New Beginnings Animal Rescue is using virtual means to meet and greet

New Beginnings Animal Rescue logo
New Beginnings Animal Rescue logo

Out Pets

Virtual meet and greets have become a new normal for New Beginnings Animal Rescue, according to the rescue’s president, Karen Scott. Scott says that the arrangements for fosters or pet adopters happen virtually before arrangements are made for the adoption room.

“You know, COVID screwed everything up,” Scott said with a touch of conviction. The goal of New Beginnings is to advocate for four-legged beings. “We are hoping to continue the best we can,” she said.

It has been difficult to social distance in a small adoption room. Nevertheless, Scott says that in 2020, the 100 percent volunteer-based center adopted out 102 cats. Currently, the rescue does not have space for dog adoptions. “Being small is a blessing and a curse,” Scott said.

Once known as the Sayreville Pet Adoption, New Beginnings Animal Rescue is located in New Brunswick, NJ. Privately operated by a vet at the original Sayreville location, the volunteers at that time made sure the rescue would stay up and running. Dr. Slade of the Edgebrook Animal Hospital ensured the volunteers could relocate to a building in East Brunswick with nine cages for cats and dogs, Scott said.

“We are doing okay. We’ve learned to make it work,” Scott said. With fundraisers cancelled, the rescue could use more volunteers and, of course, donations. “We’ve planned for rainy days,” Scott said. “Hopefully, things will get better.”

Marino is a cute cat at New Beginnings Animal Rescue
Marino is a cute cat at New Beginnings Animal Rescue

Run by Nativity Lutheran Church, the rescue tends to a pet food bank for pets in need of food. Just as well the website shares additional organization associations with Blue Buffalo, Home for the Holidays Program, as well as being a proud participant of the Shelter Animal Count, among others.

Scott discussed the various aspects of running a rescue including spaying, neutering, fundraising, communications, and community outreach. With that, you may donate at and their Facebook page at There you can also find information on the rescue’s community pet food bank which runs Tuesday through Friday 1p.m.-3p.m. and Saturday 11a.m.-1p.m.


Hello, my name is Marino and I am a distinguished gentleman with very long whiskers. I am a sweet, curious one-year-old cat and I have a lot of years ahead of me. I enjoy spending my time on a cat perch in your company or sleeping with you in bed. I would love to find a home with my brother, Brady, as he relies on me. A quiet home with a patient adopter would be best for both of us, where we can be out and about with you nearby.

I can be a bit shy in the beginning but once I warm up, I am really worth it! In my foster home, I get along with other easy-going cats. Finally, even though I have been diagnosed with a low-grade heart murmur, there is no impact on my health and I am ready to go to my forever home!

Brady is a one-year-old cat at New Beginnings Animal Rescue
Brady is a one-year-old cat at New Beginnings Animal Rescue


Hi my name is Brady! I am just over one-year-old but still young with a lot of love to give my human. It would be best for me to be adopted with my brother Marino since he makes me feel more confident.

I am a bit shy and need a patient adopter, but I would really enjoy your company and snoozing on your bed at night. I have been fostered with other cats and would be open to new friends in a quiet home. Please give me and my brother a chance to find our forever home!

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