Jersey City, NJ – Three weeks ago, an interim board stepped into an abysmal situation at the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City. In the words on one of the interim board members, the facility looks like a “hoarding” situation.
The facility, meant to house 50 dogs comfortably, is bursting with nearly 100. The cat situation is even worse with nearly 300 cats crammed into cages that were designed to hold only 80. A lack of sufficient staff to care for the massive number of animals has caused conditions to deteriorate dramatically.
The over-crowding is leading to rampant disease, especially among the cats. Dogs are living in filthy cages not designed to house them, and the overall situation is horrendous.
How did this happen? How did a “No-Kill” shelter let things deteriorate to this extent? According to the interim board, it is not due to a lack of caring or compassion – instead, it is the result of caring too much. The inability to say no and turn animals away as owners continue to flood the doors with their unwanted dogs and cats.
Three weeks ago, acting Board President, John OKeefe, announced that the existing 5 member board was resigning and that the humane society would be taken over by the Attorney General – a move which would effectively revert the shelter to a 7-day euthanasia impound facility. The reasons cited were a pending bankruptcy induced by a botched attempt to go “No-Kill”.
Now, the interim board members are in a mad rush to save lives. Innocent dogs and cats are going to be killed, in high numbers, if other rescues and/or foster homes do not step up to pull the animals from the over-crowded facility.
This Friday, there are 45 dogs slated for euthanasia. In the meantime, the shelter staff is scrambling to evaluate the existing dogs, perform spay/neuter surgeries, and complete other necessary vetting. The goal is to get as many dogs and cats ready for immediate adoption or fostering.
This situation has surpassed urgent. Please share this article with others and ask them to do the same. As many rescues and foster homes as possible are needed to immediately step up if lives are to be spared. Rescue contact information is as follows:
Phone (201) 547- 4147
For those individuals involved in the No-Kill shelter movement, please get in touch with this shelter as soon as possible to offer assistance and advice…time is of the essence.
Please, spay and neuter your dogs and cats and adopt your next companion. Too many dogs and cats are dying across the country everyday.
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