MADISON — St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center is set to mark a milestone.
On Tuesday, Aug. 16, it will celebrate the transport of its 20,000th dog since August 2016.
The flight carrying the 20,000th dog named Sweetie Johnson will arrive at Morristown Airport.
Sweetie Johnson is a 5-year-old terrier mix from Louisiana. There will be a celebration when she arrives at the airport and she’ll be greeted with treats and other doggie friends at the Madison shelter.
St. Hubert’s WayStation program relocates animals from overcrowded shelters in the south so they can find loving homes in the northeast.
The animal welfare center works with over 90 shelters from around the country to save animals’ lives and provide funds for spay and neuter programs, plus medical care for the animals.
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: