UNION, NJ – Abe Blinkon and 29 of his furry friends recently made the long trip cross country from Las Cruces, New Mexico to Union, and are now at the Shake-A-Paw Rescue and Adoption Center on Route 22.

Abe, a small, mild-mannered mixed breed dog, was born without eyes and walks with a bit of a limp.  “We think he may have been hit by a car at some point,” said Jeff Morton, Owner and President of Shake-A-Paw.  “Abe is a sweet dog.  He’s quiet and gentle and just wants to sit on someone’s lap and be loved.”  Morton said the shelter in New Mexico thought Abe to be about 3-years old, but Morton’s team thinks he’s probably closer to six.

The Shake-A-Paw Rescue and Adoption Center in Union receives about 30 rescue dogs a month.  Morton said most dogs are under 30 pounds.  “We are a no-kill facility, but on average our rescue dogs are only here about three weeks.  All of the dogs we receive are adopted at some point.”  Morton said dogs are screened and provided medical care as necessary.  If they are old enough, they are spayed or neutered. 

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Morton opened the rescue and adoption center inside his Shake-A-Paw store in 2012.  “But over the last 18 months, we’ve really ramped up the adoption center,” he said.  “We have the resources to handle some of the tougher cases.” 

A few of the other adoptable residents include Bella, a 3-year old Chihuahua mix, and Snowball who had five puppies five weeks ago.  Snowball, a terrier mix, and her puppies will be available for adoption in about three weeks.  “We would like to have someone adopt Snowball with one of her pups,” said Morton. 

There’s 3-year old Jasmine, a Chihuahua mix, who is going to give birth any day.  “We’ve had four litters born here this year,” said Morton.  And then there’s Princess, a pit bull mix who is the longest resident of the shelter.  Princess was surrendered to Shake-A-Paw a few months ago.  Morton said, “Princess is a senior,” and she may have been abused earlier in her life, as she will shy away from a raised hand.  “But she is sweet and loving and would make a nice pet,” added Morton.

The Shake-A-Paw Rescue and Adoption Center is located at 2195 US Hwy 22 West or at http://ShakeaPawRescue.Org