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FOCAS Media Adoption Program
FOCAS developed a media outreach program for the purpose of:  increasing adoptions of animals (especially mixed breed dogs) at shelters; decreasing the length of time the animals spend in the shelter; and, increasing public awareness of the considerable homeless population of healthy, socialized and very adoptable animals waiting to find homes or face the potential alternative of Euthanasia.
 
As a valuable community service, FOCASí media adoption program is responsible for bringing people and families together at shelters who otherwise would not connect within a shelter facility. Special needs and
older animals, including those with physical disabilities, which previously had little chance of being adopted, have especially been helped by this program to have a chance to live a happy, contented life. 
 
FOCAS media adoption program includes both cable television stations and newspaper publications
covering Bergen County and surrounding counties.  
 
FOCAS Rescue & Transport Program

FOCAS helps coordinate rescue efforts with shelter staff members to place adoptable animals who are deemed to be especially difficult to place for reasons such as age, physical condition, size or breed.  The
 goal is to adopt them to a specialized rescue organization that will work with each animal individually to
place it into a permanent home. 
The transport of the animals is done by a member of the FOCAS rescue team. 
 
 
FOCAS Adoption (Cats & Bunnies) Program - PETCO

This FOCAS program brings animals to the local community.  The same adoption criteria and processes
apply at offsite adoptions (PETCO) that apply at the participating shelters.  

 
FOCAS "No-Cost" Feral/Stray Cat Trap & Spay/Neuter Program

The FOCAS Help Line 201-943-4019 provides follow-up calls by phone counselors.  The program provides funding and assistance for trapping and spay/neuter of feral and stray cats.  FOCAS also provides low cost spay neuter referrals for owned pets. 

FOCAS Dog Obedience/Behavioral Training

FOCAS funds low cost dog training for puppies and dogs.  This community service provides low cost obedience training with a special incentive for dogs adopted from shelters.  By helping people who have
taken a pet into their family or saved a life by adopting from shelters, FOCAS hopes to reduce the number
of potential surrenders or returns for behavior/training problems to shelters, thereby reducing the need for Euthanasia of a healthy animal.

 

FOCAS Seminar - Resolving Common Canine Behavior Issues
FOCAS
also sponsors an educational seminar given by a professional trainer.  This seminar, held the first Wednesday of every month, covers canine housebreaking, behavior and socialization.  The purpose is to promote a healthier, happier long-term relationship with a pet companion. 

 

FOCAS Foster Care Program for Infant, Medical or Speical Needs Animals

Infant, medical and special needs animals require time and attention that cannot always be given in the
shelter environment. Many of these animals require special therapy, mediation and handling.  The purpose
of this program is to assist shelters in the nurture, care and socialization of these animals. 

 

FOCAS Volunteer Services Program

This essential FOCAS program provides volunteer service for animal exercise, on-site adoption assistance and grooming for shelter animals.  

 

FOCAS Quality of Life Program 

FOCAS provides enrichment for shelter animals including animal socialization (close interaction and observation for basic training and evaluation for adoption placement) and funding of equipment and supplies (cages, beds, toys, etc.) to imporve quality of life. 

 

FOCAS Angel Fund

FOCAS provides financial assistance to shelter animals for extraordinary medical procedures or care that cannot be given within the shelter environment.

FOCAS Helping Hands Program
FOCAS offers financial and "people" assistance to individuals referred by local veterinarians, who because of  financial or physical hardship, are considering Euthanasia for their pet companion

FOCAS
Advertising to Benefit Animals

FOCAS funds advertising for adoptions of shelter animals and the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

FOCAS School/Children Outreach Program
FOCAS volunteers visit local schools to educate the community on pet companion animal care, responsible
pet ownership, the rewards of adopting a pet from a shelter, the need for spaying and neutering and the importance of volunteerism