Trenton is a city that is rife with difficult realities: gang violence, corruption, crime, homelessness, poverty, etc. Like any City that struggles to allocate limited resources to a long list of worthy social causes, some are fortunate enough to receive attention and funding while others are unfortunately ignored. More often than not, it is the segments of our population that cannot speak up for themselves that end up in the most marginalized of positions. It is therefore up to someone to give these factions of society a voice. The Shelter Animal Project exists to speak up for the homeless dogs of Trenton, NJ.
WELCOME to The Shelter Animal Project!!!
We are a 501c3 tax exempt Nonprofit Corporation located
in Fairless Hills, PA. Hand in hand with the TRENTON ANIMAL SHELTER (TAS), we run the dog adoption program and dog foster network for TAS. We are volunteers who formed a Nonprofit Corporation so that we can better serve the needs of the fantastic dogs in this shelter.
ELLIE...was adopted into her loving home from a shelter. Once she settled in and her Mom realized how much joy Ellie brought into her life she wanted to give back. Once she started volunteering she was hooked. She walks the dogs daily. She, with her fellow helpers Jo and Nell, keep the shelter running during the week. They make sure all of the dogs needs are meet. She is also an adoption coordinator.
BUDDY... is the guy who finally turned SAP into a reality. He needed surgery and SAP's founding members came together originally to raise money for this procedure. Buddy didn't end up making it through the difficult surgery, but his legacy lives on through SAP and everything that we do. Buddy's foster mom is the second founder of SAP and she will NEVER forget Buddy and how he touched her family for a brief time.
JADE...had a horrible case of mange and her body was covered in scars when she came to the shelter. But something about the look in her eye made it clear in an instant to her mom that this was a special dog who just needed a kind hand, a warm bed, and a lot of love. Jade's mom is the third founder of SAP and she credits Jade with allowing her to find her passion in life. She was always interested in helping others, but it wasn't until Jade walked into her life that she really truly understood what it was she was supposed to be doing with her life.
The Shelter Animal Project is a completely volunteer run organization. We have a board of three official voting members (Lisa, Joanne and Craig) and eight non-voting members (Caitlin, Michelle, Alexandra, Shawn, Megan, Carrie, Keith, and Gavin). Together, the eleven of us meet regularly to decide how we will use the money that we raise to accomplish our goals and how we will fundraise so that we can do more to help the Trenton shelter dogs.
If the staff of the Trenton Bureau of Animal Control were able to do every job that needed to be done, they would be working 24-7. However, volunteers are there to help. Volunteers determine adoptability of the animals, run the Petfinder site that showcases them, fields all the applications that come in for dogs, and finalizes the adoptions. They foster pets in their homes, care for animals at adoption events, and come to the shelter to play with and take dogs for long walks.
We raise money to:
(1) IMPROVE the living conditions in the Trenton Animal Shelter
(2) SPAY & NEUTER adoptable TAS dogs
(3) PAY for surgeries and medical attention for dogs that require help beyond the scope of the shelters resources
(4) PAYfor veterinary costs for foster dogs
(5) EDUCATE children in Trenton's public schools about responsible pet ownership.
TRENTON ANIMAL SHELTER STAFF
The officers of the Trenton Bureau of Animal Control work tirelessly to not only investigate, prevent, and cease acts of cruelty, neglect, and danger to the animals in the city of Trenton- they also work for the people to protect them against dangerous animals, domestic or wild. For only four animal control officers patroling the entire city, these guys make a great team and do an excellent job. The critters they are able to save remain under their care as the volunteers then do their part to analyze the animals and determine adoptability, then work to find loving FOREVER homes to give the dogs and cats that come through this shelter a second chance at a life. We appreciate all the effort these men put into rescuing the furry residents of Trenton, and we especially appreciate all their support of the volunteers who work with them to further save the lives of the animals.
Adoption Coordinators can answer questions about volunteering and adoptions:
Lindsay@theshelteranimalproject.com and Glenn@TheShelterAnimalProject.com are our special rescue coordinators. Lindsay and Glenn place our dogs in other rescues. They do NOT accept dogs from other organizations. Lindsay and Glenn work very hard to find no-kill shelters that will take our dogs when our kennel is filling up.
The Shelter Animal Project's mailing address:
THE SHELTER ANIMAL PROJECT
PO BOX 24
FAIRLESS HILLS, PA 19030
TRENTON ANIMAL SHELTER DOGS