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Tails of Good: Secaucus Animal Shelter

This week marks Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and without hesitation we wanted to show some love to our local shelter. The Secaucus Animal Shelter is a no kill shelter that has been rescuing cats and dogs for years in our New Jersey area. They work endlessly to rehab animals back to feeling loved and healthy, and search for the best possible homes for them. All of which they do for close to nothing. They do it all for the love of the animals.


Susan Pirro, Secaucus Councilwoman and Town Liason to the Animal Shelter, says what she loves most about being connected to the shelter is that the animals have time. Meaning they are never pushed out if they can’t find a home. They are kept, cared for and always prepped for a possible new home. She works closely with Chris Conte, who volunteers frequently at the shelter.


Chris is optimistic and devoted when it comes to her cats and dogs. Health is extremely important. No pet is given up for adoption without being given the okay by their partnering vets. She also does her absolute best to be honest with potential pet parents. Pet parents need to be fully aware of the dog or cat’s needs, so finding a perfect match helps to prevent a pet from returning to the shelter.


When an animal finally finds a home, “there are no words for the feeling. It’s beyond bliss,” Chris says.



There are various ways you can support your local shelter. For one, you can adopt (or encourage a friend to adopt), but you can also donate or volunteer. For us,  we realized that one way we’re able to help the Secaucus Animal Shelter (beyond our usual fresh food donations) is by sharing some of the dogs and cats that are currently up for adoption.




Male –  2 years old

Cooper was surrendered after his owner passed away. The shelter described him as a “big mush.” He’s a sweet boy who’s guaranteed to cuddle, and his amazing face marking and green eyes are striking.




Female –  Around 5 years old – Pit Bull

Brooklyn is a gorgeous black and white Pit Bull that will just tug at your heartstrings. Since Brooklyn was abused in the past, she would be best in a home with a pet parent that can be patient with her and give her one on one attention.



Male –  7 years old

Cody is a loving boy. He was surrendered when his owner was too busy to continue to care for him. He’s in great shape for is age and would be a great partner for cuddles.





Female –  6 months old – Pit Bull Terrier Mix

Bella stole our hearts the second we met her at the shelter. She was so eager to meet us and you could tell she has a big heart. She’s a happy puppy with great energy. She was recently spayed and ready to go home to a good family.




Male –  Around 4 years old – Lab Mix

Hyatt is a stoic and loyal gentleman. He sadly was named Hyatt after he was found tied to a bush in front of the Hyatt hotel in Secaucus. Despite being abandoned, he is great with people and loves to play.




Female –  Around 3 years old  – Shar Pei Mix

Wrinkles was the perfect name for this adorable Shar Pei mix. She is a sweet young girl with lots of energy. Wrinkles loves to be around people and begs for attention.



Female –  6 months old

This black cat is a dream. Asia is a gorgeous kitten with deep black fur that actually feels like mink.

Reintroducing the “Vicktory Dogs”

Much like most of you, we are suckers for a happy ending, especially when it follows a truly devastating story. That’s why we were so pleased when we read an article by our friends at Barkpost about the “Vicktory Dogs,” the dogs that were rescued from NFL player Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring.


In 2007, after the dogs were discovered at Vick’s home, many people thought that the dogs needed to be put down because they were dangerous creatures. Thankfully, individuals and organizations like the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary stepped in and spoke on behalf of the dogs. In fact, they took in 22 of the dogs and introduced them into better lives.


Now with a little bit of much-needed love and affection, the dogs are doing better than ever.


Here are a few of the highlights:


Cherry, one of the dogs, found himself on the TV show “Dogtown” and is enjoying the benefits of being an Internet celebrity.


Handsome Dan, another one of the dogs was adopted by a family and even enjoys spending time and looking after his new baby (human) sister!


The rest of the dogs are leading equally fulfilling and happy lives. The resilient spirit that these dogs have is really amazing. It really is an inspiration to all of us.

Read all of these amazing stories here.

New Year’s Resolutions for Healthy Pets

Happy New Year! We hope you’re feeling refreshed and ready to take on the new year. Resolutions are a great way to start the year off, whether they are a list of things to accomplish, or just fun ideas to make 2013 your best year yet. We often think of resolutions not only for ourselves, but for our families as well. Here are our top resolutions for your healthy pets.


Make exercise with your pet a daily part of your routine

Not only is exercise beneficial to keeping your pets happy, active, and at their optimal body condition, exercising your pets can also provide the same benefits to you! Take a walk each day with your pooch, or spend some time playing with your kitty around the house. It will increase your bond while integrating physical activity into both of your lives. Play also keeps your pets’ mind sharp; even just five minutes per day spent tossing a ball or dangling a mouse can mentally stimulate them!


Schedule a check-up       

Just like humans, pets need to visit the vet once per year; for older pets, the visits should be more frequent (about twice per year).  So while you’re scheduling your yearly tune-ups, don’t forget to make an appointment to take your pets to the vet as well. Dr. Katy Nelson, a veterinarian and Freshpet blog contributor, explains the importance of taking your pet for a check-up:

“By going for wellness appointments, you can hopefully catch changes in your pet’s health early on and prevent conditions from worsening or even reverse them completely. Your veterinarian will do a full physical examination (including oral and ocular evaluations, listen to the heart and lungs and assess weight, joints, changes in skin or coat, and much more) and make recommendations for improved or continued health based on his or her findings. Slight changes in weight, inflammation in the oral cavity or small lumps or bumps can all indicate more serious disease conditions and early intervention could be lifesaving.”



Many people resolve to give back to the community in various ways, and volunteering with shelter animals can be a very rewarding way to do so. Visit your local shelter to find volunteer opportunities. Walking the dogs, playing with the cats, and donating money or much needed items like blankets and bowls are all great ways to help a shelter. Even consider fostering a rescue or an expectant mother. This can be a fun way for you to introduce your children to volunteering while enjoying another pet at home. Keep up with how we’ll be giving back this year on our donations blog.


Set up play dates

Hosting play dates for your pooch will help socialize her and get her used to new faces and other animals and people. Plus, they’re a lot of fun for owners and pets alike! Visit the dog park, take a walk together, or invite your friends and their pets over for a great day indoors or outside.


Re-examine eating habits

The New Year is a great time to look at your pets’ eating routine and make healthy adjustments as needed. Resolve to feed fewer table scraps? Consider swapping in a fresh treat instead. Or try our fresh treats in place of shelf-stable treats, often containing many ingredients that are less than ideal for our pups and kitties. Look for ways to integrate fresher foods into your diet and that of your family members. Our fresh foods and treats are made with wholesome ingredients, gently cooked to maintain more nutrients and keep your pups and kitties happy and healthy.


Take more car rides

Getting your pets accustomed to car rides can have lasting benefits beyond just feeling the wind on their furry faces. Car rides are a great way to introduce your pets to new scenery, especially in the cold. And next time you have to take them to the vet, the car ride may not be as frightening.


Bonus: Dogs and Cats share their resolutions for 2013

Babble.com put together these adorable slide shows to celebrate the new year. What would your dog or cat’s resolution be? Visit us on Facebook or Twitter and tell us.

Dr. Katy’s Tips for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

Happy Holidays from Freshpet! As you’re preparing your home for upcoming celebrations, don’t forget these tips from veterinarian Dr. Katy Nelson to keep your pets safe, healthy and happy this holiday season.



Decorating the house is one of the most delightful traditions this time of year, but Christmas trees can present hazards to pets that are drawn to the lights, tinsel, and ornaments. Ensure your tree is secured in a sturdy stand to prevent pets from knocking it over, or consider anchoring it to the wall to prevent tipping. Hang any breakable ornaments high enough to be out of your pets’ reach. Sometimes it is best to keep the tree in a room that your pup or kitty cannot enter on their own, or at least have a baby gate to keep the furry ones away.  My theory is if it doesn’t look safe for a toddler, it’s probably not safe for your pets! Keep electrical cords and wires out of your pets reach as chewing on these can lead to harmful electric shock. Avoid long strands of ribbon hanging off of your wrapped presents, and if you have cats at home, avoid the tinsel. Cats are very attracted to this string, but swallowing it can cause serious harm to their digestive tract.



Holiday Shrubbery

Many popular holiday plants are actually poisonous to pets if ingested. Mistletoe, poinsettias and holly can cause our pets to have upset stomachs, while lilies can potentially damage your cat’s kidneys. Opt to avoid these plants if you have animals in the house, and instead choose a pet-safe bouquet, such as  faux flowers and holiday foliage, or a fragrant and beautiful arrangement of oranges with cloves.


Gift Giving

Many families give their pets gifts around the holidays, which is a tradition I am a big fan of! There is nothing cuter than helping your dogs or cats open up their presents with the whole family around. When choosing toys, be sure they are large enough for your pet to play with without swallowing. Know your pets chewing tendencies when choosing toys- if you’ve got an aggressive chewer, avoid toys that may break into smaller pieces that can become choking hazards. If your pet is not one that destroys their playthings, then a stuffed squeaker toy may become a favorite.  And tasty treats are always a hit this time of year. Just remember, if you pick up Freshpet treats, be sure to keep them in the fridge until it is time to open gifts.




Table Scraps

Though it can be tempting to feed your pets leftovers from a great holiday meal, try to avoid it. Many of the foods we eat during the holidays are definitely not intended for our cats and dogs, especially sweets and fatty or spicy foods (these can cause anything from mild GI upset all the way to a life-threatening case of pancreatitis). Instead, have a few Dog Joy treats handy to involve your pup in the celebration. Dog Joy Turkey Bacon treats are a tasty and safe alternative to human leftovers, and in proper portions, won’t cause your pet to have to ‘loosen up their waistband’ like we may have to.


Holiday Parties

Just like children, pets can become overly excited when there is a lot of commotion in the home. So, when you’re having a holiday party, be sure there is a quiet place that your pet can retreat to, like an interior bathroom with the vent fan on (for white noise), or a bedroom that’s insulated from the celebration. Stock the spot with fresh water, a few toys, and comfy bedding to snuggle up in.  And just in case the worst happens and your pet manages to slip out the front door, make sure you have your pet’s microchip or collar information up to date so that you can be easily reached when your pet is found.


I hope that you and your pets have a wonderful, and safe, holiday season!