UNION, NJ – A commemoration of the late Jay Kielwasser's work as Union’s Animal Control Officer took place at Wednesday evening’s Board of Health meeting.

Board President Jackie Carter said Kielwasser, who passed away in April, was the first Animal Control officer appointed by the Board of Health. 

“You really don’t know how someone is going to respond to a new job until you see them in action,” said Carter.  “One of the first noticeable things about Jay’s response was his compassion and love for animals.  Stray dogs and cats arrived at the shelter in good health and in poor health.  For the struggling, Jay put in extra time physically and emotionally to their care.”

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“One of the things you would hear him say from time to time was ‘these poor animals can’t stick up for themselves and someone has to’.  Well, that someone was Jay,” continued Carter.

A plaque was presented to Kielwasser’s mother, Antoinette, and his wife, Brooke and infant son,  which read, “In memory of James (Jay) Kielwasser, January 2007-April 2017, for his generous spirit, empathy and compassion for animals and for his genuine contributions and in grateful appreciation for his dedicated services to the Animal Control Program.”

Carter said the plaque will be displayed in the Animal Control Center.

“Every single thing Jay did,” said Carter, “he did from his heart and soul.  Our Animal Control Center is better because he was a part of it.”