Sunday, plan for the 20th Annual New Jersey Pride Parade and Saturday, spend part of the day with your companion animal and bring them to “Pets are Family Too” – a pet parade alongside the boardwalk on Ocean Avenue.
“This is a celebration of dogs, cats and all other animals that share in the lives of GLBTI New Jersey families,” said Linda Phillips, Asbury Park resident and Jersey Pride Festival coordinator. “Funds raised for this walk will be used to keep pets and their families together during times of transition or crisis.”
The walk benefits Seer Farms, a unique animal sanctuary in Jackson, NJ, founded in 2009 offering temporary and long-term shelter to pets whose families are recovering from economic, health, domestic abuse and other major issues.
Since 2009, on a whisker-thin budget, Founder Laura Pople and the team of volunteers at Seer Farms have helped 77 “in crisis” families, including those from the Asbury Park area.
The shelter also maintains one of the state’s only permanent Feline Immunodeficiency Virus-positive colonies, works with other shelters to provide temporary care and housing when local “animal hoarding” situations are discovered and has generally cared for more than 230 companion animals.
That’s all in less than three years.
Pople founded Seer Farms in response to learning about local families abandoning their pets due to home foreclosures and difficult financial times and the non-profit organization has grown from there thanks to local foster families and donors.
“Most of these families would have lost their pets if were not for Seer Farms,” said Phillips.
Pet owners are asked to contribute if they can to an animal’s upkeep at Seer Farms, sign a contract saying they will reclaim their companion animal and are encouraged to visit… often.
“Reunions are always the best days any of us have,” said Laura.
You can help Seer Farms help more companion animals and their families by participating in the Pets are Family Too walk on Saturday.
After the walk and awards are distributed for “best use of a rainbow” and “most fabulous,” professionals in the animal welfare and care community will be on-hand in Bradley Park to answer questions and offer micro-chipping services for companion animals and neutering services for felines.
Pets are Family Too promenade walk sponsored by Prudential Financial, Saturday, June 4. Registration begins at 11 am at Asbury and Ocean Avenues; walk begins at noon. Donation requested but not required.
Register in advance at SeerFarms.org.