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EASEL provides many services including: Residence Assistance for Low-Income Households, Behavior Training for Dogs and Cats, Behavior Training Tips, Pet Surrender Services, and a Lost Pet Checklist.

Pet Surrender and Other Services

If you cannot keep your pet, EASEL might be able to help…

EASEL accepts cats and dogs by appointment only from Mercer County, as well as pets originally adopted from us, and from our donors and volunteers.  If you fall in one of these categories the fastest way to get on our list is to click here to complete our online form. Fax form to 609-631-8038 or email to and we will contact you about taking the pet into the program (see below for more information). Finally, you can call 609-883-0540, but expect to wait several days for a call back.
If you live outside these our service area or did not adopt your pet from us originally, please click here to find other shelters and rescues in your area.  At certain times of the year, we may have space to help, so please inquire at

For information about posting your pet on our shelter partner, click here.  It’s also a good idea to do as much as you can to find a new home on your own, such as posting at work or in shops near you. Click here for a flyer you can use to post your pet.

Adopt-a-Pet and the Petco Foundation have a great, easy to use website for posting your pet online. Click below..

Surrender may not be your only option

We understand that giving up a cat or dog can be a very difficult decision for you and the stress associated with a new environment can be tough on a pet.

We do our best to work with owners who would like to keep their cat or dog but are experiencing stresses or circumstances that make having them in their home seem impossible. There may be a solution or program available to help you and your kitty. Explore the options below or email us at  for advice or to discuss possible solutions.

We can also help dog owners with referral to local training centers. For more information email

For cat behavior counseling, email

Can’t afford to take care of your pet?

Are you having difficulty affording food for your pet? EASEL offers support for pet owners who need assistance buying food or prescription diets and invite you to apply for assistance. Click here to fill out the assistance form. Our resources are very limited so, please visit our services page to see a list of local food pantries that may have pet food available.

If you don’t think you can afford medical care for your pet, check out EASEL’s clinics for both cats and dogs, low-cost spay/neuter options, and programs to help reduce the cost of care for pets who have emergency medical needs. Click here to fill out the assistance form, print and fax to 609-631-8038. Click here to access a list of helpful low cost veterinary options. Take a look and see if there are solutions that fit your situation.


Consider moving to a new apartment that is pet friendly. Click here for a list of pet friendly apartments in NJ and nearby PA.

Resident Assistance for Low-Income Households

EASEL offers several low-cost services to eligible, financially disadvantaged residents such as those receiving public assistance, seniors, and veterans. An assessment, documentation, verification, and proof of financial need will be required to determine eligibility.

We educate on responsible ownership and provide vouchers for spay/neuter services. The program helps families avoid the stress of unwanted offspring and reduces the number of animals at local shelters or on the streets.

  • Low-cost dog spay/neuter vouchers ensure families help reduce unwanted offspring and reduces the number of animals at shelters or on the streets.
  • Low-cost micro-chipping
  • Low cost veterinary care
  • Pet food assistance

Behavior Training

Proper training is important in the quality of an animal’s life – particularly homeless animals who exhibit behavior that would discourage adoption. EASEL Animal Rescue League evaluates our shelter animals and provides training for bad habits, if needed.

Before abandoning any household pet, we strongly encourage training and to consider a trainer. Home training is much more effective in a home than at a shelter. Most issues can be resolved with some basic techniques and consistency. Giving up a companion should always be a last resort.

Feline Behavior Modification Training/Counseling

Cat counseling program teaches EASEL’s adopters, fosters, and members of the community how to manage litter box issues, aggression, scratching, change management (e.g., new family member(s), and medical issues thus increasing retention rate of adopted felines. Home visits are made, if needed. Services are provided free of charge but donations are always welcome. For cat behavior training, please email

Dog Behavior Training/Counseling

Volunteers work with professional trainers on basic obedience training, lack of confidence, or lack of focus in our shelter dogs. In more serious cases, EASEL helps abused dogs overcome fear issues or misdirected aggression brought on by fear. Using temperament tests, we employ other training techniques to overcome any issues we discover. Volunteers assist in dog introductions to your other family members when needed and can provide in-home assessments to help a newly adopted dog adjust to their new environment. We can also recommend a trainer to help if on-going training is needed. For more information, please email

Pet Behavior Tips

For your convenience, we have compiled downloadable Dog and Cat Tips PDFs for common pet behaviors and in management of unwanted pregnancies furthering increasing the population of cat colonies.

For Pet Tips click here.



Lost Pet Checklist

If it should happen to you, download our Lost Pet Checklist PDF with tips, websites, and ideas on how to find and reunite with your best friend quickly.