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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.

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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:

Amiya

Andrea’s Dining Room 

Ava’s Cupcakes

Bensi of Denville

Casa Bella

Cinders

Hot Rods

Joseph Cuccia Catering

Morris Tap & Grill

Nicole’s 10 

Redwoods

Sergio & Co.

Taste

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

Pet Projects: Super Stewie

1 May

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Stewie (or Stewart, as I call him when he is being funny, which is most of the
time) is a bull terrier mix, about two-and-a-half years old. He has been with EHR
since the summer of 2012, so that makes him more seasoned than I, who has
been with EHR since December 2012. Stewie is from Tennessee; perhaps he
came up on a transport, but knowing his energy level, it wouldn’t surprise me if
he bounced on up here himself.

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It is a mystery to me why he even is here at the kennel. One guess might be
because he is an energetic terrier who does not like people roughhousing with
him, or playing tug-of-war with him, or surprising him. He has the heart of a true
terrier and will nip under those circumstances.

Despite his energy level, he is a dog who would match well with a mellow person
who leads an active lifestyle. He needs someone who would manage how high
he can jump, which is over my head (5’ 4”). And he would benefit from someone
who understands and loves the terrier breeds.

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Stewie and I met at EHR’s 2012 Winter Wonderland fundraiser. He was the first
pup I noticed because of his comedic antics in his crate. We went on our first
pack walk together in January and it was true love from then on. He has the best
smile! Stewie was so funny and active, and so sweet and snuggly that I wanted
him as my pet project.

We have only been working together for four months. We have started working
on sit and wait in his kennel before I take him out. We also work on sit and wait
when we are in the play yard, before he fetches his (deflated) soccer ball.

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My goal is to start Stewie on agility. He is so awesomely smart and will excel
at it. Before his class, we run together at the dog park to burn off some of that
excess energy so he can better concentrate in class. He walks really well on a
leash, too. He listens once I get his attention and really make him focus on me.

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I love this sweet, silly guy and would adopt him if I could. He loves walks, runs,
playing with (deflated) soccer balls, jumping over obstacles, being read to and
snuggling in your lap. And he gives kisses!

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For more information about Stewie or to fill out a foster or adoption application, please visit http://www.ehrdogs.org/animals/detail?AnimalID=4307511

By Judy Julian