CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A place that provides help and hope for animals who desperately need it is now asking for help so that it can continue its compassionate care.

As CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport reported, for three years stray cats and dogs have found love, shelter and safe haven at the Bergen County Protect and Rescue Foundation in Cliffside Park.

The foundation is a bare bones, non-profit shelter with a no-kill policy — taking in animals scheduled to be euthanized at other locations and caring for them.

“I know I have to save them, and then they in turn save the people who adopt them,” said executive director Kristi Heller.

The shelter often finds adoptive homes for the animals by personally bringing them to adoption events in transport vans, connecting needy pets with would-be owners.

The effort to do so, however, is costly. Operating expenses run around $11,000 a month, paid for by donations and occasionally the 40 volunteers who will chip in from their own wallets, Rapoport reported.

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Now, folks at the shelter say their vans have broken down and are desperately in need of replacements.

“Right now we’re in a desperate situation,” Heller said.

The shelter said it adopts out between 200 and 300 pets a year, and that working vehicles are critical to the process of making that happen. So they are asking for monetary donations or actual vehicle donations —  preferably 2 cargo vans that can support a 1,000 pound dog carrying box, Rapoport reported.

“Our goal is to save as many as we can,” Heller said.

The shelter says it hopes someone will see the story and take action so they can continue to help the ones who can’t help themselves.

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