About Us

The Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the humane treatment of both domestic animals and wildlife found living on the New Brunswick campuses of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey as a result of abandonment, having become lost, or by birth to the aforementioned, and - in the case of wildlife - having become sick, injured, or displaced from their natural habitat.

We are a collaboration of Rutgers staff, faculty, students, and community volunteers. Scarlet Paws has made a long-term commitment to the welfare and well-being of these animals. Following the example of animal welfare groups organized at other colleges and universities (such as Stanford, Texas A&M, Towson, and Utah State University), we endeavor to promote community awareness of their condition, and to promote, educate, and encourage responsible and timely action by the Rutgers Community and appropriate personnel, toward their care, rescue, and placement into safe and appropriate environments.

Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network, Inc is a public charity exempt from Federal Income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network, Inc are tax deductible.

News

Tuxie is still looking for a foster or permanent home!

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(Updated 7/3/2017) Tuxie is a large Black & White Tuxedo female rescued from College Avenue Campus, who is seeking adoption or foster care. Approximately 4 years old now, Tuxie is spayed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and is negative for FIV/Feleuk.

Tuxie would make the ideal companion for an adult(s) who lives in a small apartment or small house so she can always find you, look out the windows to satisfy her curiosity, and then return easily to a quiet, comfortable spot to sleep. Tuxie LOVES to eat – and will come running to you when the dry food bag jingles or the cat food can opens. She will push her head into your hands and rub on your legs; she is so happy at mealtime! She is perfect for someone who admires gorgeous tuxedo specimens, and prefers a cat with an independent nature (she is not a lap cat).

Once Tuxie knows you well and trusts you, she will engage in a game of "chase the feather wand or laser". Tuxie loves to be petted on her head and chin. She flops down on her side to stretch happily, and will sit next to you on the couch. She is ready for the next step of being fostered or adopted by an adult who is an experienced cat socializer.

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF), and sign an adoption contract if the application is approved. Our adoption fee for one cat is $100, or $150 for two cats together. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

Please note that potential fosterers will be asked to complete a foster agreement (DOC | PDF).

If you are interested in fostering or adopting or Tuxie, please contact us!

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Tuxie:

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Ricky and Fred are still looking for a home together!

Fred and Ricky

(1/2/2017; updated 6/19/2017) Fred (above left and below left; click for larger pictures) and Ricky (above right and below right; click for larger pictures) are siblings, about 7 months old, who were rescued together on Livingston Campus. Originally named "Lucy" and "Ethel," their names were changed when the vet determined they are both boys! They need a home where they can be adopted together.

Here is an update from their foster parent:

We have been lucky enough to have these boys in our home since they were just 3 weeks old, found on Livingston campus last November. They have been so much fun to raise and watch as they get older because they truly are two of the best cats I’ve ever known! They both love to cuddle- with each other and with humans! They are very personable and will get along with any new people they meet. They have also been raised with a cat and dog and they get along really well with them too. They have great temperaments and are “easy” cats in the sense that they don’t beg for food, they’re relatively quiet but still playful with people and one another, and they easily let you pick them up, trim their nails, etc. They are a bonded pair (as you can see from the adorable photos!) so we are looking to get them adopted together. Before their first vet visit we named them Lucy and Ethel to reflect their personalities and since finding out they are in fact male, they’ve taken the names Fred and Ricky! If you’re looking for two sweet, tender, loving, playful, fun and silly cats to add to your home you are in luck :)

Please consider adding these two kittens to your home, or share their information with a co-worker, friend or family member.

Please contact Mary Ann at 609-575-5428 if you would like to know more about the kittens, or meet them in person.

Fred Ricky


Please sign the petition: "Progressive No-Kill Animal Shelter and Services Critically Needed in Middlesex County NJ"

This petition urges Middlesex County NJ Freeholders and the MCIA to establish a County Animal Shelter operated with humane, proven policies, which will serve to protect the public health of Middlesex County residents and taxpayers while effectively reducing animal overpopulation and shelter overcrowding.

Please sign the petition!



Maxine is looking for a home!

Maxine

(2/11/2017) Maxine (above and below; click for larger pictures) is a young adult cat who is approximately 4 years old. She was taken in and cared for by a Rutgers staff person after she had kittens on a private property in Hillsborough. She was an excellent mother and her kittens have all found great homes. Now we are looking to find Maxine a wonderful home where she can continue to be the loving cat that she is and live a healthy long life. She is extremely friendly and loving. She is spayed, has had all of her vaccines and has tested negative for feline leukemia. She is great around children and loves to play!

Please contact Mary Ann at 609-575-5428 or email us if you would like to know more about Maxine, or meet her in person.

Maxine Maxine



Mister

Mister is looking for a home!

(1/4/2017) Mister (right; click for a larger picture) is a very large male tabby cat, who was rescued on the Busch Campus by a Rutgers professor and his students. He has been neutered, and is up to date on his vaccinations. Mister is very sweet and gentle, and gets along with other cats!

If you are interested in fostering or adopting or Mister, please contact Mary Ann at 609-575-5428 or email us!

Dolly and Marty in Need of Homes

Dolly Marty

(8/5/2016; updated 9/5/2016) Dolly (above left and below left; click for larger pictures) and Marty (above right and below right; click for larger pictures) are siblings, approximately 4 months old.

Dolly is a young tabby female kitten with a precious pink nose. She loves to run after toys, chase her brother Marty, and relax on a comfy couch. True to tabby form, Dolly has a sassy side and is not above occasionally ambushing her kitty friends, but it's all in good fun! She also has a sensitive side, and it can take her a little while to warm up to a new environment. Because of this, it's important for Dolly to be adopted with her brother Marty, or to go to a home that has a cat in it already.

Marty is a sweet, all black male kitten who loves to be loved. He is a little shy, but the instant you hold him he starts purring, and if you give him scratches under his chin he will love you forever! Marty also enjoys playing with the kitty wand, chasing toys, and lounging in boxes.

The kittens are both spayed and neutered; have tested Negative for FELV/FIV and for fecal parasites; and have received distemper vaccinations.

Please consider adding one or both to your home, or share their information with a co-worker, friend or family member.

Please contact Mary Ann at 609-575-5428 anytime if you would like to know more about the kittens or meet them in person.

For those of you who are unable to adopt but would like to help the Scarlet Paws rescues, please consider donating whatever you can to their veterinary costs and fostering expenses. We accept donations of food and litter for the foster homes. Lastly, we desperately need foster homes to house and socialize the kittens still need of rescue. If you can foster, please contact us!

Dolly Marty


Please adopt Rosie!

Rosie

(9/4/2016) Rosie (above; click for a larger picture) is a wonderful five year old indoor cat who was adopted from an animal shelter about four years ago. Prior to her current owner taking her in, Rosie was neglected and possibly abused. Additionally, Rosie developed an eye infection which has resulted in blindness in one eye. While still shy and timid at times, she has made tremendous progress in becoming sociable. Rosie has never shown the slightest hint of anger or aggression towards anyone. She is a wonderful pet and gets along great with other cats. Due to circumstances beyond her owner's control, she can no longer keep Rosie. Although it breaks her heart to have to part with her, her owner wants to ensure that Rosie has a great new home and is loved and cared for.

If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Rosie, please call 609-575-5428 or email us.



Sheba is still looking for a home!

Sheba Sheba

(Updated 6/20/2016) Sheba (above; click for larger pictures) is a black female cat, approximately 2 years old, found as a stray on Rutgers University's Busch campus. Sheba's foster mom describes her as shy at first, but playful and affectionate once she gets to know someone. She enjoys being petted and having her back scratched.

Update from Sheba's foster mom: Sheba has become very vocal, and she now meows and purrs! Sheba will rub up against her foster mom, and also jumps into bed to sleep with her!

Sheba has been spayed, is FIV/FeLV negative and up-to-date on shots.

Watch Sheba at play:

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for one cat is $100. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

If you are interested in adopting Sheba, please contact us!



Please open your heart for Essie!

Essie

(Updated: 3/31/2016) “ESSIE” is a young, sweet black female cat who was rescued from Rutgers' Busch Campus. Essie is cautious, but playful after she warms up to you. She is sweet and likes to head-bump! She loves to be petted, and will purr a lot and make happy squeaky noises while being petted. Essie talks to her foster mom and meows for attention! She also loves to play with toys. Essie gets along well with other cats, and seems to with dogs as well, having met and lived with a few in her previous foster homes. Essie is now one year old.

Essie has been spayed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and tested negative for Fiv/FeLV and parasites.

Watch Essie at play:

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for one cat is $100. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

PLEASE OPEN UP YOUR HEART for this lovely girl! If you are interested in adopting Essie, please contact us!