Animal Rescue in Middletown Helps Transport Big Dogs and Cats from Texas


MIDDLETOWN – Imagine seeing 84 crates of cats and dogs unloaded on the tarmac at a New Jersey airport. The dogs are so exhausted that they are silent. The cats are huddled at the bottom of their tiny crates.

Two hundred and forty-two pets were transported from a crowded shelter in El Paso, Texas, to 14 animal rescue groups across the country – one of the largest pet transports in the world. story, according to the BISSELL Pet Foundation, which paid for the flights. .

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The Potter League for Animals, a private non-profit Middletown shelter, was part of the mission, taking in five dogs and four kittens.

“This landmark event shows how many pets need care and how shelters need the support of their community to get them adopted,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of the foundation.

Finding a home for these pets is in a matter of weeks. First of all, animals should be carefully screened for health concerns such as intestinal and respiratory illnesses, which can pass through overcrowded shelters like the one in El Paso.

“They come from a stressful environment,” said Brad Shear, Potter League CEO. “Stress can affect your immune system.”

Kara Montalbano, the league’s director of marketing and community relations, was at the airport when the animals arrived in New Jersey.

“We had to lift them off the plane by hand,” she said. “You just went into ‘go’ mode. Some of them are shaking. Most of the dogs were quite calm.

A long drive home in torrential rain added to the stress. When the van arrived at the Potter League on Friday, it was midnight. All the animals were sleeping.

The Potter League is the Taj Mahal of animal shelters. The cages are air conditioned. Cats can frolic in cat condos. There is plenty of room to move and run, and plenty of volunteers to cuddle. The League can even perform soft tissue surgeries on site.

Rescue animals know how to play cute, and these dogs were no exception.

There’s Gatsby, a little black lab mix with great lab lean.

The huskies, Argyle and Kirby.

Boyd, a 17-pound poodle mix with most of his gray hair missing.

And finally, Lavender, a mix of herdsmen.

They all jump out of the glass doors, aggressing for attention.

Kittens can fit in your palm and come in different shades: calico, buff, tabby gray.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Montalbano said Wednesday. “Some people have worked or volunteered here for 30 years. I can’t express it in words, but it’s about bonding, knowing that they will be loved for the rest of their lives.

For more information, visit potterleague.org.