According to Ruth Perlmutter, Founder and President of the Jersey Animal Coalition (JAC) for the past 25 years, Shelter leaders have made a decision that the nonprofit will leave the no-kill shelter immediately due to lack of support from the local administrations of South Orange and Maplewood.
Constructed on the grounds of the Department of Public Works in South Orange, and funded by a JAC capital campaign, the animal shelter opened its doors ten years ago. Prior to having a bricks and mortar location, JAC previously ran an animal adoption program hosted by a local veterinarian for 15 years.
Since the Shelter’s opening, JAC has cooperated with South Orange and Maplewood in accepting all of the communities’ stray, abandoned and abused animals at no charge to the towns.
“As one of the few true no-kill shelters in the area,” Ms. Perlmutter noted, “we have provided homeless dogs and cats with safe haven, food, medical attention, training, socialization and arranged adoptions for more than 8,000 animals.”
“We are saddened that our two partnering communities have now contracted with the Associated Humane of Newark, and many of the animals we could have saved have already been euthanized,” she added.
JAC currently has found safe haven for the all of its remaining cats, and arrangements are being made to ensure the safety of one remaining dog.
Ms. Perlmutter further explained that with JAC's departure, in addition to the loss of free service for the towns' stray, abandoned and lost animals, the Shelter’s popular community programs serving South Orange and Maplewood, will also be terminated.
These include humane education programs, volunteer opportunities, activities for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, community service projects, and public and Sunday School programs. Announcements will be made regarding relocations of these programs to other communities.