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Mission Statement

Mission SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit shelter and animal welfare organization dedicated to protecting the health and wellbeing of companion animals in the Greater Princeton Area. Through its six core programs of Rescue, Shelter, Health and Welfare, Spay/Neuter, Adoption and Humane Education, SAVE strives to substantially reduce animal overpopulation and the corresponding euthanasia of adoptable and treatable animals in our community. SAVE endeavors to build, foster, and strengthen the human-animal bond.



For over 60 years, SAVE had been helping homeless companion animals in the Greater Princeton area find a second chance at a happy life. Our shelter, located at 900 Herrontown Road in Princeton, has been a safe haven for thousands of pets since its inception in 1941. We are a full-service shelter, one that also accepts animal surrenders from individuals and rescue groups on a space-available basis.


SAVE's main goal is to find the best possible homes for the animals in our care. To achieve this, SAVE has a comprehensive adoption process that involves community outreach, adopter screening, animal behavior counseling and follow-up services. Many SAVE adopters have returned to us throughout our history to adopt again and again.

Health & Welfare

SAVE provides all its animals with top-quality veterinary care. Every animal that comes to SAVE receives a routine medical exam and preventative care, including heartworm testing and prevention for dogs, leukemia and FIV testing for cats, age-appropriate distemper and rabies vaccinations, de-worming and flea and tick preventatives. We also offer top-quality care to the abused, neglected, injured or ill dogs and cats we receive. These animals usually need specialized medical treatment, behavioral training and/or extra love and nurturing before they are ready for adoption. At other shelters, these dogs and cats might be considered lost causes. But at SAVE, we believe in giving all animals a second chance at life.



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Would you recommend SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals?

by Eileen D. from Kendall Park, NJ (March 22, 2011)
The love and dedication that the staff has for these beautiful animals is amazing. They treat each one as though they are the only one there.I adopted the most magnificent dog in 2010. I knew she was going to be a great dog, but I was really surprised at how well mannered and trained and obedient she was, considering that she had been in the shelter for quite some time. If you can't volunteer, please go to their website and purchase something from their Wish List. I know that it would be greatly appreciated. Try to stop by and perhaps one of these magnificent animals will capture your heart as Lola did mine.