Who We Are

We just love animals. Period. We are an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to providing love, medical care and adoption/foster care support to injured, abused and abandoned dogs in Trenton, NJ. 

This Board Rocks

Anne Ullestad

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"I'm a lighting designer and long time volunteer at the Trenton Animal  Shelter.  As a fierce supporter of underdogs everywhere, I'm excited to be part of the TAR team and to have the opportunity to  advocate for animals in crisis."  

Danielle Gletow

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"I'm the crazy lady who pulls her car over to pet a strange dog. Seriously - there is nothing I love more than my family, my dogs, advocating for those who can't speak for themselves and very hoppy beer."

Nadia Adam

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 “I adopted my first dog from Trenton Animal Shelter six years ago and have been volunteering there ever since. I now have five personal dogs, all from Trenton! Helping these dogs and bringing the joy of a shelter dog to people’s lives is my passion. I’m honored to be a part of Trenton Animals Rock and our mission to help the animals of Trenton in every way.” 

Jen Grobels

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 "I have a crazy schedule but always find time for things I am passionate about. And dogs have been at the center of my life forever. I grew up with a family owned  pet-sitting business, which my mother still runs. I joined TAR to be able to improve the lives of as many animals as possible." 

Judy Flowers

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"It's important to help the animals. There is so much that needs to be done, and I love helping the dogs.  They need all of us."

Bizzy 's first visit to the vet

A Note from our Founder

Bizzy's story broke my heart so I vowed to save him.

It was a pretty typical Friday morning in the Spring of 2018. I was drinking coffee and scrolling through Facebook when I came across the photo of the saddest looking pup I'd ever seen. Bizzy was a pit bull mix that had recently been abandoned at Trenton Animal Shelter after being hit by a car and badly injuring his leg. Before I learned anything more I was on the phone trying to figure out how to get him out of there and get him treatment. What I learned along the way (& what I am still learning) about the world of pet rescues and animal shelters inspired me to create this Foundation with my dear friends (and fellow animal-obsessed humans) Judy, Nadia and Matt.


Bizzy's story has a happy ending. We raised nearly $5,000 to get him the surgery he needed to fix his leg, found him a foster home and he's been adopted!


But every year there are hundreds of other dogs and cats that need our help in the city of Trenton. 


They have one shelter and it is super small and very old. The guys who run it (Joe & Jose) have quickly become two of my favorite people because they LOVE these animals and work so hard for them with so little resources.


All of the funds we raise are going to go to supporting their efforts. Medical care, both emergency and planned, rehab for tough cases and - someday soon - a new, state of the art shelter for our furry friends.


So ask questions! We're here to be a super transparent nonprofit. No staff, just volunteers who LOVE animals and want all of them to get a shot at a happy, healthy life.