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Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter Raises Money at Livingston Mall’s Shop for a Cause Event

Eric Paragallo

Monday, August 26, 2013 • 6:45am

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Macy’s of the Livingston Mall hosted their eighth annual Shop for a Cause to benefit the homeless dogs and cats at Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter and other local non-profit charity organizations, Saturday afternoon, Aug. 24.

Macy’s customers who donated to Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter or other participating charity organizations Saturday received a 25 percent off pass to use on regular, sale, and clearance merchandise, as well as ten percent off electronics, furniture, mattresses, and area rugs.

 “This event is a great way for people to meet each other, to socialize, and to learn about our organization’s cause,” said Abby Berenbak, Mt Pleasant Animal Shelter Developmental Coordinator. 

The Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter is a non-profit animal welfare organization. Their mission is, to provide exceptional care for homeless animals, to foster humane education toward homeless animals, to promote spaying, neutering, micro chipping of cats and dogs, and to place homeless cats and dogs in permanent, loving homes.

“All of the money donated to Mt. Pleasant goes straight to caring for the animals,” said Berenbak.” We take in roughly 800 animals a year, so everything we take in goes to making sure those animals are healthy, vaccinated and well fed. We make the animals highly adoptable so they can get placed into loving homes.”

Maggie De La Llave, coordinator of Livingston Mall’s Shop for a Cause, regards the people that work and volunteer at Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter very highly. “The whole organization is so wonderful. The people there are some of the sweetest people on earth.”

She added that the Mt. Pleasant donation and adoption table was one of the main attractions at the Shop for a Cause event. “It’s so much fun to watch everyone’s excitement over the dogs. I have employees that have off today, but they came in anyway just to see the dog adoption.”

Mt. Pleasant had two adoptable dogs on hand at the event, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Pupcorn, and a Chihuahua and Italian Greyhound mix named Chief Diamond Phillips. The minute the dogs were walked into Macy’s by Mt. Pleasant volunteers several Macy’s employees and Macy’s customers made their way over to pet and dote over the animals.

Rebecca Pollak, Community Relations Coordinator spoke about the pleasure she takes in caring and helping the animals and the work she does with Mt. Pleasant. “This is my dream job. I work long hours, but it doesn't’t feel that way because I love what I do. We help animals find loving homes, and it gives me great pride in knowing that our shelter is making a big difference in that regard.”

To adopt an animal through Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter or find out more about the organization, visit them on their website at http://www.njshelter.org/. The Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter will also host a Mutts Mania event, featuring a pet adoption expo, pet contests, special guests, a D.J., and more on Sunday Sept. 15 beginning at 12 p.m.

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