Looking for a horsey-themed Valentine’s Day present for a young child? The Associated Humane Societies (AHS) has the perfect gift.
The AHS, which is a full-service humane society operating four animal care centers in New Jersey and Popcorn Park Zoo (a refuge for handicapped, abused, exploited, ill, injured and elderly wildlife, birds, exotic, and farm animals in the state), has dedicated a section of its website, www.ahscares.org, to kids. The Kids section offers the opportunity to learn all about animals and the work the AHS does, and now there’s a new feature on the website in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Families around the world are invited to share their love of animals by “adopting” a horse online.
“Children who visit Popcorn Park Zoo marvel at all of the animals, but somehow there always seems to be a special bond between horses and little ones,” says Roseann Trezza, executive director AHS/Popcorn Park. “February is the season of love. What better way for a child to share his or her love of animals than by becoming involved in [the animals’] lives, and in their care. When it comes to animal advocacy, kids make a huge difference.”
The horses that need a Valentine are:
- Trudy and her daughter, Seven, who were rescued from near starvation at a Monmouth County horse farm.
- Star, Troy and Early Surprise – three miniature horses who were taken in by Popcorn Park Zoo when their elderly owners could no longer care for them on their farm.
- Holly, a donkey who was surrendered by her teenaged owner who was moving away to college.
Sponsors can visit their adopted horses anytime, as they also receive a Popcorn Park Wildlife Membership card, which entitles them to free admission to Popcorn Park for the duration of that year.
Every animal that lives at Popcorn Park Zoo needs public support year-round. Funding for the zoo is strictly through donations, much of which comes from the Wildlife Club. All contributions are completely tax deductible under Federal law 501 (c) 3.
The AHS/Popcorn Park has three Animal Care Centers in New Jersey: Newark, Tinton Falls and Forked River; each is open seven days a week. Also available for “adoption” are tigers, bears, cougars, wallabies and much more!
If you would like to take an animal into your heart and home, there are dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, et cetera.
For more information, visit www.ahscares.org.