AFLAR (All Fur Love Animal Rescue) was officially incorporated in the State of New Jersey on March 5, 2012. It is a 501(c)(3) organization, federal tax ID# (EIN) 45-4715848.
The story behind its inception and its thoughts for the future are at once a combination of persistence and serendipity. Francesca Alexander, the Community Cat Coordinator for Monmouth County, had many years of experience as a volunteer and staff member at a local animal facility. Steve Charnick, while never a staff member there, worked alongside Francesca as a volunteer, helping to manage several programs and initiatives that were started by Francesca, including, but not limited to, fostering kittens and cats in need of socialization, TNR (trap/neuter/return) throughout Monmouth County, a distemper vaccine initiative, and new protocols and procedures intended to maximize the chance that all animals, feral or otherwise, would leave the facility alive.
Their work was not limited to time spent at the facility, however. As lifelong animal advocates, both Francesca and Steve have always maintained a focus on rescue. Francesca in particular is widely known and respected throughout the animal welfare community and Steve is known as a dedicated and tireless champion of animals and animal-related causes. As a team, they have helped hundreds of animals through their own rescue & TNR projects as well as their work with other groups throughout the tri-state area.
In late 2011, they decided that their dream of operating a true no-kill animal rescue, from which no animal would ever be killed for reasons other than clear medical suffering, needed to be realized sooner rather than later. The facility where they worked and volunteered ostensibly was striving to be a no-kill facility. However, the live release rates for cats at this facility were actually dropping alarmingly fast, and those of other shelters in New Jersey were, if it can be believed, much worse.
As a result, they left that facility and began the process of saving animals through work with other rescues, until they were able to secure the basic funding necessary to start AFLAR.
For now, AFLAR operates with a few volunteers and a small network of foster homes. Our goal for the future is to secure a piece of property on which to operate an animal sanctuary. On this property would eventually be alow-cost spay-neuter clinic along with an adoption center. This will allow us to open our doors to an even greater number of animals; saving them from certain death, abuse or neglect.
What we lack in funding and space we make up for in our selfless dedication and commitment to our cause. Every animal that crosses our path is offered a chance at life, no matter how damaged, feral or otherwise unadoptable.