St. Hubert’s Job Opportunity -Dir. of Animal Welfare Operations

March 2, 2014

St. Hubert’s seeks a dynamic professional for the post of Director of Animal Welfare Operations. This role has been diligently and lovingly filled by someone moving on to raise a family. This position is responsible for: Broad direction of the department to fulfill mission and provide for the welfare of the animals in care and target programs to at risk animals in communities;  Researching and establishing protocols to ensure best practices in shelter operations and implementing consistent operating procedures across three shelter facilities; Acts as relationship lead on partnerships with other shelters and organizations for animal relocation, collaborative efforts, adoption programs and emergency deployments; Developing annual plans, SOPs, monthly reports and analyses and prepares and oversees annual department budget.  St. Hubert’s offers generous benefits and supports continuing education and professional development. EOE. Please see full job description and qualification requirements

Job Opportunity Veterinary Behavior Technician-Fairfield NJ

February 12, 2014

Summary of Job Purpose and Function

The Veterinary Behavior Technician supports our board-certified behaviorist by planning appointments, assisting to complete patient appointments, educating clients on behavior modification plans, and taking steps to ensure a safe and effective hospital environment.

Required Capabilities and Experience

· Must have a strong interest in animal behavior, be able to teach basic commands using positive reinforcement techniques and have experience restraining animals for physical exams and phlebotomy.

· Accurately and consistently follows instructions delivered in an oral, written or diagram format.  Can provide directions.

· Must be willing and able to work safely with aggressive animals.

· Comfortably and confidently uses a computer and is able to learn to use specialized medical software.

· Communicates professionally and effectively with clients directly, via telephone and email.

· Manage multiple tasks at one time; quickly and accurately shifts attention among multiple tasks under distracting conditions without loss of accuracy or appearance of frustration.

· Demonstrates a strong ability to identify, analyze and solve problems.  Translates problems into practical solutions.

· Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and to compute rate, ratio and percent; ability to convert units of measurement.

· Shows a willingness and aptitude to take appropriate steps in finding solutions to problems; presents options and ideas to enhance current processes or procedures.  Takes on additional responsibility when both big and small tasks need to be done.

· Willing to work with others, collaborating and compromising where necessary; promptly share relevant information with others.

· Is open to changing situations and opportunities and is willing to perform all tasks assigned. Able and willing to perform tasks and duties without supervision as appropriate.

· Maintains a positive “can do” outlook, rebounds quickly from frustrations and unpleasantness, and maintains composure and friendly demeanor while dealing with stressful situations.

· Must show dedication, enthusiasm, and be dedicated to constant ongoing continuing education.

Responsibilities and Tasks

· Act as the extra eyes, ears and hands for the veterinarian to ensure the best quality pet care and to maximize the veterinarian’s productivity.

· Provide professional, efficient and exceptional service at all times. This includes performing procedures that do not require veterinarian assistance, completing preparatory work for other procedures, ensuring that clients and pets are comfortable in the hospital, and monitoring pets in hospital.

· Ensure the safety of pets, clients and associates by utilizing safe restraining techniques, following standard protocols, and maintaining clean, sterile and organized treatment areas, exam rooms and labs.

· Mentor other paraprofessionals in the hospital.

· Follow OSHA standards and be familiar with Material Data Safety Sheets. Occupational hazards may include but are not limited to animal bite or scratch wounds and exposure to x-rays, anesthetic gases, CO2 Laser, caustic or toxic materials, and zoonotic diseases. Employees must follow all safety guidelines contained in the employee handbook and posted in hazardous areas.

· Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Education and/or Training

1. Successful candidates will have 2+ years performing the following tasks:

· Dog training

· Assisting with pet examinations.

· I.V. catheter placement, medicating and pet care.

· Radiographs & lab work.

· Cleaning, hospital maintenance, inventory & pharmacy.

2. AS/AA or BS/BA in Biology or other related Science degree preferred but not required.

3. CVT/LVT a plus but not required

Animal Emergency and Referral Associates offers a competitive salary, paid time off, medical benefits and a retirement savings plan.

Please contact

Learn Basic Animal Sheltering & Mgmt - Oct. 16 Monmouth Cty SPCA

September 27, 2013

Title: Basic Animal Sheltering & Management

Location: Monmouth County SPCA,  260 Wall Street, Eatontown, NJ.

Wednesday, Thursday, & Monday, October 16, 17, 21, 9:00AM -5:00PM

Cost: $249.00 per person (18 years of age and older).

Registration: online at
This course is presented by CAREER DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (the state leader in providing animal welfare courses) and the MONMOUTH COUNTY SPCA.

Anyone interested in working or volunteering in a shelter or who is responsible for shelter operations should attend this course.The topics covered New Jersey statutes & regulations related to shelters, pet shops, kennels, pounds, rescues, pet owners, feral cat caretakers, animal rescue groups, puppy “lemon” law, adoption policies, spay/neuter requirements, exotics & permits, interacting with New Jersey agencies and organizations, animal behavior & breed recognition, familiarization with animal cruelty, safe handling techniques (domestics, wildlife, and livestock), disease recognition, treatment, and prevention, pet first aid certification, practical shelter operation techniques (tour & practicals), feral cat management programs, best practices: cleaning, medical care, temperament evaluations & behavior modification, customer service, community outreach programs, national resource & continuing education opportunities: free webinars, conferences, magazines, books, etc.

Instructors are some of the most experienced experts on animal sheltering in New Jersey and all learning materials will be provided. No prior experience is required.

AWFNJ Presents: From Stray to Home: Tools You Can Use to Save More Cat Lives

August 16, 2013

Sponsored by Tomahawk Live Trap –

Space is Limited - Get your TICKETS today!!!


8:00 am – 8:15 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15 am - 9:45 am

Thinking Outside The Cat Box: How To Save More Felines, Emily Garman, The Social Animal

9:45 am – 10:00 am - Break

10:00 am – 11:45 am
Feline Enrichment and Stress Reduction, Dr. Stephanie Janezcko,

11:45 am – 12:30 pm - Lunch

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Feline Safe Handling, Natasha Drain, American SPCA

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm  - Break

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Pets for Life: Reaching Cats in Your Community, Ashley Mutch, Humane Society of the US

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm  - Break

4:00 p m – 5:30 pm
TNR Panel Discussion

Supported by generous gifts from the Animal Welfare Association of Voorhees and Stretch and Scratch

Get your TICKETS today!!!

Speakers, Topics and Schedule Subject to Change

Novel Approaches to Community Cat Management-Mon. Sept 23

August 10, 2013



Novel Approaches to Community Cat Management

Dr. Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM

Director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program,

UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health


10:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

ST. HUBERT’S COMMUNITY ROOM         575 Woodland Avenue, Madison, NJ


For over a century, sheltering programs have been a centerpiece of our response to abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats. In recent years, we’ve seen a dramatic divergence between the fates of these two species: while shelter intake and euthanasia have commonly declined on a per capita basis for dogs, for cats the rates have remained stubbornly high in many communities. The presence of a large population of un-owned “community cats” in most areas has a profound impact on the potential success of sheltering strategies. Evidence is building that novel approaches, which would not work well for dogs, can provide humane and cost-effective alternatives for cats within the shelter as well as outside the shelter walls.

This workshop will present data comparing the success of current practices in accomplishing some of the main goals of shelters for dogs versus cats. Alternative responses to community cats will be described that maintain the success of “traditional” shelter programs in accomplishing these goals, while dramatically improving the success in areas where many shelters continue to struggle. Practical examples will be provided, detailing challenges and success in a variety of communities.

Don’t miss this great opportunity– Register now!

Send checks to Nora Parker at St. Hubert’s, P.O. Box 159, Madison, NJ  07940 973-377-7094 Ext. 226

“When they Hop and Fly: Caring for Rabbits and Birds in the Shelter” on Oct. 7, 2013

July 15, 2013

The Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey (AWFNJ) is hosting the workshop,
“When they Hop and Fly: Caring for Rabbits and Birds in the Shelter” on October 7, 2013 at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center from 6:30pm – 8:30 pm.

Shelters and rescues groups are encouraged to come and learn how to meet the specialized needs of parrots and rabbits in a shelter/rescue environment. For organizations, rescues, or shelters that do not typically take in these pets, this is an excellent opportunity to ensure that you are providing appropriate care for these animals as well as guiding your staff who are charged with finding them permanent homes.
Educational materials and light refreshments will be provided.

Location: St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
Address: 575 Woodland Avenue, Madison NJ
Time: 6:30  pm - 8:30 pm

  • $10.00 for AWFNJ Members
  • $15.00 for Non-Members

To purchase tickets or for more information please visit
Or Contact Rose at 856-740-1344

St. Hubert’s Presents: Quality Shelter Medicine & Disease Control on a Dime and Vaccine Protocols for Shelter & Rescues

June 3, 2013

Quality Shelter Medicine and Disease Control on a Dime
And Vaccine Protocols for Shelters and Rescues

Presenter: Dr. Karen Dashfield DVM

When: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013

Time: 10:30 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Where: ST. HUBERT’S COMMUNITY ROOM, 575 Woodland Avenue, Madison, NJ


Every organization wants to provide the best possible care for its animals, including those who are sick or have chronic medical issues.   Learning how to maximize often limited resources improves and enhances our abilities to do the most we can for as many as we can.  Dr. Dashfield will show you how to make wise decisions and get the most “bang for your buck” when treating the animals in your care.

No matter your budget, keeping healthy animals healthy in the first place serves your mission and saves money, time and stress.   This session will review best practices for vaccination and other prophylactic measures in the shelter.   Learn the “what, when and why” in order to modify or set the protocols that will meet the specific  needs of your facility and provide sound disease prevention and control.

Please join us and take advantage as “Dr.  Karen” shares her  experience and expertise  in designing medical care and  disease control programs for shelters and wildlife rehabilitators throughout New Jersey.
To register contact Nora Parker at or by telephone at 973-377-7094 Ext. 226

Super Cat Adoption Event Sat. June 8 - North Brunswick

May 12, 2013

Super Cat Adoption To Be Held June 8

If you’re looking to add a feline to your family, be sure to save the date for the North Brunswick Humane Association’s Second Annual Super Cat Adoption. On Saturday, June 8, from 10 am to 3 pm, animal shelters and rescues from throughout New Jersey will bring more than 140 of their most beautiful cats and kittens to the Recreation Center at our Lady of Peace, located at 1740 Route 130 North in North Brunswick. Featured will be food vendors, prizes, raffles and gift bags. For information, contact Jay Soloway at (917) 658-9952 or visit

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2013

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Place: Recreation Center, Our Lady of Piece, 1740 Route 130 North, No. Brunswick

For info: Jay Soloway at 917-658-9952 or visit

Participating Shelters and Rescues

All Fur Love, Edison Animal Shelter/Sammy’s Hope, Eleventh Hour Rescue, Happy Homes, Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society, Katie’s Pet Depot, Liberty Humane Society, Lost Paws Animal Rescue, Old Bridge Animal Shelter, S.A.R.A., Second Chance for Animals/Franklin Township Animal Shelter, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, TLC Rescue, Trenton Cats Rescue, Whiskers Rescue.

St. Hubert’s Seminar - Resource Guarding - Feb 27, 2013

February 21, 2013





Pia Silvani, Vice President, Training and Behavior


10:30 a.m.—2:00 p.m.


575 Woodland Avenue, Madison, NJ


We all use the term “resource guarding” to describe that dog  who won’t let anyone near the bowl when he’s eating or the one who isn’t going to give up that big rawhide under any circumstances.    In reality “resource guarding,” while not all that uncommon, can be a more far-reaching and complicated behavior.  Thankfully, in the majority of cases it can be just about eradicated or successfully managed.

Pia Silvani’s presentation  will use video and hands-on demonstration to increase both your understanding and ability to recognize the severity of the behavior in an individual dog and design the individualized protocols to modify the behavior.   In addition to extensive work with the dogs in our shelters, Pia has worked with hundreds of private clients.  She is also at the helm of St. Hubert’s new Mutts On The Mend program which shares the expertise of our Training and Behavior Center with our animal welfare colleagues at no charge.

Please join us for this great opportunity to learn more about increasing your abilities to assist the dogs who rely on you in becoming great candidates for adoption!

To register contact Nora Parker at or by telephone at 973-377-7094 Ext. 226

Avoiding Dog Park Drama with Sue Sternberg-Jan. 18, Madison, NJ

January 9, 2013

Every dog owner wants their best friend to play well with others.  The sight of a dog frolicking happily in the dog-park, playfully practicing doggie social skills makes a dog lover smile.  But we all know things can change in a moment without warning.  But… what if there WAS a warning and you missed it?

This workshop is designed to help you identify safe situations and learn how to get your dog out of jam before the fur flies.  Come hear Sue Sternberg and get the tools to navigate dog park experiences with safety and confidence.

Date: January, 18, 2013
Location: St. Hubert’s, 575 Woodland Ave, Madison, NJ
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $55.00
To Register: Click Here

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