WESTFIELD, NJ — Thirteen-year-old Roosevelt student Lily Kaplan loves her dog, Gizmo. But Gizmo wasn’t always loved. Along with several other dogs, Gizmo lived in a crate until the day they were dumped at a shelter by an uncaring breeder in Georgia, she explained.

Kaplan’s family adopted Gizmo from Home For Good Dog Rescue, a foster-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) in Berkeley Heights. So for Kaplan’s mitzvah project, part of the process for becoming a bat mitzvah at Temple Emanu-El, she is collecting money and supplies to help other dogs in need.

“I want to accomplish enough for Home for Good Dogs to receive goods that they need," Kaplan said. She created this video to get the word out:

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Between now and Kaplan’s bat mitzvah ceremony on Nov. 28, those who would like to donate can place supplies in a bin outside of their home at 1226 Prospect Street, or at Temple Emanu-El on the morning of her bat mitzvah. Checks should be made out to Home For Good Dog Rescue. The following supplies are needed:

• Gift Cards (PetSmart, Petco, Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Tractor Supply, etc.)
• Slip Leads and Leashes
• Puppy & Adult Martingale Collars
• Crates (Medium and Large)
• Bleach
• Detergent
• Simple Green Cleaning Solution
• Paper Towels
• Newspaper
• Towels
• Dog Toys
• KONGS & Nylabones
• Beds & Blankets
• Poop Bags
• Flea/Tick Preventative (such as Frontline)
• Heartworm Preventative (such as Heartgard)

“Please consider donating and helping out future rescues,” Kaplan said. “There are so many dogs out there that need good homes. Rescue dogs make amazing pets and deserve love and attention.”