Fighting for the furry friends of Trenton since June 2018, Trenton Animals Rock continues to rise above hardships and provide love and care to the abandoned and injured animals of the city.

For the non-profit group, doing the tremendous work of TAR is not an easy feat. Comprised of a handful of volunteers, not staff, the TAR team tries their best in providing the finest care for the pups and cats they encounter. Doing so is often a challenge, however, considering that each member of TAR works full-time jobs. Still passionate for rescuing the animals of Trenton, the team manages to squeeze in their incredible doings into their “free” time. Another challenge TAR faces is the issue of limited space. At the Trenton Animal Shelter, there are only 20 large dog kennels, a number far too insufficient to fully cater to the abundance of animals in need.

It is their extreme love for the animals and the people they work with that motivates them to remain persistent in pursuit of their goals. An honorable mention and a phenomenal help to the team is Shakira Abdul-Ali, the Health Director, who co-founder of TAR, Danielle Gletow, says, “has been an incredible advocate”, guiding, “Trenton’s shelter into this next phase.”

Recently in February of 2019, Trenton Animals Rock has opened a foster program which allows for the organization to provide the dogs of the shelter with nurturing homes. Since then, TAR has continued to rescue multiple dogs while recruiting many successful adoptions. One of their most recent and biggest accomplishment was their ability to place 52 dogs that were brought into the shelter into homes within a span of just six days. Having raised more than $80,000 for the animals they truly love, the organization remains dedicated and determined to carry on, breaking the barriers of the difficult situations these animals have been placed in.

As for the future of Trenton Animals Rock, the group aspires to either open their own facility to either house dogs or to partner with the Trenton Animal Shelter to expand its existing location and current operations. Their ultimate goal, says Gletow, is, “to get as many dogs assessed, cared for and placed in homes as soon as possible.”

The work that TAR does could not be possible without their volunteers, donors, and supporters. To proceed in providing life-saving care to animals and to expand their services, the organization needs as much help as possible. To donate to TAR, visit For information about other ways in which you can help Trenton Animals Rock, visit to volunteer, foster, or adopt a furry friend in need.

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