Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A new look at Easel . . .

“Meanwhile, back in NJ. . . ,” the post for Feb. 14, mentioned new leadership for E.A.S.E.L. Yesterday I talked with Mark Phillips, executive director of what is now known as Easel Animal Rescue League – “an all-volunteer, community-based 501 [c](3) animal care organization.”

With Easel since its 2008 beginning, Phillips conveys “can-do” and comfort about dealing with people who have different opinions. He says the organization has some 50 members, with a core group of 10-12 in that total.

Volunteers and board members meet monthly, and there are also four adoption days each month – at Cutter’s Mill, Princeton; PETCO, Lawrence Township; PetSmart, West Windsor; and Rosedale Mills, Pennington.

Next month’s a special fundraiser at Trenton Country Club “to benefit homeless animals and help build a regional animal shelter in Mercer County”: Casino Night, Saturday, March 26, 6-11 pm; $75 per person. Register at or phone 609-883-0540.

Then on Saturday, April 23, comes a casino bus trip to Resorts “to help support the cats and dogs at the Ewing Animal Shelter.” For info or tickets ($30, before March 30), phone Carol Revilla (609-883-4426) or email

Before all that, there’s next Monday night’s meeting of the Hopewell Township Council at 7 pm. At some point (not now known) during that session, Phillips will “re-make Easel’s case to council members for a regional animal shelter.” Supporters of Easel and the shelter idea are invited to attend.

For details and more information, that website again:

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