20,000 Dogs and Counting, Madison Shelter Steals Puppies to Forever Homes

MADISON, NJ — St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, a cruelty-free animal sanctuary, will fly its 20,000th dog a little closer to home forever next week in a big, milestone celebration.

The 20,000th lucky passenger is named Sweetie Johnson, and he’s a 5-year-old Louisiana Terrier mix.

On August 16, Sweetie will land at Morristown Airport, where she will be greeted with a party and treats for her and the other dogs at Madison’s shelter.

The St. Hubert’s WayStation initiative moves animals from crowded shelters in the south to loving homes in the northeast. They work with more than 90 shelters across the country to save animal lives and donate money for neutering and neutering initiatives as well as animal health care.

Saint-Hubert, in operation for more than 80 years, currently houses more than 160 cats available for adoption, as well as approximately 39 dogs and 35 small animals in need of a home.

Currently, the shelter houses a wide variety of animals, including senior pets and animals of varying ages, sizes, and types. Diane Ashton, director of communications, says adoption counselors are available at St. Hubert and can help customers find the best pet for their home and lifestyle.

Adoptions are available at St. Hubert’s Madison, 575 Woodland Ave., from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

At the shelter, foster parents are also essential. Until they find a forever home, fostering is a great way to give an animal a bit of a vacation away from the shelter. Ashton added, “It’s also rewarding and fun.”

Anyone interested in adopting an animal from the shelter can consult all the animals available on the St-Hubert website.