EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - New Beginnings Animal Rescue, one of very few dedicated pet adoption shelters in East Brunswick, has completed a several-month-long moving process and plans to hold upcoming events to promote their new space. New Beginnings’ “Cat Adoption Room” had its grand opening several months ago, on April 6th, 2019. Since then, it has seen steady success, and many cats have found loving homes through its services.

The shelter’s founder, Barbara Keegan, expresses gratitude for the ongoing support that it has received, as well as their new location at Edgebrook Animal Hospital, who offered them the space to use until they are able to find a new location. “We’re very happy here,” Keegan said, “and we’re doing very well.”

The shelter was founded by Keegan five years ago, and was originally located at 706-R Cranbury Road. Keegan had worked at a large shelter in Sayreville prior to opening New Beginnings, but the shelter ended up closing. Sensing a need for another shelter, Keegan and several others got together and raised enough money to open a new one. 

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New Beginnings’s five-year lease ended in February, leaving its residents without a place to go. According to Keegan, they have looked all over the area for potential space to open a new shelter, but it has been an uphill battle. Due to local zoning laws, it has been hard to find places in which they could build a new location. 

Their current Cat Adoption Room was actually a generous offer from an Edgebrook Animal Hospital vet who worked closely with New Beginnings at its original location. “It could just be temporary, but we might be here forever,” said Keegan of the new room. In her eyes, the fact that they now operate out of a single room is a bit of a loss, but it’s perfectly fine because they’re still in business. 

In fact, in spite of their location change, it’s been business as usual at New Beginnings. Animals are getting adopted and coming into the shelter at the same rate they did before their lease expired, and there have been many people calling to donate cats that they can no longer care for. Some accommodations have been made to fit the new space, including a recently-introduced waitlist. Animals enter the shelter when one already there has been adopted, ensuring that the room never gets overcrowded. Keegan reported that they would likely be expecting a new cat soon, as a three-year-old shelter cat named Jamie had just been adopted. The fact that they now only deal with cats also arose out of space limitations. New Beginnings used to also shelter dogs, but they are now unable to due to the loss of their kenneling facility. 

Keegan wants all potential adopters to know that all of New Beginnings’ cats are spayed and neutered, vaccinated, and fully vet-checked. She and the rest of the shelter stand by what they do, and are always willing to take cats back if any problems arise. In the end, their job is to make sure that every cat they take in finds a loving home.

The shelter will be holding a “Kittenpalooza” adoption event featuring carnival games and waived adoption fees for its adult cats on June 30th, 2019, at its Edgebrook Hospital location at 777 Helmetta Boulevard. For more information, visit https://newbeginningsanimalrescuenj.org