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Seer Farms Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Seer Farms is a New Jersey based 501c3 social services organization that provides animal care, resources, and support for pet-owning families in crisis. This safety net gives families facing domestic violence, financial turmoil, a health crisis, natural disaster, military service or other life crises time to restore their lives by caring for their animals until the family can be together again. Seer Farms provides for the animals on a temporary basis while the family deals with the crisis and reunites them once the family is able to care for their pets again. We do not believe that giving up precious animals during difficult times is necessarily best for the animals or their human companions. We believe that families in crisis need time to repair their lives and that they benefit from the emotional support they derive from their pet and the peace of mind that comes from knowing their animals are being cared for while they themselves overcome their life crisis. To help families recover, Seer Farms provides resources and support that enables a family to navigate the barriers to their own self-sufficiency. These resources and support are also intended to assist pet-owning families in pre-crisis planning and preparation; helping them mitigate the impact of their crisis on their care of their pets. Founded in 2008, Seer FarmsĀ has a unique perspective on animals and their people, and how to keep them together as a family during difficult times. Our Out of Crisis program fills an important void in the human social services and animal care services offered in the mid-Atlantic and beyond. Our origin and ongoing service reflects our commitment to families with companion animals and the animals themselves. Seer Farms is a safe haven, providing the lifeline of time and compassion to families in crisis and their companion animals.

Results: When Seer Farms began in 2008, we were told over and over that we would be a dumping ground for unwanted animals. In the intervening years, our clients have proven those naysayers wrong. The families who seek us out have demonstrated a fairly stable 85% reunion rate. Practically what that means is that we are approaching our 1,000th pet reunion. More than 500 families have placed animals with us, worked diligently to get their lives resolved, and reclaimed their pets. At any given time we are offering services to approximately 400 animals, representing nearly 200 families.

Target demographics: pet-owning families in crisis

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 500 animals from 200 pet-owning families in crisis

Geographic areas served: Located at two locations in New Jersey, we serve primarily the greater New Jersey area although we have clients from all over the country

Programs: Seer Farms' Out of Crisis program gives families facing a health crisis, natural disaster, financial turmoil, domestic violence, or military deployment time to restore their lives by caring for their animals until they can be together again.

Community Stories

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing organization! i have adopted five cats from Seer Farms over the years. Three from a hoarding situation and two when their mommy passed away. This is one of the most caring and compassionate organizations out there.

Seer Farms is out there doing what no other animal welfare organization is doing. They are helping families who can't imagine life without their animals, but are unable to care for them for a temporary period of time. Sometimes it's a victim of domestic violence, or a patient receiving chemo who cannot have animals around for a period of time. They stepped in following several hurricanes and helped the victims who had lost everything, keep their animals.

Sometimes an animal can't go back home again. And Seer Farms works to find that animal a new forever home.

Thank you, Seer Farms for the good work that you do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely love Seer Farms. They are such a unique organization. Stepping in and helping animals when their families are in crisis. These aren't the cute and cuddly kittens and puppies that are easily adopted by traditional rescues and shelters, but often older animals who are deeply loved and cherished.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked for this organization for a year now down at their dog kennel facility. I also volunteer many hours of my time here. I love what this organization does. If it wasn't for seer farms, so many families would have had to surrender their animals and possibly would have faced euthanasia.

I must say to the client that was so unhappy that she did not appreciate what seer farms did for her and her dogs because they had a bit of a smell, that I personally apologize for that. We do not have grooming areas and we do wash dogs when the weather permits outside in kiddie baths, but smell isn't our #1 concern although we do try to keep them clean. They are never left in their own excrement, but overnight many dogs do potty and sometimes they make a mess but we clean it up every morning. Our first concern is always the health and happiness of your pets. If anyone has a spare grooming sink and dryer they could donate, we would make such good use. We spend all our funds on vet care, food, care takers, electric and so on.

Seer farms ask for very little donations from the clients and we take the same care of our clients animals if they can pay or not. Many of the clients have no home and no funds. Their life is in total crisis and often their dogs have not had consistent Vet care. When animals get sick or come in ill, we take them to the vet and seer farms usually pays the bills.

When it comes to feeding, we do not feed the cheap dog food. We buy the healthier more expensive brand. Same thing for dry cat food, wet cat food, and clumping kitty litter. Seer farms takes great care of people's animals.

No one else does what seer farms does. This organization is valuable to the animal community and we try so hard to do everything we can to keep your animal happy and healthy. Please support seer farms so we can continue to serve clients in need. With out seer farms many families will suffer.

We are also always looking for volunteers.. especially skilled trade volunteers like a plumber are very welcomed!

Client Served

Rating: 1

Oh, how I wish I had taken pictures! I was so shocked at how my dogs looked when I picked them up that I didn't even think to take pictures. Let's not even get into how they smelled! My car smelled so awful that I had to drive with my windows down and my sunroof open in order not to vomit. ( and have my car professionally cleaned to get the smell removed )
It's as if my dogs have been living in their own urine and feces. On one of my visits, one of the workers took me downstairs to where the dogs are kenneled. I think that was a mistake on his part, after being there. When I walked down there, the smell was so strong and vile, that it nearly knocked me out. The condition the dogs are living in down there is atrocious. If I could imagine what a corpse would smell like, that would be it!
I was in a situation where I had nowhere else to go with my dogs. Once I was able to get my dogs out of there, they were gone! I would never ever recommend this place to anyone! Run run run the other way !!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Horrific doesn't even come close to describing how horrible this facility is. The concept is great but implementation has much to be desired.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Seer Farms every weekend walking the dogs and helping with small tasks on the property for years. My schedule has changed, but I still get out there and do what I can to help them no and then. This is a unique organization that performs an invaluable service to people in need. I would hate to think of what would have happened to all the animals they have cared for and reunited over the years if Seer Farms was not there.
They also are a wonderful opportunity to the scouts, high school students, church groups and other organizations as a community service project. I've been there when high school students came and raked the leaves of the entire property. It was wonderful to see them helping out and getting needed community service hours. Seer Farms doesn't have large benefactors like the other places. Therefore, they rely on donations, volunteers and the small fee they obtain from the pet owner. The employees are caring and visitors are greeted politely and happy to help you. Pets are well cared for, happy, and owners are happy with everything when they visit or on reunion day. I've never seen anything but smiles.
To take something out of context or lie about them is downright immoral. I still volunteer when I can and have never, ever in my six years there seen the place in bad conditions. I will make more of an effort to increase my volunteer time there because I am a long-time supporter of Seer Farms and believe in what they do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Seer Farms is an amazing organization that does an incredible amount of good for families and their companion animals. I've been to both locations and the animals are well cared for, loved, and happily awaiting their reunion day. That is the most amazing day for these animals. If not for Seer Farms most of the companion animals that come to stay temporarily would have been euthanized. They are not the cute puppies or kittens. They are often older with health issues and their families are facing major life crises that prevent them from caring for their animals - be it domestic violence, cancer treatment, house fire, or natural disaster. Imagine having to give up a member of your family permanently because you had no where to go that would take you and your companion animal. Seer Farms is there for these animals when no one else is.

6 Larissa O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing organization! Seer Farms provided assistance to people I personally know who were displaced from their homes & needed extended boarding of their dogs while they turned their lives around & found new places to live. If it weren't for the compassion that Seer provided, the pets would never have been reunited with their families. Thank you, Seer Farms for the compassion and good care you provided. I only wish you had more locations throughout NJ.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello - - I'm happy to provide this outstanding review on behalf of Seer Farms. I work at Rutgers University and someone referred me to Seer Farms. We were in a desperate situation looking for help for my mother-in-law's dog. My mother-in-law (Marie) had a few extremely unfortunate things happen to her, she lost her husband, then her house burned down and she lost every single memory and everything she owned, and then she had a stroke. After the stroke, she needed to rehabilitate and could not care for her little dog, Tiffany anymore. Marie was devastated over this and Seer Farms literally saved my mother-in-law from having a breakdown because Marie loved her dog so much and did not want to give her up. My husband and I brought Tiffany to Seer Farms for them to care for Tiffany until Marie was well enough again to take her back. That was the plan. Unfortunately, over the past several months, It turned out that Marie's condition continues to prevent her from being able to take her dog back as she is not well enough to care for her. I worked with Laura Pople who helped us tremendously by finding an adoptive family to take Tiffany after several months of providing love and care for Tiffany at Seer Farms. We are so happy and so satisfied with the way this situation turned out because we could not take Tiffany back under these circumstances with Marie being so ill. Also, my husband, Albert (Marie's son) and I must help care for Marie now, along with working full-time, so we don't have time to have a dog ourselves either. We worried about what would happen with Tiffany and Laura worked diligently to find a family who would adopt Tiffany, and love & care for her the way she deserved to have it. Since then, Laura has successfully placed the dog with a Reverend and his daughters and it is working out wonderfully so far. I just want to extend the warmest thank you from our family to Seer Farms and Laura Pople for all they did to get our family through this difficult time and easing our minds by taking care of everything for us from beginning to end with Tiffany and by placing Tiffany with a beautiful loving family. If it weren't for having a place like Seer Farms, which I feel is desperately needed, our dog would not have been placed and we don't know what would have happened. It was truly a blessing to not have to worry about Tiffany or her care while my mother-in-law was so ill herself and when the focus needed to be on improving her condition. THANK YOU SO MUCH! If I could give this place a million stars, they would have every one of them! :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Seer Farm saved my cats life. We were displaced and could not keep him for two months. We were looking at putting him down because he is the most violent attack cat you have ever seen. He loves me and his human family, but he wants to kill everyone else. He is the most problematic cat I have ever known. But I love him dearly and he loves me. He is alive today because of the professional and loving care he received. They implemented safety measures so that Simba and the other cats were never in danger. He had to be caged, of course, but they still managed to keep him comfortable. They are my heroes and I owe them so much gratitude. And as I have read the very very very few negative reviews, I just have to wonder, 'Did we work with the same place? Because these guys absolutley rocked it out!!!' Know that your pet is safe and loved if you have the cause to bring them here. I would give ten stars if I could!

5 Aaliyah2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Seer Farms is a blessing in disguise. I lost my home back in December 2015 and moved in with a friend, unable to keep my pets after 2 months being there, i contacted seer farms and told them everything. Off of the back they took my pets in. They were so understanding, flexible & reliable. I would recommend them to anyone in need of finding a temporary or permanent home. The staff is amazing and the owner is beyond words. She kept me up to date on everything. I just picked up my pets today and it was such a warm feeling. They gave both my pets & myself love. Please, recommend Seer Farms!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This place doesn't get back to you and the owner was very rude and acted horrible to me. Perhaps this organization got better with time from other numerous complaints(I know many unsatisfied people who went through a similar situation..that's why I don't all these high reviews) but I still never got any apologies or any assistance when I needed it so I still feel my matter as never handled or resolved. Not professional!

8 Brianne L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Seer Farms is an amazing place. My Family and I were displaced from Hurrican Sandy. We needed to rent while our home was being lifted and we could not take our Dog Moet with us. She is a high maintenance dog that needed a lot of attention with her skin condition. They not only attended to her but took such great care of her. We visited Moet as often as we liked. We have 2 small children that adore their dog so being able to visit and take her for walks was very important to us. We just took her home recently and went to the vet for a checkup and even the doctor said she was well taken care of. The people and this organization honestly were a life saver for our family during such a time of need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Seer Farms was a complete blessing to us during a very turbulent time. We had to leave our home in the Carolinas on very little notice for a job change. In NJ we are staying with family during this transition and unable to bring our precious little guy Boomer (doggy) with us. While hopelessly searching for a place for him, fearing that we might need to give him up completely, Icame across an article about Seer Farms. I wrote them an email that night and they got back to me immediately and with a solution to our problem. They said they would take him in right that day, we were so overwhelmed with the way they accommodated us and their compassion for our situation, and right before a huge snow storm. We hope to be reunited with our baby boy soon, our kids talk about him everyday, thanks to Seer Farm that's possible!

7 Beth171

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Back in February I became homeless. My two cats were taken to a local shelter. I knew they had to be gotten out of there. I couldn't have them with me at the time because where I was staying doesn't allow pets. A friend of mine on FB told me about SEER FARMS. I contacted Laura through FB and telephone. Joy got back to me and told me what to do about bringing them to the farm. Since I don't have a car at this time my friend on FB took me to the shelter to get them out and we took them over to the farm. THE BEST THING THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO ME UNTIL I GOT A NEW PLACE AND THEY CAME HOME TO ME. They were well taken care of and I could go see them any time. My friend took me out to the farm about once a week or so depending on her schedule. I got to spend time with them and hold them and just love them. I found a new place about 3 weeks ago and finally got in officially a couple of days ago. My babies came home yesterday. Been a rough few months for the three of us and they are getting used to the new home.
I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO LAURA AND WHAT SHE DOES AT SEER FARMS. I DONT WANT TO THINK WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF HER FARM DID NOT EXIST. THE ANIMALS ARE WELL TAKEN CARE OF. EVERYTHING IS CLEAN AND THE PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEER THERE ARE WONDERFUL WITH THE ANIMALS. CHECK OUT SEER FARMS FB PAGE AND IF YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF IN A SITUATION WHERE YOU ARE UNABLE TO HAVE YOUR FUR BABIES WITH YOU FOR A TIME THIS IS THE PLACE TO CALL. I AM VERY VERY VERY GRATEFUL FOR LAURA AND WHAT SHE IS DOING AND THANKFUL THAT MY BABIES WERE THERE FOR THE 3 1/2 MONTHS THAT THEY COULDN'T BE WITH ME. I MISSED MY BABIES VERY MUCH BUT ALSO KNEW THEY WERE BEING WELL TAKEN CARE OF AND WERE SAFE AND THAT THEY WOULD BE COMING HOME TO ME. I ALSO GOT TO VISIT THEM NOT AS OFTEN AS I WOULD HAVE LIKED BUT THAT WAS DUE TO NOT HAVING A CAR AT THIS TIME. LAURA AGAIN THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO AND FOR TAKING CARE OF MY BABIES FOR ME

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a federal employee on furlough awaiting re-instatement and battling early on set cervical cancer, I am not entitled to unemployment and my health insurance is suspended so all expenses and treatments I am paying for out-of-pocket. Under the circumstances I cannot care for my beloved rescue dog. Despite everything losing him is my biggest fear. Seers alleviated all my fears knowing I wouldn't be forced to give up my dog because of a temporary set back. Emergency services such as those made available by Seers are crucial to both those in need and their pets. And for most pets ARE FAMILY. Thank you so much for having them available to people in need. When I initially contacted Seers I literally at that time had no place to take my dog. I have been more worried about my dogs safety than anything else and it brings me a great deal of relief to know programs like Seers are out there

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had two occasions where I had to reach out to Seer Farms for help and both times they
far exceeded my expectations. I had no where else to turn to ensure that my two cats would be safe and not put to sleep. One has found a forever home that is loving and kind the second one I was able to bring back home after a couple of months. Laura, the Director, brought him home and it was a wonderful home coming I felt so blessed and relieved. Seer Farms has excellent staff and volunteers they care when no one else does.
Shakeerah

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can not describe the wonderful work that is done at Seer Farms. This organization provided a lifeline for my 2 German shephards while I was in a crisis and in transition. The staff welcomed my visits every weekend and did everything within their power to make my dogs happy and comfortable during their stay. The staff constantly went above and beyond their job duties to ensure that my dogs were healthy and happy EVERY day. German Shephards don't kennel well.... So, keeping them happy, healthy and comfortable was an amazing task to accomplish. I am forever grateful to Dr. Pople and her staff for the amazing love they showed me and my babies during a very difficult time in my life. I hope that organizations will continually donate to Seer Farms as they survive solely on donations. Seer Farms truly save animals lives and provide a source of comfort to families and their pets during crisis. I am forever thankful...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely faboulous people. They took great care of our two beagles after we lost our apartment, and even helped us to look for a place we could be reunited with our beloved dogs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a lifesaver! I don't use that term lightly. Our daughter who suffers from emotional and mental illness was nearly killed and displaced by a fire last summer that almost took her and her dog's life. Thankfully they got out, but their place and all of their belongings were gone. This dog is an emotional lifesaver for her and helps her get through the day. The name of this special creature is Cody, and no human could ever offer her the unwavering love and support that he does. Well after the fire, our daughter found some temporary housing, but of course no dogs allowed, emotional support dog or not. We were seriously stuck. My wife who suffers from severe asthma tried to keep him for a couple of days as we endlessly searched for a temporary home for Cody, to no avail. After two days, my wife's asthma was getting the best of her. We reached out to all our friends, family, our vet and no one could take him in. We didn't know what we were going to do, when our vets secretary called us back and recommended Seer Farms as a possible option. Again I say 'What a lifesaver!' We were quickly responded to by the Executive Director Laura. We were able to,place him the very next day, although not at the location we would have preferred. We live in central Jersey and had to bring himto south Jersey due to overcrowding at the central office. It didn't make a difference as they were the only agency that was able to help us. Prior to this our daughter, who was an emotional wreck already due to the fire was sinking into a deep depression at the possible loss of her dog. Again this is where Seers Farm made Every bit of difference in both her life and ours. We were literally heartbroken ourselves as we didn't know what was going to happen to Cody as we could not keep him another day. Well it took a little longer for our daughter to find a new home, but during it all Cody was cared for and treated wonderfully. Laura, knowing we would not be able to make it all the way down to south Jersey, made every effort available to help us and as soon as there was space available in the central location, she had him transferred up here. What a great gesture and that meant we were able to visit him daily, and put our daughter at ease knowing we saw him occasionally and that he was doing well until he could go home again. Well 6 months later,, Cody went Home! Happy to report both he and our daughter are both doing Great! WE cannot thank Laura and Seer Farms enough as they were the only one's there for us when our backs were to the wall. WE are forever great full and are constantly repeating our experience to our friends and coworkers! Please keep up the Great Work that you all do at Seer Farms as you truly were our family's LIFESAVER! MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!