Awareness - Optimism - Sanctuary


"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."   
St. Francis of Assisi 


 Peace4paws is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit public charity based in Northern New Jersey. 
Since 2007, we have been dedicated to supporting sanctuary and forever homes for the animals retired from work in research and related fields as well as shelter dogs through our foster & adoption program, fundraising events involving music, yoga, animal friendly events & more plus student outreach to kids from kindergarten through college.

Our Motto... Research Animals Make Exceptional Pets!


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 Peace4Paws WISH LIST 

Please consider donating any of the items below to help Peace4Paws. 

Food / Supplements:
Health Extentions
Natural Choice (not Max)
Merrick (no wheat, corn, soy or byproducts)
Nupro (food supplement)

Dog Beds

Dog Toys

Martingale Collars

6 foot Leashes

Peace4Paws Merchandise
T-Shirt  -  Sweatshirt  -  Coffee
(available online or at Lewis Drugs)

2 Drop Off Locations:

Papillon Bambino Children's Boutique 
32 Westwood Ave
Westwood, NJ 07675

Juluka Yoga Studio
394 Hillsdale Ave
Hillsdale, NJ 07642




If you would rather print out the application and mail in
you may use this adoption application click 

Otherwise click here for the interactive adoption application.


If you would rather print out the application and mail in 
you may use this foster application click 
Otherwise click here for the interactive foster application.

Applications will be reviewed by our adoption and intake counselors as soon as possible. 


& click here to check out our facebook page for updates on them and other adoptable dogs!







If you would like to volunteer for peace4paws in any way please, 
go to our NEW volunteers page. Thanks!

We always need fosters, publicists, social media talents and more,  so contact us now. 

Please click below to access our volunteer agreement form to print out and send to 217 Center Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675.

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 --- NEW DOGS ---



This is adorable Missy! The first thing you will notice about her are her stunning amber eyes. Beautiful inside and out, she has a friendly, loving personality. If that weren’t enough, she is very affectionate as well. She is spayed and current on her shots. This sweet girl, an approximately two year old mixed breed dog, weighs 33 lbs. Missy would like to find a forever home that can give her the love and attention she deserves. Are you the family she’s looking for?





Hi, I’m Katie. I’ve been in a shelter or fostering for more than half my young life! I was abandoned when I was only a puppy!!  I am only 20 months old! My foster experiences have been full of friends, family, cats, dogs, and more, but this pretty female shepherd-hound mix is not home yet!

Please consider me as your forever dog! I am healthy, lively, strong, sweet, playful, and the best guard dog on the block. Everyone says Katie has great ears.  Yes, I do, and they don’t just mean that I have a cute face. I will proudly protect you forever.  I am recommended for a family (without or with kids over 12) who enjoy walks, exercise and cuddling.  I love beds and couches but I am also crate trained. I head into the crate bed sometimes on my own volition. I am a shiny, medium length furred, 61 pound, spayed, up to date on all shots - girl!  I know all my basic obedience commands. I even have a diploma from my class!  They say I am perfect for a home with a fenced in backyard as your only dog (or as a companion to a dog about my own age and size) -  plus any amount of cats – ( I live with 12 cats now.)  I really want to be your good girl!  So please apply to adopt me now – visit to fill out an application - or share my story online for me so I am home soon!!  Are you finally ready, my forever family? I can’t wait to love you!


Bogo or "Bo" for short is a Beagle / Coonhound mix full of energy, enthusiasm, and love! He has been with the same foster family for about 7 months.  Mom, Dad and baby love him but they think he will be better suited for a more active family.  He is approximately 35 lbs .  He is healthy with a hearty appetite. He is estimated to be about 4 years old but is as playful as a puppy! He loves to run, play, and meet other dogs and humans! He would likely fare well in a large family (possibly with children or other dogs) who can devote to him all the time and attention he so very much deserves!" He is neutered and up to date on all of his shots. 



Meet Oreo – our foster with the most combined enthusiasm, affection and intelligence to date!

Oreo is as sweet as his name and he is very smart!  Oreo is a young adult, male Austrailan Shepherd/Blue Heeler/Blue Catahoula mix at a sleek 44 pounds.  He loves to immerse himself in toys and spin them around for you! He is a confidant boy that is not afraid of men or babies crying like some timid dogs. Not Oreo, he is a lover and a performer! He loves to be hugged. He just wants to be a part of the pack.  Oreo also loves having room to roam and frolic.  He loves having a backyard to patrol for squirrels or for the opportunity to play with the neighbor’s dog through the fence.  He likes playdates even better.  He is fostered with four other dogs and he interacts with each of them differently. He’s delicate to the seniors, snuggles with the snuggler and spars with the active young adult dogs.   Oreo is a young adult dog – somewhere between age 1.5 and age 4 we are not sure, but he is as energetic as a puppy.  He would love nothing more than to go jogging, hiking, or playdating all day long interspersed with some deep naps.  He is equally comfortable in a crate, a dog bed, the floor beside you.  He is in great health.  Neutered and up to date on all his shots.  He will make a great new addition to any family.  He would be a real confidence builder to a family who has an unconfident dog, because he is smart and obedient.   He also can set a good example in obedience because he is very skilled at sit, paw, down, roll over, belly rubs, stay, go in your crate, or kiss. We wish to place him in a home where there is a fenced in backyard and a brother or a sister dog such as a beagle as a companion dog because he loves to hunt. He is a great all around dog that can’t wait finally connect with you forever home when you are ready! He is ready to love you forever!


C  O  U  R  T  E  S  Y   L  I  S  T  I  N  G   F  O R

North Plainfield, NJ 07063


Jillian is 4 months old. She tested negative for FIV/FeLV.

House trained • Spayed/Neutered • Current on vaccinations • Coat Length: Short



Olivia is approximately 5 months old (born October 2014). Because everyone in the household was allergic to cats, they forced to surrender Olivia to us.

House trained • Current on vaccinations • Coat Length: Short


Thank you for showing us what wonderful pets
animals retired from research and related fields really are.. WE LOVE YOU!

Click here for Blackie's Story ....



...and more are on their way from the Kindness Ranch soon


Who couldn’t use a little more happiness in their life? Jolly is a goofy six-year-old Beagle who is always the life of the party and is guaranteed to make you smile! When he is not busy enthusiastically greeting visitors into his home, this energetic boy loves to play in the yard with other dogs of all shapes and sizes. He is also great at entertaining himself with any kind of ball toy he can find, and is always looking for the next fun thing to do. Jolly even has a happy dance for every occasion – morning time, play time, food time, treat time, bed time – or is that not-bed-time-yet time? Either way, Jolly is enjoying every moment of this life and would love his very own family to enjoy it with! This sweet boy is now living in Duchess County with sister beagle Sadie and cute cat Veronica and a very loving retired dad, enjoying all the joys of country life. Quite different from life in a lab environment. HE IS ADOPTED AND LIVING THE GOOD LIFE WITH SISTER SADIE AND RETIRED DAD FRANK GUZMAN UP IN THE COUNTRYSIDE OF NEW YORK... He is constantly going on hikes, fishing, vacations, etc. Not bad! Lets see if we can help the other 64,000 beagles in labs in the US have a similar fate.


About Us:

Our Ultimate Goal

A peaceful, natural, and happy home for every animal, including the animals retired from use in research and related fields.

Our Mission 

We are a foster group who work to rehome the animals retired from work in research and related fields.  

We also support sanctuaries like the Kindness Ranch.

We do student outreach.

We work with volunteers to organize events that:

Raise awareness for the necessity of permanent sanctuary and forever homes for animals retired from work in research and related fields through fundraising, student outreach and related activities.
We also foster retired research beagles that have come to us from the Kindness Ranch and other sanctuaries who worked in cooperation with laboratories and help those beagles find "furever" homes. 


Dogfest, Westwood, NJ, August 23, 2015
Community Yoga at Juluka - Hillsdale, NJ February 2016
Ongoing Student Outreach at Local Schools
Pawsfest, Westwood, NJ Grace Episcopal Church Sunday October 4, 2015 many more exciting events scheduled to come


Jennifer Cece, President
Susan Weinrich, Vice President
Amanda Berk, Second Vice President
Charles Bellon, Treasurer
Lucille Nardello - Recording & Corresponding Secretary

Board Of Directors

Jennifer Cece  -  Founder, Webmaster, Publicity Director, Event Coordinator, Music & Yoga Liaison
Susan Weinrich  -  Founder, Reception and Exhibits Director, Director of Aesthetics 
Peter Rabcevics  -  Technology Chair, Webmaster, Graphic Arts
Jim Cagle  -  CPA, Finance Chair
Amanda Berk - CPDT-KA Dog training specialist
Alan Stapleman - Adoption and Educational Outreach
Lucille Nardello, Fundraising Advisor, Coffee Coordinator
Daniel McNaught - Events and Special Projects
Doreen Holstein - Sunshine Chair, Childrens Corner


Cathy Schmidt Beagle Transportation Specialist
Michael Roemer, CPA, Financial Advisor & Beagle Transportation Specialist
Amy LaSpina - Assistant Corresponding Secretary & Administrator
Mandy Grant  -  E-RYT, Juluka Yoga
Steve Cohen
Jennifer Decker
Elaine Berk
Lynette Tropp
Mary Lou Harvey
Tom Timbrook


Jennifer Cece
Lucille Nardello - Medical Director
Mary Harvey - Transport Director
Lynette Tropp
David Conrad
Cathy Schmidt
Josephine Yao
Alan Stapleman
Charles Bellon
Ann Job
Matthew Heatherington
Jim Cagle

peace4paws is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) 3 public charity all donations are tax deductible


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