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Koda and Maya Seek A Home for the Holidays

Since the AHS Newark facility is an inner-city shelter with an open door policy, we receive so many heartbreaking situations -- and try to remedy as many as possible.

When we are alerted to the social media news concerning shelters that have thrown caution to the wind and adopt out animals at no charge, we can only hope that these animals will find a loving and lasting home. In our own experiences, we adopt out animals that are unexpectedly returned because of a landlord, allergies in the family, a move to a new location, problems with other pets in the home.

Finances are also a big concern when taking in a dog or cat. There are vet bills, food, vaccines, medical care, grooming.

So, we are extremely concerned about the future of animals when shelters empty their kennels after the word "FREE" is advertised. Prospective adopters should have the means to properly care for animals. AHS takes in many dogs and cats after their owners cannot properly care for them. "Adopting out animals at a high rate" is urged by a so-called progressive animal welfare policy. AHS does not shove the animals out to satisfy some high achievement percentage. We note that some dogs from the Lakewood House of Horrors were adopted out quickly at another shelter -- too quickly. Both dogs were hit by cars and died. AHS is concerned about where our animals go and sometimes it takes a little longer. And for those shelters that have emptied out their kennels -- did you check back in a month or two?

Maya and Koda are 7 and 9 years old respectively. The Alaskan Malamutes came to AHS when their owner could no longer afford to keep this beautiful pair. Koda had a worrisome tumor on his neck. Our veterinary staff removed the tumor which turned out to be benign. The bonded pair of pooches are now ready to live their sunset years in a new home.

The Society's Res-Q Fund was used to help in the medical care for Koda and your donations are always needed for the next needy stray that arrives.

Each kennel staffer picked out some of their favorite dogs for a photo opportunity and kennel staffer, Shakeeta, picked out Maya and Koda.

We are hoping for the happiness of the holidays for this wonderful duo in need of a brighter New Year! For more information on Maya and Koda, call AHS at 973-824-7080 or e-mail us.

Read Koda and Maya's update after their successful surgeries.


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