FOWA Rescue is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) (nonprofit) rescue organization based in Wayne, NJ serving the North Jersey area, dedicated to the
welfare, sheltering and placement of homeless animals. We are committed to educating the public about the humane treatment of animals, preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation and promoting animal welfare.
To end euthanasia of adoptable animals so one day, no healthy companion animal will be euthanized for lack of a home, space, or compassion.
President - Donna Vanderhook
I have always been a huge animal lover, bringing in stray cats and dogs to my home since I was a little girl. My father always told me that when I was old enough and on my own I could have as many animals as I wanted. I started volunteering with FOWA over 20 years ago by fostering mother cats and kittens. There was a need to get these very fragile babies out of the shelter and into a disease free environment. The Wayne township shelter was improving but it still wasn’t a good place for newborns to be kept. When approached in 1994 to run for a board of directors position I decided it was time to get more involved. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the animals and to have more of a say in the daily operations and politics of running a shelter. I have been President and Vice President since then and director of the “cat foster program”, taking in almost 2,000 cats in the past 6 years and adopting out most of them into loving homes. It is an amazing feeling to take a very sick or needy cat or kitten and turn it into an adoptable, desirable pet. I love the work and am happy I get to share my passion with great friends, family, and the volunteers FOWA.
Vice President - Shirley Pallito
Treasurer - Jean Cadorette
Secretary - Margaret Carius
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