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

FOR ADOPTION at Park Palace: Pumpkin (orange male) and Rufus (diffused tortie)

Pumpkin Rufus

(1/30/2016) These good-natured, affectionate, neutered cats, located in Highland Park, NJ, are each looking for permanent loving indoor homes! Abandoned by his owner, Pumpkin (above left) will wake up from a nap just in time to help you use your computer. Rufus (above right) is a very physically LARGE cat with a very LARGE loving heart too. She deserves the chance to play and exercise daily with someone who understands she needs to trim down to her ideal weight. At approximately 7 and 8 years old respectively, more information on either of these easy-going cats is available by calling Kathy at Park Palace 732-819-7888.



Laverne and Shirley Are Seeking a Permanent Home!

Laverne Shirley

(1/20/2016) Laverne, a 1 ½ year old female cat (above left), and her baby girl Shirley (about 1 year old, above right) are two sweet, gentle, beautiful Calico/Tortie girls currently in the care of Scarlet Paws. They are seeking a permanent home.

Shirley is quite a talker and the more frisky of the two, while Laverne is more subdued and introspective. They love to play together and we would like to see them adopted together.

If you are interested in meeting Laverne or Shirley or learning more about them, please contact Mary Ann at 609-575-5428 or by email.



Friendly Cat Found in Piscataway - Needs Foster Home

Friendly Cat Found in Piscataway

(12/23/2015) This very friendly house cat was found in Piscataway, near Stelton Road/New Brunswick Ave (click above for a larger picture).

If you have any information about this sweet gentle cat - or can kindly foster her until a permanent loving home is found - please contact Deanna at 908-655-6948.



Bella is looking for a new home!

Bella Bella

(10/27/2015) Bella (above; click for larger pictures) needs a new home! This grey and white female cat, approximately 4 years old, was rescued by Scarlet Paws from Busch Campus in October 2012. Unfortunately, her former owner has moved somewhere where cats are not allowed. She is now back in our care, and ready for a new home - hopefully, yours!

Bella is very sweet, affectionate, and talkative cat. She has been neutered, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and tested negative for Fiv/FeLV and parasites.

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 Bella, please contact us!




Espresso is still looking for a home!

Mickey Espresso

(8/20/2015; Updated: 10/11/2015) Espresso (Essie) (above; click for larger pictures) is a sweet black female cat who was rescued earlier this year from Busch Campus. She is approximately 11 months old.

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 as she approaches her cage, and meows for attention! She also loves to play with toys. Essie seems to get along well with dogs, having met both large and small dogs at her foster home.

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.

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



Sheba is still looking for a home!

Sheba Sheba

(9/27/2015) 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.

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!



Tuxie is still looking for a foster or permanent home!

Tuxie

(7/26/2014; updated 6/21/2015) Tuxie is a large Black & White Tuxedo female rescued from College Avenue Campus in Fall 2013, who is seeking adoption or foster care. Approximately 2 years old now, Tuxie has been spayed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and is negative for FIV/Feleuk.

Tuxie has been overcoming her shyness of people and now is very vocal for attention with her foster adult. She loves to be petted on her head and chin, flops down on her side to stretch happily, and is ready for the next step of being fostered or adopted by an adult who is an experienced cat socializer. She would make ideal companion for adult(s) who live in a small apartment so she can race around when she gets the "crazies" and satisfy her great curiosity, but return easily to her safe home base spot.

Tuxie loves wet food, uses her litterbox, and loves to rub her face and body while standing on her tippy-toes. Tuxie would be ideal with an experienced cat-socializer as her next foster person or permanent care-giver.

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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Alicia is still looking for a foster home or permanent home!

Alicia

(7/12/2014; updated 3/27/2015) Alicia (left; click for a larger image) is an extraordinarily silky soft, extremely clean, young, elegant, fast-moving, beautiful female tabby rescued from College Avenue Campus. Approximately 2.5 years old, she has been neutered, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and is negative for FIV/Feleuk.

Alicia does not sit still for long, unless she is standing or sitting on your lap, pushing her face into your hand while purring. She has a lot of energy to burn and must do so! Her favorite daily activity (which she must have) is when she plays with you. Make sure you have a feather wand handy for playtime, move it in circles or above her head, and watch her leap! Alicia gallops quickly and quietly as she makes her rounds and looks out the window. She loves dry food, loves to have her head, chin and back scratched, and purrs if you oblige!

Alicia would be ideal as a single cat, or with another cat who would respect her space. When another cat gets too close, she gets nervous and swats/advances. If the other cat is the type to stay a few feet away, she lets them be and feels more secure. She would do well with responsible older children who would oblige her need for human contact, but who would also be able to read her signals and help get her energy out with appropriate play.

See Alicia in action:

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

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

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Alicia:

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Adoptable Scarlet Paws cats thank HarnessLife.org for their generous support!

HarnessLife.org

(3/7/2015) Alicia (below, left) and Tuxie (below, right), two cats currently available for adoption through Scarlet Paws, thank HarnessLife.org for their generous donation of a $100 spay/neuter grant!

Read more about Alicia.

Read more about Tuxie.

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Alicia (left) and Tuxie (right):

Alicia Tuxie



Mylo

Alert: Lost dog in New Brunswick, possibly near Douglass Campus

(3/2/2015) Little Mylo (pictured at right) went missing on March 1. He's only 5 months old. He might be in the area of Georges Road or Douglass Campus at Rutgers. Please help us get him back home. He needs to be safe and warm!

Mylo has a microchip! (#900118000331819) If found, please contact Dary T at 908-937-6337 or by email.



"Sweet Simon" needs a foster or permanent home!

Simon

(2/25/2015) Simon (at right; click for a larger image), an extremely loveable - and people-loving - cat, needs a new indoor home! Simon is very calm, and acclimates to new people and responsible children very easily and happily! He just wants to follow you around the house, or lounge on the couch with you. Simon is a great cat to keep you company!

Simon is front-paw declawed, and would be fine living with a friendly dog (he lives with one now). He would prefer to be the only cat in a new situation, if possible.

Simon's owner is heartbroken to have to part with him, and would greatly appreciate the chance to have him stay in the Highland Park area with a new loving family that she can stay in touch with.

For more information, please contact owner Lori at loriyah[at]gmail[dot]com.

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Simon:

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North Brunswick Humane Association provides generous 2014-2015 Spay/Neuter grant to Scarlet Paws

North Brunswick Humane Association Logo

(12/09/2014) Scarlet Paws extends thanks to the North Brunswick Humane Association for their continued support and generosity during this 2014-2015 year. We are most grateful for the donation of a $1,000 subsidy towards Spay/Neuter.

Learn more about North Brunswick Humane Association at their website.