Thursday, January 17, 2008

HAL Happenings!

FOSTERS NEEDED: Foster Parents provide temporary care for kittens and cats in their Somerset County area homes. Some cats only need a home for a few weeks, others may need much longer. By offering your time, energy, and home to an cat in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent, loving home. HAL is always looking for foster homes. The more Foster Parents we have, the more lives we will be able to save. For more information, please contact us at


DONATIONS: Monetary donations are always needed to help fund our programs
and help the cats within our foster system.

Where have your donations gone recently?

- Trinket suffered from a spay procedure gone terribly wrong and needed emergency surgery to close an open wound on her stomach. HAL has paid for the initial treatment/surgery and will continue to pay for her follow-up veterinary care. (Trinket will be available for adoption once she has healed! She's a beautiful black and white 7 month old girl. Her brother, Rizzo, would love to be adopted with her!)

- A NJ resident called HAL in a panic because her cat swallowed a piece of a child's toy and needed emergency surgery to clear the blockage. Her veterinarian refused to perform the surgery because the client could not afford it and recommended euthanasia as the cheaper alternative. HAL intervened, brought the cat to one of the veterinarians in our network and paid for the surgery. The cat has made a complete recovery.

- HAL is conducting a rescue effort for homeless feral and stray cats in
Manalapan, NJ who are under attack by residents who do not want the cats around.
Contributions are used for spay/neuter, vaccines, food, and other medical

- Feral Cat Program: Your donations help us supply food to dedicated volunteers who care for feral cat colonies in New Jersey.

Please make a tax-deductible donation to HAL and help us continue to serve the NJ animal community. Donations can be made safely through PayPal by visiting our website: or contact us at for a postal address. HAL has no paid employees; we are a 100% volunteer organization.


EMAIL CHANGE: Please note that HAL has a new, easier to remember email address! It is Your newsletters will now arrive from that address.


GOT RABBITS? Are you an experienced rabbit rescuer who would like a busy outlet to showcase your fosters for adoption? If so, let's talk! Contact for more information.


FEATURED CAT OF THE MONTH: Captain Spud is an FIV+ male cat who really wants a permanent home of his very own. He's super gentle, LOVES other cats, and is a regular couch potato. Approximately 3 years old, Spud has been patiently waiting for months and months for that special person to come along. You can see his very handsome photos on his
Petfinder page. Please contact us for more information on Captain Spud and/or information about FIV. We highly recommend the Best Friends Animal Society article, "FIV: Catching A Bad Case Of Rumors," which can be found

VEGETARIAN RECIPE: Vegan Chocolate Mousse

In honor of upcoming Valentine's Day, here is a romantic vegan dessert sure to please even the most finicky eater! "Vegan" recipes contain no animal ingredients or by-products.

1 package of silken tofu (~12 oz)
10 oz dark chocolate chips, about one small package.
3 tablespoons maple syrup (choose a brand that uses vegetable oil rather
than animal fat.)
1 tsp. vanilla extract; optional.

Blend tofu (preferably at room temperature) in food processor, blender, or
with hand mixer until just smooth.
In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips with a tablespoon or two of water
over low heat. Stir constantly.
Add maple syrup to melted chocolate and combine.
Put chocolate & syrup blend into processor and mix with tofu until creamy.
Pour into small serving dishes. Serve warm or chill until set.


ADOPTION DAYS: Don't forget to visit us at the Bridgewater PetSmart every Saturday from 11 AM to 4 PM!


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