We speak for those who can’t… they have no one to turn to.
Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption, Inc is committed to providing a safe haven for rescued stray and abandoned animals by supplying them with medical treatment, food, and shelter until their adoption.
It is our mission to help as many dogs and cats as possible by placing them in loving homes because we value the life of every animal entrusted in our care.
Care2Share Affinity Program Help Best Friend financially without costing you any money.
Supporting Best Friend could not be easier! If you bank with or are looking to bank with Investors Bank you can become a member of their “Care2Share” Affinity Program. When you link your eligible accounts to an enrolled non-profit, like Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption, Inc. the rescue will receive .25% on the average monthly balance* of your checking account or .15% of the average monthly balance* of your savings account. Your funds are NEVER used for this donation. Investors Bank calculates the amount of money in our flagged accounts once a year. Based on their calculation Best Friend receives a donation from Investors Bank in June of each year.
Simply send Investors Bank a completed Investors Care2Share Account Enrollment form to let them know you would like to support Best Friend. You can visit your local Investors Bank and fill our their required form to flag your account.
To learn more, please visit www.myinvestorsbank.com/home/community/care2share
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BISSELL Pet Foundation
Petco Foundation Adoption Partner
Best Friends Network Partner
Donate to our Rescue
Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption, Inc. is a not for profit charity which exists only through donations that we receive from caring people in the community, our fundraisers throughout the year and the success of the Best Friend Second Chance Thrift Shop, located at 1750 East Second Street Scotch Plains.
We are continually in need of funds to continue our life saving program. Along with monetary donations we are always in need of foster homes. If you are considering getting a pet, fostering may be a way to meet your forever family member.
Monetary donations can be mailed to the PO Box below, or we have a Paypal account on line. Please consider purchasing gifts from our thrift shop or attending one of our fundraisers throughout the year.
Please send your tax deductible donation to:
P.O. Box 335
Cranford NJ 07016
Or donate online with Paypal
Sponsor A Pet
We are looking for responsible and dependable people who are willing to help with our Thrift shop, fundraising, off site adoption functions, walking dogs and socializing cats.
Volunteers are also needed for our new cat room!
If you are interested please reach out to us through the volunteer application located below.
Foster a Pet
We are committed to finding great homes for both our cats and dogs. We provide great care to our pets and make sure that each pet we adopt out is spayed/neutered and up to date on all of their shots. Unlike many shelters, we go through a very involved screening process, making sure each of our animals is going to a safe and loving home.
If you are not completly sure if you would like to adopt a pet, fostering is a great option. We are always looking for foster homes since we do not have a facility. We rely on generous people who are willing to open their homes and their hearts to one of our furry friends, while we look for a permanent home. We will provide all of the necessary supplies, while you provide a loving home.
If you are interested in fostering a cat or dog, please fill out an adoption application and indicate that you are interested in fostering.
Best Friend Thrift Shop
Visit and support the resale shop. WE NEED YOU to continue our life saving mission.
1750 East Second Street
Scotch Plains, NJ
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM
The phone number is: 908-322-2502
This phone number is for general inquiries and questions related to the Thrift shop. The shop volunteers are not involved with the animal applications or adoptions. Please do not call with questions on availability of pets or status of emails/applications.
All funds raised at the thrift shop are used directly to help our pets with spaying and neutering, boarding, food and veterinary bills.
The shop is also a drop off location for much needed cat food, litter and dog food.
When you buy and item at the resale shop you are buying time for a helpless animal whose time would be up at the pound if not for the rescue group. We do offer new and good quality, slightly used merchandise for sale. We have new scarves, hats, jewelry, belts, and hair accessories for sale. There is also a nice selection of home décor.
The thrift shop is a drop off center for brass, copper, 14K gold and sterling silver. We are always in need of good quality donations to restock the shelves. The volunteers would love to have small furniture, jewelry, antiques, and new or slightly worn clothing, shoes and purses. For larger quantity donations or what we are currently accepting it is best to call first since our space is limited.
Our Featured Pets
Oreo is the big boy in our group. He is a 5 year old American Bull Dog mix and weighs about 100lbs. He is super sweet, goofy and loving dog and although he does get along with other dogs, he likes to control everything about his surrounds. Therefore he would be best as the only dog in a home. He will definitely need a home with a solid fenced in yard as he needs a lot of exercise and stimulation. He knows basic commands and loves to show off what he has learned.
Could you be the forever home our big goofball is looking for? If so, please fill out an anline application!
Bobby and Greg were born to a feral mom. They were lovingly socialized by a wonderful foster who showered them with love and attention, and so they have grown into friendly, affectionate and playful young cats. They are not dependent on each other and can be adopted separately.
Spay and Neuter FAQs
Every year, in this country, millions of healthy adoptable cats and dogs are killed because there are not enough homes for them all.
What are the top three reasons to spay and neuter?
1) It helps to reduce companion animal overpopulation. Most countries have a surplus of companion animals and are forced to euthanize or disregard their great suffering. The surplus is in the millions in the United States. Cats are 45 times as prolific, and dogs 15 times as prolific, as humans. They do not need our help to expand their numbers; they need our help to reduce their numbers until there are good homes for them all.
2) Sterilization of your cat or dog will increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk for mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.
3) Sterilizing your cat/dog makes him/her a better pet, reducing his/her urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years. Feline Immunodeficiency Syndrome is spread by bites and intact cats fight a great deal more than altered cats.
If you are interested in getting your pet spayed or neutered please visit the Low Cost Spay/Neuter page for low cost options.
Spay Neuter FAQs
Q: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.
A: A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesn't mean that her offspring will be a carbon copy. Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can't guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. A pet owners chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a pet's (and her mate's) worst characteristics.
Q: But my pet is purebred . . .
A: So is at least 1 out of every 4 pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats - mixed breed AND purebred in shelters.
Q: I don't want my male dog to feel like less of a male.
A: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. These are emotions and feelings that humans place on their pet. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
Q: Isn't it better to have one litter before I spay my pet?
A: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as 8 weeks of age. Check with your vet about the appropriate time for these procedures.
Q: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
A: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the pet, your vet's fees, and a number of other variables. But whatever the actual price the spay or neuter surgery is a one time cost - a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. It's a bargain compared to the cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter; two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant vet bills and food costs if complications develop. Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the preventing of the births of more unwanted pets. Please visit our Low Cost Spay / Neuter page for more information.
Q: MYTH: I"ll be able to find GOOD homes for ALL the puppies and kittens.
A: You may find homes for all your pet's litter. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in the shelters who need good homes. Also, in less than one year's time your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time. In addition - there is always a chance that you will not find a good homes for your all your litter. Are you willing and able to care for 2-8+ puppies or kittens, for the rest of their lives, should no suitable homes be found?
Q: What if I want my children to experience the miracle of birth?
A: Even if children are able to see a pet give birth - which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion - the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.
Q: What if I want my dog to be protective of me and my family?
A: Spaying and neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.
Q: Will my pet get fat and lazy?
A: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.
Low Cost Spay and Neuter
Below is a list of some low cost options available for spaying or neutering your pet. We do not recommend any one animal hospital over another for this service recognizing that many families have an ongoing relationship with their own veterinarian and prefer to have the procedure done there.
Friends of Animals:
Certificates can be purchased from the shelter or online at the http://www.friendsofanimals.org
If you are interested in a certificate, please contact the shelter http://www.friendsofanimals.org for more information.
People for Animals:
Located in Hillside, Robbinsville and Clayton, NJ. Fees include a checkup, distemper and rabies inoculations, and the surgery. They also offer a Neuter Scooter that picks up in various locations for folks with transportation limitations. For more information, call their Hillside clinic - 973 282 0890 or Robbinsville clinic - 609 208 3252
For more information, call 800-248-7729.
Please remember that spaying or neutering your pet helps to control the animal population, enables your pet to be a better member of your family, and inhibits some diseases.
T.A.R.A The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc:
Located in Southern NY
PET FIRST AID KIT:
You should always have a pet first-aid kit handy in case your pet is injured. Here are some veterinarian's recommendations on what to include:
Your vet's telephone number, plus the number of an emergency weekend or night-time vet
Gauze rolls or pads
Scissors, preferably with rounded tips
Syringe (without the needle) for giving oral medications
Anti-diarrhea medicine (for dogs and cats)
Upset stomach medicine (for dogs only)
A clean, white sock – to slip over an injured paw, to keep the wound and your floors clean until the bleeding is stopped.
SYMPTOMS OF INTERNAL BLEEDING IN PETS
Blood in the vomit
Blood in the urine
Pale pink or white gums
HOUSEPLANTS THAT CAN HURT YOUR PET
Disclaimer: List may not contain all of the plants that are harmful to animals.
The Importance of Microchipping
Despite your best efforts, accidents can happen. Someone leaves a door ajar, an intrepid pooch digs under a fence, and your best intentions go awry: Your pet escapes and gets lost. If he's wearing a collar and identification tag, chances are good that you’ll get him back.
But what if the collar comes off?
To protect their pets, many owners turn to technology, in the form of identification microchips implanted in their pets. Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that can be implanted in your pet's skin by many veterinarians and animal shelters; some shelters implant one in all pets they place.
Microchips are a good back-up option for pet identification, but should never be the main one. Reading a microchip takes a special scanner, one that an animal control officer or shelter will have, but your neighbor down the street will not. And if Fido wanders off, it's likely to be a private citizen who encounters him first. That's why, in the event of accidental separation, identification tags are your pet's first ticket home.
That said, microchips provide an extra level of protection in case your pet loses his collar and tags. Providing your pets with both tags and a microchip can help ensure a happy reunion if the unthinkable happens.
How and where are microchips placed?
Microchips are implanted just under the skin, usually right between the shoulder blades. This is done with a large-bore needle and doesn't require anesthesia.
How they work
Each microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the particular brand of chip. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. An animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number.
Can a microchip get lost inside my pet?
Your pet's subcutaneous tissue usually bonds to the chip within 24 hours, preventing it from moving. There's a small chance that the chip could migrate to another part of the body, but it can't actually get lost.
How long do microchips last?
Microchips are designed to work for 25 years.
Where can I get my pet microchipped?
Many veterinarians and some animal shelters implant microchips for a small fee. But—and this is very important—just getting a microchip isn't enough—you also need to register your pet with the microchip company.
How do I register my pet?
Complete the paperwork that comes with the chip and send it to the registry, or do it online if that option is available. Some companies charge a one-time registration fee while others charge an annual fee. You’ll also receive a tag for your pet’s collar with the chip number and registry phone number.
Are there different types of chips?
Yes, and that used to be a problem. Competing microchip companies use different frequencies to send signals to scanners, and until recently there was no universal scanner that could read all the different frequencies. That was a problem if a pet had a microchip that a particular scanner couldn't detect.
Many microchip companies now produce universal scanners and provide them to animal shelters and animal control agencies at no or very low cost. If your local shelters don’t have scanners, they can contact some of the major manufacturers to ask about getting one.
Are there different registries?
Yes, and that, too, used to be problematic. Different chip companies maintained separate databases. Now, some chip companies will register pets with any brand of chip. Also, the American Microchip Advisory Council is working to develop a network of the registry databases to streamline the return of pets to their families.
Can a microchip replace my pet's collar and tags?
No. Despite advances in universal scanners and registry procedures, microchips aren't foolproof, and you shouldn't rely on them exclusively to protect your pet. Universal scanners can detect a competing company's chip, but they may not be able to read the data. And if shelter or vet clinic personnel don’t use the scanner properly, they may fail to detect a chip.
What if I move?
You need to contact the company that registers the chip to update your information; otherwise, the chip will be useless. You may be charged a small fee to process the update.
What do I do if I adopt a pet who's already been microchipped?
If you know what brand of chip your pet has, contact the corresponding registry to update the information. If you don’t know what type of chip your pet has, find a vet or animal shelter that can read it.
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