NJ shelter that treats the sickest, most badly injured pets needs help

They saved Hercules, the young pit bull who nearly died after being torched in Philadelphia earlier this year, and many other animals - among them the sickest and the most severely injured - in southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Now storm-stricken Animal Alliance in Lambertville, NJ needs help.

Director Annie Trinkle sent out an urgent plea reporting that both the Planned Pethood Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic and the shelter/kennel have been without power since the storm, though the kennel is running on generator power.

This is by far one of the largest challenges we have faced in our 11 year history. Our clinic has been closed for a week, and we do not know when power will be restored so we can reopen. Our supplier of donated pet food has been closed, and we are receiving pleas for help for animals in need around the clock.

We are in desperate need of the following items, which can be dropped off anytime at the front door of our clinic located at 1432 Route 179 North, Lambertville, NJ, 08530:

Cat Food (Canned and Dry), Cat Litter, Canned Dog Food, Gift Cards to Dogs & Cats Rule, Petco, Petsmart, PetValu, & Wal-Mart so we can purchase essential supplies to keep both our clinic and kennel running in perfect order.

The shelter says it also is in need of foster and adoptive homes to open up room for animals displaced by the hurricane. While most every shelter accepted animals with their people, many families are finding that they do not have homes to go back to after evacuating to temporary shelters where time will soon run out for their stay. That means displaced residents may have to go to hotels or stay with relatives and may have to temporarily - or permanently give up their pets.

To help inspire folks to help, Animal Alliance is offering a $10 adoption fee for any cat/kitten, as well as a certificate good for a free set of vaccines & Home Again Microchip for another animal in your home (rabies, distemper, bordatella & microchip for dogs; rabies & distemper and microchip for cats). This certificate is valid for a one year. Since their cats come spayed/neutered, tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV, and current on all vaccines, this is a great way to economize and cost-justify a new pet due to the savings you will have on annual vaccines for an existing pet.

If you cannot foster, adopt, or donate supplies, please consider making an online contribution to Animal Alliance by clicking here.