it all to the New Beginnings animal rescue shelter in East Brunswick.
Nov 14, 2014 - Helmetta Animal Shelter Placed Under Quarantine. Raid Executed on Animal Shelter That Provides Services to New Brunswick.
In 2005, the New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association’s (NBVMA) Animal Welfare Committee was mandated to study the multifaceted issue of animal shelter euthanasia. To change the system, as it existed, a dispensing bylaw had to be passed by the NBVMA membership limiting the dispensing of hazardous drugs, including T-61, to certified individuals. This motion was passed, after lengthy discussion, at the 2005 Annual General Meeting, contingent upon the development of a certification program for shelter staff. There was consensus that veterinarians should ideally perform euthanasia, but logistics, manpower, and economics dictated that shelter staff would likely have to continue to perform this duty for surrendered animals. It was essential that they have sufficient knowledge to perform euthanasia properly. The NBVMA does not advocate the use of T-61, nor non-veterinarians performing euthanasia, but does recognize the limitations of the current manpower and economic situation. The certification program is a compromise to deal with a difficult problem with no easy solution.
The pharmaceutical section of the modified manual reflects the absence of controlled drugs. Acepromazine, xylazine, and T-61 are the only pharmaceuticals to be dispensed for the euthanasia of shelter animals in New Brunswick. The regulations as to the storage and the techniques for the safe handling of hazardous drugs are stressed. The manual was presented at the 2007 NBVMA Annual General meeting at which time legal concerns were addressed and further discussion of shelter euthanasia occurred. The NBVMA Council approved the manual for use in October of 2007.
Contact Us - New Beginnings Animal Rescue
706-R Cranbury Road, East Brunswick NJ 08816
Our reality was not unlike that experienced by many rural and under-serviced areas across the nation. Volunteers or minimum wage earners staff most shelters in New Brunswick, which operate on a “shoestring” budget. Training was oftentimes that provided by local veterinarians who took it upon themselves to instruct the fundamentals of euthanasia to shelter staff before handing them T-61. There was no standardized training, no means of standardized evaluation, no checks in the system, and no means of ensuring that animals were being properly euthanized. Some attendants were extremely proficient in their ability to properly euthanize animals; others unfortunately were not. T-61, is a pharmaceutical specifically labeled for euthanasia. It is currently used in Europe, where animal welfare standards are high. Its use has been withdrawn in the United States, with the exception of Arizona, due to concerns about its administration. Used properly, death is quick; improper injection can result in possible asphyxiation before narcosis. Proper technique is essential for the use of this drug to result in euthanasia.The shelter once had as many as 20 towns in Middlesex and Monmouth County signed up to use the facility as their official kennel for Animal Control purposes, including New Brunswick.UPDATE (11/15): The City of New Brunswick announced on its website yesterday it was "temporarily" using Blumig Kennels in East Brunswick, as a result of the quarantine at Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter.