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Meanwhile, one of the pet rescuers helping to take on these cats is the Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland. The facility has 15 of those 180 cats. They are being spayed and neutered, treated for chronic infection and microchipped.

The cats were covered in fleas and mites and many had serious eye infections that required the surgical removal of eyes.

Megan Duemmer, with Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, said that one kitten named Pineapple’s eye has “already been removed. When we spayed her we took that eye out and she’s a lot more comfortable now.”

Paterson Animal Control, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge and a handful of other rescues and shelters are working together on a mass rescue after 120 cats and kittens were found in a home in Paterson.

Just days after becoming the first person with pulmonary fibrosis to make it to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Adam Faatz was working as an endangered species specialist when he came across an animal in need.

Faatz, a Hawthorne native now living in Highland Lakes, and his team were approached last month by Sawyer, a 2-year-old cat, while documenting raptor nests in Harriman State Park in New York. Temperatures had plunged below 20 degrees, and Sawyer was thin, weak and nearly frozen.

"He just lay there and was super easy to scoop up," said Faatz, a military veteran. "Sawyer immediately started purring and meowing. Mostly his cuteness got me, made me want to help. I couldn't morally leave him to die and become eagle food."

Photos of Sawyer, a two-year-old cat that was rescued from Harriman State Park in New York.
Faatz made the 3-mile hike back to his car with Sawyer wrapped in his jacket. He then took the cat to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland, where it was determined that Sawyer was positive for feline immunodeficiency virus and suffering from the effects of malnutrition.

Jersey Pits Rescue and the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge are in need of donations for an urgent case named Ophelia who was found emaciated at only 36 pounds in the freezing cold temperatures, with her puppies nowhere to be found.

Ophelia, a pit bull terrier believed to be 3 or 4 years old, was rescued from Summer Street in Paterson by Animal Control this month after a neighbor reported her condition. She is under the care of the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge and the Jersey Pits Rescue.

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.

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