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Home Free Animal Rescue Fundraiser

Home Free Animal Rescue Fundraiser

What started as a one woman animal rescue machine has since become a large network of people along the east coast on a mission to save pets from kill shelters and inadequate owners. Jen McFadden, founder of Home Free Animal Rescue, began her work fostering dogs in 2010. Her mission became to make adoption easier and more affordable. Focusing on what is known as last call dogs, McFadden has given a second life to some dogs nearly hours away from the end of their life.

Several measures are taken to ensure a battered pup is ready for adoption. Part of the process is fostering, which temporarily puts the dog in a safe environment while also acting as a trial run to understand the dog’s behavior, facilitating the adoption process. McFadden is better able to find permanent homes for these dogs after knowing the type of person or family with whom the dog would be most compatible. However, the needs for fosters covers only fifty percent of McFadden’s operation. The other half is monetary.

Ocean Grove office Manager/Broker, Angela Holder-Grassano and her sister Pam Heggie will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, September 30th at The Renaissance in Ocean to help Home Free Animal Rescue. This is their second year working with HFAR. Last year Pam and Angela hosted a small brunch at Rooney’s, raising a little over $600 through a gift basket auction.

Pam hit the pavement this year in an effort to make a bigger impact and has managed to attract the attention of corporate sponsors such as Pinebelt Auto Group and Intermodel Management Systems. While last year’s event featured approximately 85 gift baskets, they are anticipating over 100 baskets this year, which will raise funds in part with a 50/50 raffle. If all raffle tickets are sold, the prize will amount to $10,000. While some baskets have a value of over $700, all bids range from $25 to $200. Guests can expect a wide range of items from pet supplies and signed football jerseys to bikes and jeweler gift certificates.

Pam hopes to raise over $15,000 this year, which will help cover the cost of veterinary treatments for many dogs not only local but those currently being rescued from Texas as well. McFadden is anticipating a steep rise in the number of dogs looking for homes due to the recent catastrophic weather events. Treatments range from spaying and neutering to treating heartworm and other medical issues.

McFadden will not stop this mission, she says, “until every death row dog is home free.” Pam and Angela invite anyone who would like to support this mission to join them at The Renaissance for an exciting night out while changing the lives of many dogs who, as any dog lover knows, ultimately change the life of their owners.

To purchase your tickets, see contacts below. (Ask about buying the 50/50 tickets, too!)



And be sure to check out our favorite dog spots on the Jersey Shore!

Lots to do in Asbury Park this month!

The Farmers and Artisan Market: Sun. May 14

Opening for its 6th season, the market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Kennedy Park at the corner of Cookman and Grand avenues. The market features fresh, local produce, seafood, baked goods, a local wine vineyard, hard cider vendor and handmade crafts from over 50 local vendors. New additions this year include live music and demonstrations ranging from food demos to bee pollination stations for kids to a women’s self defense presentation.

Potential vendors can register at www.asburyfresh.com.

Spring Bazaar: Sat. May 13

Located at the Grand Arcade in Convention Hall, the bazaar will have many craft and vintage vendors, a chance to build your own bouquet, and take some silly photo strips. Also enjoy Sunday Brunch at The Anchor’s Bend and yoga on the beach taught by the amazing instructors of Younique Yoga.

Yard Sale:  Sat. May 20 

The annual Asbury Park town wide yard sale, which benefits animal rescue groups begins at 9 a.m. There will be multiple locations throughout the city as residents clean out their closets and help animals as well.

This year a portion of the proceeds will go to Rescue Ridge and Wag On Inn. Contact Sonja O’Brien at 732.832.5737 for info.

Springtime Activities In Southern Monmouth County!



Squan Plaza has several events planned as the weather warms starting with an Electric Car Show: An Earth Day Drive-n-Ride event on Sun., April 23 from noon to 3 p.m. It is sponsored by the Manasquan Environmental Commission in Partnership with Circle BMW. There will be a charge point electric car charging stations available. Ride/drive BMW i3s and talk with local environmental groups.

The second event at Squan Plaza is the annual antique, craft, flea market and bake sale which is at the plaza Fri., May 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 732.714.6519 to reserve a table at $30 or$40 with a car.


As wonderful as the beach is, take some time to get yourself some culture. The Garden State Philharmonic is playing The Magic of Mozart at the Spring Lake Theatre on Third Ave., Sat., April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40.

Please note: Officials in Spring Lake have expanded the time bike riders can cruise the boardwalk. The new times are 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. replacing the previous 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.


Surfs Up! Surfing fans will want to head to Belmar for the New Jersey State Surfing Championships May 6 and 7. The competition will divide surfers into age groups and amateurs as well as professionals who are also welcome to compete.

What’s up at Patricks Pub?

Patrick’s Pub in Neptune City is one fun place. Not only good food and drink but a place to show off your talent with an open mic night every Wednesday and Karaoke Thursdays with DJ Butch. For those who want to just sit back and enjoy the music, there is live entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Aside from all the awesome entertainment, Patrick’s has some pretty awesome food deals, too! Head there Monday for $5 Burgers and the next day for $5 Taco Tuesday. Don’t miss out on Wednesday’s great deal: $14.99 prime rib dinner, and wing fanatics will want to check out Thursday night’s special at 60 cents/wing with a minimum order of 10.

OPEN NOW: William F. Larken Golf Course

Golfers get ready! The William F. Larken Golf Course at Colonial Terrace in Ocean Township will be open for business April 1. This is a 9 hole municipal course offering over 2600 yards of golf in a park like setting. Hours are 7 a.m. to dusk seven days a week. Special events and discounts are offered throughout the season.

Call 732.775.3636 or check out their website for more info: colonialterracegolf.com 

Weekend in Old Monmouth Tour

The annual Weekend in Old Monmouth Tour is set for May 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., May 7 from noon to 5 p.m. with three new sites added to this year’s tour. They are: Crawford House c.1920 in Tinton Falls which commemorates three generations of the Crawford family who ran a butcher shop at the site in the town’s historic district; Spring Lake Historical Society Museum, which is dedicated to that town’s local history and connection to surrounding communities and Stephen Crane House c. 1778 in Asbury Park, which was home to the fames author of “The Red Badge of Courage.”

Participants can begin planning their routes on the county website at www.visitmonmouth.com