Petition update

Its time for the facts of life

Hunterdon County Animal Shelter Committee

Aug 8, 2018 — 

  Update To The Change Of Management Petition For The Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter



The petition to change the management of the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter (HHAS) has hit a milestone of more than 2,100 signatures that were collected from online and hard copies!

The HHAS shelter mission statement is ‘To prevent animal cruelty and care for injured and unwanted animals’ Yet, the shelter has been closed since June of 2016. This is outrageous, since they sit on a war chest of $5.6 million in assets according to the latest 990 IRS form for 2016. Guess what!  Those assets came from us to provide for the injured and unwanted animals. Over the decades, the very generous citizens of our county have given the shelter millions of dollars in bequests, portions of their paychecks, money that some could scare afford but wanted the animals to be cared for, and even kids who requested that donations be made for the animals in lieu of birthday gifts. We as taxpayers also funded the shelter in the form of municipal contracts for ACO services. Contrary to what some believe, the shelter property which includes the building is not privately owned. It is owned by the non-profit organization Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter, Inc and your money paid for it.

Many citizens of our county, including a highly respected veterinarian, have offered to serve on the HHAS board so that it could reopen and care for animals. These applicants have always been turned away and given no reason for the rejection. It’s time for the HHAS board to hear the community’s concerns, show gratitude for the community’s generosity and accept resumes for board positions. Let’s demand that the HHAS board meet face to face with representatives from all the municipalities. Please send an email to if you would like to represent your municipality.  It’s time to for a change!

Be on the look-out for more updates that will give more reasons why we must demand a culture change from the HHAS 

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