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November 2009

Freehold Mall Cruelty to Animals

Pocket pets FM
The attached information was just brought to our attention...Please read and forward widely.
The selling of any domestic animal in a mall is bad enough, but now they are selling a particular squirrel as a novelty "gift" for the holidays.

Kathleen Schatzmann 
Humane Education Coordinator
Monmouth County SPCA 
Tel: 732-542-0040 / Fax: 732-542-4552
[email protected]

Hi everyone,
My day was ruined today when I ran to the Freehold Mall at lunch to get something and walked into the main entrance only to see a huge concession with people selling these cute little squirrels. [Sugar Gliders.. or something like that].  A big banner saying "Pocket Pets" and tons of people with kids playing with these terrified little creatures.  They have little tiny boxes they sell them in like toys for Christmas shoppers.  I was outraged and asked the information desk who approved this cruel concession and I asked her for the manager's info and she gave me the name of the Mall Management.    So please take a second and at least email the Mall.   It was so awful to see these cute little animals treated like toys.
So please write, email, call and fax the management and let them know that this is cruel and that these animals will likely end up in shelters or dumped in cold weather and that they are not "pocket pets" or toys.  And that you will shop at another Mall unless they stop selling these little creatures.   It is also worth noting that these animals might spread diseases for all we know.   Please send to your friends, spouses, partners, kids in this area and ask them to do the same.  If you are with an animal organization, please send or fax a letter from the organization as well as your personal response.   Thanks!  I attached a pix I took with my phone of just one side of the display.  You can see the banner and the tiny boxes they get sold in.   Here's the info:
Senior Manager, Frank Lucia
Freehold Raceway Mall
3710 Route 9, Suite 1000
Freehold, NJ 07728
T- 732-577-1300
F- 732-577-6809

How to Avoid Emergency Vet Visits this Thanksgiving

This was emailed to me and I thought it best to copy for everyone to see

How to Avoid Emergency Vet Visits this Thanksgiving
Karen Nichols

mercyThe holidays are stressful enough without having to make a trip to the emergency vet. With Thanksgiving approaching, the ASPCA has published info on what holiday foods you should avoid feeding your cat. Sure, a little well-cooked, boneless turkey is okay as a treat, but other common foods are poisonous to your pet. Here’s the list:


If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.


Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.

Bread Dough

Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

Pie Filling and Cake Batter

If you’re baking Thanksgiving pies and cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

Other forbidden foods:

  • Macadamia nuts (can cause weakness and tremors)
  • Raisins and grapes (can cause kidney failure)
  • Onions and garlic (can cause anemia)
  • Chocolate (contains caffeine and theobromine, two different types of stimulants that affect the central nervous system and the heart muscle, as well as increasing the frequency of urination)

Of course, the safest route is to avoid feeding Fluffy table scraps entirely. For the ASPCA’s safe Thanksgiving guidelines, go to

More Safety Tips

  • Make sure that if you truss your turkey, the string is disposed of where your cat can’t find it. Turkey-flavored string is appealing to cats. If ingested, it may need to be removed via surgery.

  • Having holiday guests? Keep your cats sequestered in a quiet room so that they don’t escape to the outdoors when Uncle Fred leaves the door open for the eightieth time (despite being told eighty times to keep in closed).

  • If young children are visiting you, spend a few minutes educating them about proper cat-handling (No tail-pulling. No loud noises. No sudden movements. Let the cat come to you.) If your cats are not accustomed to having children around, supervise the interactions until you’re comfortable that neither the kids nor the kits will harm one another. A good experience could turn the child into a lifelong cat lover.

The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center

The ASPCA is an excellent resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A $60 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

[PHOTOS: 1) Mercedes (Mercy), 2) SkeezixTheCat; 3) nirvanapeace]

And What would a State be without a State Animal?

The Horse (Equus caballus) became the state animal in 1977.


Trot over to Gladstone and see where the US Equestrian Team has been headquateredsince1950.

Official Site for the Equestrian team


Here are some articles about the US Equestrian Team


See the trotters in action at the Meadowlands


and Freehold Raceway...


Located in central New Jersey in the historic town of Freehold, Freehold Raceway was established in 1853 and features live Standard bred harness races for trotters and pacers  from August through early June. The racetrack is also open seven days a week and seven nights for year round thoroughbred and harness racing simulcasts from tracks throughout North America.


Come on down to the Monmouth Race Track in Oceanport NJ and enjoy the day at the races



Monmouth Park Racetrack, located in Oceanport, New Jersey, is touted as the "Resort of Racing". With its rich thoroughbred history and entertainment offerings, Monmouth is unique.

End the say with an evening of dining by the ocean at Pier Village



No better way to spend a day at the Jersey Shore!



Tax Credit chart with explanations also for current home owners

Congress has extended and expanded the homebuyer tax credit. The modifications in the column labeled

“December 1 – April 30, 2010” become effective when President Obama signs the bill. All changes made

to the current credit become effective on that date, as well.

Download Government_affairs_tax_credit_ext_chart_110409

New Townhouses on Patten Ave Long Branch, NJ

New Construction in Long Branch on Patten Avenue. Riverpointe Below are the links to the information on these waterfront townhouses.

Here are the detailed Listing Information:
20924985 - Details: 597 PATTEN AVE, LONG BRANCH, NJ - $589,000
20924984 - Details: 595 PATTEN AVE, LONG BRANCH, NJ - $598,000
20924983 - Details: 599 PATTEN AVE, LONG BRANCH, NJ - $629,000
20924978 - Details: 607 PATTEN AVE, LONG BRANCH, NJ - $649,000
20924980 - Details: 605 PATTEN AVE, LONG BRANCH, NJ - $649,000
20924976 - Details: 609 PATTEN AVE, LONG BRANCH, NJ - $649,000
20924982 - Details: 601 PATTEN AVE, LONG BRANCH, NJ - $679,000
20924981 - Details: 603 PATTEN AVE, LONG BRANCH, NJ - $679,000

Honoring Our Soldiers

I received this email and thought I must share this with everyone so those who have not received this email can then copy and pass this on.


Red  Shirt
If  the red shirt thing is new to you, read below  how it went for a man...

Last  week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I  noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a  folded flag, but did not put two and two  together..

After we boarded our flight, I  turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to  sit in First Class (across from me), and  inquired if he was heading home.

No, he  responded.
Heading out I asked?

No.  I'm escorting a soldier home.

Going to  pick him up?

No. He is with me right now.  He was killed in Iraq , I'm taking him home to  his family.

The realization of what he  had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the  gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that,  although he didn't know the soldier, he had  delivered the news of his passing to the  soldier's family and felt as if he knew them  after many conversations in so few days.  

I turned back to him, extended my hand,  and said, Thank you Thank you for doing what  you do so my family and I can do what we do.  

Upon landing in Chicago the pilot  stopped short of the gate and made the following  announcement over the intercom.

"Ladies  and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have  had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the  United States Marine Corps join us on this  flight He is escorting a fallen comrade back  home to his family. I ask that you please remain  in your seats when we open the forward door to  allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive  his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the  seat belt sign."

Without a sound, all  went as requested. I noticed the sergeant  saluting the casket as it was brought off the  plane, and his action made me realize that I am  proud to be an American.

So here's a  public Thank You to our military Men and Women  for what you do so we can live the way we  do.

Red Fridays..

Very soon, you  will see a great many people wearing Red every  Friday. The reason? Americans who support our  troops used to be called the "silent majority."  We are no longer silent, and are voicing our  love for God, country and home in record  breaking numbers. We are not organized,  boisterous or overbearing.

Many  Americans, like you, me and all our friends,  simply want to recognize that the vast majority  of America supports our troops. Our idea of  showing solidarity and support for our troops  with dignity and respect starts this Friday --  and continues each and every Friday until the  troops all come home, sending a deafening  message that ... Every red-blooded American who  supports our men and women a far, will wear  something red.

By word of mouth, press,  TV -- let's make the United States on every  Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming  football game in the bleachers. If every one of  us who loves this country will share this with  acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family,  it will not be long before the USA is covered in  RED and it will let our troops know the once  "silent" majority is on their side more than  ever, certainly more than the media lets  on.

The first thing a soldier says when  asked "What can we do to make things better for  you?" is. "We need your support and your  prayers." Let's get the word out and lead with  class and dignity, by example, and wear  something red every Friday.


Car Care File in Trunk

Keep your car's maintenance records int he car and you'll never have to ransack your house looking for them. Just put them in a zip top plasitc bag and slip them under the carpet in the trunk.

Write down Important car information where you need it most - under the hood- with a paint pen (sharpie). Mileage and dates for coolant, air filter and tire changes will never get lost agin.

Monmouth County Park System Program Registration

Holiday Decor Workshop


Create two holiday pieces for your home: a festive holiday wreath accented with ribbons and pine cones, and start a topiary tree to finish off at home with accents of your choosing. Learn finishing touches for a professional look and tips on keeping your creations fresh. Please bring pruning shears if you have them and a container to fit the 4"x9" foam block that will hold your topiary, all other materials supplied.