Mission & Vision
To reduce the number of unwanted animals euthanized in Mercer County through collaborative coalitions and community alliances.
Our vision is a community where the human-animal bond is strong and an environment of respect for living creatures guarantees animals a healthy indoor home or safe habitat.
We work to:
- maintain a no-kill, best-practices animal shelter
- facilitate placement of stray and unwanted pets in desirable homes
- prevent overpopulation and cruelty to animals
- promote responsible pet ownership through humane education
The Future – A New Shelter Facility
In 2015 of the 80,000+ dogs and cats that entered New Jersey shelters, more than 17,000 were euthanized. As a no-kill rescue shelter, we know we are capable of doing so much more, but we can’t because we are at capacity nearly every day. A larger facility means we can save more animals.
Did you know the law requires a municipal shelter to hold an animal for only seven days? Most animals are euthanized because there is not enough room to house them while they wait to be adopted. As Mercer County’s only no-kill shelter, a larger facility is paramount to our mission to save every animal possible.
We experience the despair and sad results when people surrender their pets to shelters. A new facility will enable us to have a medical unit to provide quality care for wounded animals, spay/neutering, and micro-chipping, and other veterinary services. We can expand our humane education on the responsibility of pet ownership, hard-to-adopt animal topics such as information on specific breeds or advantages of an older canine companion. And, there would be open space areas for our shelter animals to play, enhance their socialization skills, train, reduce their stress, interact with volunteers and potential families — in effect, making them more adoptable.