Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Effort to Save Bella

A request came through the dog rescue grapevine and I couldn't resist:


Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter
East Hanover, NJ
973-386-0590 ext 5


I am the Shelter Operations Director of Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover , NJ and on Christmas Eve 2009, I received an emergency email about a pit bull who was found in central New Jersey during a terrible snow storm tied to a dumpster with a box of puppies next to her. The puppies were almost overlooked as they were covered in snow and Bella was in horrible shape. She was severely underweight with mange and terrified. One of our fosters took her and the pups in for a few weeks and of course, all of her pups were adopted out quickly.

Bella, unfortunately, is still here at our shelter and has over the past few months started to show serious signs of kennel burnout. She spins and jumps in her kennel, growls and lunges at people walking by and has started to growl and lunge at animals outside of her kennel while walking. She is deteriorating quickly and we have run out of options for her.

It has come to the point that, for Bella’s sake, we have to think about her quality of life and the safety and well being of the public. We are putting out pleas to pittie rescue groups that may be willing to get Bella into a foster home and out of the kennel situation. Bella has until the end of this month to find a “home” or she will be euthanized. This is not a decision we have come to lightly and we are still hopeful that someone will come forward to help her once again. Bella is not good with other dogs or cats and, at this point, should not go with small children. These requirements seriously limit the number of potential adopters for her and has eliminated all of our fosters.

I know you must get, as we do, hundreds of pittie pleas a week but if you can help us help Bella, we would be deeply grateful.

Thank you for your consideration.

Monica Sinforosa
Crossed Paws Rescue
501 (c)(3)