Tuesday, February 12, 2008

HAL Happenings!

~*~*~*~*~Homeless Animal Lifeline (HAL) Happenings~*~*~*~*~

Homeless Animal Lifeline
A NJ Nonprofit Corporation
Internet: www.halrescue.org
Email: RescueHAL@aol.com

February 12, 2008



In honor of Valentine's Day, add your name to a RED HEART for a $1 donation. Buy a heart to honor someone you love whether they have two legs or four!


Happy Valentine's Day from Homeless Animal Lifeline!


DONATIONS: Monetary donations are always needed to help fund our programs and help the cats within our foster system. Donations can be made safely through PayPal by visiting our website: www.halrescue.org or contact us at RescueHAL@aol.com for a postal address. HAL has no paid employees; we are a 100% volunteer organization.

Where have your donations gone recently?

- HAL has been helping with an urgent situation regarding a crowded home where cats were suffering from various ailments and one required emergency surgery. Since mid-January, twenty cats have been helped. This effort has cost HAL over a couple of thousand dollars, with other charges paid for out of pocket by HAL volunteers.

- HAL recently completed a rescue effort in Manalapan, NJ for homeless feral and stray cats who were under attack by residents. Fourteen cats total were rescued; they were spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Feral cats were relocated to private, confined property where they can live in peace and be cared for by a permanent caretaker. Seven cats were tame and placed up for adoption. Three cats are still waiting for homes; contact us at RescueHAL@aol.com for more information on Cara (tortie), Ellie (orange), and Carmen (Tortie Siamese)!

- Valentine, a long-haired 4 year old female cat, was brought to our adoption day by PetSmart customers who could no longer keep her because of "allergies." Valentine was so badly matted that she needed an emergency grooming! Lyn from People For Animals was kind enough to remove the severe mats causing skin irritation, and Valentine's foster mom Ilene brought her for a professional grooming. Valentine was vaccinated, tested for FIV/FeLV (she's negative), and is now up for adoption! Her photos will soon be available on Petfinder.

- HAL purchased Friends of Animals spay/neuter certificates to help with cat overpopulation.

- Your donations helped us supply food to dedicated volunteers who care for feral cat colonies in New Jersey.



The following volunteer positions are available:

-Foster Parent
-Public Outreach

Contact RescueHAL@aol.com if you can assist with one (or more!) of the above volunteer positions!



Cara and Ellie are 11 month old sisters who are extremely bonded. They are searching for a permanent home where they can remain together. Trapped by Animal Control because people complained about these homeless girls, they were brought to a shelter and then brought to a HAL foster home. They have been moved around a lot in the past few months and are quite shy, but very sweet. Ellie (orange short-haired) is a bit braver than her sister Cara (tortie short-haired); Ellie can often be found grooming and cuddling her sister. They are very calm and gentle and would do best in a calm household with a patient person who will give them the love and care they deserve. Both girls are spayed, up to date on vaccines, FIV/FeLV negative, and microchipped. You can visit their Petfinder page and see their photos here:




HAL's foster homes are currently filled and we are unable to accept animals from the public at this time. If you are interested in fostering, please fill out our Foster Application, which can be found at:

However, while we have stopped intake, the calls to place animals have not. In light of that, we have expanded our Humane Education and Public Outreach program. Our website includes a Companion Animal Education section, which addresses issues such as finding a safe home for your companion animal, the dangers of "free to good home" ads, living with allergies, and more.

We also offer free information packets on a variety of issues, as well as host public outreach tables and write letters on behalf of abused and homeless animals.

Although we are a limited rescue operation, we are an active advocacy group. We still answer email and phone inquiries and are happy to offer advice based on our own experiences.

We have set up an emergency fund program, Animal Care Assistance, that assists the community by providing food, supplies, and/or medical care for companion animals during times of need in an effort to decrease the amount of animals abandoned or relinquished to shelters.

Donations made to HAL, in addition to going to the care of our current fosters and permanent animals (those whom for various reasons will never be adopted), are going to the aforementioned programs, as well as educational materials.

We hope that our programs will have a positive impact on the animal community!



General Tao's Tofu


1 box of firm tofu
egg substitute for 1 egg
3/4 cup cornstarch
vegetable oil for frying
3 chopped green onions
1 Tablespoon minced ginger
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2/3 cup vegetable stock
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
4 Tablespoons sugar
red pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon sherry (optional)
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
steamed broccoli


Drain, dry and cut tofu into 1 inch chunks. You can freeze tofu the night before to get a more chicken-like consistency, but it isn't necessary. Mix the egg replacer as specified on the box and add an additional 3 tablespoons water. Dip tofu in egg replacer/water mixture and coat completely. Sprinkle 3/4 cup cornstarch over tofu and coat completely. Watch out that the cornstarch doesn't clump up at the bottom of the bowl.

Heat oil in pan and fry tofu pieces until golden. Drain oil.

Heat 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil in pan on medium heat. Add green onions, ginger and garlic, cook for about 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn garlic. Add vegetable stock, soy sauce, sugar, red pepper and vinegar. Mix 2 Tablespoons water with 1 Tablespoon cornstarch and pour into mixture stirring well. Add fried tofu and coat evenly.

Serve immediately with steamed broccoli over your choice of rice.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 30-40 Minutes


ADOPTION DAYS: Don't forget to visit us at the Bridgewater PetSmart every Saturday from 11:30 AM to 4 PM!


Do you live in the New Jersey area and want to help animals? Join the NJCare Email Network for information on animals needing homes, volunteer opportunities, and animal news!


NEWSLETTER: Want to join our newsletter mailing list? Visit:



"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart."