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 atwww.sthuberts.org/jobopportunities

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

August 16, 2013

Sponsored by Tomahawk Live Trap – www.livetrap.com

Space is Limited - Get your TICKETS today!!!

Agenda:

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,
DVM, MS, DABVP, CAWA, American SPCA

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

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Speakers, Topics and Schedule Subject to Change

As Hurricane Irene Races Up the East Coast - Are you and your animal Prepared?

August 26, 2011

The National Weather Service is currently predicting that Hurricane Irene will slam into the Northeast as a Category Two storm on Sunday evening, but we’ll likely see some heavy weather - including total rainfall of up to seven inches - even before that. Are you and your pets prepared?

Check out the links below for some disaster preparation tips from the experts and have your county OEM number handy.

NJ Office of Emergency Management

ASPCA

Ready.Gov

Plain Talk on Protecting Pets

Plain Talk on Protecting Livestock

Other Useful Links for Animals in Disasters

Make sure you’ve got everything you need: food, potable water and medications for you and your animals; ID tags on your pets’ collars and current photos and paperwork; and first aid supplies for your two- and four-legged family members. Take a careful look at your property. Identify the best place for your animals in each type of disaster you can forsee. Make arrangements with a trustworthy neighbor for horse and livestock care and/or evacuation procedures in the event that a disaster occurs when you are not home. This person should have access to your animals and be familiar with them.

Your emergency and evacuation plans must include provisions for your pets.
Have a safe place to take your pets, especially in case an evacuation is ordered.
  • Plan NOW, before an emergency, to find out whether friends, relatives or pet-friendly hotels can shelter your animals in the event of a disaster. Keep a list of pet-friendly places, including phone numbers, with your other disaster supplies.
  • Remember: During an evacuation, American Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets. Service animals who assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters.
  • This directory of Pet-Friendly Hotels and Motels may help. Important: DO NOT ASSUME any hotel listed here will allow pets until you have called and spoken with someone at that hotel!
In case you need assistance, have your county and municipal office of emergency management numbers on hand as well as the number of your local animal shelter.
If you aren’t evacuated, you might still face a lengthy power outage. The NJ Office of Emergency Management is warning its citizens to prepare for at least 72 hours without power. Make sure that you have non-perishable food and a non-electric can opener, that you have a flashlight with fresh batteries, and enough clean drinking water to keep yourself, your family and your pets hydrated.

Federal law leashes pit bull restrictions

October 13, 2010

6:00 am September 29, 2010, by Bob Barr

Municipal governments from New York City to Miami, and from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Denver, have responded to fear of pit bulls and similar breeds of dogs, by severely restricting their ownership or banning them entirely from their jurisdictions.  Now, thanks to a rule issued recently by the U.S. Department of Justice, such actions are subject to being struck down.  Jurisdictions now considering such overreactions, such as Douglasville, Georgia, would be well-advised to review the Justice Department’s opinion before proceeding.

Dog owners and humane societies have long-opposed such arbitrary and overly broad laws that penalize thousands of pit bull owners who maintain their canine companions properly and without incident, because of a small number who fail to properly train and control the dogs.  Courts generally have permitted such ordinances to stand, based on deference to the so-called “police power” of local governments to protect the public “safety and welfare.”

The 20-year old, federal Americans With Disabilities Act (”ADA”), however, may put a stop to such “breed-specific legislation.”  The ADA protects measures designed to help persons with disabilities, which includes dogs used by disabled persons for assistance.  Laws that outlaw ownership of entire breeds, including those that might be used for assistive purposes, would limit the ability of persons with disabilities to use such pets, and would therefore violate the ADA and be deemed by the Justice Department to be unlawful.

In what some might consider a rare example of the federal government recognizing that laws can be overly broad and therefore harmful to individual liberty, the Justice Department’s opinion on breed-specific legislation noted that such laws sweep too broadly; and that it is inappropriate to outlaw an entire breed of dogs because a small number cause problems.  Such problems are the result of owners not restraining their dogs properly or inadequately training them, rather than the result of a particular breed’s disposition, and can be addressed by more narrowly-crafted legislation.

Unfortunately, there are still those, like the mayor of Douglasville, Georgia, who favor overly restrictive measures.  The mayor recently noted in support of the city’s proposed pit bull ordinance, that he had no problem singling out pit bulls, because he sees them “on TV” causing “incidents.”    One would hope that local government officials might on their own possess some understanding of limited government and individual liberty; but if the Justice Department at least in this instance will ensure that they do so by way of a federal law, then the feds are serving as an important check on excessive government power.

http://blogs.ajc.com/bob-barr-blog/2010/09/29/federal-law-leashes-pit-bull-restrictions/?cxntfid=blogs_bob_barr_blog

A2513, Providing for Voluntary Contributions to Cat and Dog Spay/Neuter Fund, Passes Senate and Assembly

June 26, 2009

A2513, provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross New Jersey State income tax returns to the Cat and Dog Spay/Neuter Fund or the Community Food Pantry Fund. A taxpayer can make contributions to either fund by indicating on his state tax return that a portion of his tax refund or an enclosed contribution is to be deposited into the specified fund. The Legislature is to appropriate all funds deposited into the Cat and Dog Spay/Neuter Fund to the Animal Population Control Fund in the Department of Health and Senior Services, which funds a low-cost spaying and neutering program.

THIS BILL WAS PASSED AS A2513 IN BOTH THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY ON JUNE 25, 2009

Primary Sponsor: Gordon M. Johnson
Primary Sponsor: Wayne P. DeAngelo
Primary Sponsor: Eric Munoz
Primary Sponsor: Elease Evans
Primary Sponsor: Herb Conaway, Jr.
Primary Sponsor: Albert Coutinho
Co-Sponsor: Linda Stender
Co-Sponsor: Declan J. O’Scanlon, Jr.
Co-Sponsor: Connie Wagner
Co-Sponsor: Mila M. Jasey
Co-Sponsor: Joseph Vas
Co-Sponsor: Linda R. Greenstein
Co-Sponsor: Nellie Pou
Co-Sponsor: Sandra Love
Co-Sponsor: Paul D. Moriarty
Co-Sponsor: Upendra J. Chivukula
Co-Sponsor: Joseph Cryan
Co-Sponsor: Dana L. Redd
Co-Sponsor: Robert M. Gordon
Co-Sponsor: Teresa M. Ruiz

3/13/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
10/23/2008 Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
10/27/2008 Passed by the Assembly (79-0-0)
10/27/2008 Received in the Senate
10/27/2008 Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
1/26/2009 Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
1/26/2009 Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
5/14/2009 Reported from Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee with favorable report
6/25/2009 Substituted by A2513
6/25/2009 PASSED BY THE SENATE (38-0) AND REFERRED TO ASSEMBLY
6/25/2009 Received in the Assembly, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
6/25/2009 PASSED ASSEMBLY (Passed Both Houses) (79-0-0)

Pending New Jersey legislation regarding animals or animal welfare is listed in this section by bill number. Unless otherwise noted, the AWFNJ does not specifically endorse or support these proposed bills. Bills are posted for information purposes only and we welcome your input on each of them.

Groups Fight to Save the Endangered Species Act

December 19, 2008

 

 

Last Minute Bush Rule Changes Threaten American Wildlife
 
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Dec. 16, 2008) –  Environmentalists are fighting to protect the Endangered Species Act regulations from last-minute changes by the Bush administration that will dramatically weaken and limit the use of the landmark wildlife protection law, according to legal experts and scientists.
 
The Bush plan has been roundly panned for eliminating science from federal agency decision making and ignoring objections from hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens across the country.
 
In an effort to maintain protection for wildlife, a coalition of groups filed suit today to halt the last-minute rules.
 
The suit claims that the Bush rule changes are illegal and expose America’s most vulnerable plants and animals to new threats by allowing federal agencies to self-consult about potential project impacts on endangered species. In a major break from typical national environmental policy, no environmental impact statement has been conducted
 
Though the changes were announced last week, the final language was not published until Tuesday morning. After reviewing the changes, the groups’ fears were realized regarding the changes. The suit was filed in the Northern District of California. Earthjustice is representing the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Sierra Club, Conservation Northwest, The Humane Society of the United States, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), and the Institute for Fisheries Resources. NRDC will also be co-counsel with Earthjustice.
 
 “We’ve gone to court over this issue before, we’re doing so now and we’ll continue to do so until the proper protections are in place for wildlife in peril,” said Janette Brimmer, attorney for Earthjustice. “Requiring compliance with the Endangered Species Act only part of the time is not what was intended when Congress originally passed the ESA. These new set of rules are not in compliance with the original law.” 
 
“The Endangered Species Act is the cornerstone of our country’s environmental laws and the rule-changes in question run roughshod over its basic mandate,” said Andrew Wetzler, director of NRDC’s Endangered Species Program. “If the Bush administration thinks that the green groups and the general public will just step aside they are tone-deaf and wrong.”
 
“When it comes to protecting wildlife, we should listen to the scientists who spend their lives studying these animals. If they say global warming is the biggest threat to polar bears, then we should do what it takes to eliminate that threat,” said Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope. “These rules would be a lasting reminder of all of the disdain for science and political trumping of expertise that have characterized the Bush Administration’s efforts to dismantle fundamental environmental laws.”
 
“This last ditch effort to gut the nation’s strongest wildlife-protection law is patently illegal, and will not succeed,” said Jonathan Lovvorn, vice president and chief counsel of animal protection litigation and research for The Humane Society of the United States.  “The party is over for these kinds of conservation rollbacks, and it’s time to start talking about strengthening our commitments to the protection of endangered species.”
 
Contact:  Josh Mogerman, NRDC at 312/780-7424 (office) or 773/853-5384 (mobile)
       Janette Brimmer, Earthjustice at 206/343-7340 (office) or 206/ 290-3749 (mobile)
       Kristina Johnson, Sierra Club at 415/977-5619 (office) or 541/914-9744
 
 
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing. www.nrdc.org
 
The Sierra Club was founded by John Muir in 1892 with a mission to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. It is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization.
 
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the nation’s largest animal protection organization – backed by nearly 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.
 
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20037
humanesociety.org
Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty
 
Interested in taking action online to help animals? Then join our online community! Go to:  https://community.hsus.org/humane/join

Join us in Support of Hunting Free Sunday

November 5, 2008

Three Bills Jeopardize New Jersey’s Sunday hunting prohibition.  Assembly and senate bills S802 and A1669 lift the hunting prohibition for bow and arrow hunting only while Senate bill S2335 allows for both bow and firearm hunting on Sundays.

The AWFNJ has joined a coalition of other animal welfare and advocacy groups in seeking to preserve Sundays as a day for families to enjoy outdoors.  While the AWFNJ does not oppose hunting, hunters represent a small percent of the state’s population and they are already able to hunt six days a week for much of the year.  Living in The Garden State comes with the benefit of enjoying the outdoors; hiking, biking, bird watching on public lands as well as enjoying ones own property.

Please speak up and urge your legislators to oppose S802, A1669 and S2335!  Click here to find your legislator and let them know Sundays must remain hunting free.

S3298 Establish the Office of Animal Welfare as an Independent Department

November 5, 2008

The New Jersey Legislature has the opportunity to take action for companion animals with the introduction of A3298, a bill that would establish the Office of Animal Welfare as an independent department within the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Currently the department is located within the Division of Disease Control, a department that is important in managing health issues such as rabies but is less prepared to take enforcement actions on issues that affect the well-being of animals. Critically, this bill will not require any additional funding to accomplish its goal of providing autonomy for this department.

On October 16th the bill was introduced and has been referred to the Assembly Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee.

Take Action!

Contact the members of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee and let them know you support A3298.  Click on each representative’s name to be taken directly to their contact pages:

Douglas H. Fisher, Chair

Nelson T. Albano, Vice-Chair

John F. Amodeo

Herb Conaway, Jr.

Marcia A. Karrow

THE AWFNJ SUPPORTS THIS BILL.  

Click here to read the full text of the bill.

Pending New Jersey legislation regarding animals or animal welfare is listed in this section by bill number. Unless otherwise noted, the AWFNJ does not specifically endorse or support these proposed bills. Bills are posted for information purposes only and we welcome your input on each of them.

Take Action: Support NJDHSS authority to revoke ACO licenses

August 9, 2008

Please support the appellate court decision, giving the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services the authority to investigate claims against Animal Control Officers and revoke their licenses, if warranted, for offenses other than animal cruelty. Show your support by sending letters to the Attorney General’s Office and the DHSS Commissioner. You can can send your own letters or contact them by phone or email to:

Melissa H. Raksa
Chief Deputy Attorney General
Hughes Justice Complex, 8th Floor
PO Box 112
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-777-4854
Fax: 609-777-4036
Email: melissa.raksa@dol.lps.state.nj.us

Heather Howard
Commissioner, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services
One John Fitch Plaza
PO Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-292-7837
FAx: 609-292-0053
Contact: http://www.state.nj.us/health/commiss/contact.shtml