal or just because. It costs $1.50 a day to feed each cat. Vaccines can average $45 per cat, depending on the age. Spaying and neutering is also an additional cost. And that's not even taking into consideration a cat getting sick, litter boxes, beds, grooming (yes our cats get baths and have regular grooming sessions) or just a few extra luxuries. PLEASE help us to continue our work. Contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can help sponsor a cat. The cost is $20 per month and your name will be up on the cage for a month for everyone to see.
Quick Cat Facts and Tips
- Brushing your cat's coat just 5 minutes each day can greatly reduce shedding.
- Cats have approximately 60 to 80 million olfactory cells. The typical human only has 5 - 20 million of these cells. That is why cats have a great sense of smell.
- When a female cat is spayed, her uterus and ovaries are removed. Health benefits for her include the elimination of heat cycles and the prevention of uterine or ovarian cancer and mammary tumors.
- Feline obesity is a common problem facing cats today. Most of the time the cat simply receives too much food and too little exercise. Protect your cat by monitoring her food intake and increasing her exercise.
Links We Like
These businesses have donated items or space to us, or they support us with donations every time you make a purchase.
We feed and recommend Life's Abundance pet foods.
Click the banner above to read more about Life's Abundance or to have an order shipped right to your door! When you purchase Life's Abundance from our web site, Life's Abundance donates money to Jersey State Animal Rescue. You are not only helping your own cats by feeding them quality food, you are helping our rescue continue its mission.
Payment for all pet sitting services goes directly to Jersey State Animal Rescue.
Jersey State Feline Fanciers Inc
Jersey State Animal Rescue
Click here for a list of our adoptable pets
*Please note that the above E-mail address is monitored by a volunteer who can help you with adoptions, but NOT surrendering cats.
Jersey State Feline
Fanciers Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (223576972)
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