Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter

by PJ Mullen on May 20, 2010

in May 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

The latest nominee in the May edition of Sweatshirt Blanket’s Spread Your Warmth campaign is the Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter. The Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter (FOSRAS) is a volunteer group designed to support the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter (SRAS), “The little shelter with the big heart.”

Their group was formed in 2001 because of a need to raise public awareness about the shelter, offer educational information on cat and dog care, and participate in the shelter’s on-site adoptions while maintaining regular off-site adoptions. In July 2002 they received 501(c)3 nonprofit status that allowed them to raise funds for medical expenses, new equipment, shelter improvements, and to provide educational programs for the public.

SRAS is a not-for-profit municipal organization that provides animal control services and care for approximately 1,000 lost, abandoned, and surrendered animals per year. Though the shelter mostly takes in and adopts out kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs, our animal control officers have provided support in placing goats, birds, snakes, rabbits, and hamsters! SRAS is recognized more and more each year as a humane, temporary place for many cats and dogs waiting for the opportunity to be placed into caring and loving homes.

Through their mission, SRAS:

  • Provides a safe, clean, compassionate environment for all animals housed within the shelter.
  • Finds loving, responsible homes for all adoptable animals in their care
  • Works on ending the pet overpopulation problem through public education and spaying/neutering ALL their animals prior to their adoption.
  • Supplies animal control services for Bridgewater Township and the boroughs of Manville and Somerville.
  • Strives for the humane care, treatment, and well-being of all animals through education, information, investigation, and action.

The purpose of FOSRAS is to promote humane care and treatment of all animals provided protection by the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter and to promote the return of lost animals to their owners, the finding of suitable homes for animals without guardians, humane treatment for all animals of all types, the education of the public in animal welfare, and spay/neuter programs as a method of animal population control.

Thank you to Anne Zavalick for nominating the Friends of the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter for the May edition of the Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter or their mission visit their website.

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