Share this page:•The No Kill Advocacy Center: A No Kill Nation is Within Our Reach - "If every animal shelter in the United States embraced the No Kill philosophy and the programs and services that make it a reality, we would save nearly four million dogs and cats who are scheduled to die in shelters this year, and the year after that. It is not an impossible dream." Read about the Center, learn about the No Kill Philosophy, and join the crusade. You may download and read issues of the No Kill Advocate e-newsletter here: Issue # 1 2010Issue # 2 2010Issue #3 2010Issue #4 2010Issue #1 2011A No Kill Primer: Inside Nathan Winograd's Redemption - Download a free copy of the "cliff notes"-like version of Nathan Winograd's groundbreaking book. It covers the No Kill Philosophy, the No Kill Equation, the myth of pet overpopulation, and more in just a few pages.•85 cats and dogs killed every day of the year in New Jersey! The 2011 statistics are in. This number is down from 88 in 2010 and 96 in 2009, yet much more progress needs to be made. The total number of dogs and cats impounded in 2011 was down from 2010 as well, so while the average number of cats and dogs that were euthanized each day in 2011 was down from 2010, the percentage of the total number impounded was higher, with 35% in 2011 vs 34% in 2010. Below are the 1984-2010 New Jersey animal statistics, by state, and the 2011 New Jersey statistics by county. 30,896 cats and dogs were reported killed in New Jersey animal shelters during 2010; that is an average of 85 each day of the year!Please click thumbnails to see full images:•The following Facts and Figures come from the State of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Office of Animal Welfare web site: Facts and Figures Approximately 52 million dogs and 57 million cats live in U.S. homes. One unspayed female cat and her unaltered offspring can produce 420,000 cats in seven years. Seven puppies and kittens are born for every one human. More than 12 million dogs and cats are euthanized in pounds and shelters across the country every year. Millions more are abandoned in rural and urban areas. The fact is there are simply not enough homes for them. As many as 25% of dogs entering shelters across the country each year are purebreds. Approximately 61% of dogs entering shelters across the country will be euthanized. About 75% of all cats entering shelters across the country will be euthanized. In recent years, "exotic" pets have become increasingly popular. In addition to the many cats and dogs they receive, shelters and pounds are now acquiring other unwanted pets such as rabbits, lizards, birds, ferrets, rats, mice, hamsters, to name a few. People purchase these animals without knowing how to properly care for them. Often these exotics are allowed to breed freely in the home. When these animals are no longer wanted, they are dropped off at local shelters or abandoned in rural, suburban and urban areas. Unfortunately, many of these pets that are brought to the shelter or pound must be euthanized for lack of homes. Those that never reach the shelter or pound are left to fend for themselves in the outdoors. Nearly two-thirds (62%) of households own a pet compared with 56% in 1988. Almost half, or 47%, of households own more than one type of pet. Cats are more popular than man's best friend, with 73 million felines in the United States compared with 68 million dogs. Annual pet spending is $35.9 billion, up from $34.4 billion in 2004, and more than double from just a decade ago.•Read letters regarding protest of Showtime TV's trailer for its new series, Shameless: From Paws and Claws Society, Inc.From a Showtime viewer•We received a letter from Kathleen Fitzgerald, which, in her words, deals "with the issues of the number of homeless animals in this country, animal abuse and puppy mills, in the hope that it would help to raise awareness to another level", with a request to share it in its original form and entirety. She says, "My goal is to get the letter into as many hands and homes as possible, especially those outside of our rescue group circles . . . I hope that you find it worthwhile and that you will forward it to as many people as you can think of, publish it on your websites and blogs, hand it out on your adoption days and during fundraisers, give it to friends, family, office associates and neighbors, post it on community bulletin boards, give it to your kids to hand out at school, and use just about any other ways you can think of to distribute the information." Her letter can be read here, and you may download a copy to print and share. Let's help her to get the word out!•Animal Control Officer Certification Courses for Fall 2011 - From Gloucester County Health & Senior Services:The Fall 2011 approved courses for Animal Control Officer (ACO) Certification will be held at County College of Morris, Kean University, Mercer County Community College, Ocean County College, and Warren County Community College. All classes consist of at least 45 hours.1. COUNTY COLLEGE OF MORRIS: The course presentation at the County College of Morris is Biology 116, will begin on Wednesday, August 31, 2011. The course will be held every Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. For additional information contact Meredith Petrillo at 973-627-4900 ext. 4 or contact the college at 973-328-5000.2. KEAN UNIVERSITY: The course presentation at Kean University, Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. will begin September 7, 2011 and end on or about December 14, 2011. The Health Education 1600, Section 01 (HEd 1600-01) course will be held every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 10:15 p.m. in Hutchinson Hall. Twenty students will be admitted to this course.Students can register for HEd 1600-01 Animal Control Officers Training through the Kean University KeanWISE website (www.kean.edu/registrar). Prospective students will then complete the "nonmatric registration" form. Registration will be reviewed and once approved, students will receive their KeanWise I.D. and password by letter (make sure mailing address is correct). Then the students can register for the course on-line. Students can also register for the course in person in third floor, Hutchinson Hall, Kean University, on August 23, 2011, between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. with Dr. Myra Weiger.For registration related questions, call 908-737-3290 or email email@example.com. For more information on the course, contact Dr. Myra Weiger at 908-737-4006 and 973-372-4344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. MERCER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE: The course will be held on seven consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., September 24, 2011 to November 19, 2011. Students will receive certification in Pet First Aid from the American Red Cross and a certification in Incident Command Systems 100 and 700 by the National Wildfire Federation. Registration will be through Mercer County Community College (MCCC). The tuition is $789, which includes all materials and fees. Contact the MCCC at 609-570-3311 for course registration. Contact Career Development Institute at 732-821-6997 with any additional course content or certification questions you may have.4. OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE: The course presentation at Ocean County College, College Drive, Toms River, NJ will begin on Monday, September 12, 2011. The course will be held every Monday evening from from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the ACC Building, Room No. A223. Twenty five students will be admitted to this course.Students may register online at www.ocean.edu/cpe.htm: phone-in at 732-255-0404, walk-in at Ocean County College Parking Lot #2, ACC Building #18, College Drive, Toms River, New Jersey 07854-2001:or mail-in check or money order to Ocean County College, CPE, PO Box 2001, Toms River, NJ 07854-2001. Registration begins now and will continue through January 24, 2011.Also, note no refund can or will be given after September 2, 2011. The hours for registration are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4::30 p.m., and Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.Tuition and fees are as follows: $634.00Additional Fees: (Textbook) $92.005. WARREN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE - The course will be held on seven consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., September 10, 2011 to October 29, 2011. Students will receive certification in Pet First Aid from the American Red Cross and a certification in Incident Command Systems 100 and 700 by the National Wildfire Federation. Registration will be through Warren County Community College (WCCC). The tuition is $789 and includes all materials and fees. Contact the WCCC at 908-835-9222 for course registration. Contact Career Development Institute at 732-821-6997 with any additional course content or certification questions you may have.