Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Bridgewater, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Bridgewater, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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A severe thunderstorm moving was detected near the area that could bring 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-size hail.SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ — A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Somerset County as a storm with 60 mph wind gusts and hail is approaching the area.The National Weather Service(NWS) in Mount Holly issued the severe thunderstorm warning through 3:45 p.m. on Friday.Just before 3 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located over Allentown, or 8 miles east of Trenton, that could bring 60 mph wind gusts a...
SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ — A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Somerset County as a storm with 60 mph wind gusts and hail is approaching the area.
The National Weather Service(NWS) in Mount Holly issued the severe thunderstorm warning through 3:45 p.m. on Friday.
Just before 3 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located over Allentown, or 8 miles east of Trenton, that could bring 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-size hail.
"Minor damage to vehicles is possible. Wind damage to roofs, siding, trees, and power lines is possible," according to NWS.
The NWS and Somerset County Public Safety shared the warning with the following instructions:
"For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. In addition to large hail and damaging winds, frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Move indoors immediately. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways."
Here is a look at the upcoming forecast:
Friday Afternoon: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday Night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 9 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. High near 83. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 3 a.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Cooler weather has allowed the Bridgewater Library to remain open. However, its malfunctioning HVAC system remains an ongoing issue and is in need of replacement."With milder temperatures in the forecast (especially cooler temperatures overnight), we anticipate cooler temperatures inside the library for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, this means no further disruption to service," Bridgewater Branch Manager Lynn Mazur said to Patch.The library branch at 1 Vogt Dr. in Bridgewater, which is par...
BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Cooler weather has allowed the Bridgewater Library to remain open. However, its malfunctioning HVAC system remains an ongoing issue and is in need of replacement.
"With milder temperatures in the forecast (especially cooler temperatures overnight), we anticipate cooler temperatures inside the library for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, this means no further disruption to service," Bridgewater Branch Manager Lynn Mazur said to Patch.
The library branch at 1 Vogt Dr. in Bridgewater, which is part of the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey(SCLSNJ), has previously been forced to close due to high temperatures and a non-working HVAC system.
All SCLSNJ buildings are owned and maintained by its hosting town.
The Township had previously applied for a grant in 2020 and 2021 with the New Jersey State Library Construction Bond Act to cover phase 1 and phase 2 of the HVAC system replacement project at the Bridgewater Library for $2,517,000.
Phase 1 would include the replacement of four individual air handlers at a cost of $2,240,286 and Phase 2 the replacement of hot water and chilled water pumps at a cost of $276,750, according to the application.
Both of those applications were denied, confirmed Township Administrator Michael Pappas at the Aug. 17 Council meeting.
"I as a resident of this Township and I as a user of the public library system am disappointed that this sort of fell off," said Cathy Franco. "We applied for a grant and apparently we didn’t get it and then nothing was done after that. So I would hope that when we apply for grants in the future we keep our eye on the ball and pay attention to those things."
Pappas said that the township has since been determining the cost estimates that are necessary to then at some point come back to this council for funding.
In the meantime, Pappas said he told Library Director Brian K. Auger that the Township has ordered parts to repair the HVAC system.
"He was informed of the details plan for the parts that have been ordered and the expectation that they will arrive shortly and repairs will be undertaken," said Pappas.
He noted that the township has "not ignored this. This is a large system."
"It is a complex system and finding the right vendor to assess and make appropriate repairs can be a challenge but we are on top of it," said Pappas.
The township confirmed to Patch on Friday that the parts did come in, and repairs are scheduled to begin next week.
The Ridge boys, led by individual champion Brenden McMahon, kept its streak alive by winning for the fifth straight time, the Pingry girls scored a dominating victory, and Julia Scrudato repeated as champion at Thursday's ...
The Ridge boys, led by individual champion Brenden McMahon, kept its streak alive by winning for the fifth straight time, the Pingry girls scored a dominating victory, and Julia Scrudato repeated as champion at Thursday's Somerset County Championships at Pleasant Valley Park in Bernards Township.
There have been several All-State runners who have toed the line for Ridge at Pleasant Valley Park, but none of them ever run as fast as McMahon did when the junior stopped the clock at 15:52.
McMahon, third last year, finished seven seconds ahead of junior Lukas Disko of Bridgewater-Raritan and broke the Ridge school course record of 15:53 that was set by the great Jackson Barna in 2019. McMahon is now No. 6 all-time on Pleasant Valley's all-time list. In case you are wondering, the course record of 15:26 was set by Doug Smith of Gill St. Bernard's at the 2007 Somerset County meet. Could McMahon make a run at that record next year?
McMahon's victory ignited a 1-6-7-12-16 scoring combination for Ridge, which added up to a winning total of 42. Pingry was second with 65, and Bernards, the Skyland Conference champ, was third with 69.
Boys Top 5 Finishers
Ridge's scorers were McMahon, senior Dmitry Cole, placing sixth in 16:33, senior Dev Patel, seventh in 16:35, senior Matthew Fukushima, 12th in 16:54, and junior Kaleb Huang, 16th in 17:07. Ridge's average of 16:36 was just eight seconds off the course record of 16:28 that Ridge ran last year.
In the girls competition, the University of North Carolina-bound Scrudato, who won the 1,600 at the Meet of Champions last June, threw down the No. 7 time in course history by clocking an 18:13 to finish a minute ahead of Olivia Murray of Pingry, who was a finalist at the Champs (now Foot Locker again) National Championships last year.
Scrudato, who also won the Skyland Conference title last week in 18:33 on the rugged Phillipsburg course, sliced 39 seconds off her winning time from last year. Her 18:13 is the fastest girls time at Pleasant Valley since 2012 when Marissa Ruskan of Bridgewater-Raritan won the Somerset County title in 17:56, which is No. 2 in course history. The course holder is the legendary Melanie Thompson of Voorhees, who ran 17:48 at the 2008 Skyland Conference Championships.
Girls Top 5 Finishers
Pingry, which lost to Hillsborough by just three points year, blitzed the competition by cramming its five scorers in the top 13 en route to a 38-99 win over runner-up Montgomery. Pingry also won the Skyland Conference title last week.
The Columbia-bound Murray led a 2-4-9-10-13 finish for Pingry, who averaged 19:46. Junior Lucy Ambrogio was fourth in 19:38, sophomore Julia Ronnen finished ninth in 19:54, junior Kayla Kerr placed 10th in 19:57, and senior Devan Gambello finished 13th in 20:10.
Candidate Jarrett Hahn shares why he is running for election on the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education in 2023.Patch StaffBRIDGEWATER, NJ — Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education general election on Nov. 7 has seven candidates running for three open seats representing Bridgewater and one open seat representing Raritan.Jarrett Hahn is running for one of the three, three-year full-term seats representing Bridgewater.Other candidates include incumbent Barry R. Walker, Rebecca Hassouna, a...
BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education general election on Nov. 7 has seven candidates running for three open seats representing Bridgewater and one open seat representing Raritan.
Jarrett Hahn is running for one of the three, three-year full-term seats representing Bridgewater.
Other candidates include incumbent Barry R. Walker, Rebecca Hassouna, and Hector Menendez (who is Hahn's running mate). Harini Rajagopalan withdrew her name and will not be running this year anymore.
There is also one, three-year unexpired seat representing Raritan open. Candidates include Umesh Agrawal, incumbent Michael M. Pepe, and Jeffrey McNally.
Additionally, there is a referendum question on the ballot. Voters previously approved the first part of the District's referendum in March to make significant renovations to district-wide schools and to have full-day kindergarten.
The second question appearing on the ballot in November will ask the two communities to approve the total operating costs of the full-day kindergarten for $2.46 million.
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Town of residence: Bridgewater
Position sought: BRRSD BOE representing Bridgewater
Family: Wife and two sons
Education: Broward College; additional in strength and conditioning
Occupation: Owner and Fitness coach of M.O.V.E. NJ, a health and fitness facility.
Why are you seeking election on the Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education?
The reason I am running for the Board of Education is to be the voice of parents who care about the quality of education, health, wellbeing, overall development, and safety of our students. My running mate Hector Menendez and I hold the same goal of ensuring the best possible education system for Bridgewater students, which is why our campaign slogan is, “For Bridgewater Kids”.
We would like to encourage parents to get more involved and informed on the curriculum. We also would like parents to be aware of the safety and security concerns of the schools and be conscious of both the mental and physical health of our children. We would like to help parents become more engaged and informed about their child’s school. We also would like to see further improved transparency, communication, and overall parent involvement and partnership with the schools.
The second portion of the referendum will go up for a vote in November. Are you in favor of this? Why or why not?
In order to better understand the November 7th referendum vote, you first need to know what the referendum is about. In March,the community voted on two questions. Question one addressed capital improvements to our district and question two was the approval of full day kindergarten and the expansion of the middle school. Both of these questions passed, but in order to implement full daykindergarten and the expansion of the middle school, we need to vote on the operating budget, which is occurring in November. Bridgewater is a diverse community with people and families in all stages of life. This comes down to what is best for our community as a whole and I encourage people to learn more about this project and get out to vote.
Transportation is a statewide issue. Do you feel transportation issues are being handled well by the Board? Why or why not? If not, how do you propose improving it?
Transportation has been a disaster with most parents I have spoken with. As far as I can see the transportation issues have not been handled well. The issue begins with the quality of transportation providers. Unfortunately, as stated in the latest board meeting, the district is forced to select the lowest bid from all service providers quoted. The cheapest option is almost never the best option. With the limited information shared with the public, it is difficult to devise a well thought out plan without all the facts, but I will make this an urgent priority for the school district to find a solution.
Security at schools remains a high priority. Are you happy with the district's security plan for students and staff? If not, what would be your alternative? I think the security upgrades over the past couple of years are an improvement, and the first part of the referendum approved the addition of some excellent security measures, namely the secured vestibules. I commend the district for making security a priority and addressing these upgrades through question one of the referendum. The class three officers and security hired by the district are a step in the right direction, but I still feel that the local law enforcement agencies would be the safest and most effective approach. The last thing we would want to have is an emergency situation where security and local law enforcement are not on the same page, which could lead to unexpected outcomes.
What sets you apart from the challenging candidates?
I have expertise in health and performance. Examples of a few issues that have been brought to my attention include student sleep quality, nutrition and food selection inside the school, and lack of physical activity and fitness. If we do not address the physical and mental health of our children, then all other concerns seem to be of less importance. As an owner and operator of a small business, it is paramount to have tested and true systems to increase efficiency and efficacy. I think with my experience in human performance and administrative skills of a business owner, I could make sustainable suggestions and changes in order to best serve the students, tax payers, and stakeholders in town. In addition to my skill set, my running mate Hector Menendez and I have the mindset of looking out for the kids and families. The most important factor is to be in it for the right reasons - the kids. We are For Bridgewater Kids.
For additional information on our campaign you can visit our campaign website at www.forbridgewaterkids.org.
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Regional Animal Shelter is still going strong.Members of the shelter, which is headquartered in Bridgewater, appeared before the Bridgewater Township Council Oct. 5, with the municipal governing body offering a proclamation celebrating October as National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.The proclamation was read by Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench, who had earlier quipped that the animals present in the Bridgewater municipal building were "literally getting restless" outside the council...
BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Regional Animal Shelter is still going strong.
Members of the shelter, which is headquartered in Bridgewater, appeared before the Bridgewater Township Council Oct. 5, with the municipal governing body offering a proclamation celebrating October as National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.
The proclamation was read by Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench, who had earlier quipped that the animals present in the Bridgewater municipal building were "literally getting restless" outside the council chambers, as several barks could be heard from the lobby.
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The proclamation noted that the mayor and council "recognize the vital role that shelter dogs play in our community, offering companionship, love and a second chance to those in need," along with the tireless efforts made by shelter personnel to care for and find forever homes for “countless dogs.” It also noted that it was vital "to promote responsible pet ownership and encourage the adoption of shelter dogs to provide them with loving homes,” while raising community awareness about the benefits of adopting shelter dogs.
The shelter's Brian Bradshaw and staff entered the council chambers with two dogs, one named Romeo who suffered from separation anxiety but was "doing very well," plus a 4-month old pup named Ryker. Also present were shelter president Kathy Healey, along with several board members and a host of shelter volunteers.
The shelter handles about 500 to 550 adoptions on an annual basis.
"The shelter is such a great organization here in Bridgewater Township," said councilman Filipe Pedroso.
It was also noted how far the shelter itself has come over the last decade, especially the recovery it made after its situation had once appeared bleak.
"Six to seven years ago, there was a movement to close the shelter and outsource its services," said Moench, who talked about the many, many people the shelter touches to this day.
The community subsequently rallied around the shelter to keep it going, making both adoptions and donations.
"It's wonderful to see the happiness you bring," Moench said.