OUR MISSION is to rescue, shelter, and find
loving homes for cats and dogs; to educate the community about responsible
treatment of companion animals; and to promote the practice of spaying and
Beacon Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization working to ensure that homeless cats and dogs are given a safe
haven from shelters that euthanize animals. We conduct our organization as a
rescue for animals, not a shelter. What’s the difference you may ask?
When a shelter receives a pet, the cat or dog will be tested and evaluated
to determine if the animal is adoptable or not. The three things that are
considered when making this decision are the age, temperament, and health of
the animal. If the animal is deemed adoptable, it is given an estimated
duration at the shelter. The pets that are deemed un-adoptable are rejected
and slated to be euthanized. This is where we step in.
When we rescue a cat
or dog, we take them into our care and provide them with veterinary care,
they are spayed or neutered, brought up to date on their vaccines and they
are micro-chipped. Finally, we work our hardest to find each cat
or dog the home that best meets their needs.
Beacon Animal Rescue started with one simple idea from a couple of
volunteers at a shelter in Upper Township. Cheryl Alessandrine and
Jeanne Swift decided to create a non-profit rescue after years of
scrambling to find homes for pets that had treatable diseases but were
about to be euthanized due to overcrowding in shelters. Until this point,
Cheryl and Jeanne used homemade flyers to advertise and their own money
to pay for vet bills.
Eventually, a small group of animal lovers formed, held meetings, and over time,
became known as Beacon Animal Rescue in 2003. The
Rescue, currently located at 701 Butter Road in Ocean View, NJ, is where Beacon operates
We are committed to the no-kill
philosophy: we have a 100% adoption rate
and our animals are cared for until they are placed in loving homes or,
if no home can be found, they will live out their lives at Beacon.
can provide this crucial support to the dogs and cats in our care in a
variety of ways when you volunteer with Beacon Animal Rescue.