About Us

The Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the humane treatment of both domestic animals and wildlife found living on the New Brunswick campuses of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey as a result of abandonment, having become lost, or by birth to the aforementioned, and - in the case of wildlife - having become sick, injured, or displaced from their natural habitat.

We are a collaboration of Rutgers staff, faculty, students, and community volunteers. Scarlet Paws has made a long-term commitment to the welfare and well-being of these animals. Following the example of animal welfare groups organized at other colleges and universities (such as Stanford, Texas A&M, Towson, and Utah State University), we endeavor to promote community awareness of their condition, and to promote, educate, and encourage responsible and timely action by the Rutgers Community and appropriate personnel, toward their care, rescue, and placement into safe and appropriate environments.

Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network, Inc is a public charity exempt from Federal Income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network, Inc are tax deductible.


Chaplin is ready to be adopted!

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(6/21/2018) Chaplin is a young cat under 1 year. He is very loving, playful and very intelligent. He loves to be with other cats.

Chaplin is neutered, has had distemper and rabies vaccinations and tested negative for Felv/Fiv

If you're interested in Chaplin, please contact us or call 609-575-5428.

Ernie needs a new home!

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(12/19/2017) Hemingway, or Ernie, is about 3 or 4 years old, neutered, FIV negative and loving as all get-out. Ernie would do best as a an only cat.

Ernie is all white with green eyes. He love laps and pats and will recline on kitchen floor and wait for you to finish cooking!

If you're interested in Ernie, please contact us or call 609-575-5428.

Cloe and Sophie need a new home!

Cloe Sophie

(12/2/2017) Cloe (above left, click for a larger picture) and Sophie (above right, click for a larger picture) are absolutely gorgeous 11-year old sisters, who have been together their whole lives...so they are only available for adoption together. These ladies are very sweet girls! Their previous owner moved, and since his new wife didn't like cats, he threatened to put them down if their current foster home didn't take them in. Needless to say, they are now safe and sound in their new foster home located in Hillsborough, NJ.

Sophie and Cloe will add lots of love and support to your home. They are very well-behaved cats and enjoy hanging out together. Sophie is very loving and affectionate and wants to be petted all the time. Cloe, on the other hand, enjoys more "me" time to herself and will run away when you go to pet her sometimes, but she is still friendly. These loving sisters are sure to put many smiles on your face and add lots of love to your home!

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about Sophie and Cloe and schedule a time to meet them.

Bubbles and Chester are looking for a new home!

Bubbles Chester

(8/3/2017) Bubbles (above left and below left) and Chester (above right and below right) are two very affectionate, playful and active orange adult male cats, about 3 years old. Their owner moved and was not able to take them, so they need a new home.

Bubbles and Chester have both been neutered, and have received their vaccinations. They are both healthy and clean. There is also a free animal carrier to take them home in.

If you are interested in adopting Bubbles and Chester, please contact Michael at mbrave@njaes.rutgers.edu or at 732-932-9575, ext 4610.

Bubbles Chester

Tuxie is still looking for a foster or permanent home!

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(Updated 7/3/2017) Tuxie is a large Black & White Tuxedo female rescued from College Avenue Campus, who is seeking adoption or foster care. Approximately 4 years old now, Tuxie is spayed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and is negative for FIV/Feleuk.

Tuxie would make the ideal companion for an adult(s) who lives in a small apartment or small house so she can always find you, look out the windows to satisfy her curiosity, and then return easily to a quiet, comfortable spot to sleep. Tuxie LOVES to eat – and will come running to you when the dry food bag jingles or the cat food can opens. She will push her head into your hands and rub on your legs; she is so happy at mealtime! She is perfect for someone who admires gorgeous tuxedo specimens, and prefers a cat with an independent nature (she is not a lap cat).

Once Tuxie knows you well and trusts you, she will engage in a game of "chase the feather wand or laser". Tuxie loves to be petted on her head and chin. She flops down on her side to stretch happily, and will sit next to you on the couch. She is ready for the next step of being fostered or adopted by an adult who is an experienced cat socializer.

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF), and sign an adoption contract if the application is approved. Our adoption fee for one cat is $100, or $150 for two cats together. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

Please note that potential fosterers will be asked to complete a foster agreement (DOC | PDF).

If you are interested in fostering or adopting or Tuxie, please contact us!

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Tuxie:

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Please sign the petition: "Progressive No-Kill Animal Shelter and Services Critically Needed in Middlesex County NJ"

This petition urges Middlesex County NJ Freeholders and the MCIA to establish a County Animal Shelter operated with humane, proven policies, which will serve to protect the public health of Middlesex County residents and taxpayers while effectively reducing animal overpopulation and shelter overcrowding.

Please sign the petition!

Maxine is looking for a home!


(2/11/2017) Maxine (above and below; click for larger pictures) is a young adult cat who is approximately 4 years old. She was taken in and cared for by a Rutgers staff person after she had kittens on a private property in Hillsborough. She was an excellent mother and her kittens have all found great homes. Now we are looking to find Maxine a wonderful home where she can continue to be the loving cat that she is and live a healthy long life. She is extremely friendly and loving. She is spayed, has had all of her vaccines and has tested negative for feline leukemia. She is great around children and loves to play!

Please contact Mary Ann at 609-575-5428 or email us if you would like to know more about Maxine, or meet her in person.

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Dolly and Marty in Need of Homes

Dolly Marty

(8/5/2016; updated 9/5/2016) Dolly (above left and below left; click for larger pictures) and Marty (above right and below right; click for larger pictures) are siblings, approximately 4 months old.

Dolly is a young tabby female kitten with a precious pink nose. She loves to run after toys, chase her brother Marty, and relax on a comfy couch. True to tabby form, Dolly has a sassy side and is not above occasionally ambushing her kitty friends, but it's all in good fun! She also has a sensitive side, and it can take her a little while to warm up to a new environment. Because of this, it's important for Dolly to be adopted with her brother Marty, or to go to a home that has a cat in it already.

Marty is a sweet, all black male kitten who loves to be loved. He is a little shy, but the instant you hold him he starts purring, and if you give him scratches under his chin he will love you forever! Marty also enjoys playing with the kitty wand, chasing toys, and lounging in boxes.

The kittens are both spayed and neutered; have tested Negative for FELV/FIV and for fecal parasites; and have received distemper vaccinations.

Please consider adding one or both to your home, or share their information with a co-worker, friend or family member.

Please contact Mary Ann at 609-575-5428 anytime if you would like to know more about the kittens or meet them in person.

For those of you who are unable to adopt but would like to help the Scarlet Paws rescues, please consider donating whatever you can to their veterinary costs and fostering expenses. We accept donations of food and litter for the foster homes. Lastly, we desperately need foster homes to house and socialize the kittens still need of rescue. If you can foster, please contact us!

Dolly Marty

Please adopt Rosie!


(9/4/2016) Rosie (above; click for a larger picture) is a wonderful five year old indoor cat who was adopted from an animal shelter about four years ago. Prior to her current owner taking her in, Rosie was neglected and possibly abused. Additionally, Rosie developed an eye infection which has resulted in blindness in one eye. While still shy and timid at times, she has made tremendous progress in becoming sociable. Rosie has never shown the slightest hint of anger or aggression towards anyone. She is a wonderful pet and gets along great with other cats. Due to circumstances beyond her owner's control, she can no longer keep Rosie. Although it breaks her heart to have to part with her, her owner wants to ensure that Rosie has a great new home and is loved and cared for.

If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Rosie, please call 609-575-5428 or email us.

Sheba is still looking for a home!

Sheba Sheba

(Updated 6/20/2016) Sheba (above; click for larger pictures) is a black female cat, approximately 2 years old, found as a stray on Rutgers University's Busch campus. Sheba's foster mom describes her as shy at first, but playful and affectionate once she gets to know someone. She enjoys being petted and having her back scratched.

Update from Sheba's foster mom: Sheba has become very vocal, and she now meows and purrs! Sheba will rub up against her foster mom, and also jumps into bed to sleep with her!

Sheba has been spayed, is FIV/FeLV negative and up-to-date on shots.

Watch Sheba at play:

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for one cat is $100. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

If you are interested in adopting Sheba, please contact us!

Please open your heart for Essie!


(Updated: 3/31/2016) “ESSIE” is a young, sweet black female cat who was rescued from Rutgers' Busch Campus. Essie is cautious, but playful after she warms up to you. She is sweet and likes to head-bump! She loves to be petted, and will purr a lot and make happy squeaky noises while being petted. Essie talks to her foster mom and meows for attention! She also loves to play with toys. Essie gets along well with other cats, and seems to with dogs as well, having met and lived with a few in her previous foster homes. Essie is now one year old.

Essie has been spayed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and tested negative for Fiv/FeLV and parasites.

Watch Essie at play:

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for one cat is $100. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

PLEASE OPEN UP YOUR HEART for this lovely girl! If you are interested in adopting Essie, please contact us!