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AHS Can Help Seniors and Pets at Expo.


CONTACT: Roseann Trezza, Executive Director
July 17, 2007


TOMS RIVER, NJ – It’s a well-known fact that seniors who own pets live longer, healthier and happier lives. But sometimes the idea of caring for a pet during that time in life is enough to keep someone from bringing an animal companion home.

Representatives from Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park Zoo will try to alleviate some of those concerns with visitors of the Asbury Park Press Senior Expo, August 7 at the Ritacco Center, 1245 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“There are a number of questions we often hear from seniors who want to adopt a pet, but are unsure: questions like, how can I make sure my pet is cared for if something happens to me? Or, what kind of a pet can I take in if I don’t get around much?” said Roseann Trezza, Executive Director Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park Zoo. “These are wonderful questions and enough to make most conscientious people think twice about bringing in a pet. But they can be addressed. We can match most people with a pet that completely suits their needs and lifestyles, creating an undeniable bond.”

Expo visitors will have a golden opportunity to find a companion or to make arrangements for the lifetime care of their pets in the event of their incapacitation. Associated Humane representatives will staff a booth for the entire expo, ready to talk and provide written information to those who want to know more about having pets in their Will; adopting a pet and the benefits of bringing a pet into their homes.

“We would like to also reach out to pet owners who are concerned for the future of their beloved pets,” she said. “Birds, turtles and tortoises have a long life span and their owners should have assurances that their companion animals will have exceptional care no matter what happens.”

Also at the Associated Humane/Popcorn Park booth will be all types of literature, passes to Popcorn Park, and a video tour of the state-of-the-art Forked River facility; where the staff is committed to making the care of animals as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Associated Humane Societies, operating since 1906, is the largest sheltering system in New Jersey, with three animal care centers and the Popcorn Park Zoo providing a safe sanctuary for more than 15,000 abandoned, injured and abused domestic, exotic, wild and farm animals and birds each year. The not-for-profit organization exists solely on donations. Society staffers, dedicated to protecting all animals, serve at each of the facilities every day.


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