Giving More: St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

paw.jpgLike most people who love animals, we have a big heart when it comes to helping animals in need. That’s why The Dog House Kennel supports St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center to find loving homes for dogs, cats and small animals alike. We strongly believe that every animal companion deserves to be treated with kindness, with compassion and respect, and to be given the opportunity to love and receive love unconditionally.

Established since 1939, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center (St. Hubert’s Giralda, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. Its services the community with pet adoption and animal rescue, animal assisted therapy, humane education, dog training, and pet loss support. The center operates animal shelters in Madison and North Branch, NJ and a Dog Training and Behavior School in Madison, NJ.

If you are considering adopting a pet, or perhaps volunteering your time to help animals in need, consider St. Hubert’s first! We have adopted several kittens and they have lived full and happy lives here at The Dog House Kennel. While our favorite feline pair, Maverick and Goose, have passed on from this lifetime, they remain in our hearts as a special addition to our home and our lives.

Click Here to visit the St. Hubert’s official web site.

Puppies Behind Bars: A New Leash on Life

Puppies Behind Bars LogoWe  believe that dogs with purpose in their life experience a fulfilling and rewarding human-animal bond. Some dogs are dedicated running partners, while others are their family’s watchful babysitter. Sporting dogs have a dedicated purpose to flush and retrieve, and others have even more responsibility for their owners as a home or livestock guardian. But what happens when the script on this scenario is flipped, and the human being is responsible for, and if not more devoted to give an animal purpose in life?

Puppies Behind Bars dedicates their non-profit organization to train prison inmates to raise puppies for disabled individuals and law enforcement officials. PBB gives purpose to inmates to rehabilitate themselves through training, teaching and nurturing a puppy for a greater purpose. Now that’s teamwork!

After the events of September 11th, 2001, PBB added the training of explosive detection canines (EDCs) to its program.  In 2006, PBB started raising dogs to assist disabled children and adults. They launched “Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who’ve Served Us,” and donate fully trained service dogs to wounded soldiers coming home from serving in the military.

Here at The Dog House Kennel, we fully support the efforts of Puppies Behind Bars and give annually to their service program. We first became involved in 2004 when several of our clients reached out to us concerning the program and their own personal involvement. Since then, we have written several letters of recommendation for our clients to become a “sponsor” for the puppies who are taken to households to learn socialization and experience everyday skills. There are currently ten puppies in the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in nearby Clinton, NJ.

If you’d like to learn more about the Puppies Behind Bars mission and perhaps are so kind to donate to their program, you can find more information on their Web site!

  • Click Here to learn more about Puppies Behind Bars at their official Web site.
  • Click Here to visit the PBB Facebook page.

Monthly Giveaway: The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein


Every month at the TDH Kennel, we select a popular book featuring Man’s Best Friend, and give it away to one our guests through a random drawing. Guests may add their name to the drawing for each visit stayed within the month, so that’s another reason to come visit us again!

The book selection for March is “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein. It is a wonderfully narrated tale by an old-soul, Enzo, a mixed terrier/lab, who wishes for nothing more to become a man after his life on earth as a dog is over. But not just any man. A race car driving man.

Intertwining several themes throughout the novel, the reader will be taken on a roller coaster of emotions from anger, laugh out loud humor and heartbroken, honest tears. Spoken with beauty and truth, readers will be touched by Enzo’s outlook on human life and the many ways our dogs take care of us in our times of need. After all, they are man’s best friend for a reason.

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