Saturday, June 4, 2011

Animal Abuse & Youth Violence - Make The Connection

Animal Abuse & Youth Violence - This Bulletin describes psychiatric, psychological, and criminal research linking animal abuse to violence perpetrated by juveniles and adults.

*Thank you to Little Heart Animal Abuse Awareness For Kids.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Be A Hero For Animals! Take The Hero Pledge!

Take The Hero Pledge!

Humane Education In Action

This sweet little kitten, named Little Heart by an animal advocate from The Patrick Movement Of Florida, died from his injuries after being brutally beaten by a 12 year old boy in Suffolk, VA. It was reported that Jamarea Mills, a 9 year old boy, intervened and saved the kitten from being stabbed to death by disarming the older boy and took the kitten to safety. Suffolk Animal Control tried to save the kitten's life, but he experienced difficulty breathing a few days after the assault. His foster mom brought him to the emergency vet where he, unfortunately, died. (See interview with his foster mom.)

A Homeless Animal Lifeline (HAL) volunteer learned of this story after reading an article on Life With Cats. She was so moved by what the kitten endured and Jamarea's efforts to save him that she set up a Facebook page, In Memory Of Little Heart, honoring Jamarea and Little Heart. Because of WTKR News Channel 3, the page was brought to Jamarea's attention. (See video.) He was shown the words of encouragement and worldwide support.

WTKR news brought Jamarea and his brother to Harbour Veterinary Clinic to visit the animals and see how a veterinary office works because Jamarea expressed an interest in becoming a veterinarian. (See video.)

A person who learned of Jamarea's story started Little Heart Animal Abuse Awareness For Kids in honor of Little Heart and Jamarea. Another person created a memorial page for Little Heart.

Jamarea's mother, Cornesia, stated that Jamarea's father is an animal lover and taught him to love animals as well. All of these people brought together because of one little kitten -- and a brave little boy. This is humane education in action.

The volunteers of HAL are very proud of Jamarea for his efforts. Although Little Heart died because of the brutal assault, he died while in a loving foster home. This is because Jamarea cared enough to take Little Heart to safety.

Rest in peace, Little Heart. We will continue to fight animal abusers and bullies in your memory. That is a promise.

*Suffolk police charged the 12 year old boy with misdemeanor animal cruelty following the incident. The boy hasn’t been identified. Suffolk city spokeswoman Debbie George says the charge could be upgraded to a felony if a necropsy determines the kitten’s death was due to the abuse. HAL will be following this story and will keep you posted on details as they emerge.

**The story has attracted widespread interest, resulting in hundreds of people expressing a desire to adopt the kitten. The Suffolk Animal Shelter currently has many kittens who are in need of good homes. We encourage those with the willingness to help the injured kitten to consider giving good homes to the remaining kittens at the shelter in honor of the kitten who didn’t survive. 757-538-3030

***HAL would like to thank Jane Kostopoulos for creating the graphic for Little Heart featured on this page. Jane also created a special memorial page for Little Heart where you could read his story and light a virtual candle in his memory.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Lily Toxicity

Easter lilies and other lilies can be toxic to cats, causing kidney failure and death. All parts of the lily can be toxic, and eating just one leaf can result in severe poisoning. After eating a portion of an Easter lily, a cat will generally vomit and become depressed within 2 hours. The vomiting may subside, but the cat will not eat and continue to become more depressed.

Contact your veterinarian immediately if you know or suspect your cat has eaten any part of an Easter lily. Your veterinarian will start treatment that includes causing the cat to vomit by giving an emetic, administering activated charcoal and a cathartic (stimulates bowel movements), and giving subcutaenous or intravenous fluids. A cat must be treated within 18 hours of ingesting the plant, or the damage to the kidneys will be irreversible.

Other lilies which belong to this same plant species and are also toxic include tiger lilies, rubrum or Japanese showy lilies, and various day lilies. Many other bulb plants are also poisonous such as daffodils and hyacinths.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

HAL Needs YOUR Help!

Homeless Animal Lifeline (HAL) is in desperate, urgent need for donations for our Feral Cat Program & our Caregiver Assistance Program. Monetary donations as well as food donations are urgently needed.

HAL's Feral Cat Program spays/neuters, vaccinates, provides necessary medical treatment, shelters, and food for feral cats in the NJ area. Our Caregiver Assistance Program provides pet owners with pet food, supplies, and veterinary assistance during times of financial need. Both of these programs are supported by donations from the public.

HAL is a 501c3 ALL VOLUNTEER non-profit organization. Your donations go directly toward helping individual animals. Without help from the public, we cannot continue our programs.

Please consider making an emergency donation so that we can continue our vital work. Monetary donations can be made via PayPal ( or via postal service: HAL, POB 237, Manalapan, NJ 07726.

Food donations: Pick up for food donations in the CENTRAL JERSEY area can be arranged. We are in dire need of both canned and dry cat food.

With kitten season approaching, we need your help more than ever. Please consider making a donation. You can learn more about our organization by visiting our web site at

Thank you!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thank you to ...

...Sara Riker of Perkasie Dog Owners Group for hosting a humane education table for HAL at the 2nd Annual Bark & Wine at the K9 Jym in Colmar, PA on February 11th. For more information about the event, visit