In December of 2011, Sayreville Pet Adoption Center made news. It lost its final municipal contract with South River, New Jersey which terminated on January 1, 2012. This, in fact, was bad news for a shelter that took a bold step in 2010 to maintain its “no kill” policy. This decision became controversial when the shelter was unwilling to euthanize the borough outdoor cats that were being trapped and brought in.
The shelter Director, Barbara Keegan, is a firm believer in Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and stands her ground on this issue. She believes in the work that Alley Cat Allies has accomplished across the country. She also supports a local TNR group called Whiskers Rescue in Sayreville and partners with them when she can.
Being a “no kill” shelter means Sayreville Pet Adoption Center (SPAC) will care for an animal as long as it is necessary to find it a loving home. But that decision also means more dollars are required, since some animals take longer to rehome and could remain in the shelter for years.