Reinstate New Jersey Animal Shelter’s Volunteer Program

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Target: Bloomfield, New Jersey Department of Health & Human Services

Goal: Allow in-shelter volunteers back into the John A. Bukowski Animal Shelter.

Anyone who has ever worked in animal rescue knows that volunteers are the backbone of most animal shelters. While paid employees are undoubtedly important, volunteers who graciously donate their time are essential to keeping shelter animals well socialized and happy. Most shelter employees just do not have the time to spend socializing and playing with animals who are awaiting their new homes. Animals who do not receive this kind of individual attention are much more prone to suffering from depression and anxiety, which can ultimately make them less adoptable. Despite the importance of volunteers to most animal rescue organizations, the John A. Bukowski Animal Shelter, in Bloomfield NJ, dismissed all in-shelter volunteers in March of 2012.

The Bloomfield, New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services has stated that the Bloomfield shelter’s volunteer suspension would be temporary. Department of Health representatives plan to assess and reorganize the shelter’s volunteer program before allowing volunteers back into the shelter. However, it has been six months now since in-shelter volunteers have been allowed to work with the animals inside the John A. Bukowski Shelter for Animals. Volunteers and community members are concerned that animals are suffering due to a lack of individual attention and socialization. The Department of Health has not issued a deadline for completion of its assessment and reorganization of the volunteer program.

By signing this petition, you are asking the Bloomfield, New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services to allow volunteers back inside the John A. Bukowski Animal Shelter. Volunteers play an important role in preparing shelter animals to enter their new homes. There should be no reason why the Department of Health and shelter staff can’t work on reorganizing the volunteer program while still allowing regular volunteers to better the lives of the animals currently in the shelter.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Bloomfield, New Jersey Department of Health & Human Services,

Your goal of assessing and reorganizing the John A. Bukowski Animal Shelter is understandable. A well-organized volunteer program can be a great asset to any animal rescue organization. However, please consider rethinking your decision to suspend all in-shelter volunteers until a new program is designed. There should be no reason why you cannot work on assessing and reorganizing the volunteer program while still allowing regular volunteers into the shelter to help better the lives of the animals there.

It has been six months already since the shelter’s volunteers have been allowed to enter the shelter. That should have been plenty of time for a new program to be designed. Volunteers and community members are very concerned that animals inside the shelter are suffering due to a lack of individual attention and socialization. Animals that do not receive individual attention are much more prone to suffering from depression and anxiety, which can ultimately make them less adoptable. Please consider allowing volunteers back into the John A. Bukowski Animal Shelter.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: David Donachie

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2 Comments

  1. Daniela Bress says:

    How senseless this is – do they have something to hide there?

  2. Absurd that they are denying the help of such dedicated, selfless volunteers, who make all the difference for the animals.

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