Building on its success at the shelter for more than six years, the Ewing municipality and EASEL Animal Rescue League have demonstrated their commitment to animal welfare, showing that government and nonprofit can be good partners. In July of 2015, EASEL was contracted to manage the Ewing Township’s animal shelterm, cutting expenses to taxpayers nearly in half.

What does this mean for the animals? EASEL will care for all the animals in the shelter. It means that there is more time for cat socialization and dog walking. The shelter is now open to visitors seven days a week from noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesday nights, 5 to 7 p.m. We also have an outstanding professional behavioral program of rehabilitation and growing foster network. The more time people spend with the animals increases their chances of being adopted. EASEL stands out as the model for community.

By year end more than 300 cats and kittens will be adopted, more than 70 dogs will be adopted and more than 550 cats and kittens spayed or neutered. In addition, EASEL spayed/neutered more than 250 outside cats in colonies. To give perspective, that is humanely aging out colonies which in one year’s time could create hundreds of new feral cats in neighborhoods if not for the program.

As many who have visited the shelter know, it has limited capacity. We are in dire need of foster homes for dogs and cats. Opening your heart and home by fostering a pet can be a rewarding experience. From helping an animal recover from illness, to giving a chance to build self-esteem and thrive in a home environment, shelter pets have a much better chance of adoption when in foster. As a plus, for each animal who goes into foster, a space is opened in the shelter for another homeless animal. Fostering is an important job, and EASEL could not save as many lives without the kindness of foster parents. For more information on fostering, please contact us at easenj.org/volunteer or 609-883-0540.

All the work EASEL does costs money and time, and they appreciate every dollar from their donors and every moment given by their volunteers. You can help, by joining their amazing group of volunteers or, if your time is limited, consider a donation thatwill go directly to help a homeless or helpless animal. You can make a difference. easelnj.org/donate.

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