The AHS has animal care and control contracts in several municipalities in Essex, Union, Monmouth and Ocean Counties that enable us to get the pulse of the stray animal situations on a larger scale than most single contract towns.
Over the past several weeks, there has been an onslaught of stray Yorkshire Terriers brought to the AHS facilities in Newark, Tinton Falls and Forked River. All of them had been strays. During the first 2 1/2 months of 2015, the AHS Newark facility took in 17 stray Yorkies -- and only 3 were reclaimed.
Our staff has also seen the posting of "stray" Yorkies at various shelters throughout NJ and very few owners have been posted their pet as missing on lost/found sites.
Puppy mill breeders and pet theft are two possibilities but we do not have any additional information or sightings to investigate. The only thing that the AHS can do is to continue to monitor the situation. We also offer these homeless waifs for adoption to lifelong homes. Thieves will target dogs if left in yards, cars, homes, etc. Pets should never be left unattended.
Yorkie Terriers are not the only breed that has an unusually high number arriving at the Associated Humane Societies. Over the past 3 - 4 years there has been an increase in the number of purebred dogs found as strays in the City of Newark -- without tags, microchipping or calls from concerned owners. Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus also arrive in larger numbers than other breeds. Most of them arrive in badly matted condition.
The ONLY safe way to prove ownership of your pet is microchipping which must then be registered with the organization.
Sadly, AHS continues to be the dumping ground for the massive number of cats that have been hoarded, stray pit bulls that have been deemed useless to their owners, surrendered animals with health issues that are too expensive for owners to take care of; it is the AHS that bears the brunt of the expense in trying to heal these unwanted and often broken animals--as many as we can. And yet we are admonished for the number of cats or pit bulls that are euthanized. But where do they go? Who will want them? Who can take in as many animals as our inner city shelter does in a single time frame. We send many animals to our other facilities and to reliable & trusted rescues and shelters that have room.
Your donation will help us to continue on the only path that we know -- taking in with our "open door" policy. We must be guided by the available space to keep them healthy at each of our facilities at the rate at which we can successfully place them in lifelong homes.
If you would like to adopt a lifetime of love, visit the Associated Humane Societies in Newark, Tinton Falls, or Forked River. For more information, e-mail our Newark shelter, our Tinton Falls shelter, or our Forked River shelter