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.

April 2018 – Monthly Meeting

North Brunswick Humane Association
Membership Meeting
Monday, April 9,2018
Employee Lounge
North Brunswick Municipal Complex

The Meeting Called to Order by President Vincent Sheehan at 7:14pm

In Attendance: Michele Andrea, Dan Smith, Lisa Coletta, Theresa Spataro, Donna Hildreth, Leslie Earle, Evelyn Moses, Ron DeSciora, Jennifer Peppe, Sharon Barton, Jackie Gminder, Carol Paszamant, Erica Bundy, Jane Prestup, Jocelyn Caffrey,Nancy Costello and Vincent Sheehan.

Introductions took place

March Minutes Read and Accepted

Treasurer Report not updated

Upcoming Events & Issues:

* The Stress Factory- Sunday, March 18th – Vince & Dan reported we are still reviewing the results, but we made approximately $2311.50.

* Community Cat Program – Donna reported the Program spent $3772.00 in the month of March. We received in the month of March donations of $2201.18. In the month of March 25 Cats have been trapped and TNR and 14 are in foster care. The Hotel we are trapping at is still on going. It’s a big endeavor but we have trapped 20 cats so far.

* Grant Writing – Lisa & Dan have met again with Jim LaCanna. They are working on a Revised Mission Statement. There is a lot of work ahead and research.

* Flea Market – Saturday, May 12th – Township Complex-Dan reported the new signs will be in by the next meeting. They were delayed by the sign company. He did bring old signs with new decal dates to this meeting. Approximately 25 Vendor spaces have been rented so far. A Volunteer Sign Up Sheet was passed around; we are coming up short on volunteers. We do have the EBYG committed. The American Water Management & Employees have committed to helping load and unload the truck. Michele will send out an email to see if we can get NBHA Volunteers for the actual day of the event.

* Super Cat Adoption Day Event (SCAD) – Saturday, June 16th – Our Lady of Peace Recreation Center -A Volunteer Sign Up Sheet was passed around and we are coming up short on Cat Coordinators by 10 volunteers. Michele will send out an email to see if we can get Cat Coordinator Volunteers for the event.

* Paws for a Cause- Sunday, May 6th -Colonial Park, Franklin Township (Sponsored by Second Chance for Animals Rescue) – Michele reported our space at this event has been confirmed. We have the volunteers for this event.

* Dine to Donate- Leslie reported that $18.00 was received from the Fiddleheads fundraiser. The snow storm was the day before, so that may have had an impact. Also, No Take Out allowed may have had an impact. The next dine to donate will be at Green Turtle on a Saturday, June 9th from 2pm-6pm and

it’s a “bring your dog” event. Leslie also reported that Bertucci’s Restaurant in North Brunswick has closed. This was a special place for our Dine to Donate. They have been very good to us. We look forward to a reopening close by soon.

* Annual Dog Walk-a-Thon & Adoption Day Event – September 16th, rain date September 30th-Update-Michele & Dan – No Update

* Walmart Grant – Donna & Theresa will handle the distribution of the Cat Food from this grant.

* Rutgers’s Day – April 28th – Donna reported we have confirmation for a space at this event. A volunteer sign-up sheet was passed around. We have the volunteers for this event. Vincent offered to help setup. Theresa & Nancy will let us know if they need the help. We will promote upcoming NBHA events at this event. A box of tabling event materials will need to come from storage.

* Paws to Read- Michele reported that the North Brunswick Public Library has been in touch with us and they are having a Used Book Sale on May 4th, May 5th & May 6th at the Brunswick Shopping Center. In conjunction with this Book Sale, the Library will host a Paws to Read fundraiser in which they will collect Cat Food for our Community Cat Program. For every can or box of unexpired cat food they donator receives $.50 off the sale of their book purchase.

* The Annual North Brunswick Youth Festival- Jennifer Peppe initiated a discussion on the fact that once again they will have working at this event wild life animals such as Elephants, Tigers, Ponies, etc. This is such an inhumane activity for these animals. Jennifer has been on Facebook on this subject and will draft a letter for Vincent’s signature. She will also contact Senator Ray Lesniack. It was also suggested we reach out to the Freeholders.

The Meeting adjourned at 8:34pm

Next Membership Meeting – Monday, May 14th , 7:00PM-Employee Lounge