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Homeless Animal Lifeline

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Homeless Animal Lifeline (HAL) is an all-volunteer organization located in New Jersey and comprised of dedicated people who are committed to helping animals, their caregivers, and promoting kindness and compassion toward all animals.

Community Stories

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Nancy150

Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue goes above and beyond to help those "difficult" cases. They put their heart and souls into helping as many animals as possible.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A very dedicated group of volunteers who help as many animals as they possibly can, NEVER giving up on any one of them. My pleasure to support these wonder people

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Their passion and commitment are second to none! They all go above and beyond! This past year they were instrumental in helping to shut down and rescue the animals of a shelter run by an unbelievably abusive staff (who are now facing legal charges). Throughout severe illness, stress, lack of sleep, lack of funds, threats, etc. HAL never gave up! They are our heroes!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never met a more selfless and beautiful group of people so committed to animal welfare. They more than deserve recognition for absolutely everything they do!

Donor

Rating: 5

Most amazing rescue; they do so much on a shoe-string budget and have saved so many cats and kittens along the way!

Anne N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to HAL. My girlfriend and I were in a tight spot when Kati was diagnosed with cancer. They helped raise money and donated to us to help with the vet bills. I am forever grateful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HAL is a great rescue. They go above and beyond. I'm proud to call them friends. They have offered their assistance many times in the past with my own cat issues (most of which I ended up not needing) and have always been kind to me in the advice department. They may be a small rescue, but they have a HUGE heart and passion for what they do. Whenever I'm able to volunteer time, I am never disappointed. HAL fundraisers are always so interesting and fun and it is always a pleasure meeting other volunteers with the same huge passion for animals as me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Outstanding group of dedicated, caring and knowledgable people!

1 Petra J.

Donor

Rating: 5

No nonsense charity where every penny benefits the animals. The volunteers tirelessly pursue precarious rescue situations and too often use their own funds to secure the safety and/or medical attention an animal direly needs. I am a cynic and a sceptic and I never hesitate to support HAL.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been philanthropically and alturistically involved throughout my adult life. I am very sceptical and do tons of research before opening my wallet. Here are the reasons I never hesitate to support Homeless Animal Lifeline:
1. Dedicated, compassionate and totally selfless volunteers who move every penny to help the animals.
2. The volunteers stay clear of politics, fighting with other rescue groups and excel at collaborating with outside entities if it helps save a life or spread the good word.
3. Beyond rescue and often immediate help, the volunteers educate, reach-out to pet owners in distress and comfort, support and provide guidance.
4. This organization tirelessly explores new and creative venues to raise funds and awareness.
5. - 1000 - For every life saved, for every person educated, for every beating heart of compassion.

Review from Guidestar

Lee_52

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with HAL for many months during a municipal shelter emergency and ultimate quarantine.. They stepped up in the most unbelievable way. Rescued, fostered, networked, and never stopped until every animal in that shelter got out. These folks have saved countless animals. Homeless Animal Lifeline is the best rescue.

zorak163

Donor

Rating: 5

HAL's volunteers always go above and beyond to help animals in need. They focus on special-needs animals that most people pass over. This gives these animals a new lease on life. HAL also raises funds for animals that need medical assistance. They helped me earlier this year when my dog needed a blood transfusion. HAL is by far one of the best animal rescue groups in the country!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Homeless Animal Lifeline consistently helps high risk animals, including elderly cats and those with FeLV. In other words, they provide a vital service that gives animals the opportunity to have a great life instead of wasting away in a shelter or being put down due to a lack of space. Additionally, their tireless volunteers assist many feral communities, and their high level of care does not stop even during horrible weather such as blizzards and hurricanes. The leadership of this group is very responsive, polite and knowledgeable, and I know that I can turn to them any time I have a question about cat care.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On the recommendation of her therapist, we adopted 2 cats as emotinal support animals. Homeless Animal Lifeline helped provide vet care for them. The cats, Hazel & Minx, have made a big difference in my daughters emotional health / stablity. I will be forever grateful to HAL for making that possible

Ed__36

Donor

Rating: 5

Great work by great people. They are dedicated to saving lives and caring for animals no matter what!

Lynnette H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great people helping so many! Thank you for everything you do for these animals and the community

- Barbara

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful people who actually care about what they do. Have helped me on numerous occasions without asking for anything in return. From finding homes for two cats I stumbled upon to just answering my silly questions. Wish more groups were like them. A+

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My neighbors had abandoned their cat and it started coming to my house to eat. I couldn't bring him in because I had an older aggressive cat but this guy was breaking my heart. He would circle the house looking in the windows. I contacted this group and she asked if I could bring him in a room for just a few days. I did and within a week she had a home for him 8 hours away! She arranged transport and everything went completely smooth. I have contacted them numerous times just for cat questions and they always answer and never make you feel like your question is foolish. They are wonderful!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Today, with the help and committment of Michele and HAL, my prayers were answered for my 3 ferals that came into my life this past November. They came to me starving, cold, and lonely. I began feeding them which led to me setting up shelter on my patio. I saved their lives through this miserable winter, hoping to bond with them this Spring. Sadly, I received notice from my community Board members here in Freehold, and animal control, that I must immediately stop feeding, and remove all shelters, as the cats are not welcome in my community. I was so saddened by this. I have 2 dogs, a bird, and a small house, with a 2 pet limit. I did not know where to turn. Fortunately Michele and HAL stepped in and managed to find a wonderful farm for my cats to live on and be fed and sheltered. I don't know what I would have done without the committment and compassion that they had for me, my Mittens, Leon and Scrappy. Thank you for helping us.

2 Shari6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HAL is a grassroots organization that helps animals in its own community as well as providing education and guidance to people from all over. HAL rescues animals from shelters, places them in foster homes and networks for animals in and outside of NJ. HAL donates cat supplies and feral cat shelters to those in need. HAL collected and donated to displaced animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. HAL maintains an active Facebook page and social media presence. HAL volunteers are friendly and approachable. I am proud to be a part of this group and am thankful that I am able to see firsthand how many lives have been saved because of HAL!

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is organizations like HAL and, specifically, people like Michelle, who make such a significant contribution and difference in this crazy world. Cats and dogs who would NEVER otherwise have a chance to make it out the FRONT door of a "shelter are pulled to safety by her and HAL. Animals that are at risk, abused and/or abandoned are rescued - all to be fostered and/or adopted to loving and safe forever homes. She works tirelessly and selflessly to respond to, and act upon, each and every request for "help" she gets. HAL also actively participates in TNR for feral cats - instead of being cruelly and unnecessarily euthanized, they are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered and then released, therefore, helping to control the feral population. Every animal has a soul - every animal deserves to be loved and deserves the chance to live. Because of the dedication of the volunteers at HAL, combined with Michelle's daily personal devotion and efforts, one precious life at a time is being saved. That says it all.

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2 Michele56

Client Served

Rating: 5

Homeless Animal Lifeline came into my life by shear accident. And I do not want them to ever leave.

After loosing our kitten to FIP (a horrible disease, do not goggle it) - we were searching for a new pet that would somehow replace the sadness we had lived through. After speaking to dozens of local animal rescues and left feeling empty - I almost gave up. It was Feb and every rescue had few kittens and they were completely arrogant to people with children. My two beautiful children - who were struggling with the deep loss of their kitten right after Hurricane Sandy.

And yet somehow posting our need on Facebook, connected one friend to another and DOC came into our lives. He was residing at Helmetta Shelter and after he warmed his way into our hearts - Michele & HAL had him vetted and delivered to our home within two days.

Doc has lived with us for almost a year and I couldn't have it any other way. The work Michele & HAL does is continuous, her love for animals is transparent and unconditional.

Doc always belonged in our (crazy) family and we are very grateful for the work HAL does.

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1 Marni F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This a wonderful rescue. Not only are they friendly but they are super knowledgeable about how to care for cats on all levels!!

Review from Guidestar

1 Jamie24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I heard about this organization through a friend. I saw a kitten on here that they pulled from my local shelter that I ended up getting with their help from another organization that took her. I had a ton if questions and Michelle always took the time to help. They also networked a cat a friend had to find a new home for and within days , he found a new home. They work hard to save animals and educate people. They are kind, give up lot of ther free time for these beautiful cats and kittens. They are great people and it is a great organization.

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