Episode 71 – Adriana Bradley

Adriana Bradley is the founder and Executive Director of NJ Strays . She is also a dog trainer, and owner of a dog boarding facility and dog training school in New Jersey. As a business owner she wants to give back to the community that has supported her for many years.  She believes sharing her knowledge and understanding of animals will increase lifesaving at a local level. NJ Strays was born as a community outreach organization outside the traditional shelter or rescue structure to help people and their pets. They believe in creating a local network where people can get involved and support other pet owners in need.

Welcome to the Professionals and Animal Rescue podcast, where goal is to introduce you two amazing people helping animals and share how you can get involved with animal rescue. This podcast is probably sponsored by do bert dot com. Do Bert is a free website designed to connect volunteers with rescues and shelters and the only site that automates rescue relay transport. Now on with our show. Since 2012 Adriana Bradley and New Jersey Strays has been focusing on the recovery of lost pets, relocating stray cats and preventing animal surrender by pet owners. Their mission is to reduce shelter and take in order to decrease euthanasia among animals that shelters in their community by providing free pet services to pet owners and need in the New Jersey area. Hey, Joanna, welcome to the show. Thank you so much. I’m very happy to be here and to Cheryl the amazing information I have to share with you today to share my experience and very, very happy and honor to be here with you. Well, thank you. It’s really exciting to have you. So I want you to start off by telling us a little bit about you and kind of how you got involved and got the bug for animal rescue. Sure. So, um, I am the CEO, um, off New Jersey strays. I’m also the founder off. Um, New Jersey strays. A no kill animal welfare organization located in New Jersey. Um, and I’m gonna show just a little bit about me. Um, my background is very interesting. I went to school for Phyllis. A few met your, um, so I was involved in the human behavior before I even got into animal behavior. I work in education for many years in South America where I’m ordered, you know, from And I have always been in the animal lover in an activist, and I believe that part of that love for animals comes from my philosophy feel which is which is great. And and he just opens up too many possible ways off thinking about animals. Especially when you deal about ethics. Ah, and community were and my love for activism definitely have roots in my education background as well. Um, I moved to the States 12 years ago when I met my husband and I had the opportunity all beginning. Your journey s so my husband and I decided to I start a new business in the pet industry and my husband also started his career as a dog trainer, and we both love where we d’oh. And after a few years working in the pet industry, um, I decided to follow my husband’s path and I became a dog trainer as well. And we found a perfect balance in our business and what we were doing. Ah, sport is working with humans, but also we don’t need money and well, so I believe that as the trainers, we have a huge responsibility with our community to make people aware off how to deal with companion animals, how to understand them. And there was a point that we were not only working with clients, but with people that needed help and they couldn’t afford, you know, get advisers. Part of dog trainer thinks that training. I’m sorry, things like that. Ah, we also were doing some shelter evaluations, and we failed that that that was a way to give back to the community from what we were already doing, which is working with animals. Um, I saw the perfect opportunity for me to continue working in education, which is one of my passions and just combined with the training. Um, I knew I wanted to do something different. I wanted to help people to understand animals. Um, in nice. They’re doing a lot of research and see what else I could do outside what was already being done in the state to, you know, to help animals through, Ah, you know, education and human. You know, working with humans as well with community. Sure, that’s really cool. So you started your philosophy, and then you’ve kind of now got gotten into the animal rescue world. So So you recognize the need, which is amazing. Tell us about some of the programs and kind of like that. You started with first and maybe tell us a little bit more about kind of what animal welfare’s like in your community. Short. So, um, when I started New Jersey straight back in 2012 I think that the opportunity came up to me because I was working in los bed recovery. I Wes. I went through a difficult situation with a personal pet, and as a dog trainer, I thought that he was going to be easy for me to recover. She had I had all the tools and you everything. And I they’re the situation. And I evaluated what I was doing. I realized I did everything wrong and me knowing ducks for so many years I was You know, I’m amazed when I found out I did You know, so many things wrong. And I wanted to share my knowledge, my experience with other people because, you know, big donors and General don’t know what to do when you know, going through, they’re going through a situation like this. So, um, after this, this case is the situation that I was I went through. I decided to to start doing more research about less recovery, and I e you know, I use for using my skills Isabel trainer to help others. And that’s how the organization really started. Ah, but up there, a few months off me going through this program, which we call it the Loss bed Recover program of New Jersey strays. In 2012 I was put in a situation where a family there was helping in Newark, New Jersey, their pet with missing for a few days. We find out the pet was mistakenly euthanize at one of our local shelters. And these West, this was kind of the breaking point from me because I didn’t realize how much need was out there outside the shelter struck there. The rescues, proctor. And how we as a community can do a lot to help others. Um, so I went through, you know, I put a different programs that did a lot of research about no kill movement. I did a little research about community outreach, and I focusing in three different programs. Um, you know, our first. Of course. I wanted to do much more. I wanted to like to anything that you’re so little and you have You need a lot of help. You know, you you need for people to believe in your cause, so I, you know, I would be with time. I kind of caught my 20 ideas into into sixth, and currently we have three. So, um, you know, New Jersey straight YSL volunteer based community of re Trigon ization. And what we do is we work with people. We were with pet owners. We give them resource is they need, um we believe we can do much more outside the shelter system. We prevent pets from common into the shelter system through a you know through the resource is we offer to the community. We believe that education is the key off our organization and, you know, telling people given them resource says convincing, Sometimes to give time for I don’t know, don’t behavior assessment or maybe convincing about Spain and Neutering. It’s important, and that’s where we focus our currently. And as we’re being doing, Um, and we believe that through these services we can decrease pet abandonment. Um, and we’re hoping to, you know, to work with other organizations that believe that there’s there’s something that can be done outside the shelter And, um, you know, the rescue structure that we already have in place and it’s great. So we are not a shelter, that a rescue. But we are compliments to both, you know, both structures. Um, we are no Kiehl’s. So we you know, we are pro saving lives in creating programs that can increase life saving in our community for very small. We currently cover nor Jersey only we’re hoping to offer. The service is the rest of the state in a few years. Ah, but currently we cover a countess in New Jersey and and that’s what we do. Yeah, I think that’s really cool. And I’m really excited to hear you talk about the prevention aspect, because that’s as you talked about the shelter and rescue system. If you can even prevent the animals from entering that system by working at the owners and helping them find the resources they need, you’re reducing stress in the overall system. You’re helping Patsy Minutes. That’s just a really smart and brilliant approach to take. How how is that working in your community? Is that what types of programs and and resources you offer to people so weaker way have to remain Programs Assault 2018. You have our loss bed recovery project and well, for different resources to people on how to find their missing pads. And you know where to go, who to call. We also have a website for pet reporting. So when you know that there’s someone Fonso fed our family missing their pad, that can go to our website. If you let a food report and that report is being sent, we have, like email alert system that goes to different counties. And we also have social media pages which worked very well for us because special media is just great to connect with people. And we also have different service. Is we offer. We do tracking. We do Trapping service is as well after a dog has been sighted. But the dog is not responding to the owner we offer. That service is well, we do fun consultation with video creation. I mean, we do up Ah, lot of resources and give a lot of research is two people that are looking for help going through through these difficult time. If we found a pet, we can work with a shelter and maybe offering the possibility off the organization putting the bomb pet in boss there instead of bringing it to a shelter. These way, we decrease the number coming into the shelter system. But of course, there are legalities and regulations about thieves. So we is really, uh it is a deal that we have with different shelters. Um, is it really depends on what they want to do? They wanna work with us. Some shelters do some others feel that they should have their pet. So we try to work as much as we can in no stressing the pet in bringing it into a shelter. You know, we we think we can do a lot more outside from the outside to reunite a farm pet that a show there can do because they have limited resource is and we have all the resources that you can really help them and compliment what they already doing. Ah, we also have a barn cut project in our barn. Cut project is just, um is one of those amazing programs we have. We know there’s a leather another organizations across the country that have barn Qadri location as well. We actually, I went to Texas a few years ago and I learned a little about burqas relocation and is one of those programs that is so needed because you know that the cop population is just it’s just very large in New Jersey. And when we’re talking about companion, any most euthanize inside shelters, the numbers that a lot of Ming when you took about cats. So we tried to bring resource is and work with p and R groups in, you know, all friend opportunity of relocating some of these homeless cats to rural areas. We have a great adoption program. Um, a lot of people are afraid of using burn country location because they think that is just we’re gonna just dumb cuts in the middle of nowhere. But this is an adoption process like any other adoption. We, you know, check families, make sure we give them their resources. They need their second adoption contract. I mean, everything is is how it’s supposed to be because we’re dealing with animals and animals that we love, and we are bringing them and given them an opportunity. And so we take these very responsibly and and we work with different Ian ours. And our Barcott project is not a product that is replacing tnr. We will always push and promoting our first we believe that are off are part of our community, and we shouldn’t just move them every time someone wants. Still, our barn cut program is really for homeless character in dangerous situations that are, um, colonies. I need to be removed, or they’re just, um, in a location that could be really dangerous. In a last resource for Carol cut you know that, don’t you? With humans. And there’s some awesome, awesome people that own land and farms and are willing to take some of these cuts. And our third program or project that we currently have is our owners around the prevention. We lunch this program, um, this year 2018 and it’s slowly growing. So we this is this is really the base off the reduction of sheltering take we offer. We worked, I really with pet owners and given them different resource is so they don’t have to surrender the patch. The shelter, we do veterinary caress. Instance. We do pet food. We do doc boarding, temporary dog boarding. We do temporary full string. We also do behavior s Desmond for those and cats, Um, and we also sponsor Spain and Neutering. I love the problems that come to us from families that don’t know what to do with their pact because their behavior is changing and thinks like that are because they’re no Spader in order. Yes. So we can easily talk to a family and give them, you know, different resource is and work with them, educate, um, and it’s important for us and this project is exactly what? What the offers. We also have our foster and program, which is very important because we have family going through difficult times, divorced health issues, deployment, eviction and these pets are in the middle of all these stipulations, then it doesn’t necessarily mean the family wants to get rid of the pet. Just sometimes there’s no other alternative. So we’re trying to be the organization that is there for the community and give these families a break because they’re going through the friend things that are required. A lot of him not sanction from their parts. So helping them with their pet somehow is giving them a little break. And we currently have a 90 day program or post there. Brody Foster and we have a 30 day program for boarding facilities that are some requirements. Depending on the situation, we will find a boarding for fostering is a good feet for the bad. Yes, this is animation program is growing. We are hoping to grow this program next year. He’s expressing that were spreading about what we’re doing, and and we’re very, very happy to be able to help other families and also to to recruit families that are helping US thieves because our temporary poster program it’s possible, thanks to the amazing hearts of families that understand that they’re helping their neighbors in the community, you know, they’re helping others that are going through difficult times just to get back on their feet. So is just amazing. Wow. I mean, I’m just listening to you and talking about all of the you’ve done here just in the last six years. You guys have really come a long way. That sounds like you’ve got many more things you want to do and continue to roll it out across New Jersey. Yes. So we I think every year we we come with something new for the organization and we are all volunteer base. So these these organization runs thanks to the Amazing heart Self volunteers, thanks to the amazing hearts of families that you know are supporting our costs. Um, every time we find someone knew that he’s willing to take on a new task in a new project, we can say we grow. Um, we shared a lot of ideas. Sometimes we have, you know, amazing programs that we wanted to run, but they don’t work because he’s not a good feet for our community. And we just have to evaluate those cases and just bring something new for the future. Um, for next year, for example, we definitely want to grow our post their base for our temporary posted program. We want on the owner. Surrender prevention, too, uh, to create, to be able to have more families. We are launching our partnered in program on a local, Um, you know, base, we are trying to get more partners, all the rescue organizations and people within the pet industry to support this cause and work all together towards these missions it and also the education program. I mean, we have an educational program that we have bean doing for quite some time. And it is not, um, hasn’t the instructor completely. Ah, we are launching next year more structure program for schools and also communities in the North Jersey area. So we’re gonna have a lot of workshops in a little, um, conversations with different communities and people that want to ask questions about their pet and where to find research says so. We want to open the conversation. Ah, a more relaxed conversation about animals where people understand are interested and in getting resource is but also in knowing how they can contribute to the animal will for in New Jersey. Wow, again. I just love your focus on the collaboration and on education and working with people because, as you know, I mean, that’s really what a lot of it is is helping them to understand the resource is that they have helping them to solve their own problems while caring for the animals. Correct that. I think that that is really the focus for, um, the focus that we have in in your purity. Ah, and and we we see that there’s always being, um ah, problem with the lack of education within our area. I think asses we as humans, we were still behind you, understanding how you know animals, for example, behave or they’re neat. Um, And I think as a dog trainer, I have the mission off explaining that to people and make people to understand. And also I stopped someone that you know came to the United States and income from from another country. I see a lot of you know, the friend aspects we bring from our own country. We bring out our our traditions and our views about animals from wherever we come from and those are great but were wrong sometimes. And we have a different approach. And I think then the needs that we currently have are the friends, because we’re in a different country because we know different situations. Things have changed, and I think our mission is to be able to also educate people in a lot of changes. We need to apply to make things better for our own animals. Um so there’s a lot of conversation that needs to happen in a big, um, education always come through nice conversations through no judgment is just talking is letting people know the problems in a nice way. So we really want to focus on the positive things off animal welfare instead of the negative thing we want to a positive stories. Ah, positive outcome. And that’s really where where we want to be a sin organization. Yeah, and I 100% support that I really I do believe that it is. It’s an emotional subject sometimes, and as you said, but when you treat people with respect and you try and help them and listen and and educate instead of as I was Colin clubbing him over the head as to why they’re wrong, you get a much further conversation, right, and they’re much more willing to engage in and learn. And that’s really our goal is to try and change things for the animals won’t term not just to tell people they’re wrong. And this is the right way to do things direct and that yes, and you brought up a good point. That’s exactly what we’re trying to do with our education or educational program. We were trying to create long lasting solutions to the problem. We have, um, off abandonment in North Jersey. How can we approach to these? You know, how can we approach this problem? What else we can do? Um, and we believe we created this problem in the first place. The wind find a solution that is, that he has to go back to the roots of the problem. And adoptions are great in what rescue organizations are currently doing. It’s amazing. But us, for example, New Jersey Straits. We wanted to take another, you know, on another task is what the other organizations don’t know the wind, so we can compliment them. And we can really focus on finding alternative, um, toe adoption. We want to create a solution that can last in a stop. Somehow this huge problem off strays and loss and abandoned, you know, companion animals. No, and I really applaud. You think the program that you guys have developed the whole the whole mission that you’ve developed really is comprehensive in what you’re doing with the types of support and education and, really, as you say, focused on owner surrender. Surrender prevention, which is something that is, is very much on the leading edge, um, of trying to say, Let’s let’s solve the problem before it becomes a problem. There’s a reason people are turning their animals into a shelter, and it’s not always something that’s in their control. So treating them with respect, helping, educate, learn, share them short with them, the resource is and things that they may not be aware of and ultimately has a better outcome for the animals. Correct? Yeah, correct. But that’s exactly what we’re looking for. Well, you, Jonah, this is great. I really appreciate you coming on and sharing Is there anything else you want to mention before we wrap things up? Well, I want to thank you. Thank you so much for the opportunity. Um, I will love to say that, you know, New Jersey Street is here to work with, um, any organization, any family, any individual that is, is passionate about animals, even animal welfare. Um, we really want to create an impacting in New Jersey. We want to. I’ll fight for the animals we lost and to create a state of faith state for our pets. So I I invite any anyone interested in knowing more about organizations to give us gives a call? Um, there’s no other way to get things funny. We don’t work together, and that’s the That’s just keep for us two to be able to achieve our goals and to say more life. So, you know, it’s just a deputation to duel people that are interested in joining. You know, the the mission, the great mission we have off increasing lifesaving just to contact New Jersey’s race will will be happy. And it’s also an invitation for those that neither resource is, um just gives out a call, and we will be happy to us tasting in, you know, any way we can very well stated Adriana. And and very much appreciate your collaborator of approach. So thank you so much for coming on the program today. It was great to talk to you. Thank you so much. Thanks for tuning into today’s podcast if you’re not already a member, joined the Air P A. To take advantage of all the resources we have to offer. 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