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. 


Homeward Bound Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic

July 31, 2020 COVID-19 Update:
Earlier this month, Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center reopened its facility to the public after making dozens of changes to policy, cleaning protocols and facility maintenance in order to best adhere to recommendations by the CDC, the State of New Jersey, and leading animal welfare organizations like HSUS.

While we are still on a limited schedule (Tuesday-Sunday from 11A-4P), we are doing our best to continue serving the animals of South Jersey.  Our clinic is open for vaccination appointments, spay/neuter surgeries, and dental work, but you must contact the clinic to get onto our schedule at 856-401-1300 x.109.  You can also e-mail the clinic at clinic@homewardboundnj.org.

Please follow social distancing signage placed throughout the building and make use of our sanitation stations, located on walls and tables in and around each kennel.  Temperatures will no longer be taken at the door, but we ask that if you are experiencing any symptoms to refrain from entering the shelter until they resolve.

We are also still accepting donations to help our pets through these lean times.  You can make financial donations through our website, drop off donations with our Front Desk, or have them drop shipped to us from Amazon.  As always, thank you for helping us help our furry friends!

COVID-19 Animal Care Relief Form
Due to the unprecedented challenges we face in the time of COVID-19 Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center is establishing an animal care resolution to help ease the financial burden of pet ownership during this time. If you find yourself in need of assistance please fill out this form. Please come wearing a mask, with your trunk open upon arrival.


Sunday, March 22, 2020 Update:
Effective on March 22, 2020, with the executive order issued by the New Jersey State Governor, Homeward Bound will be restricting access to the public. Homeward Bound will be scheduling pet adoptions and foster care by appointment only. Please visit our Adoption Page for more information about the process to adopt a pet with us.

Homeward Bound Clinic and Walk-In Vaccination will be closed to the public . Homeward Bound Staff will be in contact with any clients with scheduled appointments. All essential medical care will be provided to our animals.

Homeward Bound will continue to meet the needs of our animals and serve the safety of our community.


Temporary Employment Opportunities 
We appreciate the necessary preventive measures taking place across our community. At the same time, there may be people and families placed in difficult financial situations as a result of being out of work.

For a limited time, we’re offering temporary employment opportunities for people in our communities. You must be 18 years or older to qualify and live within 30 minutes of the shelter (Blackwood, NJ).

To be considered, please complete our employment application & email it to jennifer@homewardboundnj.org to apply today!


The health and safety of our pets and community is paramount.  There are many questions being directed towards our shelter, and it is important to address these valid concerns.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no evidence that companion animals have been infected or could spread the current virus, COVID-19.  As such, we are asking that the public NOT surrender healthy pets to us at this time.

Right now, we are identifying similar scenarios as are many other organizations: decreased staff due to possible quarantine, possible shelter closure, a drop in adoptions, and increased animal intake. So far, the impact has been to cancel income-generating events, and we are clearly suffering from a loss of foot traffic due to the government’s request to self-quarantine.

Homeward Bound is an essential business providing care for animals in South Jersey. We are still coming in and tending to these pets every day, and we are still providing emergency medical treatment to those pets who are brought to us by Animal Control. We are asking the public’s assistance in allowing us a short-term reprieve on intake so we can most effectively utilize our staff and volunteers until this current challenge is behind us.

To those ends, Homeward Bound is preparing to ensure that no shelter pets are lost due to increasing fear around COVID-19. Using guidance from both the Humane Society (HSUS) and American Pets Alive!, these resources will ensure that we are prepared for local quarantine should it be asked of us.

“Our animals still need your help during this time”, says Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of Homeward Bound. “If you are working from home or as a student studying online, consider adoption or fostering a pet with Homeward Bound today.  Social distancing and self-quarantine create a genuine opportunity to bond with your new pets.”

Homeward Bound is requesting emergency foster homes that can keep pets for between 4 and 6 weeks.  By increasing our foster base, we will be able to weather any unforeseen situation with as little impact as possible to the animals in our care.

If you are interested in being part of our Foster Response Team, please e-mail Foster@HomewardBoundNJ.org  or visit foster page for more information.

The public can also help by volunteering.  Caring for animals does not stop, not even during a quarantine.  Walking dogs, cleaning kennels, tackling laundry, feeding meals and preparing enrichment still must happen.  To find out how you can help, e-mail us at Volunteer@HomewardBoundNJ.org.

In the meantime, please make sure that your own pets have updated tag information, microchip information, and medical records.  Ensure that your pets have ample supplies of food, litter, and, if needed, medication for between 4-6 weeks.  Together, we will weather this storm with all our furry friends who are waiting for their forever families.  Thank you, as always, for your continued support of Homeward Bound.


Q: Why can’t I surrender my (healthy) pet?

A: Right now, adoptions are down because people are avoiding being in public. Around 20% of our intake comes from owner surrenders. Those two things combined would mean a whole lot of pets coming in, but not going out into loving homes. We are trying our best to avoid overcrowding. We want to maintain space for the pets that need us.

Q: Are you stopping operations? Are you closing?

A: No. The change will mostly impact the owner surrender appointments. About 20% of the pets who enter HBPAC are given up by their owners. We are asking owners who are not facing an immediate crisis to hold their pets for up to four weeks, and to surrender at a later date. For any pet owners who need to surrender immediately, we will still take their pets at their scheduled intake time.

Q: How can I help?

A: First of all, THANK YOU!  We genuinely appreciate the consistent love and care you show to our pets here at Homeward Bound.  We could not continue in our lifesaving mission without your generosity.

Foster: The shelter is also looking for around 200 “on call” emergency fosters, who can take home a pet if HBPAC reaches critical capacity. HBPAC will need fosters for all types of pets but housing for medium and large dogs and pets with medical issues will be most needed. HBPAC provides vet care, crates, supplies, and food. People can sign up to be an on-call emergency foster caregiver by e-mailing Foster@HomewardBoundNJ.org.

We can always use dye-free, dry dog and cat food.  With kitten season upon us, KMR (kitten milk replacement), bottles and nipples, and heating pads are also welcome.  We would ask that linens and bedding not be brought in at this time.  A full list of needed items can be found on our Amazon Wishlist, found here.  Monetary donations can be made online at www.homewardboundNJ.org/donate.

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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.

Rent-A-Dog Program at Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center Introduces New Rent-A-Dog program

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center launched the program on April 25th and within hours we had three shelter dogs rented for a couple of hours. Cassandra was taken out for a long walk yesterday. Cassandra has been with the shelter since January 2018 that is 4 months today. She is a 4 year, mixed breed who is a laid back girl and has perfect leash manners.

This programs was developed to enrich the daily lives of our shelter pets as well as provide a way the community who would love to own a dog but for one reason or another cannot.  This new program allows for approved patrons to take a Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center “Rent-A-Dog” out for one to three hours during the day; whether it is for a hike, a walk in the park, or just to cuddle. You can now enjoy the company of a shelter dog during your lunch break. This program allows for the shelter pet and renter to de-stress together.

We strive daily to keep our dogs as comfortable as possible but the ultimate goal is to get the dog outside. The time out of the shelter is vital for both the mental and physical health of the dogs in our care. By renting a dog you will help that dog find a home and greatly improve his or her quality of life during their stay with Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center.

The Rent-A-Dog program helps with our long timer dogs who have not found a home. Cassandra was able to enjoy a few hours away because of the special program. At the end of day, Cassandra was returned back to the shelter where she waits for her forever home.

You must be 18 years old with valid driver’s license to qualify for program, complete a dog questionnaire and sign foster care agreement, as well as go through a dog handling session with trained staff and volunteers. You do not need to be an active volunteer; however, we encourage everyone to join!

Please click here to fill out our Rent-a-Dog Questionnaire to have ready when you visit the shelter to pick up your Rent-A-Dog!

Click here for a list of suggestions for your outing with your Rent-A-Dog!

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Story from a Renter:

May 1st, 2018: Taco had a lovely afternoon walk today at Tall Pines.  Such a sweet, well-behaved, handsome man.  Melissa and I can’t wait to take him out again, but we of course hope he finds the perfect “furever” home before we get the chance.
We wanted to pass along that we encountered many other people, dogs, and birds during our outing, and while he was interested, he was in no way aggressive or insistent about interacting with any of them.  He was perfectly behaved in the car, staying calmly in the backseat the entire time without any correction.  He does, for some reason, try to exit through the front.
He drinks very well from a squeeze bottle of water, and easily consumed half a liter over the course of an hour and a half.  He would have had more, and even though it was only about 70°, the exertion and the heat seemed to get to him a bit.  He required a few periods of patient rest over the duration.
All and all, a perfect gentleman, and a lovely companion.
Taco while out with his renter: