Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Good News on Patrick

Hey, Sam here. I really wanted to do today's post and Jan says when the coffee is ready, I'm going to lose the chair, so I'll get right to it.

Mayor Booker of Newark New Jersey has a birthday coming up on April 27th and his birthday wish is to help other animals in honor of Patrick, the dog who was starved and then thrown down the trash chute at an apartment building. (We want to be sure to mention that Patrick is doing as well as possible, eating and gaining weight.)  Mayor Booker has opened a Facebook Cause page and has begun fundraising. His goal is to raise $50,000.For those in the US, a donation is tax deductible. As we write this, there is $10,909 in the fund.

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For almost two years, my administration has been working hard to establish a state-of-the-art animal shelter in Newark. Thus far, we have identified and readied a site and have architects working on the design. This facility seeks to serve other New Jersey municipalities in Essex and Hudson counties that desperately need other options for housing and caring for homeless animals. By working to build a modern, state-of-the-art shelter through public and private funding, and by employing innovative policies to improve responsible pet care, decrease birthrates, increase adoptions, and help keep animals with their responsible caretakers, we believe that Newark’s animal shelter operations can become a model for the rest of the nation.

For my birthday, my wish is that you join our Cause to help spread awareness of Patrick’s story and animal abuse, and, if possible, contribute toward the construction of “Patrick’s Place” – the animal shelter which we hope to build in the coming years in Newark. Patrick’s abuser claimed she could no longer care for her dog – it is our hope that by providing this additional facility in our city, more animals can be rescued from unnecessary neglect and abuse. Any money we raise not used for this project will be donated to a local organization for the protection and care of animals.

Newark will be known as a city that cares not only about its people, but its animals, too.

You can read the rest of Mayor Booker's birthday wish here.


  1. What a wonderful mayor Mr. Booker is. He must have taken lessons from our furpal The Booker Man.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  2. Hi Jan nice to see you all again
    sorry we are late because our Mommy was blog lazy :(
    We cannot help it .....

    Hugs from us to all
    Kareltje =^.^= ♥ Betsie >^.^<

  3. Great Mayor and post :)

  4. When we saw Patrick, my mum sat theres and just cried.
    I hopes da people are proud of there mayor furs standing up fur Patrick and da other animals. Well done Mayor!


  5. Glad to hear an update on Patrick. Glad he is hanging in there. That Mayor Booker sounds like a dream come true.Gosh that sure is terrific what he is doing. He sounds like a wonderful person.

  6. **Clap Clap** I like this guy. :)

    Thanks for the update!

    Woofs & hugs,


  7. I just crawled out of my newest favorite box to blog and do a little visiting so I knew I needed to stop here and visit with all of the funny farmers.

    Wow - poor Patrick - that is so sad. What some humans will do is unbelievable.

    This mayor guy - seams to have a good idea. Hope he reaches his goal.


  8. Yay for the mayor!!!!! Me and Charlie are so glad sweet Patrick is doing ok now!! Poor lovely doggie - but he's safe now so that's great news!! take care

  9. What a wonderful mayor. We hopes he gets his birthday wish and we are so happy that Patrick is continuing to improve.

  10. He sounds like a mayor we like!!
    Benny & Lily

  11. Oh Jan...the Mayor is a winner.

  12. A politician who thinks about animals??? OMC, I wish he lived here!

  13. That is pawesome!
    Happy Wednesday!
    Kisses and hugs


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