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Our Mission

FOWA Rescue is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) (nonprofit) rescue organization based in Wayne, NJ serving the North Jersey area, dedicated to the welfare, sheltering and placement of homeless animals. We are committed to educating the public about the humane treatment of animals, preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation and promoting animal welfare.

Our Vision

To end euthanasia of adoptable animals so one day, no healthy companion animal will be euthanized for lack of a home, space, or compassion.


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Board Members

President – Donna Vanderhook

I have always been a huge animal lover, finding stray cats and dogs as a youngster and bringing them home with me. I started volunteering with FOWA over 30 years ago by fostering mother cats and kittens. There was a need to get these very fragile babies out of the shelter and into a disease free environment. I have been President of FOWA since 1994 and now run our Foster Cat Program that takes in approx. 300 – 400 cats and kittens a year and then adopting them into loving homes.  I am passionate about rescue and especially about the stray cat epidemic and now get to share that passion with great friends, family and the volunteers of FOWA Rescue.

Vice President – Mary Sepede

Mary joined FOWA in 1992 and assisted with the objective to operate the Wayne Animal Shelter.  I  began that year fostering cats, where the need was greatest.  Once FOWA took over the operation of the shelter, although my plan was to work with dogs, I was directed to the care of cats and kittens. During the 13 years at the shelter I cleaned cages, medicated and socialized cats and kittens and functioned as an adoption counselor.  I also fostered sick kittens, who could not be cared for in the shelter.  When it was suggested that FOWA start a cat socialization program I volunteered to run it. When FOWA formed a board I was appointed as a board member. Due to my background with children I saw the need for education in the proper care of animals and formed the humane education program.  When the shelter had an overabundance of cats and kittens, I worked with another volunteer to seek out reputable sanctuaries, removing many cats to safety.  When calls came in to the shelter for cat rescue, I began to help with TNR. In addition to work at the shelter I also worked frequently at outside adoptions and events. I have also assisted with most fundraising events, mainly the annual Tricky Tray.

Treasurer – Jean Cadorette

Jean has been involved with FOWA since 2005 when she was approached to fill in for the interim as Treasurer until the next election year.  Being a big animal lover and accounting major, she decided that she could have the best of both worlds caring for animals and help maintain the finances that support them.  She decided to run for a permanent Board position of which she has held as Treasurer since she joined FOWA.  She participates on many fundraising events throughout the year with a major invovlement in the annual Tricky Tray which is FOWA’s largest fundraising event every year bringing in almost 600 attendees and thousands of dollars to help care for the animals. Jean is mom to her black cat Mitsou and dog Maya, both of whom she adopted from FOWA.

Secretary – Margaret Carius

Margaret has been a volunteer with FOWA for several years and helps coordinate adoption events and trap/neuter/return of feral cats.

Director – Dayna Berger

Director – Samantha Agosta

Director – Trista Eudaily

Web Master – Aronson Hecht Agency

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.”― Sherry Anderson

We could not save so many lives without our amazing volunteers. Every cat and dog that comes into our foster program has the volunteers of FOWA Rescue supporting them. It can be fosters, grant writers , photographers,graphic artist , fundraising , adoption counselors , out side adoption events . The list of help is endless and our volunteers step up to the challenge time and time again.  We are beyond thankful for all our volunteers. If you would like to be part of the FOWA Rescue family fill out an application.