A no-kill shelter in Bloomfield could be a victim of budget cuts. However, there is a grassroots effort to save the shelter taking place, which Mayor McCarthy won’t be able to ignore.
No-kill shelters are rare, and the shelter in Bloomfield has some important fans now that this story is getting coverage outside of the area. Fans, including Jane Goodall, supporters of Patrick the Pitbull and comedian and animal rescuer Elayne Boosler have all joined the cause on Facebook. There is also an effort to get Stephen Colbert to support the movement because he lives in Montclair, the town next door to Bloomfield. The shelter has even offered to name a pet after him!
Tomorrow night, Monday April 11, 2011, the town will gather for a town meeting where the budget could get a final vote. If the current budget is approved, this shelter could be closed over a $24.00 tax cut per person.
The locals aren’t giving up on their shelter though, and have been emailing their representatives and encouraging those outside of the state to do the same. A local bakery is raising donations for the shelter through an event called Cupcakefest 2011, and a fan on Facebook even created a video showcasing pets that are available at the shelter.
To find out how you can help, please visit Save the Bloomfield/Bukowski Shelter Facebook page.
Photo courtesy of Sue Byford