TOMS RIVER, NJ - Tuesday mornings are the worst. Toms River resident Karen Beese gets up extra early with a cup of coffee, a prayer and an overwhelming feeling of dread.
It is euthanasia day at a humane society in Northeast Texas, just one of the many high-kill shelters the Furgotten Souls Animal Rescue founder pulls highly-adoptable animals from.
"Litters of adoptable puppies and kittens are dumped at shelters daily because people don’t know the importance of spaying and neutering their pets,'' Beese said. "Most never get a home. It's truly heart breaking. Purebreds, mixes, small dogs - you name it - are left to die. These animals are in high demand up here so we do what we can to bring them into New Jersey to be adopted."
Furgotten Souls pulls dogs and cats of assorted age, breed and size, many that typically are not found at shelters in the New York and New Jersey areas. The rescue has rehomed over 40 animals this year with Beese leading the charge at the Jersey Shore and rescue partner, Jennifer Jessup, placing dogs in the New York area.
"We pull as many as we can afford to and fit in our homes. We then work with local foster homes to temporarily house the animals while they await transport to bring them up to the shore to be evaluated, cared for and adopted,'' Beese said. "It's a long stomach-churning process, but it's worth when the ones we were able to save arrive.''
As with much networking that goes on these days, Furgotten Souls and a number of other rescues thrive on Facebook to save these dogs. Volunteers post pictures, rescues claim dogs, locals volunteer to pick up the dog, group transport is arranged and people from all over the country rally behind these shelter animals.
This networking helps keep costs down and as a newer rescue group with a string of foster homes, every cent counts. Most of the rescues' funds come out of Beese's, a dog trainer, pocket as well as Jessup and chip ins from volunteers.
Furgotten Souls only charges adopters the cost of transport from Texas and vetting, which usually runs under $300, in an effort to adopt dogs out quickly and save more, a business move that has left Furgotten Souls in dire financial straits.
"Transport alone is $150, vetting for a healthy dog is another $135, food is $40 a month and you add in toys, leashes, collars, flea preventative, heartworm preventative, cleaning supplies - these babies are expensive,'' Beese said. "And the more financial help we can get, the more foster help we can get, the more
animals we can save."
"We have a litters of puppies waiting to come up from Texas and Carolina's right now, we just need help getting them here.''
Furgotten Souls is urgently seeking donations for care and transport. While Furgotten Souls says monetary donations go the furthest, they are also seeking dog crates, Nutro dog food, new toys, bowls, other pet care items and of course foster and adoptive homes.
To donate, adopt or foster:
Mail: Furgotten Souls Animal Rescue
PO Box 194
Beachwood, NJ 08722