Since the early 1970s, the Animal Rescue Force in East Brunswick has been working with shelters and residents to find homes for animals.
“It started in 1974,” said Rochelle Friedrich. “They had some volunteers go in to a shelter, take the dogs out of the shelter, and then took to them to a parking lot and got them adopted.”
From there, ARF moved onto a "Petmobile" to travel with animals to various shopping centers, and eventually set up shop in the Route 1 and Route 18 flea markets.
Today, ARF holds weekly adoption events throughout the area to find homes for animals that would have been euthanized in a shelter or whose parents can no longer care for them.
Every Saturday and Sunday you can find ARF at the on Route 18 in East Brunswick from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; at the Petco on Route 1 in Edison from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and at the Englishtown Auction, 90 Wilson Road, Englishtown, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (located in the big gray building).
Animals are kept at volunteers home during the week. In addition, at the height of the “season,” ARF can adopt 40 to 50 animals up for adoption in Woodbridge, 15 in East Brunswick.
If you would like to volunteer with ARF, or for more information, email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 732-257-7559, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the mean time, take a look at some of the animals that will be up for adoption this weekend!