Saturday, June 7, 2008

HAL Happenings - June Newsletter

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

Homeless Animal Lifeline
A NJ Nonprofit Corporation

June 3, 2008


Despite the rain, HAL supporters braved the weather and donated $345.00 of their earnings. This generous donation will be used to help HAL offset the costs of running our programs. Thank you to the volunteers and special thanks to Carol for organizing and hosting the event!


Our Public Outreach events help to educate the public about a variety of important animal issues, such as spay/neuter, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for feral cats, protecting wildlife, and more.

Please visit HAL's Public Outreach website The Animal Spirit at

If you would like to host a Public Outreach table for HAL or learn more about our Humane Education program, please contact for more information.

Yard Sale and Public Outreach Table
June 21st - 9AM - 2PM
Rain Date: June 22, 2008
341 Amwell Rd. (Next to Racquetball Club)
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Manalapan Under The Stars - Public Outreach Table
June 14, 2008, 4PM - 10PM
Rain Date: June 21, 2008
Manalapan Recreation Center
Route 522 at Taylors Mills Road


We are featuring Valentine once again! For some reason, this absolutely wonderful cat keeps getting passed over at adoption day.

Valentine, a male Persian mix, was found wandering the streets of Somerset County. A Good Samaritan took him in, but could not keep him. HAL came to the rescue and took Valentine in. He was groomed and is ready to move into YOUR home! Valentine is one of the mellowest cats you will ever meet. He lounges in his bed at adoption days at PetSmart. He's so relaxed that most customers are shocked when they realize that he's a real cat! However, if you give him a little catnip he turns into a party animal! Valentine is estimated to be about 4 years old.

You can view Valentine's photo on his Petfinder page.


**Responsible foster parents in the Somerset County and Monmouth County areas are desperately needed! Contact for more information on becoming a foster parent and joining the HAL family.

**Safe Placement Program: In December, 2007, we read about a horrifying case in Aberdeen, NJ concerning Anthony Appolonia who was charged with animal cruelty. He convinced at least 22 cat owners that he would provide a safe environment for their pets after responding to their "free to good home" advertisements. Once he adopted the cats, he tortured and/or killed them.

HAL is recruiting volunteers to contact people who place "Free To Good Home" ads and warn them of the dangers, as well as help people find safe homes for animals.

Our goals are:

1 - to have a volunteer for every Internet list in NJ that allows "Free to Good Home" ads. These volunteers would contact people who place ads and not only warn them of the dangers of "Free To Good Home" ads, but offer to work with them to ensure that the animal is placed into a safe, loving home.

2 - sending a Letter To The Editor and/or place classified ads in NJ newspapers that warns about the dangers of "Free To Good Home" ads.

This volunteer effort costs you nothing and could be done from the comfort of your own home!

We also have a free information pack that is ready to use. The info pack includes a "Finding A Safe Home" tip sheet, a "Free To Good Home Ad" warning sheet, news article, and sample letter, as well as a sample adoption contract.

Interested in helping or want more details? Let us know at


HAL is now registered with JustGive. You can visit our donation page.

JustGive makes it very easy and safe to donate to HAL. You can designate your donation for a specific purpose or dedicate your donation in someone's name or as a memorial.

HAL is an all-volunteer, 100% donation-supported organization; we depend on donations to keep our work going. We understand that everyone is struggling to make ends meet. While donations to HAL have declined, our costs to run our programs have skyrocketed, especially our adoption program, which has been hit the hardest. Your continued support is always appreciated, but we are even more grateful during these very difficult financial times. A donation of as little as $5.00 can help us buy food for an animal in need.


HAL would like to welcome our newest volunteer, Nicole.

Nicole learned about HAL when she adopted Miss AmeriCat (formally Madeline) during our adoption day event at Bridgewater PetSmart. She has now become a foster mom for two kittens, Chicago and Wrigley, and we are very happy to have her as part of the group!

You can view Chicago and Wrigley's
Petfinder page


Avocado Tomato Salad - Great for Summer!

4-6 servings


1 c soy mozzarella cheese (can be found in any health food store or in the "natural" or "green" section of most grocery stores)
½ cucumber, seeded (optional) and diced
1 large ripe tomato, diced
¼ c red onion, diced
1 avocado, diced
several T excellent olive oil
dash of salt

Toss the cheese with the vegetables, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and serve immediately.


Visit us at the Bridgewater PetSmart every Saturday from 11:30 AM to 4 PM to meet our beautiful kittens and cats who are up for adoption!

Special Adoption Event: June 21 at Freehold Petco, 4345 US Route 9. 12PM - 4PM. Thanks to Maria for volunteering. Maria is foster mom to many kittens and cats who are in need of permanent, loving homes. Please visit them at their very first Petco appearance!

During "kitten season," adult cats are often overlooked. HAL has many adult cats (1 year old and up) who would love to become a member of your family. Please give them a chance! Remember, kittens grow into cats very quickly!


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

"Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity."