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YES! We're still handling adoptions at our shelter by appointment only for approved applications. Before you can adopt, you need to choose one or more animals you're interested in and then fill out an application on our website by clicking the pink ADOPT ME button. Once your application is approved, we will contact you to make an appointment to meet the available animal(s) you are interested in.

YES! We are accepting donations to help the animals at our shelter. Donations can be dropped off daily, without appointment and can be left in the green labeled bins located directly outside the main shelter door. A list of items we can/cannot accept can be found in the donation drop area. You can also learn more about how to support us by clicking here to visit our wish list.

YES! We are still accepting volunteers for select positions! To read more about our program and needs, please click here to visit our volunteer page.

Visitors must wear a CDC-approved face mask at all times while they are in the shelter.

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PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- Animal control workers in New Jersey are trying to nurse a severely abused dog back to health.

It was found wandering the streets of Paterson, but because of its condition, workers suspect someone kept it in a tightly confined space for some time and left it to starve.

It was in critical condition by the time Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge took it in.

The refuge has named her Wilma and is looking for donations to help with her care.

"Medical testing may sadly confirm our worst fear, that Wilma's heartbreaking condition is a result of slow and painful starvation," Executive Director at RBARI, Megan Brinster said. "It is hard to imagine what Wilma's life has been like before yesterday, but we have hope for her future. Wilma has a long road ahead, but she is surprisingly sweet with other dogs and an all-around loving, gentle senior dog."

A local animal shelter is rushing to the aid of a friendly stray cat who was brutally attacked by another animal.

A graphic video shared by Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge shows the cat loudly meowing with a plate of food, as concerned residents seek help.

ATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- Animal Control rescued 16 German shepherds and three Dobermans from what officials called the dilapidated basement of a once shining mansion in New Jersey Tuesday.

Authorities say the 19 dogs were being kept by a squatter, who was allegedly staying in the Paterson home and breeding the dogs in horrendous conditions.

Now, the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge (RBARI) in Oakland has joined forces with Second Chance Pet Adoption League of West Milford to lead the rescue effort.

PATERSON, NJ (PIX11) — Authorities in Paterson say they uncovered what they believe was a despicable case of animal cruelty.

Nearly two dozen German shepherds and Dobermans were found locked up in a basement of an abandoned mansion with no food or water. Animal control officers were called to the scene of the estate on 39th Street near Broadway Tuesday afternoon.

The dogs are now being rehabilitated at local rescues in an effort spearheaded by the Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge.

“It’s just disheartening because you keep thinking every time somebody is caught doing this maybe they will stop,” Megan Brinster, executive director of the Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, said. “But it keeps happening.”

Animal control officials said they discovered 19 neglected dogs were being kept in the decrepit basement of a onetime palatial estate on Paterson's Eastside by an unknown squatter, who authorities believe was staying in the foreclosed home.

The animals were handed over to Second Chance Rescue and the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, who will rehabilitate the dogs and place them in foster homes.

Paterson police have identified the man believed to have been living there and are working to locate him.

Once found, he could face multiple animal cruelty charges, DeCando said.

PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- Six emaciated kittens found in New Jersey on Wednesday were starved, stuffed in carriers, and abandoned in an alley, an animal refuge said.

The kittens were spotted on Oak Street in Paterson.

They were overheated inside the crowded carriers and had urinated on themselves.

Animal control picked up the kittens, and the Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge (RBARI) provided them with emergency medical evaluations and urgent care.

At just 8 pounds and 8-weeks-old, this tiny pit bull puppy named Peanut was found abandoned on the streets of Paterson with head trauma that left his gums torn off, face swollen, a broken jaw, and old injuries from a traumatic attack. He was immediately hospitalized in a joint effort thanks to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge and Jersey Pits rescue and received emergency surgery that would save his life.

The Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge (RBARI) and Jersey Pits rescue named him 'Peanut,' because he weighed just eight pounds when he was found.

In pain, and struggling to eat, Peanut was rushed into emergency surgery to repair his mandible and clean wounds in his mouth.

Officials from RBRI say the surgery was a success, but the road to recovery will be long. He is still struggling to eat, and remains at an animal hospital.

NEW JERSEY - Two frail, malnourished, and injured kittens found in a sewer in New Jersey a few weeks ago are doing much better now but still have a long road to full recovery.

When Paterson Animal Control pulled the kittens from a cold, damp city sewer earlier this month, they were fighting internal parasites. One cat couldn't walk properly.

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc., or RBARI, took the little cats in for treatment and care. Dubbed Leonardo and Donatella (in a cute reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), the kittens got immediate medical care and now are eating well, gaining weight, and even playing, according to RBARI's Amy Hofer. They are in a foster home for the time being.

PASSAIC COUNTY, N.J. - A dozen animals were rescued from an apartment where their owner had passed away days before.

The Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge released pictures of the 11 dogs and one cat.

The refuge says some of the animals had not left their owner's side.

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

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