BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Members of the Bloomfield community showed up in droves at Anthony’s Cheesecake on Washington Street throughout the day on Saturday as the popular eatery donated profits from meal sales to the Homeless Animal Adoption League.
“This is the second time we are doing this and (business partner) Phil Byrne and I are both animal lovers, so we want to help out as much as we can,” owner Anthony Lauro told TAP. “We thought this is a great way to give back and we have a great crowd here today and we’re going to be jam-packed for dinner.”
The Homeless Animal Adoption League (HAAL) was originally formed as the East Orange Animal League in 1989 by citizens concerned about conditions in the East Orange Pound.
The league was incorporated as the Homeless Animal Adoption League in 1995. When the East Orange pound closed, the league set up temporary residence in Bloomfield to find homes for the remaining East Orange cats. That temporary residence had become a home for homeless, abandoned, and abused cats for more than years.
“We basically use all the sales from the whole day, so whatever we collect today, we donate back to the cause,” said Lordo. “Last year, we had a great turnout, so a nice amount of money was raised.”
In January 2018, HAAL officially closed their temporary Bloomfield location and opened a permanent Clifton location at 236 Delawanna Avenue, across from the NJ Transit Delawanna Station.
“We love giving back to the community, whether it be Bloomfield Animal Shelter or with the schools, we try to do as much as we can to help those that need it,” Lordo said.
All cats up for adoption at HAAL have their vaccinations, including Rabies, if over four months old. Cats are also tested for Feline AIDS and Feline Leukemia, and if of appropriate age, are spayed and neutered.
At HAAL, cats are allowed out of their cages to run free and socialize with both their feline and human friends. They are also visited several times a week by two friendly canines so that they can get used to their dog friends as well.
Meanwhile, Anthony’s Cheesecake is also hosting a pet food and supply drive this winter.
“Residents can continue to drop off pet food now through Valentine’s Day,” Lordo added. “Valentine’s Day is when we kick off our fundraiser for Bloomfield Animal Shelter. That night we’ll have live entertainment and we do it for the shelter and it’s a month of giving for the pets.”
For more information, you can call HAAL at 973-985-6344 or visit their website at www.haalnj.org