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Tails of Good: Secaucus Animal Shelter

By: Karina Delaine

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.


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