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July 1999

SHARE

Dear Friends,

SHARE (SHelter And REscue)
July 30, 1999
Dear Friends,
First and most important - if you have opened this letter and you are part of a volunteer group, shelter, or other animal-related organization, PLEASE POST THIS SO YOUR MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS CAN SEE IT! There is no way I can send a copy to all of them, but they are all invited to participate.
The sixth meeting of SHARE was held on Sunday, July 25, at the home of Toni Black and Marie Ainsworth, 701 Evesham Ave., Voorhees, NJ. The next meeting will be at the same location on Sunday, August 22, 1999, at 1:30 PM. For information or directions, call them at (609) 795-2222. Our special guest speaker will be Phil Arkow, discussing the connection between animal abuse and other forms of domestic violence.
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Here's info about the people & issues at the last meeting.
Diana Jeffrey, of Animal Welfare Federation of NJ, was a guest speaker. She has practiced family law, and is currently working with shelters and rescue groups throughout the state, helping coordinate efforts in just about every area. She invites every group and individual to contact her if you have problems, questions, projects, or solutions regarding animals. AWFNJ is a statewide coalition with the ability to network and provide assistance for everything from day-to-day matters to legislative issues. While acknowledging that each group must maintain autonomy and may disagree with others about certain topics, AWFNJ can facilitate cooperation when there is agreement. By working together on issues and presenting a united front, the animal community can make great strides.
Diana discussed the way that communities select animal control services. AWFNJ has taken a firm stand against towns hiring a contractor that employs anyone found guilty of animal cruelty. As reported in last month's news, that is a serious issue in our region. As previously reported, state law requires certification of ACOs, but does not require licensing. Hopefully this will be changed in the future, but for now there is no law prohibiting people found guilty of animal cruelty from working with animals. Contrary to what we were told by Gloucester Township city council members, contracts do not have to go to the lowest bidder. The bid must also be "reasonable" - and it is clearly not reasonable to hire someone to work with animals if that person has been found guilty of animal abuse. It is comparable to hiring child abusers for a daycare center or elderly abusers for a retirement home.
Diana said that we can make a difference by writing letters and going to city council meetings before contracts are renewed, and state our concerns. We can keep track of calls we receive from residents who have had problems with animal control, and report that to legislators. We can encourage those residents to express their grievances to legislators. And we can write letters to the editors of local papers describing the problem. She also said that the most effective letters would be to the county freeholders and leaders of the major parties. I am enclosing sample letters to these leaders which you may adapt and send regarding the renewal of a contract with Animal Nuisance Control in Gloucester Township. Please do not copy the exact wording, as politicians usually ignore form letters.
Diana also mentioned that the state's Department of Community Affairs has millions of dollars available to municipalities that work together and have shared services. This could be a great opportunity for towns to get money and provide property tax relief for their citizens. This needs to be checked out!
Diana has hosted AWFNJ meetings throughout the state, and will be issuing a report detailing the common concerns shared by most animal groups. Among the top five: getting the message to the public about the massive overpopulation numbers and resulting euthanasias; finding a better way to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty; raising the differential between licensing fees for spayed/neutered and intact animals; instituting mandatory spay/neuter for all adopted animals; creating opportunities for low cost spay/neuter.
Diana suggested that we contact:
Jeffrey Nash, Director, Camden Board of Freeholders, Court House Square, 520 Market St., Camden, NJ 08102-1375, 856-225-5466.
David Luthman, chair, Camden County Democratic Party, 26 Springdale Rd., Building 27, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003, 856-424-5757.
John Hanson, Camden County Republican Party, PO Box 192, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035, 856-292-1912.
Write to Dr. Colin Campbell, State Health Department, PO Box 369, Trenton, NJ 08625-0369 and ask him to revise N.J.A.C. 8:23A-2 to include a provision providing for the revocation of an ACO's certification upon conviction of animal cruelty laws. Or send email: ctc@doh.state.nj.us."
Contact Diana Jeffrey at AWFNJ, P.O. Box 712, Montclair, NJ 07042, (973) 259-1398, fax (973) 259-1385, email awfnj@aol.com.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Susan Engel and her assistant Ron Nober presented information about free Puppy Parenting/Dog Behavior seminars, offered to area shelters. The two hour program offers "Everything you need to know to raise a happy and healthy dog!" Susan has been holding these monthly seminars at Animal Welfare Association for anyone who wants to know how to care for their dogs. There is no charge, but reservations are required to guarantee a space. Susan wants to help ensure permanent adoptive homes, and help "difficult" dogs get homes. She found that large numbers of dogs and older puppies are turned into shelters due to behavior and training problems. She offers her services to area shelters, and will evaluate dogs to see if their behavior can be improved to make them more adoptable. She will arrange to hold seminars for other shelters if they can provide her with a large enough room for the meeting. She is also interested in doing seminars with shelter staff to help them understand dog behavior and training ideas.
Susan offers dog training certificates for dogs adopted at Animal Orphanage, and invites other shelters to participate. The certificates provide one hour of free counseling with the new adopter, in the hopes that their adoption will be successful. She also has a "10% program" which donates 10% of her training program fee to the nonprofit group that refers the client.
The next free Puppy Parenting/Dog Behavior seminar will be held at AWA, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, on Tuesday, August 24, at 6:30 PM. For more info, call Susan Engel, The Dog Training Company, 609-810-2688.
Susan also brought information about a "new" breed of dog - the Korean Jindo. According to reports, the breed is popular on the west coast and moving their way east. There are already a few breeders in South Jersey. Jindos have already gained a dangerous and aggressive reputation, and shelters are cautioned to be aware of them. They are medium sized members of the Spitz family. Susan warns, "In my experience, I agree this dog has primitive instincts, they will definitely test the hierarchy of the family and take control as the 'alpha dog' if given the chance. I believe it is important to establish dominance early with this breed and to seek training as soon as possible. The Jindo dog is not for the novice dog owner. Even experienced dog handlers may find this dog to be too much of a dog."
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Animal Welfare Association has plans to work on Camden's horrific animal problems. They plan to operate a mobile spay/neuter van, and are projecting they will take in about 1000 animals per year. The first step is to find out accurate numbers for Camden. There has never been an animal census, and estimates of the number of strays vary widely. AWA will attempt to establish better statistics, so they can determine the real needs of the city. Once the program gets started, AWA hopes to have cooperation from all area shelters, as large numbers of animals will need to find homes. AWA definitely does not want this project to become a massive killing operation! If you have questions, ideas or can offer assistance, contact AWA, 506 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043, 856-424-2288.
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Esther Mechler of SPAY USA has sent me a copy of Guidebook to Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics. This book has excellent information about mobile s/n vans currently in use, including photos, floor plans, budgets, do's and don'ts, and more. For info, contact SPAY USA, 750 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050, 800-248-SPAY, direct line 203-377-1116, fax 203-375-6627, www.spayusa.org.
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Some upcoming dates to remember:
- August 7, 1999 - Saturday - yard sale to benefit Hearts & Paws cat sanctuary, at 701 Evesham Ave., Voorhees, NJ. Call Marie or Toni - 856-795-2222.
- August 14, 1999 - Saturday - Smokey Joe's 5th birthday party hosted by Bob Sheets - to raise money for animal shelters. Theme: Wild, Wild West. Call Bob at Flower World, 856-662-5080.
- August 21, 1999 - Saturday - 7th Annual National Homeless Animals' Day - to spotlight the tragedy of pet overpopulation, and to stress the importance of spaying and neutering. Candlelight vigils and government proclamations will be held nationwide. Free vigil packets and info available from ISAR (International Society for Animal Rights), 965 Griffin Pond Rd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411, 570-586-2200, fax 570-586-9580, e-mail ISAR@aol.com.
- August 21-22, 1999 - Sowing Seeds: A National Humane Education Workshop, presented by Center for Compassionate Living, in Surry, Maine. For info, contact CCL, P.O. Box 260, Surry, ME 04684, 207-667-1025, e-mail ccl@acadia.net, web site - http://www.compassionateliving.org
- August 22, 1999 - Sunday - SHARE meeting - 1:30 PM, at 701 Evesham Ave., Voorhees, NJ 08043. Call Toni & Marie for directions & information - 865-795-2222.
- August 23, 1999 - Monday - Animal Orphanage hosts its 3rd annual golf outing at Little Mill Country Club. Registration & lunch, with cash bar, 11 AM - 12:30 PM; shotgun tee-off 1 PM; open bar, snacks & awards, 6-8 PM. Proceeds will benefit the shelter. Call 609-983-3232.
- August 24, 1999 - Tuesday - Free Puppy Parenting/Dog Behavior seminar at Animal Welfare Association, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, 6:30 PM. Call Susan Engel, The Dog Training Company, 609-810-2688.
- September 25, 1999 - Saturday - 3rd Annual Outdoor Pet Fair, Flea Market & Craft Show, hosted by Save The Animals Foundation, at Deptford PetsMart, 9 AM - 3 PM. Vendors welcome - $20/table - all proceeds benefit animals. Call Diana Malcontento, 856-582-3661.
- October 23, 1999 - Save The Animals Foundation holds their 2nd annual Dog Walk-A-Thon to benefit animals, at Bethel Mill Park in Sewell, NJ. Call Diana Malcontento, 856-582-3661.
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Phil Arkow will be our guest speaker. Phil writes a column, "Pet Pals," about animals for the Sunday CourierPost, serves on the board of AWFNJ, and works with the Latham Foundation. He has written extensively about the connection between animal abuse and other forms of domestic violence. He recently edited Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse: Linking the Circles of Compassion for Prevention and Intervention, a 500 page compilation of 45 original essays by experts in all 3 fields.
We expect to have veterinarians Dr. Sheila Maier, discussing cooperative efforts between vets and shelters to work toward a no-kill region, at the September meeting, and Dr. Charles Bell discussing emergency preparedness in October just in time for Y2K. We hope to have a presentation on empowering ourselves in the future.
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Please SHARE the information in this letter and the open invitation to meetings with everyone you know who might be interested. SHARE is for all groups and individuals in the South Jersey area who are involved with helping companion animals. Make sure all the members of your group or organization know about it. If you have information or ideas that might be of interest to others, please get it to me in writing so it can be SHAREd with them.
Maureen Koplow
476 Warwick Rd.
Deptford, NJ 08096
(609) 853-1847
mkoplow@citnet.com
P.S. Each mailing costs about $60. Please let me know if you are not interested in receiving any more newsletters! Special thanks to Paula Dean, Bonnie Panebianco, and Hearts & Paws for donating stamps this month to help with postage costs.

HeartsandPaws@yahoo.com