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Mission Statement
Our History

Board of Directors

Animal Outreach of CMC
600 Park Blvd
West Cape May NJ 08204



Veterinarians of Record:

Cape May Veterinary Hospital
Robert J. Moffatt, VMD

Ocean View Veterinary Hospital

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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 (609-898-1738).  Let us know how you can help!

Come Visit Us
... at 600 Park Boulevard, Unit 3, in West Cape May. Our hours are by appointment only due to Covid-19. Please call us if you'd like to meet one of our furry friends at a time that we are not open to the public.

Mission Statement
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.

Board of Directors
Shelley VanDyke 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!
Harry C. Bellangy
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 NJ and is active in historic preservation. He has a number of well loved rescued cats.
Terri Werner

Terri Werner - Vice Chair
Recently retired after 20+ years as a partner in the wellness center she co-founded, Terri began volunteering at AO 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.

Cindy Huf

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.

Nadya Lawrence Nadya Lawrence - Recording Secretary
Nadya is the Senior Vice President of Technical Services at Teligent Inc, a specialty generic Pharmaceutical company located in South Jersey. She resides in Cape May and shares her home with several rescue cats. Nadya has been actively involved with Animal Outreach since 2010.
Jane Ann Hart Jane Ann Hart
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 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.
Steve Platt

Steve Platt
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).

Ileana Ortiz Ileana Ortiz
Ileana was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has been Active Duty Coast Guard for 24 years. She has been stationed in New Jersey, Governors Island NY, California, Ketchikan Alaska, and North Carolina. Ileana loves Cape May, cats, dogs, birds, moose, and all animals. She loves volunteering every Saturday at Animal Outreach where she has been an activce volunteer for 3 ½ years.