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News 12 New Jersey featured a special edition of Paws & Pals Monday in celebration of National Kitten Day. Three kittens are now available for adoption at Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge. For more information, visit

A monthlong journey of rehabilitation and perseverance started when one good Samaritan stumbled upon a dilapidated female dog in the Westside Park section of Paterson.

Maggie was a skeleton of a body covered with fleas and pressure sores. Her feet showed signs of being confined in a crate and her solid white nails indicated being soaked in urine.

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge rescuers brought her to Country Willow Veterinary Hospital in Warwick, New York, on June 13 to recuperate and diagnose her condition. They determined she was a breeding dog who was neglected and discarded by the breeders, the whereabouts of her puppies unknown.

Since then, Ramapo-Bergen partnered with Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption in rescuing Maggie and eventually finding her a family.

Paws & Pals: $5,000 reward being offered for tips on abandoned dog found in Paterson
Jun 27, 2023, 11:38amUpdated 9h ago
By: News 12 Staff


It's not Friday, but News 12 New Jersey gave an extra dose of Paws & Pals Tuesday. Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption partnered with Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. to save Maggie who is looking for a foster home.
They are also looking for Maggie’s original owner. Maggie was found in the Westside Park section of Paterson. Paterson police are investigating, and a $5,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest of Maggie’s former owner.

On "Call Me Kat," Mayim Bialik loved helping cats. Now she's using her platform to help an ailing cat in North Jersey.

Bialik, who also hosts "Jeopardy!" announced to her 4.7 million followers on Instagram she is raising money for the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Bergen County on behalf of a cat named Scooter, a 1-year-old domestic shorthair cat that was found in Paterson, via Waggle.

The Animal Refuge, located in Oakland, is looking to raise $2,000 for emergency surgery for Scooter. Scooter has two wounds near his face, one on his shoulder and one on his leg, the shelter said. His wounds need to be debrided and then surgically repaired.

Dozens of dogs discovered in an overcrowded pickup truck stranded in New Jersey are safe and sound after shelter workers came to their rescue last week.

Over 40 animals were found alive, crammed into the cabin and bed of a truck parked in Sussex County, New Jersey, an animal refuge said on Facebook. Additionally, there were dozens of dead dogs found in the truck, the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge said.

"It was an overwhelming situation of, 'these animals need immediate help,'" the refuge's executive director, Megan Brinster, told USA TODAY.

Police arrested a Virginia woman who owned the truck and charged her with animal cruelty, according to New Jersey State Police.

FLANDERS, N.J. -- An animal cruelty investigation is underway in New Jersey after dozens of dogs and cats, many of them dead, were found in a pickup truck.

Investigators say the live animals were filthy, while the deceased were wrapped up carefully and place in cookie tins.

For Alvin, Theodore and Simone, basking in the sunshine on Thursday after being saved by Eleventh Hour Rescue was truly a treat.

"They are under-socialized but friendly," volunteer Jamie Hall said.

They were a part of a harrowing rescue, found in a filthy blue truck on Monday afternoon in Hampton Township.

Dozens of dead cats and dogs were found Saturday in a pick-up truck parked at a strip mall in New Jersey, and dozens more were rescued from the vehicle, according to an animal refuge center.

The Rampapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, located in Oakland, N.J., said more than 40 animals were found dead, and rescuers were able to save 38 dogs and eight cats from the vehicle in the parking lot in Hampton.

Rescuers made the horrific discovery on Saturday, April 8, but the animals were believed to have been there for at least two days. Loose dogs running around the parking lot and a foul order emanating from the vehicle had alerted authorities to the pickup truck – soaked with urine and feces and packed with animals.

A cat survived being shot and is in critical need of surgery, a New Jersey animal shelter said. Three-year-old PeeWee was struck by a metal projectile, presumably a bullet, according to an April 9 statement from the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, located in Oakland. No one knows how exactly the cat ended up hurt. She “was able to drag herself home in crushing pain, her leg shattered by a projectile,” the shelter said.

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A local cat is undergoing surgery after being shot in the leg, and she will soon be up for adoption at the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge.

PeeWee is a 3-year-old whose leg was shattered by a projectile, likely a bullet, the remnants of which remain in her leg. She was able to drag herself home after being shot, but her owners couldn't afford to provide for her care so she was surrendered to the shelter.

The cat was shot in Wallington near Hayward Place, where she would roam. The previous owner filed a report with Wallington police and encouraged anyone with outside camera or Ring doorbell footage to come forward.

New York - Aria, the cat, who currently lives at the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Bergen County, has waited nearly 500 days to find her forever home.

The shelter says 373 cats have been adopted from the shelter since Aria arrived back in October 2021.

The 2-year-old black cat kept getting overlooked, so the shelter deciding to post her story online. The post has since gotten over 60,000 likes flooded with comments from people wanting to adopt her.

Thy say little miss Aria has tons of personality and loves attention. But they say her energy is so high, that she would probably do best with an owner who will give her all the attention she needs.

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge
2 Shelter Lane
Oakland, NJ 07436

Tax ID (EIN): 22-6094179


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