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Urgent Plea To Help Rescued Rescues

I received a bark from Dogster member Annabelle about a rescue that is in desperate need of help. A New Jersey woman who runs the...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Jun 21st 2009


I received a bark from Dogster member Annabelle about a rescue that is in desperate need of help.

A New Jersey woman who runs the Room For One More rescue is being evicted from the building the shelter resides in. The landlord has decided to sell the building and has given her only until June 25th to get the animals out. That’s four days!!

For years, Michelle Stymacks has been taking in and finding homes for abandoned, abused dogs and cats through her “Room For One More” rescue shelter in Hopatcong.

Her success stories are all over the walls.

“It means everything, it’s what I’ve been doing for years,” Michelle says. “It’s all I want to do.”

Right now, Michelle has 42 animals living at the shelter, mostly from impounds where they were in danger of being euthanized for space. And that’s the rub.

“They are, unfortunately, back in the same situation they were in,” Michelle says.

Michelle says the landlord has decided to sell the building in which the shelter operates, and that she and the animals would have to be out by June 25. But it gets worse.

“If they are not out of here by June 25, there is a strong likelihood that they will be put to sleep because there’s no other place for them to go,” she says.

So now, Michelle is doing everything she can, working with animal control officers, to relocate the animals she’s so committed to protecting.

She’s even pleading with anyone she can to help.

“I want to say to people, if they are in a position to adopt a dog or a cat, to please contact us,” Michelle says.

CBS 2’s calls to the rescue shelter’s landlord were not returned.

For more information on how to adopt one of the dogs or cats, call Michelle Stymacks at (973) 770-6700 or send her an e-mail .

There is no time to wait, if you can help please act now, otherwise it will be too late. Please post and crosspost this, send to everyone you know. There are only four days left to help these animals.

* Pic courtesy Matt Rainey/The Star-Ledger