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AHs/Poporn Park Rescues Dogs/Cats from North Carolina



CONTACT: John Bergmann, General Manager Popcorn Park
July 19, 2011


AFTER SERVING as living subjects for a veterinary technician school, a dozen dogs and cats who ended up in a North Carolina shelter were days or even hours away from being euthanized, when their lives were saved, thanks to Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park.

All of the animals are kind and all around affectionate, perfectly adoptable, but because of the high number of animal surrenders at the North Carolina shelter, they would have no doubt ended up being put to sleep.

Five were "favorites" of the vet techs who advised that they have wonderful temperaments. Also included were seven gentle cats. The entire crew was transported to the Society's Forked River facility.

The animals were provided to the school by the shelter and used so future veterinary technicians could have hands-on practice with work like, administering needles, shunts, etc. After being used for about two weeks at the facility, they were returned to the High kill shelter which takes in as many as 50 animals a day.

Associated Humane Societies learned of the fate of these 12 animals through an advocacy email network, had volunteers in North Carolina rescue them, give them necessary veterinary care and care for them until they could be transported north to New Jersey and to Associated Humane Societies’ Popcorn Park. 

AHS/Popcorn Park staff hopes to find these animals wonderful, permanent homes. All of the dogs and cats have been examined and are ready for adoption.

All of these animals are terrific friends and are ready to be loved in a new home.

“We are happy that we could save these 12 by bringing them here,” said Popcorn Park General Manager John Bergmann. “We will do all we can to give these animals a safe place to live and find them forever families.”

Associated Humane Societies is part of a network of advocacy organizations that will take pets from throughout the country, rescued from kill shelters or imminent death, and give them a home. Several groups in the South regularly visit quick kill shelters, evaluate the dogs that are there and rescue those they feel are adoptable. That is when AHS is often able to help.

It is important to note that no animals at AHS are euthanized to make room for new ones. That makes the need to find homes for these homeless animals even greater. There are hundreds of pets available for adoption at AHS animal shelters in Tinton Falls, Newark and Forked River. You can check them out by logging on to http:/

It is through your help that we can save animals in the nick of time as we did these 12 who faced a highly probable death in days. Please donate today and support our efforts to save as many lives as we can. Or check out our numerous programs that offer other unique ways to support animals.


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