The Liberty Humane Society was created in 1998 to work in partnership with the City of Jersey City to build and manage a state-of-the-art animal shelter. Historically, the City of Jersey City had contracted with the Hudson County SPCA to provide it with animal sheltering services, but the SPCA had proved to be an unsatisfactory provider. In 2002, after a state investigation revealed numerous abuses, mismanagement, and financial misdealings at the SPCA, the City dropped its contract and opened its own animal shelter in a converted garage. The LHS provided volunteer and financial support, and participated in managerial and hiring decisions with the City.
On November 1, 2004, management of the Jersey City's animal shelter officially transferred to the Liberty Humane Society. LHS also officially took possession of the shelter and property under a 45- year lease with the City of Jersey City. The signing of the management contract and the lease has paved the way for the LHS to build a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter on the current site. In addition to continuing to provide housing, daily care, basic medical care, and adoption services, the expanded facility would contain additional housing for dogs, cats, and other animals; an on-site veterinary clinic, offices, educational facilities, and public spaces.
Just think of it. A progressive shelter in an area that is easy to get to, with plenty of parking and room to grow. Equally important, the shelter will continue to be managed by experts committed to ending animal overpopulation and irresponsible ownership. Funds raised to build the shelter are earmarked strictly for capital improvement projects and could not otherwise be used for salaries, to avoid layoffs, etc.
LHS will continue to operate in the existing structure while the construction proceeds. The signing of the management contract marks both the end of a long period of struggle and the beginning of a new chapter in LHS history that will no doubt be filled with many more challenges.
Benefits of the new shelter:
•Veterinary care on site •A friendly staff of trained animal welfare specialists •An effective spay/neuter program •Expert animal training to enhance adoptions •A comprehensive adoption program to match people with pets •Education and outreach to prevent animal abuse •A coordinated volunteer program
Services to the Community:
•Pet training classes •Veterinary care with low-cost spay/neuter •Special programs and events