5 Organizations Helping Animals in New York and New Jersey

Both domestic and wild, there are many animals in New York & New Jersey that are vulnerable, due to abuse, habitat destruction, or other human-cause issues. That's why organizations like the ones listed here work to help pets find good homes and advocate for environmental awareness on behalf of wildlife. If you're an animal lover, consider supporting these five compassionate groups. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

NY & NJ Groups That Protect & Care For Animals

Organization Headquarters Location Mission
Bideawee New York, NY Be Greater New York's leader in rescuing, caring for, and placing homeless cats and dogs with people who love them
St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center Madison, NJ Provide services that support the human-animal bond and foster an environment in which people respect all living creatures
North Shore Animal League America Port Washington, NY Save and mend the lives of homeless companion animals and educate the public about the joys and responsibilities of rescue
Lollypop Farm Fairport, NY Build lifelong bonds between people and animals through education, community outreach programs, and the prevention of cruelty
New Jersey Audubon Bernardsville, NJ Foster environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey's citizens; protect New Jersey's birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promote preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats

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The relationship between humans and animals is complex. While many people's deep love for their pets and other creatures is evident, our furry friends are often instrumentalized, neglected, or abused. In New York and New Jersey, as in other places, there are many groups that step in to help. This list, presented in no particular order, highlights some of them, from shelters to conservation societies.

#1 is Bideawee, a no-kill pet welfare organization serving metropolitan New York and Long Island. Through a mixture of services, it cultivates and supports life-long relationships between pets and the people who love them. The group regards itself as the leader in rescuing, caring for, and placing homeless cats and dogs with caring and supportive families. Employees believe their primary responsibility is to help every person be an attentive and knowledgeable pet parent.

In addition to rescue and adoption programs, the organization operates a veterinary hospital in the Long Island town of Westhampton, which offers wellness, medical, urgent care, and surgical services. It also manages two pet cemeteries, in operation since 1916. Memorial offerings include transportation, private viewing rooms, burial and cremation, and the placing of seasonal greens and flowers on a pet's grave. Volunteer opportunities abound at all Bideawee facilities. Learn more by visiting the blog.

It also manages two pet cemeteries, in operation since 1916.

At #2, it's St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center. Founded in 1939, the group operates shelters in Madison, North Branch, and the Noah's Ark Campus in Ledgewood, New Jersey. These facilities welcome animals directly from guardians, animal control officers, overcrowded venues across the state and the country, and from disaster situations. Community services include pet adoption, humane education, a food pantry, low-cost spaying and neutering, and a professional education series.

A pet training and behavior center provides one of the most comprehensive and respected programs for dogs in the nation. Classes at St. Hubert's go beyond dogs and cats; there is even one dedicated to geese management, which instructs students how to minimize human-goose conflicts by implementing a humane egg addling program to keep populations low. Besides fundraising and community get-togethers, special events include a holiday wine tasting and regular paint-your-pet parties. Support this work by joining the Angels Monthly Giving Club.

Coming in at #3 is North Shore Animal League America, saving the lives of defenseless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens since 1944. It envisions a future in which all companion animals find responsible, loving homes where they are free from abuse, hunger, fear, and loneliness and receive the care and respect they deserve. The group plans to win this world through its mission of rescuing, nurturing, adopting, and educating.

It envisions a future in which all companion animals find responsible, loving homes where they are free from abuse, hunger, fear, and loneliness and receive the care and respect they deserve.

It conducts local, national, and international puppy mill and emergency rescues, and then provides a high level of care to every animal that comes through the doors. Rehabilitated pets are then placed in more than 15,000 homes every year. A teaching program, the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, includes lesson plans to actively engage students and promote social and emotional competence, academic achievement, and awareness of the needs of shelter pets. Help out by making a one time or monthly donation.

#4: Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, has been helping animals and people since 1873. Support from the community enables a large staff and an army of volunteers to care for around 10,000 animals each year. It also makes possible a variety of programs to address issues that contribute to the surrender of unwanted animals. As an open-admission organization, the farm accepts every creature in need of help.

Across five adoption locations in New York State, there are hundreds of available pets. The group offers instruction in pet care and training, designed to establish strong bonds between cats or dogs and their human companions. On site there are also spay and neuter operations, animal therapy programs, and compassionate end of life support services. Lollypop Farm is also available for birthday parties. Get involved by volunteering.

On site there are also spay and neuter operations, animal therapy programs, and compassionate end of life support services.

Concluding things at #5 is New Jersey Audubon, which fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among the state's citizens. It protects local birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species. Additionally, the organization promotes preservation of valuable natural habitats.

One of the oldest independent Audubon societies, its principle goals are engaging people, saving species, and conserving and restoring habitat. A set of signature birding events includes the pastime's World Series, and Cape May Spring and Fall festivals. An eco-travel program takes participants around the world, for trips ranging from relaxed nature getaways to relatively intensive adventures. Endorse these efforts by taking part in an advocacy campaign.