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:

Lee Asher to Visit Camden County Animal Shelter

April 18, 2018 Camden County Animal Shelter Hosts Meet’n’Greet with Lee Asher

On April 18th, 2018 Lee Asher and The Asher House will be visiting Camden County Animal Shelter. Lee Asher is an animal enthusiast that is on a journey of a lifetime! Asher had an inspirational idea to use the power of social media to spread awareness about the benefits of adopting a shelter pet. In a leap of faith he decided to sell most of his belongings to purchase an RV, which he intends to travel to each of states in the United States along with his 6 rescue dogs, with a goal to have one adoption at each shelter he visits.

Lee Asher and his team were motivated to visit Camden County Animal Shelter after news that the shelter reached a 91% animal save rate in 2017. In 2017 Camden County Animal Shelter became the leading animal welfare agency in the region with the largest intake and highest save rate in the region.

The event will be held at Camden County Animal Shelter from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Camden County Animal Shelter welcomes potential adopters, fosters and rescues to come and meet Asher to learn about the impact he has had on the nation and help make a difference by adopting as many pets as possible.

“The goal is to have this outreach event where we can all celebrate together and celebrate the direction that animal welfare and the humane treatment of animals is progressing rapidly,” said Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of Camden County Animal Shelter.

Lee educates the public on how shelters are too full and dogs are euthanized every day and how it needs to stop. The Asher House is an organization taking action to do just that. It started with a successful Kickstarter campaign. Lee and his team have a philosophy to show people the amazing breeds that are inside shelters as well as the loving bonds that you can share with your rescue pet through fun and engaging content.

“Every breed can be found in the shelters, every breed can be rescued.” says Lee Asher, founder of The Asher House, “Another vital part of our mission is to introduce people to shelters through events and social gatherings at the shelter and educate them on the importance of local humane societies as well as try to abolish that preliminary fear that person may have had.

To learn more about Lee Asher and The Asher House visit http://TheAsherHouse.com or use @theasherhouse on social media.

 

 

For more information on similar programs and partnerships with Camden County Animal Shelter email Melissa Meccariello at outreach@homewardboundnj.org, call 856-401-1300, extension 117, or visit us at 125 County House Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012.

Norcross Calls for National Animal Rescue Day

Norcross Calls for National Animal Rescue Day

Resolution Aims to Save Over 1 Million Strays Killed Every Year

At the Camden County Animal Shelter, Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today announced a new action in Congress to designate National Animal Rescue Day on the first Saturday of October every year.

More than a million stray cats and dogs are euthanized annually by overburdened shelters across the United States, and Animal Rescue Day will spur a mass campaign about shelters and why families should consider adopting these animals in need of permanent, stable homes.

“My family has included many loving animals over the years, and pets have enriched our lives in countless ways. But many animals never get to be with a family that loves them – and many overwhelmed shelters don’t have the resources to care for them. We can help these shelters and connect loving families to abandoned and stray animals by raising awareness on a new National Animal Rescue Day,” said Congressman Norcross. “Over six million cats and dogs are placed in shelters every year; let’s look into our hearts and encourage successful rescues.”

Specifically, Norcross’ National Animal Rescue Day resolution will encourage the support of animal shelters with donations of funding and essential supplies; promote animal adoption by telling the stories about mistreated animals and successful rescues; reduce the need and use of euthanasia; and help reduce the number of abandoned and stray animals.

Click here to view or download photos from the event at the Camden County Animal Shelter, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

“We are not only honored to host Congressman Norcross, we also know that this is the most appropriate location for this announcement due to the fact that the Camden County Animal Shelter is the only open admission animal shelter in the region to achieve a 91 percent animal save rate in in 2017,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the Camden County Animal Shelter. “National Animal Rescue Day will help us bring more attention to the animals in shelters waiting for their forever homes.”

“All of us in the animal welfare community thank Congressman Norcross for his continued support, and for helping to raise awareness of saving animals through adoption,” said Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of the Camden County Animal Shelter. “Our vision at the Camden County Animal Shelter is to save even more lives in the coming years, and a dedicated National Animal Rescue Day will help us in our goal.”

“I appreciate that the Congressman is introducing this Resolution after I brought it to his office’s attention,” said Gail Kasper. “While it’s up to each person to make a choice to go to a shelter or a rescue first, I firmly believe that every animal deserves a home.”

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Pure Hearts Awards Accepting Nominations!

Camden County Animal Shelter Launches Pure Hearts Awards

Camden County Animal Shelter, celebrating its 20th anniversary, has launched the Pure Hearts Awards on Wednesday, February 14th. The Pure Hearts Awards will be online award process where individuals may nominate an individual, a business or a pet to receive recognition as a Pure Hearts Awardee. The awards are open to public individuals to nominate members of the community that have made extreme efforts, improvements and achievements in animal welfare and animal advocacy.

Five categories have been selected for nominations; Public Servant Leadership, Young Hero, Noteworthy Volunteer, Humane Business and Lifetime Pet Achievement. Any individual may submit a nomination to support fellow members of the community, all submissions are free.

When the nominee accepts the submission they will be listed on Camden County Animal Shelter website for public review. The top four in each category will make up the Top 20 Pure Hearts Awards recipients. Winners will be selected by Camden County Animal Shelter committee review. Online submissions will be accepted starting Friday, February 16th to end on Friday, April 20th. After committee review the winners will be announced on Friday, April 27th.

In order to submit a nomination an entrant must complete the online submission process, which includes giving detailed information about the nominee, and essay describing why they should win the category they have been selected for with a minimum 250 word count but not to exceed 1,000 words and submit a photograph of the individual completed with a waiver for permission for photo submission.

“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”.

The Camden County Animal Shelter has become the only open admission animal shelter in the region to achieve a 91 percent animal save rate in 2017. The mission to ending companion animal homelessness in Camden County through community awareness and responsible pet ownership.

Visit www.homewardboundnj.org/pure-hearts-awards/ to submit an online nomination to the Pure Hearts Awards. For more information on nominations or sponsorship for the Pure Hearts Awards email Melissa Meccariello at outreach@homewardboundnj.org or call 856-401-1300, ext. 117.

Highest Save Rate in Region

Camden County Animal Shelter Achieves Highest Save Rate in Region

The Camden County Animal Shelter has become the only open admission animal shelter in the region to achieve a 91 percent animal save rate in 2017. Specifically, the save rate was 92 percent dogs and 91 percent cats. By comparison, in 2009 the shelter’s save rate was 73 percent for dogs and 46 percent for cats.

“This monumental goal is one that everyone involved with the animal shelter have had their sights on for several years, and knew it could be achieved,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the Camden County Animal Shelter. “I commend the Camden County Animal Shelter, and share in their excitement on reaching this milestone while continuing to improve and enhance the overall complex.”

The goal of achieving a live release rate over 90 percent is an initiative driven by a collaboration of many leading national animal welfare organizations. The Camden County Animal Shelter partners with national animal welfare agencies to learn best practices and lifesaving programs. Based on the lessons learned, the progressive lifesaving measures the shelter has implemented resulted in a 7 percent live release increase from 2016 to 2017.

“This record-breaking accomplishment was achieved with continuing support from the Board of Freeholders, Camden County staff, local outreach programs, enhanced community education efforts, and partnerships with rescue organizations,” said Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of the Camden County Animal Shelter. “Our vision is to save even more lives in the coming years and to sustain a more than 90 percent save rate into the future.”

A total of 1,540 animals were transferred out to other rescue agencies in 2017, an increase of 37 percent or 417 more lives saved. In addition, the foster care program and our dedicated volunteers increased care capacity to save more lives.

“The significant increase in our ability to save more cats was the result of building relationships with organizations and rescues focused on Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs to assist with community cats that entered the shelter,” Rowland said. “Last year, the Freeholder Board introduced a Community Cat Ordinance to serve as a model for municipalities throughout the county dealing with the challenge of stray and feral cats.”

This ordinance authorizing TNR programs creates a safety net for both the cats and the community. As fewer kittens are born, the community cat population is reduced. It is estimated that there are somewhere between 1.3 and 2 million stray cats in New Jersey. In Camden County, this represents approximately 123,000 cats, almost 25,000 of which are estimated to be considered as stray or feral.

“We are committed to saving all healthy and treatable animals in our care,” Rowland said. “It is our mission to do everything we can for the homeless animals in our community.”

The Camden County Animal Shelter services provide shelter for stray/unwanted animals, find those animals loving homes, and offer low-cost spay/neuter services. Camden County Animal Shelter’s mission is to end companion animal homelessness in Camden County through community awareness and responsible ownership.

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Pet Pantry Program Update

Pet Food Pantry Helps 5,600 Pets

The Pet Food Pantry supported by the Animal Alliance of Camden County has recognized a community need for pet food assistance. The food assistance program has provided 7,500 pounds of cat food and 22,600 pounds of dog food to 5,600 owned pets since the program launched in April 2015.

Camden County Pet Food Pantry’s purpose is to keep pets with their families by offering food assistance. Owners surrender pets to local shelters regularly, and financial hardship is a common reason for doing so. The Alliance seeks to help Camden County residents keep pets in their homes by providing nutritional assistance to those in need. The only requirement is a need for assistance in providing food for a pet.

The Animal Alliance of Camden County is a partnership of Camden County Shared Services and local animal welfare agencies that include Animal Adoption Center, Voorhees Animal Orphanage, Animal Welfare Association, Camden County Animal Shelter, and Independent Animal Control. Alliance members share a common goal of finding homes for unwanted and neglected animals, including efforts to keep owned pets with their families.

Camden County Pet Food Pantry locations will be open to the public from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm for food pick-up on the second Saturday of every third month.

Please check our calendar of events for upcoming pantry dates!

 

Pet Food Pantry Locations:

Animal Adoption Center
501 Berlin Rd N, Lindenwold, NJ 08021, www.aacnj.org

Animal Welfare Association
509 Centennial Blvd, Voorhees Township, NJ 08043, www.awanj.org

Camden County Animal Shelter
125 County House Road, Blackwood NJ 08012, www.homewardboundnj.org

Voorhees Animal Orphanage
421 Cooper Rd, Voorhees Township, NJ 08043, www.vaonj.org

#GivingTuesday Press Release

 

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 20, 2017

 

Support the Camden County Animal Shelter on #GivingTuesday

(Blackwood, NJ) – The Camden County Animal Shelter (CCAS) will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages individuals, communities and organizations to support philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

“This year, please consider making a donation to the Camden County Animal Shelter to celebrate #GivingTuesday,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the CCAS. “Your gift will go a long way toward helping house, feed and care for the animals waiting to be adopted into a caring home.”

Held on November 28 this year, #GivingTuesday annually takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to inspire people to collaborate to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. The CCAS is pleased to join the movement by participating in #GivingTuesday again this year and hope to reach our fundraising goal of $10,000 from their generous donors.

“It is rewarding to see how many organizations and individuals support our cause throughout the year and even more gratifying to see how many people take the time to give back to the community through volunteering, donating, fostering and taking part in many of our program operations on #GivingTuesday”, said Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of the CCAS. “The compassion and support we receive from the community helps us care for over 350 homeless animals every day.”

92Y − a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2016, the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.

Founded by the Freeholder Board in 1997, CCAS is an open admissions shelter and takes in over 4,000 companion animals from 18 municipalities in Camden County every year. CCAS services are to provide shelter for stray/unwanted animals, find those animals loving homes, and offer low-cost spay/neuter services. CCAS’s mission is to end companion animal homelessness in Camden County through community awareness and responsible ownership.

Those who are interested in joining CCAS’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.homewardboundnj.org.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.

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Shelter Expansion Grows Clinic and Surgical Services

The Camden County Freeholder Board has committed $1 million to the Camden County Animal Shelter (CCAS) in Gloucester Township for further expansion. This funding will be used to upgrade and improve the capacity for the shelter to perform low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and dental work on residents’ cats and dogs.

“The Camden County Animal Shelter serves thousands of pets and their owners throughout Camden County,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the CCAS. “We’re making sure the shelter has the resources it needs keep our pets safe and cared for, and we want to make sure that those animals currently without a home are cared for as well.”

The renovation project will expand the low-cost clinic services and enhance the animal holding space, customer service and daily housekeeping areas. The clinic improvements will include a new surgical suite and prep areas for spay and neuter surgeries for the shelter and public animals. The surgical suite will increase the capacity for public surgeries and the vaccine clinic; it will include new surgical equipment, surgery recovery space, customer lobby and desk, and surgical ventilation systems.

The project is the second phase of a broader improvement plan that started in 2015. That year the shelter opened a new adoption wing where residents could interact with and adopt pets. The new wing made room for an additional 30 dogs and 50 cats.

“Camden County is a very animal friendly place, whether they be pets or animals who currently don’t have a home,” Young said. “The Freeholder Board has had a longstanding commitment to treat animals, owned or homeless, in a humane manner. We believe it is the right thing to do and we want our public policy to mirror these values.” The latest expansion project began this August, and is expected to be completed by summer 2018.

“We invite everyone to come and visit the dogs and cats waiting for you at the Camden County Animal Shelter,” Young said. “There is a mutual happiness derived from these encounters that leaves the animals and our visitors happier and more fulfilled.”

Click here for our photo gallery. Our clinic is still operating through the construction phases. Be sure to check our calendar for any closures.

To read more about news coverage on this article click on the following links:

Camden County Animal Shelter Continues Expansion, Surgical Center to Come by SNJToday.com
Camden County Animal Shelter to get Million Dollar Expansion, Upgrade by CBS Philly News