Category Archives: Local NJ/NY Events

Puppy Rescue Motorcycle Ride

Don’t Be Cruel Donates to the Puppy Rescue Mission

Puppy Rescue Motorcycle Ride

Thanks to you, Don’t Be Cruel was able to attend the Puppy Rescue Motorcycle Ride at Tramontin Harley Davidson in Hope, NJ.  The ride was to benefit the Puppy Rescue Mission whose mission is to fundraise and assist in pet rescue, foster and re-homing when needed, in particular pets of soldiers, especially those deployed in war zones. They assists with requests, logistics, administration and fund-raising for the adopted stray dogs of war rescued by and bonded with soldiers. This may include vet care, supplies, transport and related issues. They work with or through other organizations that help our soldiers bring their companion animals home from war.

Don’t Be Cruel donated almost $400.00 worth of collars and leases, click n stays, poop bags and pods. We couldn’t have done it without all of you – our supporters and loyal customers!

To continue helping rescue organizations such as the Puppy Rescue Mission, check out our web store!

 Tramontin Harley Davidson in Hope, NJ

Pauly the Pitbull starved to death in NJ | Don't Be Cruel

Pauly the Pitbull Was Found in a NJ Ditch Starved to Death. Wait Till You See Him Now.

Pauly the Pitbull starved to death in NJ | Don't Be Cruel

Back in November, Don’t be Cruel learned from a good friend, David Stetson, about a dog named Pauly:

“This is Pauly the Pitbull. He was found in a ditch in Paterson. Someone left him there to die. He got brought in to my girl’s job. She works for Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital. They are going to be doing a fundraiser to help pay for some of his medical bills so he could become healthy again.”

Thanks to everyone who donated, Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital and the Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Pauly made a full recovery! Here’s the update:

“For those of you who remember Pauly the Pitbull…he is doing better and is now living with his new sister and is happy and healthy… thank you guys for sharing and donating.”


We love beautiful endings like these! Thank you, David for keeping us updated. So happy to hear that Pauly is living the good life!

Central Park Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Fest At Central Park in NYC with PUP-kin Zone for Dogs

Central Park Pumpkin Festival

Join NYC Parks for Pumpkin Fest, New York City’s annual celebration of the fall harvest season in leafy Central Park!

Taking place on Saturday, October 26, Pumpkin Fest takes the very best traditions of the autumn season and offers them all for FREE! Activities will include:

  • NY”Z” Scream Haunted House
    The spooktacular haunted house at Bethesda Fountain is back again and this year it’s filled with zombies!
    Catch a sneak peek of the Haunted House on Friday, October 25 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.!
  • Pumpkin Patch
    Kids take home a free sugar pumpkin!
  • The Pumpkin Decorating Zone
  • Live Quidditch Matches
    Transport yourself to Hogwarts to witness this fast action sport!
  • Marionette Performances by CityParksPuppetMobile
  • JestMaster Walkabout Characters
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Create a Creepy Creature
    Make your own ghost, ghoul or pumpkin puppet with The New Victory Theater!
  • Get Crafty with Scribble Town
    Have fun making pumpkin puppets, tissue paper pumpkins, and even pumpkins with accordion legs!
  • Live Entertainment
  • Pride of NY Farmers’ Market

For the first time at Pumpkin Fest, NYC Parks will host a venue designed specifically for four-legged New Yorkers!

  • Doggie Costume ContestPumpkin Fest  Central Park NYCPup-kin Zone
    Top three winners to receive special prizes provided by Iams
    Just show up at 1:00 p.m. to the free-play area to be judged. Winners announced at 1:30 p.m.
  • “Fall into Autumn” Free-Play Area
    An enclosed, off-leash area for dogs to run and play!
  • Agility Course
    Equipment and staffing provided by Biscuits and Bath
  • Express Spa for Dogs by Dog Fashion Spa
    Including complimentary applications of signature Dog Fashion Spa lotions, dog nose moisturizer, and cleaning around dog’s eyes with Dog Fashion Spa gentle eye pads
  • Photo Booth…and more!

All events are free! Event is rain or shine!

City Tails _ NYC by Halo Pets

Don’t Be Cruel to Donate to Halo Pet Foundation

Halo Pet Foundation - Ellen DeGeneresWe are happy to announce that for the month of June, we will donate all online sales from our web store to the Halo Pet Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the well-being of pets and the people who love them. Inspired by the love for animals, they strive to help pets and their families live longer, happier, healthier lives together.

From May 29th until June 26, Ellen DeGeneres’ natural pet food company, Halo Pets, is presenting a month-long “Pop Up Shop” promotion in New York City on 47th and Lexington Ave. It’s called “City Tails – NYC” and it will promote people and pets together, where hundreds of thousands of passer-by can “Pop in and do good” for pets!

Visitors can meet adoptable pets from local shelters, enter weekly raffles, and receive fabulous gifts with their donations — including authentic Ellen Show merchandise, bandanas, wristbands and more. Plus, 100% of all donations to the Halo Pet Foundation are granted to animal welfare and rescue groups. Halo, Purely for Pets underwrites all operating expenses.

I am happy to announce that I will also be at the store to help spread the word about adoption and letting people know how to “do good” in the store. Hope to see you there in June!

CIty Tails - NYC by Halo Pets

Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter

Raining Cats & Dogs Pet Fest Was a Success

Thanks to everyone who purchased Don’t Be Cruel items at the Westampton, NJ pet event, we were able to donate to the Burlington County Animal Shelter.

This past weekend, Don’t Be Cruel attended Friends of Burlington County Animal Shelter’s Raining Cats & Dogs Pet Fest. The event gave the shelter volunteers an opportunity to raise money for their pets through raffles, bake sales and vendors. Families were able to participate in fun events like tattoos for kids, digital pet photos, paw prints, live music and more.

Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter was founded in 2010 as a volunteer group devoted to supporting the animals of the Burlington County Animal Shelter. Though they are close partners, Friends of BCAS is a separate organization from the shelter itself.

Check out our pictures from the event!

Eleventh Hour Rescue WInter Wonderland 2012

Eleventh Hour Rescue: A Winter Wonderland

Don’t Be Cruel will be at Eleventh Hour Rescue’s A Winter Wonderland tomorrow December 16, 2012.  There will be pet adoptions, pet and family photos with Santa, Gift and Craft Vendors for Holiday Shopping, Pawprint Ornaments, Holiday Cookie Sale, Tricky Tray, snacks, activities and live music.

In addition to our t-shirts, bracelets, dog tags, leashes and collars, we will have our special Don’t Be Cruel Holiday (Peppermint) Bark.

The event will take place at Paws-itive Experience, 114 Beach Street, Rockaway, NJ from 11:00am until 5:00pm

For more information on Eleventh Hour Rescue and their adoptable pets, please visit

DogFest 2012 Was A Huge Success!

This past weekend, Open Doors founders, Ruth and Hugo Tschudin, held the 4th annual DogFest, a day of celebration for families with dogs, and a unique opportunity for adoptable pets to find their way into the hearts and homes of people who will love and appreciate them. 

The event took place in Westwood that connects with Brookside, a popular county park, via a marvelous paved walkway through the cool, shady forest. There were guest speakers, various vendors and  fun ‘n’ games for the visiting dogs.

There were plenty of adoptable pets from rescue groups like Almost Home Dog Rescue of NJ, The Last Resort Rescue, Peace4Paws, Halfway Hounds and more.

Check out our pictures from the event!

Eleventh Hour Rescue's Puptoberfest 2012

Don’t Be Cruel Will Be at Puptoberfest 2012

On September 29, 2012 Don’t Be Cruel will be participating in the Eleventh Hour Rescue’s Puptoberfest. It will be held at the Horseshoe Lake on 72 Eyland Avenue in Succasunna, NJ. The fun-filled day will start at 11am and end at 5pm.

There will be live music from Frantic Band. Radio stations, WDHA 105.5 FM and  WMTR 1250 AM will be on site to entertain you while you shop through various vendors or run the agility course with your K9 pal! Also at Puptoberfest, there will be keepsake photos, games and contests for dogs (and kids too!), paw painting, K9 Good Citizen Testing, adopters parade, doggy fashion show…and much much more!

This event will benefit Eleventh Hour Rescue.

Eleventh Hour Rescue is a nonprofit 501c3 that saves dogs & cats from death row. They have rescued thousands and continue to rescue more at their “11th hour”.  They provide animals in need with a place to live, food, medical, & lots of love until they find their forever homes. They rely solely on the generosity of supporters &  volunteers. Puptoberfest is a day where their volunteers get to see their beloved animals walk into the park with their tails wagging, heads held high, shiny, happy and loved by their new families. It’s their “Pay Day”.

To see where we will be next, view our Don’t Be Cruel Events page.

Dogfest 2012

Don’t Be Cruel Will Be At DogFest 2012

This year Don’t Be Cruel will be participating in Dogfest 2012. It is a day for dogs and the people who love them. The event will take place in Westvale Park, 235 Harrington Avenue,Westwood, NJ on Sunday, August 26 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. It will be presented by Open Doors an Amazing Grace Foundation and sponsored by Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue.

It’s the 4th annual Dogfest, a fabulous day of fun for families with dogs, and a unique opportunity for adoptable pets to find their way into the hearts and homes of people who will love and appreciate them.

In addition, they have a new venue–a newly-renovated park in Westwood that connects with Brookside, a popular county park, via a marvelous paved walkway through the cool, shady forest. The Brookside part has tennis courts, ball fields, pavilions, a playground, and a lovely lake.

Westvale Park has ballfields, a playground, and a set of doggy playgrounds, one for large dogs and one for small dogs.

Everything else remains the same: Guest speakers, adoptable dogs, great vendors and our fun ‘n’ games for the visiting dogs.

Special attractions include a police dog demo and Daniel, the winner of the Hero Dog Award, given by the American Humane Society, because of his work in eliminating the torturous gas chamber and other animal-rights endeavors.

Please stop by our booth and say hi! For a preview of some items we will have, check out our Don’t Be Cruel Store.

Upcoming New Jersey Dog Events

Camp Bow Wow Luau
July 29, 2012
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Camp Bow Wow – Lacey
Forked River, NJ 08731

Camp Bow Wow is all about the dogs, from the most pampered of our customers to those less fortunate among our furry friends.That’s why Camp Bow Wow Lacey will hold Camp Bow Wow Luau, a fundraising and adoption event for our local animal rescues. Featured rescues include the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, South Jersey Boxer Rescue, SOS Beagle Rescue, Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter, and A Tail to Tell Puppy Mill Rescue.Camp Bow Wow Lacey is proud to sponsor the first annual Camp Bow Wow Luau.

Adoptable dogs from several shelters and rescues will be present for folks to meet. Find your new buddy who just wants to have fun in the sun! We’ll have various fun and games including a beach themed puppy photo booth manned by Michael Bagley, the talented photographer who captured priceless pictures of our two most recent (and quickly adopted there-after) foster dogs. Proceeds from this photo booth will go towards our participating animal rescues. We are happy to promote these rescues as their amazing volunteers work tireless and selflessly to take care of and find homes for the dogs in need.

Our Luau will also include demonstrations (including a Dog Training 101), raffles with gifts from local companies, games and prizes, dog and human treats, and so much more fun for the whole family and you?re pups! We are also including vivacious members of the community to participate as vendors. Some featured vendors include: Berkley Veterinary Hospital, Silver Cloud Harbor Marina, Personalized Dog Training, Thompson Chiropractic, Thirty One Gifts, Lacey Chamber of Commerce and MaryKay Cosmetics.There are still plenty of opportunities for businesses and organizations to be a part of the Luau! Contact Christina Jackson if interested in participating as a vendor, performing a demonstration, or donating towards our fundraiser for the animal rescues.

Animal Rescue Force Dog Walk-A-Thon
September 9, 2012
10 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Thompson Park (By the dog park)
Jamesburg/ Monroe Township, NJ 08831

The ARF Dog Walk-a-thon is a great way socialize with your dog while raising money to find homes for dogs and cats in need. The walk is about 1 mile long. There will be vendors, doggie bags and t-shirts (on a first come first serve basis). Tickets are $10 per person. Kids 12 and under are free! Dogs are free! After the walk, let your dog(s) meet some new friends in the dog park. Refreshments and water will be provided. For more info, go to