Paw Prints – Fall 2019

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Reading to the Rescued

The Freeholder Board announced a new program, Reading to the Rescued, where students from Brookfield Schools read books to rescued dogs at the Camden County Animal Shelter. This program pairs students, from 10 to 17-years-old, with timid dogs that are getting acclimated to their new homes and potential adoption from the shelter.
“This program is another innovative way to create a partnership where both the county and the children derive a significant benefit,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the animal shelter. “The students get to improve their reading skills, while the animals get the attention and companionship they desire.

The Reading to the Rescued program was founded on the idea that reading to non-judgmental animals would increase students’ confidence and willingness to read out loud. The program also gives students the opportunity make toys for the dogs and cats and participate in a collection drive to help with shelter supplies.

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Community Cat Ordinance

(February 23, 2017) – The Freeholder Board recently introduced a Community Cat Ordinance to serve as a model for municipalities dealing with the challenge of stray and feral cats.

“The Community Cat Ordinance is based on the principles of trap, neuter and return (TNR), which we feel is the most effective method of managing the stray and feral cat population,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash. “TNR is a non-lethal population control technique utilized to humanely capture, vaccinate, identify and spay or neuter cats.”

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Petco Foundation Invests In Lifesaving Work of Camden County Animal Shelter

Camden County Animal Shelter (CCAS), today announced it has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its efforts to provide spay/neuter surgeries for personally owned cats as well as community cats within Camden County. Camden County Animal Shelter has been progressively working to reduce the overwhelming stray and unwanted animal population in Camden County through low-cost spay/neuter services.

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Brandi and Sammi

Originally Cammi and Furby, these two little girls came from 2 different litters. They were at the Blackwood shelter and when i saw them, i knew i had to bring them in to foster. Sole survivors of their litters, they came into the shelter around 7 weeks old. Both sick with injuries, were fostered together and grew very close. They got strong, healthy and after 3 months of fostering they got a home together. The foster mom had a friend who came for “play dates” each week to get to know the girls..and we still have play dates each month. These girls are now Brandi and Sammi..still best friends – and they call the shots at their new forever home! They are both totally healthy now and living a very spoiled and happy life!


We adopted Geronimo (now named “Sonny” after a character in the movie Bronx Tale) in December 2010. We have been having a wonderful time with our new addition to the family! Sonny loves to play outside & really loves to snuggle on the couch with us under a warm blanket. He continues to perform his tricks effortlessly each time for a snack or toy! We even taught him a few more tricks!! When told to stand up & walk, Sonny will stand up on his hind legs and take a few hops towards us (he looks like a bunny or cute!) & he can even balance a treat on his nose & then will throw it up in the air & grab it when told go! He is such a joy to have in our home 🙂 Family & friends who stop over can not wait to see him! They usually greet Sonny before us lol!!

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to have such a wonderful dog! We love him so much & we’re pretty sure by his kisses, snuggling, and constantly wagging tail that he loves us too 🙂

~Kelly & Jay


In 2012, at the young age of 18, a man signed up as an Infantryman with the U.S. Army and was quickly sent off to fight the war against Terrorism. After several tours in Iraq he has only spoken once about the time that changed his life forever. One day on patrol his convoy was suddenly struck by several IED’s.

This young man struggled ferociously in dust and fire to pull his brothers one by one, extremely wounded and screaming for their lives to try to get them to safety. He lost so much that day, lost friends, soldiers and brothers.

When he came home, he was a changed man. Paranoid, afraid, lost and broken were his new emotions. He was in need of a companion and already on the search for a service dog. He was recommended to adopt a dog from Camden County Animal Shelter. With the help of shelter staff, he was shown Codah, a large Coon Hound/Labrador Mix, a beauty that was overlooked because of her size and extreme activeness. He took her in the Play-yard at the shelter and played Frisbee for almost an hour. She jumped up any chance she could get to lick his face! They immediately bonded.

He ended up adopting her through the Pets for Vets Program, which is a program the shelter offers to veterans to waive adoption fees for these heroic men and woman. Veterans have served our country in high-risk, life-threatening jobs to keep Americans safe! Codah and new companion have become best friends. They go for long walks and runs. He takes her into a swimming pool while holding her so she feels safe. She will lick your face for hours if you let her. She is obedient, loyal, loving and does great with kids, cats and other dogs.