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Pet Cremation Services

After several years and by request of many pet owners, the Society is again offering private cremations for your beloved animals. This service will include segregation of your pet and the remains will be returned in a velvet drawstring pouch placed within a polished hardwood chest with a hand-carved flower and vine inlay. A cremation certificate, a sympathy card and custom engraved brass nameplate are returned with the remains. The costs depend upon the size and weight of your pet. Euthanasia is not included in the cost. Your pet can be brought to any of our facilities for this service.

While the Society will continue to maintain the existing cemetery plots in the Garden of Memories, we regret that there is no more land available for additonal burial plots and we can no loger provide interment services for owned pets.

Retirement Home for Pets

For almost three decades the Society has had a unique program - the Safe Haven Program for dogs and cats. This innovative program was designed for people who can no longer keep their pets and want a safe haven for them to live out their lives, or a sanctuary where they can stay until a new home is found. The dogs and cats under this program share the same amenities as those animals under the Share-A-Pet program and those animals who reside with us as the result of a bequest from someone who has passed on - Kitty City for cats and the Animal Haven Farm for dogs. 

The first year is paid in advance after which payment is made on a monthly basis. It is the owner's decision as to whether or not the animal can be adopted into a new home. For additional details, please contact us, putting Safe Haven Program in the subject line, or send an SASE to Safe Haven Program, c/o Associated Humane Societies, 124 Evergreen Ave., Newark, NJ 07114.

Bowser is a mature gent who has been on the Animal Haven Farm since October 2002. At the owner's request, Bowser is not to be adopted out. He receives annual veterinary checks and medical care when needed. In his photo, Bowser is poised, ready to catch a ball ... and it’s usually our staff who gets tired first!

Snooks came to the Society in 2003 and resides in Kitty City. He is now 10 years old, and enjoys hanging out with the rest of the cats, here pictured soaking up the summer sun.

KITTY CITY Located at our Forked River facility, Kitty City is a cat paradise which offers special living conditions to cats who for reasons of abuse, handicap, injury, abandonment or other unique circumstances need an extra chance at a great life.  These cats are available for adoption, or available for sponsorship through the Share-A-Pet program; all enjoy the best of health and care for as long as they need to be with us. These cats enjoy human companionship 8 hours every day, have on-premises veterinary care 6 days a week, specially filtered water, kitty entertainment in the form of cat-TV, fish tanks and toys galore. In nice weather, they also have access to a large, escape-proof outdoor area.

Take a video tour of both Kitty City and the Animal Haven Farm to see how happy our residents are!

All Share-A-Pet cats can be visited by their sponsors, and truly enjoy the special cuddling they receive. It is not unusual for sponsored cats to one day find a home with one of their sponsors or just a cat lover who wants to give that kitty a spot in their own home.  As comfy as their lives are, each Share-A-Pet cat always hopes for that special opportunity. Kitty City is also home to cats who've been left to us through Wills or Bequests or under the Safe Haven Program.

All cats living in Kitty City are featured in our online Share-A-Pet program. You can read about each one and view a current photo, as well as learn all details about how to sponsor your favorite(s). In addition, you will see more photos of the comfortable surroundings enjoyed by all our wonderful Share-A-Pet cats.

THE ANIMAL HAVEN FARM Located at our Forked River facility, the Animal Haven Farm offers special living conditions to dogs who for reasons of abuse, handicap, injury, abandonment or other unique circumstances need an extra special chance at a great life.  These dogs are available for adoption or for sponsorship through the Share-A-Pet program, and enjoy the best of health and care for as long as they need to be with us. The dogs enjoy the care of just one caretaker who gets to know each dog well, and is tuned into their needs.  They also have access to on-premises veterinary care 6 days a week, outdoor play yards with dog houses and toys, where they are matched up with dog buddies with whom they get along well.

Take a short video tour of the Animal Haven Farm and Kitty City to see for yourself how happy and well-cared for our residents are!!All Share-A-Pet dogs relish visits, treats and being walked by their sponsors, and although they have a terrific life with us, can still hope for adoption! In fact, many Share-A-Pet dogs have been adopted by their sponsors, oftentimes after years on the Animal Haven Farm. This area is also the home to dogs left us in Wills or Bequests, or who come to us under the Safe Haven Program.

All dogs living on the Animal Haven Farm are featured in our online Share-A-Pet program. You can read about each one and view a current photo, as well as learn all details about how to sponsor your favorite(s). In addition, you can see additional photos of the comfortable surroundings enjoyed by all our wonderful Animal Haven Farm pups.

WILL YOU REMEMBER YOUR PETS SO THEIR FUTURE IS SECURE?

What will happen to your pets if you're no longer able to care for them? The Society can offer pet owners peace of mind where your animals can live in a veritable pets' paradise - Kitty City for cats and the Animal Haven Farm for dogs - specially designed to make their life cheery and comfortable AND with full-time veterinary care. 

OUR SAFE HAVEN PROGRAM OFFERS SANCTUARY TO PETS THAT CAN NO LONGER BE KEPT   The AHS is often involved with the rescue of animals that are left homeless after their guardian has passed away ... and no plans or concerns had been given to the future care of their pets. 

Regardless of your health or age, appoint a trusted friend or relative to be responsible for your wishes regarding your pet. Whatever your wishes, it should be in writing with copies given to a family member, your veterinarian, a neighbor, your lawyer. Also if permanent provisions have been made, that should be spelled out in the instructions.  It is always important to keep updating this information. 

Many people, with no family or friends to turn to, can rely on the Associated Humane Societies for assistance. We can offer peace of mind with two very special long-term care areas ­ Animal Haven Farm for dogs ...and Kitty City for cats. These are state-of-the-art facilities designed to make your pet's life comfortable and enjoyable AND with full-time veterinary care.  If you decide to make provisions in your Will/Bequest, the following is the wording which should be included: 

"I leave the Associated Humane Societies $(money, real estate, life insurance, stocks, annuity, etc.).  I also leave _________ dogs, _________ cats, _______________(other animals) for lifetime care at the Society's Forked River Animal Care Center. 

However, if you would like to have your animals placed in a private home with a lifetime commitment, please also advise so that we will look for the perfect home for your pet. 

It is critical that the above sentences be separate and distinct. Once you have made that decision, it is important that you notify the AHS in advance of your wishes and provide a copy of the specific page from your Will stating your intentions.  We will then send you wallet cards and decals for your home in the event of an emergency or your incapacitation. We will send you health history forms for each pet requesting the pet's name, age, diet, health problems, spay/neuter information and the name of your veterinarian.

We will also include in the packet a special emergency telephone number that is manned 24 hours a day. These steps will enable us to provide the best care possible for your pet and make their transition as comfortable aspossible.           

The AARP (American Association of Retired People) has life insurance now available to members by mail. No agent will call and you can compare the cost of one policy versus another. This may be superior to an insurance salesman who may want to sell you otherfinancial products you may not want or need. Those people with modest resources and little financial sophistication can be vulnerable to high pressure selling. Contact an attorney who will listen to your wishes and be guided by them. Loosely worded or ambiguous wording in a Will creates a host of costly problems to the Estate and to your pet. 

IF YOU BECOME ILL OR INCAPACITATED, PLEASE NOTIFY US SO THAT YOUR ANIMAL CAN BE ACCEPTED BY US!

Pets in Wills Brochure

This brochure provides a brief overview of some options available to you should you no longer be able to care for your pet. It includes photos of Kitty City and the Animal Haven Farm, as well as required wording for wills, etc. Click here to view a pdf version of the brochure. https://www.ahscares.org/downloads/PetsInWills_Brochure.pdf

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