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Upcoming Events

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Live, 4/8
The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, a perennial favorite at performing arts centers across the United States, has come to New Jersey. Mr. Popovich and his pets have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, and as a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. A portion of proceeds will support local animal shelters. Bergen PAC. $15-$35 – purchase tickets online. 7 p.m. 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, 201.227.1030, bergenpac.org

Jersey Shore Animal Center’s 2nd Annual Beach to Bay 5K, 4/9
Support the Jersey Shore Animal Center by joining in on the fun at their 2nd Annual 5K run. There will be free t-shirts for the first 200 runners, trophies and prizes for the winners, and refreshments and snacks for all to enjoy. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m., the race kicks off at 8:30 a.m. The registration form can be found online at jerseyshoreanimalcenter.org. Jersey Shore Animal Center, 185 Brick Blvd, Brick. Call 732.920.160 for more information.

“Tails of Love” Contest for Kids, 4/14
Children ages 5 to 10 from across Monmouth County are invited to submit their pet or animal stories to the “Tails of Love” Contest presented by the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and Small Factory Productions. Contest organizers are looking for creative, original stories and/or drawings from children who love animals. The deadline for contest submissions is Thursday, April 14th, 2011. On April 15th, a panel of judges representing the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and Small Factory Productions will select eight “Tails of Love” Contest winners. Winners will then be invited to create an original animated short film with the Emmy Nominated creative team at Small Factory Productions in Fair Haven. Entries can be emailed to Small Factory Productions at smallfactory@mysmallfactory.com. For more information visit mysmallfactory.com

Whiskers in Wonderland, SAVE's 11th Annual Gala Benefit, 5/7
Enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner, live and silent auction, and dancing all to benefit the SAVE foundation’s mission to find homes for homeless animals. 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets call: 609-924-3802. Princeton Airport, savehomelessanimals.org

Free Sight Saving Eye Exams for Service Dogs, Throughout May
Guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, police detection dogs and search and rescue dogs selflessly serve the public and their eye sight is crucial. The Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (CARES) in Langhorne, PA, is teaming up with the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) to launch the 4th annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event. Dr. Robert Peiffer, a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist at CARES will provide free eye exams to eligible dogs throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Register between April 1 – 29. Register online. ACVOeyeexam.org

All Star Pet Rescue’s “Senior for Seniors” Program

All Star Pet Rescue encourages young at heart seniors to bring an older dog into their homes. For a nominal adoption fee, a senior dog will come fully vetted along with the basic necessities to get started out in their new lives. Anyone over the age of 60 yrs. of age who adopts a dog older than 7 yrs. old is eligible for this program. Enjoy a loyal companion to keep you company & help out a dog who's looking for a comfortable place to spend their twilight years. For more details contact Ginny Werner at 732.763.8938 or at werner.ginny@gmail.com. For more information about All Star Pet Rescue, visit allstar.petfinder.com

Help Save a Life
Animal Alliance of New Jersey has rescued a pitbull puppy named Kelly from the bleakest of situations. The roughly six-to-nine-month-old pup was picked up as a stray and had been very badly abused. Kelly was clearly used as a “bait dog” in a dog fighting operation – or a small, submissive dog thrown in between two powerful dogs before they fight. Animal Alliance is desperate to give her a second chance at the wonderful life she deserves. Kelly has undergone and will continue to undergo many operations to correct her many injuries. Donations to Kelly’s care may be made by going to Animal Alliance’s website, animalalliancenj.org and clicking “Donate Now.” For more information about Animal Alliance, call 609.635.7006

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HAILEY was found outside a local shelter in a cat carrier with a freshly broken leg. She had surgery at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital and now she is on her way to being good as new. Her foster mom reports that she's just a gem of a dog. She's very affectionate and pretty well behaved for a pup of 3-4 months old. She listens well and likes to try to engage the bigger resident dogs in play. Hailey was spayed during her surgery, she’s current on her puppy shots and has been micro-chipped. She's a sweet, loyal girl who will make someone a very happy. Everyone who meets her just falls in love.


If you're looking for a cuddly dog who will follow you everywhere, JENA is the girl for you. This teeny cutie is a bundle of love and wants nothing more than to be by your side. She came up from St. Croix, is 4 years old, and weighs less than 10 lbs. Jena has the most adorable under bite, probably from her Peke roots. She's a quiet girl, but doesn't like when the big dogs crowd around her. She's snappy with them, but she tolerates the smaller ones just fine. Because she's so small, we'll not place her in a home with kids. Older children who want a companion that mom or dad will take responsibility for would be fine. Jena is spayed, up to date with shots, and micro-chipped. She comes across as a little shy but once you hold her, she's your friend for life.


BABEE RUTH
is a 1-year-old pup who was surrendered to the shelter St. Croix and sent to NJ to find a new home. This is the ultimate lap dog: she's cuddly and loving with the sweetest temperament. Ruth only weighs about 15 lbs. She's good with kids as well as the other dog in the foster home. The foster mom says she's absolutely no trouble at all. Ruth is housebroken, spayed, up to date with shots, and will be micro-chipped prior to adoption. If you have a warm and waiting lap, this furry friend is looking for you.


If you’re interested in HAILEY, JENNA, or BABEE RUTH please e-mail us at AllStarPets@comcast.net or visit us on the web at allstar.petfinder.com.

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» SaveHomelessAnimals.org
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