The Mission of the North Brunswick Humane Association is to provide education and guidance to our community in pet and wildlife issues through various community groups, civic organizations, and school boards for the purpose of enhancing quality of life for our pets, wildlife and residents. We also support endeavors that promote humane and protective services in the treatment of animals.


March 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes

MINUTES
NBHA General Meeting
March 14, 2016
Municipal Building, Hermann Rd. North Brunswick

Meeting called to order by Cheryl Vitow at 7:00 pm
Minutes from February Meeting were approved.
It was noted that minutes from January meeting were not on the website.

Reports:
Treasurer’s report – available upon request.
Comedy Night Fundraiser
Income $4035/$2103 net income
Expenses – $1932

Food Bank Program Report
• Old instructions re food bank were removed from Channel 15
• Municipality can give us storage space. Dry food must be in air tight containers.
• Cheryl is going to check on the collection bins. We may discontinue the bin at Stop & Shop.
• 217 lbs of dry food – dog and cat food combined
• 181 cans dog & cat food combined
• Magyar Banks continues as a collection point and the food is used for the Pilot Project
• Most of the dog food was distributed to the Franklin Shelter
• A previous recipient from the food bank contacted us. She will receive a distribution in April.
• Still pending are guidelines for our food bank

CCP Report
• $4,000 approved for CCP at January Meeting for the period from February through June
• $2,263 – current total medical expense; includes $1375 into account for The 50 Feral Fix
• $2,176.70 – approximate balance for Medical

Donations/other contributions:
$440 – current donations and other offsets for medical expenses
$300 – from Garden State Cat Club for a shelter building project (see below)

Number of Cats Helped in February – 55:
• 5 – Cats through CCP program
• 50 – Cats through The 50 Feral Fix – a collaboration among NBHA, HarnessLife.org and People for Animals.

The 50 Feral Fix:
NBHA collaborated with HarnessLife.org and People for Animals to fix 50 cats on Monday, February 22, 2016. The event took place at the Robbinsville PFA clinic. We thank Dee Doherty-Strelecki, Director of HarnessLife.org and Jane Guillaume of PFA for their awesome efforts. So much can be done with good partnerships. For a complete summary of the event, see the blog at HarnessLife.org http://harnesslife.org/2016/02/25/the-first-fifty-fixes-2/
Cat Food Donations and Distributions in February:
The NBHA CCP received 523 cans of wet cat food this month. 388 cans were donated by People for Animals and 135 cans were donated by Gail Whitney, a regular cat food contributor to the CCP. The food was distributed as follows:

• 60 – Cans to a caretaker in North Brunswick
• 208 – Cans to Pilot Project
• 120 – Cans to a local caretaker in North Brunswick Township
• 96 – Cans to Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network
• 39 – Cans to a local caretaker in South Brunswick

In addition, every trapper/caretaker that brought cats for The 50 Feral Fix received from PFA a large bag of dry food and two cases of wet food.
Education/Outreach: We co-facilitated a TNR Workshop with People for Animals at the Robbinsville Clinic on February 17. 5 people attended.

A motion was approved to increase the CCP budget by $8000, for a total of $12,000. Donations/offsets will be tracked, but not added to the budget.

Membership Update – 21 new or renewed members. Leslie continues to recruit new members.
Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) – Motion was made and approved for a yearly budget of $10,000 for SNAP
Bylaws Review
• Updated version distributed; some suggestions were made
• A special meeting will be scheduled to approve new bylaws

Other Business:
• Annual Report Update – work in progress
• Website Update – lots of changes to be done – work in progress; looking to set up separate spaces for members.
• Financial Oversight – has begun with CCP. Reports pending.

Current Events:
• Flea Market/Rummage Sale will be Sat., May 14. Signup sheet was distributed. We are still looking for vendors. Signs were distributed.
• Dog Walkathon & Adoption Event – Process will begin soon. Nothing to report now.
• Tabling Events:
o Rutgers Day – April 30 – sign up sheet circulated
o Second Chance for Animals Dog Walk – volunteers signed up

New Business: None

Committees – Need volunteers for the following committees:
• Education Committee & Education Fund
• Program Committee
• Oversight Committee
• Historian & PR Committee
• Policies and Procedures Committee
• Emergency Use
Other:
Speaker is being arranged for upcoming meeting on Preparing for Emergencies – Carol P & Lisa C.
Donna Hildreth