Return ALL in-shelter volunteers to the Bloomfield Animal Shelter now!
  • Petitioned Karen Lore

This petition was delivered to:

Acting Director, Bloomfield Health Department
Karen Lore
President, Bloomfield Board of Health
James McLaughlin
Council Liaison to the Board of Health
Peggy Dunigan
Mayor
Raymond McCarthy
Health Officer
F. M. Fitzpatrick
Councilman
Elias Chalet
Councilman
Carlos Bernard
Councilman
Michael Venezia
Councilman
Bernard Hamilton
Councilman
Nicholas Joanow
Board of Health Secretary
Karen Lore
Township Administrator
Linda Milone

Return ALL in-shelter volunteers to the Bloomfield Animal Shelter now!

    1. Barbara Siegel
    2. Petition by

      Barbara Siegel

      Bloomfield, NJ

On March 16, 2012, all in-shelter volunteers were dismissed without warning from the John A. Bukowski Animal Shelter in Bloomfield NJ.  Since then only staff has been allowed to socialize or exercise the animals. This is unacceptable to the former volunteers and a disservice to the animals they cared for. The volunteers worked long and hard for the township and the animal shelter out of love, devotion and dedication to the animals. Knowing they are no longer getting the one-on-one attention they deserve, with no return date in sight, is hearbreaking.  Also, if and when the Board of Health agrees to allow in-shelter volunteers again, all former volunteers will need to reapply for service and hope to be accepted back.  These dedicated, hardworking volunteers were dismissed without cause and want nothing more than to return to the work and animals they love.

Please tell the township's officials to allow ALL former, involuntarily dismissed, volunteers back into the shelter without having to reapply and beg for acceptance, to do the work they did so well for over a decade. Thank you.

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    1. WE HAVE THEIR ATTENTION!

      Barbara Siegel
      Petition Organizer

      I learned yesterday that Karen Lore, director of the Health Department, is sending a rather long and convoluted letter to the signers of this petition. Without naming names she is stating that this petition was written by a former, "disgruntled" volunteer and that statements made in the petition are designed to sabotage the shelter. That is absolutely false!

      I have never been a volunteer at the shelter. I am, however, an animal lover and a resident of Bloomfield who was very distressed to learn about the volunteers being dismissed. I spoke at the April Board of Health meeting to support the volunteers and this petition was my idea alone. To blame anyone else for it is unfair and wrong.

      The letter also states the former volunteers' agenda is to bring down the animal shelter. To accuse decent, dedicated, hardworking people who devoted over a decade of their lives to that shelter is absolutely disgusting. Their only agenda is to make sure volunteers are returned ASAP.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. Just over 1 month and over 1,000 signatures!

      Barbara Siegel
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all so much for your support of the fired Bloomfield/Bukowski Animal Shelter volunteers. Let's keep the momentum going. PLEASE share with all of your friends. The more signatures, the more emails will go to township officials. Pressure from the public is always a good thing!

    4. 1000 Signatures in just over 3 weeks!

      Barbara Siegel
      Petition Organizer

      This is definitely having an impact! Please continue to share this petition with facebook friends and via email. The only hope is to get the mayor and council so annoyed they'll put pressure on the Health Department to resolve this situation. Thank you all for your support. Please spread the word and keep up the great work!

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. Over 700 signatures in less than 2 weeks!

      Barbara Siegel
      Petition Organizer

      PLEASE! Continue to share this petition and encourage your friends and neighbors to sign and comment. The latest is that Karen Lore and the BoH will never allow in-shelter volunteers again. We CANNOT let that be the case! The animals can't speak for themselves. We must be their voice. Thank you for your continued support.

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. Almost 500 signatures in less than 1 week! Please continue to share.

      Barbara Siegel
      Petition Organizer

      We especially need people from Bloomfield, Glen Ridge and Caldwell to sign. Those are the 3 towns serviced by the Bloomfield/Bukowski Animal Shelter.

    9. We are over half-way to our goal of 500 or more signatures!

      Barbara Siegel
      Petition Organizer

      We would like to have even more than 500 signatures. Please let your friends know about this petition and how important in-shelter volunteers are to shelter animals. Let the Bloomfield health officials know how much the public supporst the in-shelter volunteers. thank you!

    10. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Flaminia Zeman WILMINGTON,, VT
      • about 2 years ago

      It's always our responsibility to speak out against injustice and I've done so all my life. Pride and revenge and social drama have no place in animal shelters. It seems to me that the staff and administration are the ones who need to be re-evaluated and perhaps replaced !

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    • Ann Newbauer ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • about 2 years ago

      All living creature deserve a fair chance at living and not just a blanket sentence of death because of their breed !

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    • Lillianne Wissell SAN FERNANDO, UNITED STATES
      • about 2 years ago

      You should be only thinking of the animals welfare. Bring the volunteers back then go hang YOUR head in shame!

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    • Anne Way SCOTTSDALE, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      When people want to help you shut them out. What is going on here? You are also wasting taxpayers dollars - let them back in.

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    • Arleen Rutten SAINT CLOUD, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      Totally unacceptable. The innocent animals suffer even more without the volunteers. Please sign and share.

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