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100KChallenge: There’s No Place Like Home

29 May

We work hard to find the perfect, fulfilling forever home for every animal we rescue. We couldn’t do this without our amazing community of adopters and supporters. We are extremely grateful to be a part of a community that cheers us on every single day. We need your help now more than ever.

We are pleased to announce that we are the only New Jersey finalist in this year’s ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The ASPCA is challenging fifty shelters and rescues across the United States to save more lives and find more animals homes this summer. We are in the running for over $100,000 in grants: money that we can use to build our new, permanent kennel, pay the incredible medical expenses for our animals, and continue to rescue until all the cages are empty.

Help us show our rescue animals that there really is no place like home. We appreciate your support in any way: adopt, foster, volunteer, donate, advocate.

Follow along via Facebook and our website.


100KChallenge: Pup Rally!

22 May

We are so excited to once again be a finalist in this year’s ASPCA 100K Challenge. From June 1st – August 31st, we will be aiming to save even more lives and find more dogs and cats forever homes as we compete to win grants to help us build our new kennel!

Stay tuned for more details about special adoption events, how you can help, and updates on how we’re doing!

We wanted to get our amazing volunteers geared up for the challenge, so we hosted a Pup Rally last Thursday at the location of our future kennel! It was a fun night featuring delicious vegetarian appetizers from Marley’s Gotham Grill. Our group brainstormed some great ideas for the summer and had a wonderful time. Rescue pup Tyler even made a special appearance! He is looking so much better and has come a long way since we saved him thanks to his foster mom, our very own President!

We can’t wait to share all the exciting events happening this summer. Go Team EHR!


Some of our amazing volunteers who attended the Eleventh Hour Rescue Pup Rally!

Upcoming Events: Pours for Paws

8 May

What could be better than enjoying a wonderful evening filled with good friends and great food, wine, and craft beer? Celebrating all this in honor of rescue animals!

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Pours for Paws: Taste of Morris County for Food, Wine, and Beer Lovers is in just one week on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm at the beautiful Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph, NJ. This event will benefit our Building Hope project, which aims to raise funds to construct a new, permanent kennel to house some of the over 2,000 animals we save from death row every year. In addition to officially kicking off the capital fundraising efforts, Pours for Paws will also celebrate the success and support of local restaurants and vendors.

This celebration will bring together the top restaurants in Morris County, each offering a wide array of incredible tapas-style bites for guests to enjoy.  The event will feature fine wines from around the world with varietals hailing from Italy, South America, and the United States. Craft beer from US and international microbreweries and special brews from New Jersey will also be featured.

Participating restaurants include:


Andrea’s Dining Room 

Ava’s Cupcakes

Bensi of Denville

Casa Bella


Hot Rods

Joseph Cuccia Catering

Morris Tap & Grill

Nicole’s 10 


Sergio & Co.


Viking Bakery


Pours for Paws is the first official event aiming to raise funds for our Building Hope project. Building Hope is the effort to fund and construct a new kennel to be a permanent home base for us and our adoptable animals. Over the last few years, we have been leasing a kennel facility to house some of the animals in our care and it is currently on the market to be sold.  “I lie awake at night worrying about the day that it does sell, where am I going to put all these lives we have committed to saving?” states Linda Schiller, Volunteer President and Founder.  Another issue is that the facility is old and run down. Some of the kennel runs are so beyond repair that it has rendered them useless.  Schiller continues; “To me, an empty kennel run is a life that could have been saved and that is unacceptable.  It’s time to open new doors to our own home, to secure the future for our animals and save more lives.”

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The goal of Building Hope is to create a comfortable haven and a place of hope. Cold concrete and chain link enclosures are a thing of the past.  Specifically designed with our dogs in mind, the modern state of the art facility will be a healthier environment both physically and mentally.  Equipped with heated floors for comfort and ease of cleaning, solid enclosures and sound proofing to reduce stress, sound, and airborne illness. We have already purchased land and buildings in Mount Olive on Route 46 and the we are excited to kick-off the first big Building Hope fundraiser. Building Hope aims to raise $1.5 million to create this new home.

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Tickets for Pours for Paws are available for purchase here. Presale tickets are available for $85 per person until Tuesday, May 14th. Tickets will be available at the door for $95 per person. Please join us for a wonderful event benefiting a worthy cause.

Kennel Club: Introduction to Kennel Enrichment

8 May

The ultimate goal of Eleventh Hour Rescue is to find wonderful and loving forever homes for all our dogs (and cats!). In the meantime, it is important to keep those dogs happy, mentally stimulated, exercised, and socialized while in our care and this is especially important when the dogs live in a shelter environment, such as our kennel. To that end, we created our Kennel Enrichment program almost two years ago. The main goal of kennel enrichment is is to enhance the lives of the dogs in our care by providing them with activities and programs that keep their lives exciting and full of variety. Living in a shelter or kennel can be stressful- especially for dogs who stay for two weeks or longer. Kennel stress is a real danger to these dogs and is exhibited in barking, destructive chewing, and repetitive behaviors such as circling, licking walls, etc. Our Kennel Enrichment team focuses on ways we can alleviate that stress and keep our dogs happy!

Gloria is all smiles during visits from volunteers.

Gloria is all smiles during visits from volunteers


The Kennel Enrichment team is a group of volunteers who are dedicated to improving the lives of the dogs that live at our kennel in Randolph. At any given time, there are between 50 and 60 dogs living on property. While some of these dogs stay at our kennel for only a short time before moving on to a foster or adoptive home, some of our dogs are there for longer periods of time. Our volunteers work with these dogs to improve their adopt-ability, while giving them love, care, socialization, and exercise. Many volunteers even pick “Pet Projects,” dogs that they work with on a consistent basis while at the kennel.

Volunteer Nicole and her Pet Project, Blaze

Volunteer Nicole and her Pet Project, Blaze

Some of the fun activities and programs we have for our kennel dogs include:

  • Weekly Pack Walks and Pack Hikes
  • Doggie Playgroups
  • Food Enrichment- meals in Kongs, puzzle feeders, treat rings, and more
  • Dog and volunteer training classes
  • Pool Parties
  • Hotel Sleepovers
  • Sensory Enrichment- auditory, olfactory, tactile
  • Quiet Kennel Time- Read & Relax, Sit & Snuggle
Volunteer Tammy and her pet project, Sadie

Volunteer Tammy and her pet project, Sadie

Keep an eye on our blog in the coming weeks for more information on our Kennel Enrichment program and a more in-depth view into many of our programs.

Make a difference in the life of a rescue dog. We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers who want to spend time with our kennel pups. We will provide you with all the training necessary, as well as volunteer mentors who will help you become confident and prepared to volunteer at our kennel on your own. If you are interested in joining our Kennel Enrichment team, visit http://www.ehrdogs.org to fill out a volunteer application!

Please LIKE the EHR Kennel Club Facebook Page to see great pictures and updates of our weekly activities! https://www.facebook.com/EhrKennelClub?hc_location=stream

Happy Homes: Josie

1 May


“I’m totally in love and I am so thankful for this precious gift.”  Words that just make you smile, especially when they are about little Josie.

Josie is a Pit Bull mix, described as looking like Pete from The Little Rascals, that comes from Tennessee.

Rebecca saw Josie on Eleventh Hour Rescue’s website looking for a good dog for her friend to adopt.  When she came across a picture of Josie, she could have sworn there was a smile on her face, and she then and there that she needed to have Josie in her family.  With help from the volunteers at Eleventh Hour Rebecca was approved for adoption and was eager to get Josie into her home. There was some delay before Josie could make it onto a transport to the kennel, but as soon as she did, Rebecca was on her way to met her.  During their meet and greet Rebecca fell in love and gave Josie a new collar and leash.

Life for Josie now is full of play and love, not just from her family but anyone that comes across her.  From kids at a baseball game to Rebecca’s son’s school bus driver, Josie can’t help but make people smile.

Happy Homes: Daisy

1 May

My family has always had multiple dogs in our home; we feel that a house isn’t a home without pets to love. Labs have been the breed we seem to gravitate towards, but we have always had a “mutt” too. My parents and I have long wanted to foster or save a “senior citizen” as all of our dogs have lived well past life expectancy. Unfortunately, our life circumstances kept us from doing so until this past year.


I always kept a look out for senior dogs in need of a foster or forever home and in December of last year I saw Daisy, a 10 year old yellow lab, on the Eleventh Hour Rescue Facebook page. I immediately showed the post to my mother. We knew right away that we HAD to have her!!! Her sweet face just spoke to us and tugged at our
heartstrings. We filled out an adoption application that evening and watched and waited patiently for Daisy to arrive in NJ (10 long days later). Our adoption application was approved, and we were thrilled, but were warned that there was someone ahead of us in line for Daisy.

We heard nothing for a few days and came to the conclusion that the other person had rescued Daisy – we were sad for us, but thrilled for her. The next day we received a call from Susan, Daisy’s foster mom in NJ. She wanted to set up a meet and greet with her. Our hearts soared- there was still a chance!!!

We met Daisy at Susan’s house and to say we fell in love with her immediately was an understatement! She was just so sweet and had A LOT of energy for a 10 year old dog! We played with her and talked with Susan for quite a while. Susan said that the person in line for Daisy before us hadn’t worked out. Susan felt we were a good match for Daisy, but we still needed to be sure that our dogs and Daisy got along and Susan had to make sure our yard was secure.


Daisy and Susan came to our house that weekend, on December 23rd. We walked all of the dogs (our two dogs Sig and Koda along with Daisy) and let them play in our yard. The meeting went very well and that day we signed our adoption papers for Daisy.

She was our early Christmas present, and what a gift she was! Daisy has made our lives so fulfilled; she is truly the sweetest creature to ever walk this Earth and we are beyond blessed to have her in our lives. We realize that her time with us won’t be more than a few years, but those years will be precious!


Adopting Daisy opened my eyes to the plight that so many homeless dogs and cats have. I researched EHR’s philosophy and decided that I had to give back to the organization that brought so much joy. I began volunteering in January and the time I spend at the kennel each week have become the most gratifying hours of my week. I not only work with the dogs, but also foster Maddie, a gorgeous, playful, sweet, silly cat up for adoption through EHR. Now, our home and hearts are full thanks to Eleventh Hour Rescue!


To see all of our adoptable animals, including Maddie the cat, please visit http://www.ehrdogs.org/



By Erika McKeon

Pet Projects: Mocha-chino

1 May

One of our favorite parts of Eleventh Hour Rescue is the chance to work with a kennel pet project. We have a dedicated group of volunteers who share special bonds with some dogs who need their love and time to help prepare them for their forever homes. Join us as we explore the stories behind these amazing pet projects.


Eleventh Hour Rescue volunteer Michelle Cilurso has a special place in her heart for her pet project, Mocha. When asked how she started working with Mocha, Michelle explains:

“I saw that she was fearful and would nip at people that would come near her. I just decided one day to go into her kennel with a handful of treats and hoped I could sway her to like me. In 5 minutes, she was sitting in my lap. Every time I went to the kennel, I made it a point to visit her and take her out. I’d say after about 3 times, she started to like me and trust me and the rest is history. She is so loving, affectionate and sweet to those she loves.”

Mocha started out as a fearful dog. Although young, it was obvious she had experienced trauma in her short life. Michelle is dedicated to helping her overcome her fears and trust people. She shows her love and helps her meet new people. The second Mocha started trusting Michelle, she became a different dog.

Michelle spends time with Mocha every week. Their favorite activities include playing fetch and snuggling. When Michelle throws stuffy toys to Mocha, she runs around with them in her mouth showing off her catch. Mocha also loves to lay on top of Michelle or next to her on the couch or bed.

Whenever Michelle comes to get Mocha from the kennel, this pretty girl greets her with a cute smile and a wiggly butt. Mocha still has some issues with strangers, but to the people she knows, she is amazing. She is loyal, affectionate, devoted, and just wants to be close to the ones she loves.


Michelle loves Mocha so much and wants her to find a great forever home or event foster home. Michelle loves everything about this gorgeous girl: “She is stunningly beautiful which is what draws you in initially but when you get to know her, she has such a wonderful personality. She is so loving and she just wants to please. She will just stare at you with those eyes and it makes you just melt.”

Mocha’s ideal home would be a place with few visitors since she is still leery of strangers. Michelle thinks a single person or couple with no children and no other animals would be perfect.

It breaks Michelle’s heart to leave Mocha at the kennel. She wishes she could take her home, but unfortunately her dog does not get along with Mocha. However, she loves Mocha like she’s her own and has spent over a year with her.


For more information on Mocha or to fill out a foster or adoption application, please visit http://www.ehrdogs.org/animals/detail?AnimalID=4427116