In a part of Ewing township, Mercer County where you wouldn’t want to live, let alone visit, the current Ewing animal shelter is located. Surrounded by abandoned buildings, the former paper factory is a refuge for 50-some cats and up to16 dogs.
The number of shelter residents can’t be exact because it changes daily -- or more often. One animal may leave with an adoptive family, while an animal control officer drops off a stray or an owner surrenders a cat or dog. Worse, kittens may be left at the shelter’s front door in a cardboard box, or a dog may be tied there.
However, things are looking up: a new shelter facility’s being built in the Ewing Township municipal complex. It will be nicer and much more accessible for both volunteers and those looking for a pet. So far, it seems to have only one major problem: it will accommodate fewer animals than now “live” at the present shelter.
That’s a major problem, all right.
To members of Easel Animal Rescue League, an all-volunteer, community-based, non-profit action group, there’s only one solution to that problem: facilitate even more dog and cat adoptions. By the time the new shelter opens (projected to happen next month), Easel wants to have shrunk the current animal population enough so every cat and dog left can move into the new building.
Besides its regular weekend adoption days at pet stores around the county, Easel has scheduled a major adoption day next Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Trenton Farmers Market.
“Help save strays for the holidays” is the slogan for the event, and there will be numbers of animals to meet, fall in love with and adopt. Adoptable cats of all ages will be transported in a county animal rescue trailer so people thinking about adopting a new family pet can look in and walk through.
Adoptable dogs will be on leash, easy to meet. All animals will have been vetted, given shots and spayed or neutered.
Homelessness is a terrible thing, made worse at holiday time. Easel hopes to end this experience for as many cats and dogs as possible next Saturday.
For more information about Easel including adoption events: www.Easelnj.org.
Freelance writer Pat Summers also blogs at AnimalBeat.blogspot.com.