Petco Foundation Grant Increases Adoptions For Cats

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison is the recipient of a lifesaving $60,000 grant from the Petco Foundation for the organization’s Feline Pipeline program, which helps relocate cats from overcrowded shelters to shelters and communities that can offer opportunity, including its own shelters in Madison and North Branch as well as partner shelters in New England.

“St. Hubert’s is committed the end of euthanasia of healthy and treatable cats in New Jersey,” said Heather Cammisa, president and CEO of St. Hubert’s. “It’s on our strategic plan and we believe that with trap-neuter-return of feral community cats, greater public awareness of cats and these transport programs with meaningful partner relationships, we’ll get there.”

St. Hubert’s established its Feline Pipeline program in 2015, and through the program, NJ cats and kittens are able to benefit from increased adoption opportunities by relocating to shelters in New England that have open capacity. This transport program is a part of the organization’s growing outreach program, which helps dogs, cats, and other homeless pets on a local, regional, and national level by working in collaboration with other organizations. A new custom 26-foot transport vehicle, The Zephyr, is further expanding the organization’s reach, enabling St. Hubert’s to travel farther and transport more pets in need.

Most recently, St. Hubert’s welcomed 111 cats and kittens to its Madison shelter on May 11 through the organization’s ongoing efforts to maximize feline lifesaving capabilities in NJ. On May 26 more than 70 cats will continue on through the Feline Pipeline program to five of St. Hubert’s transport partner shelters in New England, where they will be available for adoption.

To learn more about the Feline Pipeline or adoption, visit

Founded in 1939, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. Its services to the community include pet adoption and animal rescue, humane education, a pet helpline, pet training, professional education, animal-assisted therapy, and pet loss support.

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