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Our Story

Mission Statement

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Our mission is to provide shelter, care and love for the unwanted, abused, and/or abandoned animals of Cape May County. Animal Outreach strongly endorses spay and neutering programs and is committed to helping educate our community in responsible pet ownership. We are a “no kill” organization. Our adoption program has helped to greatly reduce the numbers of homeless animals in our county. We encourage cooperation between municipal and private shelters to coordinate efforts to eliminate the tragedy of animal homelessness.

Who We Are

Animal Outreach is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping the abused, abandoned, and neglected animals of Cape May County. Animal Outreach (AO) began as a fostering network in 1998, and we still use our foster homes to rehabilitate and care for animals in need.


There is a tremendous need for our services, and we hope to continue our mission well into the future.  We are a small operation with a big heart and bigger plans.  And the community is behind us in reaching our goals.  We hope you can help us with our commitment to the animals.  Please contact us and let us know how you can help!

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PROUD MEMBER

Animal Outreach Through the Years

A modest start for a no-kill shelter.

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"The Humans"

Shelley VanDyke

President

A native of Michigan, Shelley moved to the Cape May area in 2000 after working in the corporate world for many years. She has been involved with Animal Outreach since 2006. Shelley is a full-time Realtor and has 3 rescue cats and one dog who definitely rule the roost!

Nadya Gallagher

Recording Secretary

Nadya is recently retired from the pharmaceutical industry after 25 years. She resides in Cape May with her husband John and several rescue cats. She has been actively been involved with Animal Outreach since 2010.

Harry C. Bellangy

Board Chair

Harry is a retired computer system architect and has been involved with Animal Outreach since the 90s. Harry lives in Cape May and is active in historic preservation. He has a number of well loved rescued cats.

Jane Ann Hart

Board Member

Jane Ann is Principal of JAH Meeting Planners, a meeting procurement, planning and management firm. Prior to founding JAH Meeting Planners, she worked for several Fortune 500 companies in sales, sales training, and meeting planning positions. Jane Ann is currently an adjunct at Atlantic Cape Community College. As a full time resident of Brigantine, she serves as Commissioner & Treasurer on the Brigantine Beach Cultural Arts Commission and is a member of Hand Up Brigantine, a long term Hurricane Sandy Recovery Volunteer Group. In addition to creating art and selling it at specialty shops and art shows, she is owned by two rescue cats, Jack & Jules.

Terri Werner

Vice Chair

Recently retired after 20+ years as a partner in the wellness center she co-founded, Terri began volunteering at Animal Outreach when the Adoption Center opened in 2012. She is an appointed member of the City of Cape May Zoning Board and enjoys creating jewelry which can be found in her Etsy shop. She resides in Cape May with her husband and several rescue cats.

Steve Platt

Board Member

Steve is a manager in the Actuarial Department of Independence Blue Cross and has resided in West Cape May since 1998. Steve enjoys biking, the beach, and cooking with friends, but, his main mission in life is acting as servant to his two rescue cats, Chloe and Kylie (who are not named after the Kardashians).

Cindy Huf

Treasurer

Cindy is a wholesale and retail business owner who has lived and worked in Cape May for the past forty years. She enjoys travel, reading, and the outdoors, and shares her Cold Spring home with husband Bill and a friendly group of feline and canine family members.

Ileana Ortiz

Adoption Center Manager

Ileana was born and raised in Puerto Rico and retired from the U.S. Coast Guard, having been stationed in New Jersey, New York, California, Alaska, and North Carolina. Ileana loves Cape May, cats, dogs, birds, moose, and all animals. She absolutely loves managing our Adoption Center.

Thank you to our community business sponsors!

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“Never be embarrassed by how much you care about animals and how they're treated.”

Stephanie Feldstein