ANIMAL LIFE SAVERS INC.
SEVENTH EDITION OF
ALL ABOARD Spring/Summer
PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS
PEBBLES POSING FOR HER ONE
YEAR PHOTO /GIAMPIETRO FAMILY
VICTORIA, DUTCHESS AND JOEY READY FOR
SOME FUN IN THE SUN
SEE MORE ON
RUSTY IS A COLT’S FAN AND SAMANTHA FAVORS
THE GIANTS. READ STORY ON PAGE 25, KENT FAMILY
WHAT A CUTIE I AM!
ALLTHE PETS ARE WINNERS IN THE HEARTS OF THEIR FAMILIES
EVERY PET IS A WINNER IN THE EYES OF AN ANIMAL LOVER
DAISY ENJOYS TIME
WITH THE ZEILINSKI FAMILY
MY NAME IS SUGAR
MY PICTURE WAS
ENTERED BY RANDY BROWN
SORRY I WON AGAIN AS A SOLO BUT
THE VOTE WENT
SPRING BELONGS TO ALL OF US
Everyone seems to enjoy the days of spring. Everyone has their own desires and plans to fulfill the
day. We enjoy walks in the park, planting in our garden, day trips to scenic places, ball games, or just
sitting and enjoying the fine weather. The days are longer and after a day’s work we are still able to
catch a few relaxing hours of sunshine. WE ENJOY FAMILY TIME TOGETHER.
Animals also enjoy the absence of the harsh winter winds and icy rain. It is not a time of relaxation
for them. It is the busy season for wildlife. Unlike us, they are not planning to spend a relaxing day in
the sun, they are preparing and providing a home for their young. It is a job that keeps them busy all
day. If we are lucky enough to have a yard or time to sit in the park, we will be able to witness and learn
a lesson in good parenthood from our animal friends. After witnessing the struggles and relentless care
of the parent bird flying back and forth into the tree with food for their young, we will wonder “WHO
OWNS THIS TREE IN OUR YARD?” Are the trees in the park only for beauty or are they homes for
a different kind of family? There are many kinds of families, on the ground and in the air all struggling
to survive and enjoy a day in the sun.
SPRING BELONGS TO US ALL. IT REPRESENTS BEAUTY AND NEW LIFE. LET OUR
EYES BE THE LENS OF OUR CAMERA AND CAPTURE ALL THE PICTURES OF SPRING
AND TREASURE THEM.
Speaking of pictures, we hope you enjoy the pictures entered in our photo contest. The pictures are
of our very lucky animal companions who have loving homes whether the weather be spring or winter.
Look at the happy families and realize all of nature deserves the same chance at happiness.
Wishing you pleasant days in the sun,
Barbara Bellino, Founder of Animal Life Savers
Trustees All Aboard Newsletter
Elaine Samman President Barbara Bellino
Karen Helmstetter Sect. Editor
After reading, please pass this
Barbara Bellino Founder & Treasurer
Board of Directors Staff Writers
newsletter on and share the news.
Paul Prucnel Elaine Samman Love, Smiley
Michael Samman Barbara Bellino
Antoinette Fiorentini Children’s Division
Christine Luo Karen Helmstetter
Children's’ Division of ALS Rebecca Helmstetter
Rebecca Helmstetter President Poet
Staff Volunteers Frank Bellino
Carolyn Burton, Antoinette Fiorentini
Nellie Bermeo, Sharon Evelich., Kenneth Cheung , Jeni Rivero,
Stefanie Picciocchi, Jena Richards, Gustavo Correra
ANIMAL LIFE SAVERS CHILDREN’S DIVISION
Adopted In The Year 2000 (The Year Of The Humane Child)
Rebecca Helmstetter, President
Help by Learning
Help by learning is the concept of the children’s
program of Animal Life Savers. The program is
run solely by the children with adult supervision.
Monetary donations are raised by the children
through their own efforts and the disbursement of
such funds is entirely their decision. No money
is used from the funds of Animal Life Savers
Donations were made by the children of Animal Life Savers to the following
organizations. Doris Day Animal League, In Defense of Animals
The children of Animal Life Savers learn about animal cruelty, animal over population and
the exploitation of animals by our society. The children also have a hands on relationship
by caring for the animals at ALS.
LAST YEAR THE CHILDREN LEARNED A NEW LESSON. They learned that laws
must be made to protect our animal companions and our wildlife.
ALS Children became advocates for the NJ bears by protesting the proposed hunt
last year. Pleas for legislation to protect the black bears were made by petitions
and phone calls to NJ representatives and the governor. The children received
acknowledgement of their protests and were elated when through legislation the
hunt was cancelled. THEY HELPED MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Another issue was a referendum on the Florida ballot to stop Greyhound Racing. The issue
was defeated by a slim margin and the fight for justice must continue.
The children’s division of ALS made a donation to “In Defense of Animals” and the
“Doris Day Animal League” TO HELP FIGHT INJUSTICE THROUGH LEGISLATION
A LESSON WELL LEARNED.
ACKNOWLEDGING OUR JUNIOR MEMBERS FOR PREVIOUS DONATIONS
GREY 2K USA
Dear Young Animal Advocates,
It was with great pride that we received your kind contribution for the greyhounds today. How wonderful to
know that you are working so hard, and care so much, for other living beings. I truly commend you all.
We will use your donation to help our Greyhounds in the Classroom program, a brochure for which is
included here. Since New Jersey does not allow greyhound racing, we do not have an active teacher in your state.
However, if you are interested in setting up a display in your school or if you would like information sent to any of
your teachers please let us know. We would be very happy to do so.
Thank you again for your wonderful support!
Christine A. Dorchak, Vice President
On behalf of the Board Members of First State Greyhound Rescue Inc. let me take this opportunity to thank you
for your donation. First State places 150 –200 dogs per year into loving homes. Thank you for being part of our
rescue by donating so we may continue to place these wonderful dogs. Tanya MacKeand , President
LEARNING ABOUT SPRING AND BABY ANIMALS
As stated in each issue of “All Aboard,” “Help by learning” is the
concept of the children’s division of Animal Life Savers.
Children learn to love and respect all beings when they are
able to understand more about their lives.
The Guardian, published by the Women’s Humane Society had a wonderful page devoted
to spring and baby animals. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU FIND A BABY ANIMAL? Below
are some of the tips offered by that article.
Children playing in their yard are likely to find a baby bird and naturally want to pick it up.
ADVICE: Call mom or dad so they can assess the situation more closely. A newly
feathered baby bird is much like a three year old child. It leaves its nest, curious about
the world around it, yet still depends on its parents for survival. Parents teach the young
bird to find food, recognize enemies, and adapt to its surroundings. LET PARENT BIRDS
DO THEIR JOB! With three to four young birds to watch, a parent might temporarily
loose track of one of its babies. If you find a newly feathered fledgling on the lawn, watch
it from your window to see if the adult birds are nearby and if they return to feed the baby.
If they do, and the baby bird appears to be in a dangerous situation gently pick it up (with
garden gloves) and put it on a low branch in a nearby bush or tree. Do everything you
can to leave a young bird with its parent. If you encounter a naked nestling (a bird with
no feathers) return it to its nest. A parent bird will not reject a nestling because it was
handled by a human being. Most birds have a poor sense of smell. Should the bird be
injured, do not keep it wrapped in a blanket or any other material for a long period-birds
overheat very easily and will die if wrapped up too long, particularly in warm weather.
Some birds need to eat every half hour. CONTACT A REHABILITAION CENTER. They will offer
advise on the proper care of the bird until it can be successfully transported to the center.
WILD BABY RABBITS
A young rabbit should be left alone if its fur is fluffy, the ears
are standing, and it is the size of a large fist. Baby cottontails
are born without fur, but develop a full coat within a week.
Their eyes open in 10 days, and in three to four weeks they are
weaned. At this age, they may explore the world outside of the
nest, but return there to sleep. They are not ignored by the
mother. Instead, they stay with the family group until
four or five weeks of age. The mother will leave the nest
for food then return to feed her babies at night. To deter-
mine if the mother has returned, place a couple of pieces
of string over the nest entrance and check whether they
have been disturbed. Wild rabbits are so sensitive to
the stress of being handled that they can die in your
hand. Therefore, avoid handling wild rabbits unless
extreme danger is evident.
Courtesy of the Women’s Humane Society
Of course the bunny pictured with Carolyn
and Elaine is not a wild rabbit it is
Animal Life Savers, Peter Cottontail
My family adopted an older cat last fall. He came to us because his
owner died and there were no relatives willing to keep him. Buddy
was not used to dogs so he started life with our family in my room.
Although he tried to venture outside my room, Buddy never learned
to like the dogs or business of our house so he continued to live with
me. He truly became (My Buddy). I took care of him and for that
he purred and slept with me each night.
This May, Buddy suddenly became sick. My dad took him to the vet.
We learned he was much older than thought and had feline aids for
many years. The vet tried to save him but couldn't so I lost My
Buddy. I still miss his purring in my ear each night but I’m glad
my family got to know Buddy even if only for a short time.
Won’t you consider adopting an older (Buddy) for yourself?
Rebecca, Corey, & pups
It was the normal, hectic Saturday at Animal Life Savers. We were getting ready for
adoption day. The children were enjoying our new puppy stroller and the puppies were
enjoying their buggy ride. It was about that time that the postman arrived with a special
delivery. As he was making mail deliveries he discovered a lost puppy running frantically
back and forth. Along with our mail the puppy was delivered to Animal Life Savers. He
seemed to love the children and enjoyed playing with
our new Dalmatian puppy that was rescued from the
shelter. We made calls to the local police departments
in hope of finding someone that reported their puppy
missing, the answer was no. We proceeded to give
him a name, (Flipper) and then assumed he was our
new temporary resident.
To our pleasant surprise the next day our neighbor
informed us of fliers posted with information about a
lost puppy. It was a happy day for everyone when
Flipper was returned to his home. OUR REWARD
WAS WATCHING THE HAPPY REUNION AND
GAINING NEW MEMBERS FOR ANIMAL LIFE
Doogie, Corey and Flipper
CHILDREN’S DIVISION OF ANIMAL LIFE SAVERS
Dedication, by Karen A Helmstetter
The story below is dedicated to my dear friend Chris. She lost her fourteen year
old daughter, Melissa last month. Melissa was the sunshine of her parents lives and
touched the lives of all she met. She will be truly missed.
PUPPIES FOR SALE
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the pups
and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail
into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.” “Well,” said the farmer, as
he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “these puppies come from fine parents
and cost a good deal of money.”
The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled
out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. “I've got thirty-nine cents,
Is that enough to take a look?”
“Sure, said the farmer” and with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.
The little boy pressed his face against the chain fence. His eyes danced with delight.
As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else
stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably
smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner the little pup began
hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up.
“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at
the boy’s side and said “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to
run and play with you like the other dogs would.” With that the little boy stepped
back from the fence reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing
so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a spe-
cially made shoe;
Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well my-
self, and he will need SOMEONE who understands.”
THE WORLD IS FULL OF PEOPLE WHO NEED SOMEONE TO UNDERSTAND
God gives man the gifts of humanity, compassion and understanding. May we
remember these gifts the next time we encounter one of His more fragile souls with whom
we share the earth.
Karen A Helmstetter
“Saving just one dog won’t change the world,
But surely the world will change for that one dog.”
“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours,
faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it
to him to be worthy of such devotion”. Unknown
REWARDING AND HEARTBREAKING
Questions and Answers
Elaine Samman, President
Talk to any person who is into pet rescue. Ask them how rewarding it is to find a
home for a homeless animal? Ask them how many nights they lie awake and wonder if the
animals in their care will find a loving permanent home? What of the heartache knowing
there is a limit to the amount of animals they can help? How can we leave an animal that
is sick or injured in the street, how much will the veterinarian cost? Ask them how many
times they turned down opportunities (to have some fun) only to replace that time with
the responsibility of rescue work. These are situations rescuers face everyday.
PUBLIC AWARENESS is one answer to many of the problems we face. We must
educate pet owners on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. Go to any
shelter and see all the cats and dogs in cages. Read their tags to see how long they
were there and when their time is up, (euthanasia). Hopefully then people will
realize it is overpopulation that is the problem. People must begin to think twice about
allowing their pets to have unwanted litters.
Adopt an adult cat or dog at a shelter or rescue group. This will make it difficult for
breeders to make money by selling puppies. If everyone simultaneously stops buying from
pet stores and breeders, they will eventually have no choice but to Close Shop.
“DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE HOMELESS PETS DIE”
We can make a difference by working together. Getting people to be aware of the sorrow that
happens everyday in shelters, is the key to helping these animals. Fostering an animal is one of the
biggest ways to help. WE NEED YOU!! CALL US!! EMAIL US!!
Let’s make a difference together. There are so many animals lovers out there; we need all of you
to help just a little.
Let’s all make a difference and help change the life of the that “One Homeless Animal”.
A special thanks to a very good friend of mine who did make a difference. One very
tough man unknowingly taught me, how to accomplish tasks that once seemed impossible.
He has helped our organization and animals in need many times over without stress. I
can’t thank him enough for the beautiful cat solarium he built. Watching our cats sit out-
side looking at the birds and feeling the outside air is overwhelmingly enjoyable. My
friend Dale Mullener is moving to Florida, and I will miss him very much. “Dale, I thank
you with all my heart for all the work that you have done for us. It will be impossible to
find another you.”
PLEASE READ MY MESSAGE
My name is Peanut Butter. I know that I am adorable, but
there are so many of us. We all want to find a home to call
our very own but it is very difficult. We are happy at Animal
Life Savers. The people are so kind, they feed and play with
us. They kiss and hug us.
However they also worry and
work so hard to find us a home.
My picture was taken with my
siblings, and put on Petfinder.
We all found a home, not just
any home but a PERFECT ONE
THAT IS PERMANENT.
Guess what happens next?
NEWCOMERS PLEADING FOR A HOME
The Pups questions!
Do we look like the When will people
sweet pups that just learn to neuter and
found a home? spay their pets?
Are we as lovable When will people
and playful? become responsible
Do we cry for love
and attention? How many homes
are available for our
Will we find a home four legged friends?
and someone to
Olivera, Gretel, Annie, Andy
Danny and Donny Sugar and Bonzo
Once again here is the magic bed WHERE WISHES COME TRUE. This time
Brownie got his wish and found a nice home with, Guess Who?
The BAILEY FAMILY IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
If you read our previous issues of
“All Aboard” you will remember the
“Tales of the Magic Bed.” It seems
that wishes for a new and permanent
home come true while sitting on this
magic bed. We are still not sure if it
is the bed or that ‘being’ in the corner
of the pillow that creates the magic.
Brownie’s wish came true when he
was adopted by the Bailey Family in
November and brought to his new
home on Christmas Eve. We are sure
that Brownie will have a
FERAL CATS BECOME FAMILY PETS by Jan Rehman
On November 1s t we were forced to put our cat of 17 years to sleep since he was suffering
from cancer. We were devastated, but after about a month our home felt so empty, espe-
cially with an only child away at college. We started looking on line through Petfinders and
were shocked to see all the animals who had been abandoned and were
living on the street. The one who grabbed our attention, especially at
that cold time of year, was Georgie because he was said to be “in trou-
ble”. Having been born on the street one year ago, he now had no
prospect of even a foster home and winter was approaching.
Then we realized that his Mom was in trouble too.
Someone had cut her tail off and she had been on the
street for 3 years! She also faced a brutal winter with
no chance of a home. We decided to adopt both of
them with the help of Jeni from Animal Life Savers.
They arrived three weeks apart since Georgie was caught and neutered first. Scarlet got
nervous when she saw her son caught and she was scared but finally, through Jeni’s per-
severance and sacrifice standing out in the cold for hours, Scarlet was caught and taken to
Georgie got over his nervousness quite soon
but Scarlet is taking a longer time because
of her bad experience outside. We don’t
rush her but let her begin to trust at her own
pace. Adopting Georgie and Scarlet has
been one of the most satisfying and heart-
warming things we have done. They are
very sweet and seem to appreciate their new
safe, warm and welcoming home!
ALS RESCUE STORY OF LAMB CHOP
When reading this story of Lamb Chop some might assume
that it is unique. They are saddened at the plight of this poor
lonely dog. Anyone who volunteers in a shelter or belongs to
a rescue organization realizes this story is not unique, but is
all too common. It is a story that can be told in shelters
and rescue groups throughout the country every day.
The young poodle was found wandering the streets of Jersey
City. He was hungry and so badly matted. His hind leg was
filled with open sores, bleeding and infected. He was brought
to the shelter and it was diagnosed that his leg was in such
bad condition it had to be amputated.
After surgery the young poodle adjusted so well to his handicap, he was brave and tried
so hard to be a happy dog. The shelter manager contacted ALS and asked us to take the
little dog and try to find him a home. Of course our answer was yes and the little poodle
came to stay at Animal Life Savers. He was given the name LAMB CHOP.
Lamb Chop became less afraid each day. He looked forward to the attention given by our
volunteers. We realized that Lamb Chop needed a special home, so we gave the case to
our expert Jeni. Lamb Chop’s picture was entered on our web site and also on Petfinder.
We were inundated with emails and phone calls from
people who wanted to give Lamb Chop the perfect
home. However, matching the right home to the right
animal is a difficult job. A handicap makes it all the
more difficult. After reading all the applications Anne
Gancarz was chosen.
SEE WHAT LOVE CAN DO
View the picture of
Lamb Chop on the top
of the page.
Now check the picture
on the left. This was
recently sent to us to
show how great he is
LAMMY’S STORY/NEW YORK FOR COMPANION ANIMALS
As we stated our rescue of Lamb Chop is not unique it is all too common. The story of a
dog called Lammy began at the New York for Companion Animals Shelter. Lammy was
blind (through neglect of an infection), matted, and the most forlorn animal imaginable.
To view a wonderful Lammy, is now named
heartwarming story Izzy
about Lammy by
Patty Adjamine go to
Izzy shares his home
htm Or contact ALS
with Jellybean, Kate
Pickford & Ginger
IT’S NOT ONLY ABOUT KITTENS AND PUPPIES AT ANIMAL LIFE SAVERS
CHUCKIE & CHARLIE
The days at ALS are always hectic and yet very routine.
The constant remark from the volunteers is, “didn’t we do
this yesterday?” It is like the movie “Ground Hog Day.”
But alas! along comes something to give us a change of
pace. Like the day we rescued Chuckie and Charlie. We
received a call stating that two roosters were loose near
Kennedy Blvd. in North Bergen. Where they came from
was a mystery but we did know where they were going.
They were going to ALS until a safe haven could be found.
Chuckie and Charlie spent almost a week at ALS always
amusing our junior volunteers. We then found a home for
the two friendly roosters at POPCORN PARK ZOO located at the Associated Humane
Society in Forked River. The children are looking forward to another day trip to the zoo.
RANDY AND ROCKY RACCOON
Spring is full of all forms of new life and each
should be respected. Unfortunately this is not
always the case. The two baby raccoons pictured
with our volunteer, Carolyn were discovered by
neighborhood children. The children heard
noises near a garbage can and found the
babies in a plastic bag in the garbage. The
children were wise not to handle the raccoons
and contacted ALS for help. The young babies
still unable to see were very happy to be bottle
fed by Elaine and Michael. They were fostered
for three days at ALS then brought to a wildlife
NJ WILDLIFE REHABILTATORS ON RAPID DECLINE:
Courtesy of the Associated Humane Society
The number of wildlife rehabilitators in NJ has diminished quickly over the past year. This
creates a problem for pounds, shelters and citizens who find sick, injured and orphaned
wildlife that need assistance. Division of Fish and Game made the procedure for licensing
a rehabilitator so cumbersome and inconsistent for those who were licensed (and any who
hoped to be) that the numbers of rehabilitators are in rapid decline. These volunteers are
willing to address rescue, rehabilitation and release with NO COST TO TAXPAYERS
Senator Ellen Karcher introduced S2325 which would assist in this problem. Assemblyman
Anthony Chiappone has introduced an identical bill in the Assembly A 3939. Please write
urging them to address this matter.
Senator Ellen Karcher Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone
400 W, Main St. 3rd. Floor 595 Broadway
Freehold, NJ 07728 Bayonne, NJ 07022
Summer is such a wonderful time of the
year. Enjoy the outdoors and spend some by Frank Bellino
The trees are captured by blossoms
quality time with your pets. Watch the birds
And green is everywhere
and butterflies, see how they spend their Beautiful spring burst into life
day, Enjoy nature, treasure and protect The earth is warm and fair
Our hearts accept this treasure
SPRING AND SUMMER TIPS The earth was chained by frost
Cold shadows of night were darker
My mind envisioned all was lost.
The blue clouds and heat of the sun
Free us from furious winter’s hand
Our feathered friends get thirsty We fear no more the cold rages
Changing sunless to a sunshine land
Our hearts accept your treasure
Come grant us this magic spell
Hearts now gay from bitter sorrow
My spirit waits what May foretells
Check Fido for ticks Rain down those showers about me
after he has spent Let the earth drink waves of wet
time in the yard. The gardens burst with blossoms
Each rain drop brings no regret
The trees awaken with buds
And daffodils sway in the breeze
The birds sing a peaceful note
As they build a nest in the trees
Kitty's safest place is indoors.
If your feline should go outdoors Shadows of darkness become lighter
make sure he has a release collar Earth gives hope for every thing
that will not tangle. My heart urges me to wonder what
Pleasure is as enchanting as SPRING
If you are having a family barbeque be careful not to leave
chicken bones or anything harmful Fido might
Chocolate is very hurtful to your dog.
It can even by deadly.
THIS IS A NO NO ! KEEP YOUR DOG
Most dogs are terrified of loud noises like thunder
or fireworks. If outside they will try to run from
the noise and may escape from their yard. Keep
your dog inside and try to keep him calm. A
herbal calmer can be purchased at your vet to be
given to your pet if you find it necessary.
Respect all life
ANIMALS HELPING ANIMALS
In our last issue of “All Aboard” a new concept to aid animals was introduced by
our members, Vicky and Charlie Maiorino. It was called “Animals Helping Animals”
in honor of their cat “Kissy”. Since so many of us receive so much delight from
our pets, it is a natural desire to want to help other animals less fortunate. We at
ALS think it was a great thought and hope other members will honor their pets by
making a donation to help a needy animal. We intend to continue this idea in our
KISSY SPRING/SUMMER 2005 ANIMAL HEROS
Unlike“Kissy” comfortably resting on the window sill, there
are many feral cats forced to weather the frigid days of
past and future winters. Another generous donation
received from “Kissy” enabled ALS to buy materials to
create shelters and fill them with hay for our many feral
A GIFT FROM PINTA
Dear Animal Life Savers Inc.
Pinta was at a Petco hoping to
be adopted, while by chance, a
friend saw her. Our friend had
the idea of talking to us about
adopting knowing we already
had two Dalmatians. We called
the number of her foster parent
and in July of 2001, Pinta was
adopted by us, Tom, Joyce,
and Christina of the Parshall
family. This cuddly canine was
in pretty bad shape due to her
previous owners. After a few
trips to the vet, she became
well again and entered our
happy household. She became
one of three Dalmatian buddies
who grace our home. It has been almost four years and Pinta is as happy as a dog can be.
She has a crate full of toys, and sometimes has a hard time deciding which one she wants
to play with, and leaves a giant mess. She lays just about everywhere in the house and
sleeps on Christina’s bed at night. She is full of energy and life and we are very happy to
Enclosed is a donation in her name. Thank you for all your kindness to animals and
for giving Pinta a chance for a good life.
Thanks and good luck, The Parshall Family
ANIMALS HELPING ANIMALS
Dear Elaine & Barbara:
Thanks so much for Macy. January 10th was her
one year anniversary as a “Schiller.” She is the sweetest
dog in the world. A donation is made in honor of her
Chris and Matt Schiller
Lamb Chop finds a friend on the internet. (complete story on page 11)
A gift from Lammy to Lamb Chop
Lamb Chop was the featured pet on our web site
and also pictured on Petfinders.com. His story
prompted the following kindness.
Dear Lamb Chop:
Here are some treats and a fluffy, squeaky,
rattling toy for you to play with. We are hoping
that you find a sweet home of your own very soon
and that your new people will love you, spoil you
and let you play, play, play.
Lamb Chop Lammy
Kate, Ginger, (Lammy,now Izzy) and Jellybean
A donation was sent to help the animals at ALS by Stevie Wonder and his family. Please
read page 26 to see how happy Stevie is with his family.
TO THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS AND CLUBS FOR THEIR HELP
Brownie Troop #1160 Ramsey
Thank you to Brownie Troop #1160 led by Beth Stitz for the donation to
help ALS. The troop sponsors Mary on our “Sponsor a Pet” program.
Wolf Pack #111 led by Betty Ann Niece donated cat and dog food and a donation
to help the animals at ALS. They sponsor Tiger.
ANGELS FOR ANIMALS a club established at the Academy of the Holy Angels in
Demarest under the guidance of Patricia Prucnel made a donation of
$175.000 to help ALS. The money was used to buy an Ionic Breeze Air
Purifier. The air purifier is especially helpful for kittens and puppies. This
is the second time the girls came to the aid of Animal Life Savers. Last
year they held a bake sale for the benefit of ALS. The girls sponsor Mary
on our “Sponsor a Pet” program.
ANIMAL RESCUE OVERSEAS
Christina Luo, Bd. Member of ALS
Inside Cat Sanctuary Outside of Sanctuary
During the summer of 2004 I went to China and volunteered at my mother’s friend’s
animal sanctuary. Wow, what a place it is! I was shocked to find such a sanctuary in
Beijing when most of us have the impression that China is not the most humane place for
animals. The sanctuary is called Beijing Center for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty. ( I
gave it the English translation). It is located on the outskirts of Beijing and spans over 40
acres. It has over 500 animals, including 300 dogs, 200 cats and a few farm animals.
There are beautiful gardens for animals to lay in, a man made pool for the ducks and
geese, 2 huge cat houses with trees inside and numerous comfortable housing facilities for
the animals. All the animals are able to come out every day to
spend time in the gardens (cats included because of the 12 foot
wall that surrounds the sanctuary).
The founder of the sanctuary is Madame Zhang La Ping who
funds the entire place, including the purchase of medicine, food
and salary for the employees. The (IFAW) International Fund
for Animal Welfare helps out in various ways.
All the animals are neutered and spayed, up to date on inoculations and ready to be
adopted. Almost all of them have sad stories, many of the dogs were found abandoned on
the streets of Beijing some abused and neglected. Many of the cats were thrown out of
their homes during the SARS epidemic in China when people thought that felines were the
cause of the disease (untrue). Madame Zhang told me that during the SARS scare she
was literally walking the streets picking up 30 to 40 animals a day. There are about 40
handicapped animals, some of them paralyzed from severe abuse. They receive special
attention from the staff and even get daily massages and stretch exercises.
I was surprised at how well run the place is (after all 500+animals aren’t easy to care for
by any means). Madame Zhang and her staff of 10 employees live on the premises and on
weekends she organizes college students to volunteer. She has
a well organized daily schedule for the animals and the system
works well. Madame Zhang is definitely an amazing woman. I
am so glad that I was able to be part of the sanctuary. The
website for the sanctuary is under construction.
For more information please contact:
Pekinese Pup says, HI
Animal Life Savers receives information from many humane organizations throughout the world. This enables
ALS to inform our members of cruelties they most likely would not be aware of, from tiny birds to giant elephants,
from local issues to far off Africa. Additional information on any issue will be passed on to our members free of
This issue of Be Aware is written by Rebecca Hess
Feral Cat Program Coordinator NJARA….
TNR is the only effective, humane way of controlling the feral cat population. TNR programs involve
humanely trapping feral cats, having them spayed or neutered, vaccinating them against rabies and
then returning the cats to their habitat. TNR has been extremely successful internationally, and is
quickly proving it’s efficacy in the United States. Through TNR and natural attrition, the number of
cats will stabilize and over time decrease. The cats form cohesive communities called colonies which
are managed by volunteer caregivers who provide food, water, shelter and long term medical care
for the cats.
Feral cats have had minimal human contact during their lives and are extremely wary of humans.
In most cases adult feral cats have reverted to a wild state and are unable to be socialized and
adopted. Unaltered feral cats display many behaviors that are considered undesirable by humans,
such as spraying, fighting, yowling and birthing many litters of unwanted kittens. All of these issues
disappear once a cat has been spayed or neutered. If any kittens or stray cats enter the colony,
they are removed by the caregiver, socialized if necessary and placed for adoption.
In towns where TNR is not implemented, feral cats are often dealt with by “trap and remove”.
These programs consist of trapping ferals, bringing them to the local animal shelter where they are
held for the requisite seven days and then killing them once they are deemed unadoptable. The
attempted total elimination of cats by trapping and killing has been found to be ineffective, costly
and of course inhumane. This process creates a void and without fail, new cats move into the area.
It is a cycle that repeats itself over and over again.
NJARA can provide you with information on low cost spay/neuter, where to borrow a humane trap,
how to trap, connect you with other caregivers in your area, and much more. We need feral advo-
cates to speak to their towns about the importance of TNR. Armed with NJARA’s resources you will
be able to speak intelligently and passionately about implementing a TNR program in your town.
We can also advise you on how to organize a TNR effort and raise funds for spay/neuter. NJARA will
be working right along with you, opposing feeding bans and supporting TNR.
To make New Jersey a TNR friendly state, NJARA needs to hear from all feral cat caregivers. You can
join the Caregiver Network, receive our quarterly newsletter and provide us with data from the col-
ony or colonies that you care for. With the proper data we will be able to prove to New Jersey that
TNR works. Contact us for a copy of our colony data gathering sheet, so that your information can
be compiled, analyzed and interpreted along withal the other caregivers in the state.
If you would like to join the TNR movement in New Jersey, or if you would like to learn
more about TNR please contact Rebecca Hess at 732-446-6808 or Rebecca@NJ-ARA.org or
visit www.NJ-ARA/Ferals.html .
Special thanks to the Children’s Division of Animal Life Savers Inc.
When sixth grader and President Rebecca Helmstetter and the other
members of the group decided that they would like to support
NJARA’s feral cat program, they did their own fund raising and
generously contributed to our program! We are extremely happy to
see children get involved in feral cat advocacy and we thank them all
SPONSOR A CUTIE FOR YOURSELF OR AS A GIFT
These cats have been placed on our Sponsor-A-Pet
program due to the fact that they were victims of
cruelty, handicapped or just not lucky enough to be
adopted. You can help by sponsoring one of these
cuties for $20.00 per year. This fee includes your
membership to Animal Life Savers. You will receive
color photos and updates of your sponsored pets.
(Give a gift of SPONSORSHIP to children or an animal lover)
It is plain for anyone to see
A king is what I was meant to be
Fate was different, no castle, no home
Only a backyard in which to roam
Tired and old, barely able to see
Some thought euthanasia was best for
But those who place a value on life
Gave me a chance, a life without strife
My cage is my castle, a house to roam
A name, a title THE KING HAS A HOME
Mary once a feral cat
In our home learned to adapt
Becoming friends with our very own
Gave us no choice, ours was her home
Sony was Patches only friend
On each other the two depend
Now they are no longer all alone
Happy together in our special home
Here is Patches, She was so alone
An empty house was her home
Someone to feed her, her mistress
had died. The home was sold and
Patches just cried
Sherbert, not adopted, no reason why
Maybe because of his one bad eye
In the shelter all his life
Was rescued from his daily strife
Tarzan is a wonderful cat
Mickey Rooney is my name Years of living with this one and that
Here are the facts to state my claim Now he’s happy as can be
My owners moved, but not with me Sitting in his chair waiting for me
If they cared, how could that be?
Barney is a special guy
Problem is he’s just too shy
Outside he lived in one small space
Now he is happy in our place
Tiger left in the park as a kitten
Until the area with poison was smitten
The man who cared for him each day
Called for help and sent him our way
In Memory of: William Merritt Grimsley
A donation was made to Animal Life Savers in memory of Wm Merritt Grimsley
by Jean Colon. Mr. Grimsley resided in Florida, He was always fond of animals.
In Memory of: Ernest Otto
A donation was made to Animal Life Savers in memory of Ernest Otto by the
Bellino Family. Mr. Otto was the husband of Margaret Otto, father of Julie Otto and
cousin or our dear friend of the past Wilma Stewart. Mr. Otto loved dogs & cats
In Memory of Katrina Caulfield
In memory of Katrina Caulfield a faithful member of Animal Life Savers and sponsor of
Barney. The staff of ALS appreciates her most generous support of Animal Life Savers.
In Memory of Doreen Hughes
A donation was made by Nonne Arcaro in loving memory of Doreen Hughes of Denbigh,
N Wales, United Kingdom. Doreen loved animals and enjoyed feeding the goats on the
hillside of Denbigh.
In Memory of our Furry and Feathered Friends
A donation was made by Cosmo Buono in mem-
ory of Fragile the 17 year old cat of Assuntina
Giorgio. The cat was found in the woods when
she was 2-3 weeks old and had to be fed with
an eye dropper. She was tiny, yellow and dirty
but a survivor. She never had kittens of her
own but loved to care for the three kittens that
came into our home. She was completely deaf
in her last year but still enjoyed sitting next to
me on the piano bench while I played. I am
heart broken and life is different without her
but she died to make room for another member.
From the Stahl Family
In memory of Willie Stahl
Willie came to our home almost 19 years
ago. He was a little white beautiful kitten
filled with love and he showed it every day.
Willie passed away Friday, February 4th just
two months short of his 19th birthday. He
was much more than a pet he was the best
friend a person could have. He loved a pat
of butter, warm milk and Reddi Whip Cream.
You will always be WILLIE STAHL
loved and missed.
Love Caroline Stahl
The Hope Fund was established in HONOR of the kittens
pictured and others like them who with love and extensive
care moved on to loving homes. The fund is DEDICATED
to the memory of all the animals who did not live to enjoy
that special home.
ALL THE KITTENS IN THE PICTURE SURVIVED AND FOUND LOVING HOMES
PLEASE MAKE A DONATION IN MEMORY OF YOUR LOVED ONE OR YOUR
BELOVED PET OR IN HONOR OF A SPECIAL OCCASION. THIS DONATION WILL CERTAINLY EASE THE
LIFE OF SOME NEEDY ANIMAL.
LOREDO AND LACEY SIXTEEN YEARS OF LOVE AND MEMORIES
Loredo and Lacey were part of our family for 14
years. Both were about two years old when found
as throw away animals, each with their own story.
Loredo lived alone in a basement. He was tied to
the furnace. He had very little human contact
with the exception of the PSEG man whom he did
not like. The owner soon decided he no longer
wanted the dog and was ready to just release him
in a strange area. The story was told to our
daughter Elaine and Loredo was brought not to a
house but to a home, our home, HIS HOME.
The garden will never be the same, except
when I close my eyes and reminisce.
Barbara & Frankie Bellino
Lacey was also found in a basement, a factory
basement where she had four kittens. The
owner threatened to poison them. They were
trapped by Frankie Bellino and given a home.
Lacey was never a lap cat, always frightened
and shy. As the years passed she realized she
had a forever home and grew content.
A donation to the Hope Fund in loving memory of Louisa
Louisa was the twenty three year old cat of our friend David Bradshaw. David called us
immediately to tell us of his loss knowing we would understand his sadness. We certainly
do understand and in memory of Louisa we are making a donation to the Hope Fund to
help animals that are in need of extensive care. David has three other cats, two were
adopted from Animal Life Savers. David is a faithful member of Animal Life Savers and
we know that helping other animals in need will ease the burden of the loss of his long
Elaine & Michael Samman
MICHAEL AND ASSISTANT “POOPIE”
ARE PATIENTLY WAITING FOR NEW
MEMBERS, SPONSORS, FOSTER
HOMES AND VOLUNTEERS.
FOSTER HOMES DESPERATLEY NEEDED
PLEASE CALL: ELAINE 201-861-3411
WRITE TO PO BOX 12
PALISADES PARK, NJ 07650
EMAIL JENI AT ABS DESIGN
New members, sponsors, foster homes, and volunteers are what the staff of ALS hope for
every day. There are a variety of jobs which would ease the burden of our volunteers
and increase our ability to help more animals in need.
Meet our staff and volunteers, JOIN US IN A MOST REWARDING ENDEAVOR.
Rescue, care, adoptions, food shopping
feeding, clean up, maintenance, clerical,
newsletter, and the list could go on. All
this is essential to keep ALS running
smoothly. Our success is thanks to the
staff and volunteers who work endlessly
for the benefit of homeless animals.
Bottom Row: Barbara, Carolyn, Elaine
Top Row: Nellie, Antoinette. Anna and
Puppies: Sugar and Bonzo
Getting ready for adoption day:
Antoinette, Elaine, Carolyn, Christine
Kitties outside playground
Christine, Carolyn, Elaine with Bobtail
Bonzo is one of seven pups that never knew the care
of their real mother The volunteers bottle fed the Michael carries his passion for
pups as soon as they were born. The pups never animals to the limit by sheltering
were in want of love. Left: Nellie and Bonzo, Right: Valentine from the raindrops
Anna and Bonzo
Fund drive helps
acquire pet food.
every May in Be
Kind to Animals
for ALS is
TO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS
Special thanks to Sheila Westerveld a member of the Board of Directors,
for her help with our financial records and the spay program. Sheila also
coordinates our website at www.animallifesavers.com. In her spare time
she can be found recruiting new members for ALS. We are getting well
known in the state of Connecticut. Sheila will be organizing different fund
raising events in the state of Connecticut.
A special thank you to Jeni Rivero for her endless efforts finding just the right
home for just the right dog or cat. This is a very difficult and time consuming
job. She interviews and answers all calls and emails from Petfinder People
who adopt from ALS find Jeni courteous and helpful when they are trying to
find the right pet to fit into their family and surroundings.
A special thank you to Ethel Jaskot and Dale Mullener for the new addition to our
outdoor solarium for our cats. Pictures will be in our next newsletter when the project is
Leroy Hinkson for taking the pictures of our sponsor pets and our volunteers.
Brian Cazanave for the donation of book marks enclosed in this issue of “All Aboard”
Joan (Richards) Mc Bride for email alerts regarding animal cruelty.
My name is Coconut and I am taking calls
for the READERS’ PAGE.
Please call or send your photos or letters to:
Animal Life Savers Inc.
P.O. Box 12 Palisades Park, NJ 07650,
Elaine Samman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeni at ANBDESIGN@aol.com
READERS’ PAGE/ STORIES FROM OUR MEMBERS
Hi! My name is Sue-z. I was adopted Feb.
of 2004. See how little and cute I was!
Now after one full year with my new family,
I am still very much at home snuggling with
my big sister, Brandy. Even though I am a
bit bigger, I love to play, “catch me if you
can while I have something of yours in my
mouth.” It is my favorite game.
Just want to let you know that my origi-
nal name was Susie but it was changed
to Sue-Z after my family’s grandmother.
I am now about 42 lbs. and stand knee
high. I am so cute when I put my head
on your lap that you’ll just want to give
me a treat. I love to lay on the back of
the sofa in the sun and watch the
neighborhood go by. I love my family.
Do they love me? Read what they say. To Animal Life Savers:
Sue-z is such a good dog. We love her so very much and are pleased that you
took the time to rescue her for us.
The Albitz Family
“No matter how little money and how few possessions
you own, having a dog makes you rich “
READERS’ PAGE/ STORIES FROM OUR MEMBERS
FIGARO’S STORY It was spring 2002, Animal Life Savers was at their adoption
site with their adorable kittens and cats. Our volunteers were
approached by a gentlemen who had an adult cat that he could
no longer keep. ALS usually has a waiting list for pets that need
a new home but this seemed to be an emergency so Figaro came
home to Animal Life Savers. At first he was afraid but with the
proper attention he adjusted to his new surroundings.
Figaro hated adoption days and it was decided that Animal Life
Savers was to be his permanent home. We loved him.
In the fall of 2004 a kind lady came to our foster
home in hopes of adopting one of our cats. She instantly
fell in love with Figaro. We explained that he was with us
for two years and was no longer up for adoption. The
woman pleaded stating that he looked exactly like her cat
Tuffy that had died. She said she would give Figaro a
wonderful home and if it didn’t work out she would return
him. We gave into her pleas and gave it a try.
Figaro now shares a home with the Kent Family which includes their dogs, Rusty
and Samantha. (see front page)
The last message from Nancy Kent was, “ I LOVE THIS CAT, HE LOOKS JUST LIKE
TUFFY. FIGI IS NOT COMING BACK HE IS WITH US TO STAY”
Snowball was once a feral cat amongst other cats that were cared for by Ethel and Andy
Jaskot. The cats were trapped and neutered and then either kept for adoption or returned
to the colony.
Snowball was friendly, clean and loved staying at Animal Life Savers. We were sure he
would be adopted. Just like Figaro, Snowball hated adoption days. He hated the ride
in the car and the time spent at the adoption center. It seemed he knew the days of the
week and when Saturday came around, Snowball was no where to be found. He was in
the closet or under the bed. The staff finally
conceded there would be no more adoption
days for Snowball. Again fate intervened
and someone came directly to Animal Life
Savers to adopt a cat. Snowball was chosen
and again we declined knowing how content
he was at Animal Life Savers. He was with us
for almost two years and we did not know
how he would make the transition. Once
again we were faced with the fact that Kathy
Wever just loved Snowball and once again we
decided to give it a try. SUCCESS!
SNOWBALL WITH HIS NEW PAL SAMANTHA
READERS’ PAGE/ STORIES FROM OUR MEMBERS
Stevie Wonder was on the front page of our last issue
of “All Aboard.” Stevie is totally blind and was released
from a shelter to the care of ALS in hope of finding him
a loving home. Our hope became a reality when he
was adopted by the Ehret family. We have constant
updates on Stevie and these are his latest pictures.
Animal Life Savers wishes to thank Bonnie Ehret and
her family for all the wonderful blankets they made for
Dear Elaine & Barbara:
I wanted you to see Stevie
and his buddies. They all get
along so well and are very
patient with Stevie’s handicap.
Bonnie Ehret & Family
A FAMILIAR FACE
How could we forget the face of our miracle dog “Mutter”, now called Emma. Well this is
not Emma it is her pup, all grown up with a new name, Midnight
(Middie for short). This is an update from the Stitz family.
Dear Barbara: 12/04
Here are some photos of “Little Mutter”. We call her “Midnight”
“(Middie for short). She is only 27 pounds and close to a year
old. She is gentle but feisty. She is very tolerant of the kids. Like
her mom she likes chasing squirrels. Her best dog friend is a
90lb. black lab named Brady. She jumps back and forth over his
back. Her favorite pastime is stealing the socks off the feet of my
four year old.
Middie is now a wonderful
addition to our family. Both
my husband and I grew up
with dogs and we are so
pleased our children will
experience the love and
also the responsibility of
having a dog in the family.
Our cat Spunky was less
than thrilled but as you can see, he’s warming up.
Truly, Beth Stitz.
UPDATE ON THE TOUGH GUYS (?????)
Hopscotch was featured in our last newsletter. She had been hit
by a motorcycle and left on the side of the road. A good samaritan
picked her up and brought her to the shelter. It was suggested
that she be euthanized since her injuries were extensive, a pit bull
ALS intervened and with the help of our veterinarian, Dr. Mecheal,
Hopscotch received surgery and Animal Life Savers found her a
perfect home with the Williams family.
As you can see from her picture, Hopscotch is fine. She became
a celebrity and was featured on “Dogster” www.dogster.com
TWO TINY PUPS GROW UP TO BE A MAN’S DOG
in the Yoo and Hemler Families
Subject: moonie (aka daisy) Hi
Elaine, Daisy is now named Moonie,
and is doing fantastic. She's come
a long way from the tiny puppy that
my family brought home with them
last spring. She's grown to be a
whopping 80 pounds and there
seems to be no end in sight. She is
adored by everyone and she's been
spoiled rotten by my dad especially.
She's a sharp dog, loves walking
and gets along great with people.
Unfortunately, her seemingly endless hunger does get her into some mischief around the
house, but we all find it very endearing. Thanks so much for the work that ALS does, and
thank you for Moonie. When our last dog of nine years died we were devastated, but
Moonie has revitalized our household, and we couldn't be happier. Happy new year from
all of us. Sincerely, The Yoo Family
We renamed Ella to Shelby. She now
weighs about 100 pounds. Her and my
other dog get along great. She loves to
play in the snow. She sleeps in bed
with us and our other dog every night.
She loves to give lots of kisses. She
loves to take naps on the couch with
her mommy. She makes funny noises
while chewing on her back leg. She
has made a great addition to our fam-
ily. In the future we would adopt an-
other dog from you guys.
Lisa & Dave Hemler
Happy Pets, Happy Families Happy Times
Furry & Friendly “Snickers” Happy to be on the inside looking out.
Janet and John Ray with Snickers Tyler and Sue-Z sharing peaceful moments
Adoption day for Lamb Chop Anne, Lamb Chop and new friends
Bonding was instantaneous Play day in the park
Sharing the holidays with a new pup Isabella and Horst
Middie with the Stitz family children Sharing toys ??????????