Welcome, Jill Rawlins!


Blackwood, NJ — Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Jill Rawlins as its new Executive Director. Jill comes to Homeward Bound with a wealth of experience and an extensive background in strategic planning, financial management and team building.  She has almost 20 years of experience as an Executive Director across various industries and is excited to utilize her skills in the nonprofit sector.

Jill served as Executive Director at Special Equestrians in Warrington, PA.  In her time there, she introduced new organizational plans that saw the creation of three leadership positions, successfully implemented a new community relationship development plan, and ensured a balanced budget. “I have been incredibly fortunate to find an organization that connects my specialized skillset to such a positive, deeply personal mission,” says Rawlins. “I’ve always been passionate about animals and cannot wait to continue the positive growth initiated by Vicki [Rowland].”

Vicki Rowland, the current Executive Director of Homeward Bound, has been leading the way since 2013. She will be stepping down at the end of July to begin the next chapter of her life with her husband in Texas. While she knows she will miss the excitement of shelter life, she is confident that the hard work she put into transforming the shelter into a leading animal welfare organization will be appreciated and continued under the guidance of Rawlins. “I have been working closely with Jill for the last 3 weeks to help her transition, and I have consistently been impressed with her drive, aptitude for strategic planning, and finesse with staff relations. She will safeguard the Homeward Bound legacy well, and the Board and I are thrilled to welcome her to the family.”

To learn more about Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center’s mission to end pet homelessness in South Jersey, visit our website at www.HomewardBoundNJ.org. 

 

5th Annual Pledge-a-Paw Dog Walk Fundraiser

Annual Pledge-a-Paw Dog Walk Event To Benefit Camden County Animal Shelter
Set For Saturday, October 20, 2018
Dozens Of Vendors, Rescues, And More Set To Participate In A Day Of Family Fun

 

Gloucester Township, NJ- Camden County Animal Shelter will be hosting its 5th Annual Pledge-a-Paw Dog Walk and Event—sponsored by the Camden County Board of Freeholders—on Saturday, October 20th (11a.m.- 3p.m.) at the Camden County College Blackwood Campus, N.J. Gather your friend, family and co-workers and join us for a family-friendly event and fundraiser to benefit the homeless pets at CCAS.

Camden County Animal Shelter, a nonprofit organization, seeks to raise $65,000 to assist in the care for over 5000 pets a year. All animal lovers and community members are invited to join Camden County Animal Shelter collect donations prior to the event to help meet the fundraising goal. Last year’s event had over 350 participants and local vendors on site and raised $50,000, impressively exceeding the $40,000 goal.

Pledge-a-Paw Dog Walk 2018 is shaping up to be a “can’t miss” event for our friends on both two and four legs. A vast selection of dog walkers, local vendors, and animal welfare groups and rescues will be attending to raise pledges to further benefit the animals of Camden County Animal Shelter.

“We appreciate the support of the community that benefits the homeless animals of Camden County,” said Freeholder Jonathan L. Young, liaison to Camden County Animal Shelter. “Our pets are like family and an event such as this helps us to continue to provide the love and care for so many animals awaiting their second chance!”

The day promises to be both a dog-friendly and family-friendly affair, full of activities and magical memories. Activities include a one-mile dog walk, where fundraisers will walk a one-mile loop with their pet companions, a raffle drawing and prizes, music and entertainment, and an exclusive police canine demonstration, offering an additional educational element. The event truly welcomes local residents from all age groups, boasting a Beer and Wine Tasting for our 21-plus attendees on two legs.

You and your pups may participate in the Pup Cup Eating Contest, Kissing contest, and the Pet/Companion Costume Contest and more entertaining activities. Camden County Animal Shelter will be showcasing their pets available for adoption in the Camden County Animal Shelter ‘Take Me Home’ Pet Parade.

Some confirmed participants include Best Friends Pet Hotel, Caricatures by Steve Lefkowitz, Gloucester Township Police Department, House Paws Mobile Vet, Paparazzi Accessories, SOS Beagle Rescue, and many more. Food vendors include The Chilly Banana and Matty G Dogz.

A huge thanks goes out to our Sponsors that include Camden County College, Camden County Board of Freeholders, Midwest Veterinary Supply, Gerald B. Shreiber Foundation, Merck Animal Health, Chrysalis Technologies, Canine Dimensions, Holman Automotive Group, and Regional Vet.

To register for the dog walk visit www.homewardboundnj.org or call 856-352-6321 for more information.

 

Margaret L. McLoughney Memorial Fund Supports Lifesaving Programs

A generous donor by the name of Margaret L. McLoughney has helped improve the Lifesaving Programs at Camden County Animal Shelter.  Margaret has had a love and passion for animals her entire life and was always looking for ways to help any animal in need.  Unfortunately, Margaret passed away in October of 2017 after a long and courageous battle with metastatic ovarian cancer.  However, thanks to Margaret’s large contribution and the creation of the Margaret L. McLoughney Memorial Fund, her legacy will live on.

On Saturday, August 11th, from 11 am to 3 pm, Camden County Animal Shelter hosted an Open House in Margaret’s memory to showcase the lifesaving programs that Margaret helped fund, including the Foster Care, Adoption, Community Cat, and Outreach Programs.  During the open house, adoption fees will be waived for all cats and kittens to celebrate Margaret’s love for her felines.  Her contribution will also allow Camden County Animal Shelter to waive adoption fees during any of the high intake months in order to encourage pet adoptions.

Margaret always loved seeing pets go home to their forever families, which is why she wanted to help fund programs that focus on getting animals out of the shelter and into loving homes.  In addition to allowing Camden County Animal Shelter to waive adoption fees, Margaret also helped implement special foster care programs for animals like our neonate kittens.  This allows the shelter to provide these animals with a temporary home prior to their adoption.  For animals who are not qualified for adoption or fostering due to an extreme medical condition, Margaret helped fund our “Fospice” Program, or Foster Hospice, that matches a terminally ill animal with a foster parent who is willing to provide housing for the animal in its final days.

However, Margaret realized that she would not be able to save every animal from shelter life but saw that there was a way to improve these pets’ stay at the shelter by creating the Children Pet Reading Program where children in the community are invited to come to the shelter and read a book to any of the animals.  Not only does this help the children improve their reading skills, but it also allows the animals to spend more time with someone.  Not stopping there, Margaret wanted to get the elderly involved by supporting the Cat Cuddlers Program where the shelter reaches out to retirement homes in the area to encourage foster care, socialization, and enrichment for our animals.

Margaret’s love for animals even extends to the community, especially feral cats.  Camden County Animal Shelter offers a Trap, Neuter, and Return Program for all feral cats to help reduce their rapidly growing population.  Taking this program one step farther, Camden County Animal Shelter introduced the Barn Cat Program, funded by Margaret L. McLoughney, which redirects community cats from the shelter to new families that are seeking a barn cat to help reduce rodent infestation.

Because of donors like Margaret, Camden County Animal Shelter is able to continue its mission to end companion animal homelessness in Camden County through community awareness and responsible ownership. Camden County Animal Shelter invites the community to come on-site on Saturday, August 11th to help celebrate Margaret’s life and the life changing contribution she made for the animals in Camden County.

Camden County Animal Shelter Announces ‘Top 20’ Pure Hearts Awards Recipients


Camden County Animal Shelter, celebrating its 20th anniversary, launched the Pure Hearts Awards from February 14th through April 20th. The Pure Hearts Awards was an online award process where individuals had an opportunity to nominate an individual, business or pet to receive recognition as a Pure Hearts Awardee.

Nominations were open to public individuals to recognize members of the community that have made extreme efforts, improvements and achievements in animal welfare and animal advocacy.

Five categories were determined; Public Servant, Young Hero, Noteworthy Volunteer, Humane Business and Lifetime Pet Achievement. There were numerous nominations made from members of the community, which included an essay and an optional photograph.

The ‘Top 20’ Awardees were chosen based on review from the Judges Committee. To view all the nominees and read the remarkable stories and successes toward the improvement of the humane treatment of animals in the community, please visit www.homewardboundnj.org.

“Our hearts in the animal welfare community go to members of society that deserve to be recognized for their dedication to furthering the mission of Camden County Animal Shelter”, said Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of Camden County Animal Shelter. “Together, we celebrate the compassionate nature of people and pets”.

Public Servant Awardees: Patrolman Matthew Woolleen of the Runnemede Police Department, Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt, Congressman Donald Norcross, Camden County Detective Nipsey Rivera, and Chief Scott Cairns of the Oaklyn Fire Department.

Young Hero Awardees: Aiden Page and Briella Page of Pine Hill and Jenna Lannon of Runnemede.

Noteworthy Volunteer Awardees: Debbie Wright, advocate and CCAS volunteer, Karina Sharma, volunteer for Dog Town Rescue, Kim Mangione of New Life Animal Rescue, and James Whiteside, CCAS volunteer.

Humane Business Awardees: Champs Dog House, St. Francis’ Feral Cat Sanctuary, Fureverhomes Doberman Rescue, Inc., and Mount Laurel Animal Hospital.

Lifetime Pet Achievement Awardees: James, Bobby, Sweet Pea and Queenie.

Camden County Animal Shelter will host a ceremony on May 18th, 2018 to celebrate the ‘Top 20’ Awardees and present them with a Pure Hearts Awards certificate. Please visit https://homewardboundnj.org/pure-hearts-awards/  to view the full list of nominations.