Pledge-a-Paw Post Event Success

Camden County Animal Shelter’s Dog Walk Fundraiser Raised $54K

Gloucester Township, NJ- It was a beautiful autumn day on Saturday, October 21st at Camden County College, Blackwood where hundreds of animal lovers with their pet companions joined Camden County Animal Shelter 4th Annual Pledge-a-Paw Dog Walk. The Pledge-a-Paw Dog Walk event, sponsored by the Camden County Board of Freeholders, attracted over 250 walkers and over 50 local vendors, animal welfare groups, and rescues, all who attended to raise pledges. Pet companions enjoyed splashing in the pools, yummy treats from the Doggy Snack Bar, and showing off in the Kissing and Costume Contests. Pledge-a-Paw Dog Walk fundraisers walked a one-mile loop around Camden County College Campus led by Bobby, the 2017 Spokespet and Little Miss New Jersey.

 

Visitors were mesmerized with the police canine demonstrations by Gloucester Township Police Department and Camden County Police Department. Pups were very competitive in an ice cream eating contest and the always fashionable costume contest where families got a chance to dress up with their pet. Everyone enjoyed seeing the adoptable pets during the CCAS Pet Parade, where shelter pets were showcased on the stage.

 

“It was wonderful to watch so many supporters walk for the homeless animals” said Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of Camden County Animal Shelter. “The compassion and support of the community helps us care for over 350 homeless animals every day.”

Some participants included Ahimsa Acres Sanctuary, Best Friends Pet Hotel, House Paws Mobile Vet, Jamberry, Katie’s Wreaths, Rodan + Fields, Perfectly Posh, Purely Positive Pets Rescue, Scentsy, SOS Beagle Rescue, and many more. Food vendors include JJ’s Mobile Kitchen and Baby Blue Rolling Kitchen.

 

We thank all our event sponsors Camden County Board Freeholders, Midwest Veterinary Supply, J&J Snack Foods Corp., Merck Animal Health, Chrysalis Technologies, Holman Automotive Group, Inc., Regional Veterinary, Canine Dimensions, Wells Fargo, RED Consulting Group, AMP Tech Systems LLC, VFW Post 3324 Runnemede, Mason Company, Winslow Animal Hospital, The Humane Society of the US, Wedgewood Pharmacy, PetValu, TD Bank, and Mount Laurel Animal Hospital. Thanks to Visit South Jersey for providing the “Pints for Pups” Beer and Wine Garden. Thanks to Camden County College for hosting Pledge-a-Paw Dog Walk.

 

Top Individual Fundraisers:

1. Hazel Thompson -$2,783
2. Andrea Huhn – $2,115
3. Rose Rumaker – $1,115

Top Fundraising Teams:

1. Dogs Helping Dogs – $3,559
2. Kitten Crusaders – $2,585
3. Back Boys and Sis – $630

 You can make a donation to Camden County Animal Shelter call 856-401-1300 or visit www.homewardboundnj.org.

Rescued dogs from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

In the midst of back-to-back storms – Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma – animal shelters, organizations and rescues all came together to transport animals affected by the storms. Camden County Animal Shelter was able to transfer in dogs from Florida and Texas, with the help of Best Friends Animal Society and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.

These dogs were already available for adoption in their respective states. The animal shelters in these states will serve as a housing unit for displaced owned pets to be reunited with their families. Please meet our Texan and Floridian dogs listed below. They will be available for adoption on Wednesday, 9/13.

Dog from Texas

 

ADOPTED – Bella: 8 year old Schnauzer mix. Very affectionate and wiggly. Needs dental work.
Brutus: 3 year old Boxer of mix. Scared and fearful of being touched. Needs some more TLC.
Cally: 3 year old Mixed breed. Shy and scared. Needs some more TLC. (Currently in Foster Care)
Daisy: 4 year old, 1 eyed, Chihuahua. Needs surgery to have eye socket repair, pending surgery date. (Foster care needed)
ADOPTED – Marsha: 10 month old Pit Bull mix. Very scared. Will not walk on leash and needs to be carried.

 

Dogs From Florida

 

ADOPTED – Maria: 5 year old Boxer mix. Calm and polite.
ADOPTED – Martina: 1 year old Pit Bull/Hound mix. Full of energy and playful.
Nel: 1 year old Labrador Retriever mix. Very social with people. (Currently in Foster Care)
ADOPTED – Poppy: 10 month old Labrador Retriever mix. Nervous, but very affectionate with people.
ADOPTED – Sierra: 2 year old Border Collie mix. Calm and laid back.

If you are interested in adopting, please come in to the shelter to meet with the pet.

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Behind the Scenes

Additional photos from picking up dogs from Florida:

    

 

Hurricane Harvey Relief

9/12/16: Rescued dogs from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma – Click here to read more…

Camden County Animal Shelter Commits to Help Animals from Texas

“We have been watching with compassion as the people in Texas rescue their pets from the flood waters with boats, shopping carts and even carrying them on their shoulders,” says Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of Camden County Animal Shelter.

Camden County Animal Shelter has committed to help animals from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. As a network partner of Best Friends Animal Society and collaborating with local rescues, Camden County Animal Shelter anticipates its first transport of dogs early next week. Over the next few days, we are asking the community to adopt and/or foster pets from our shelter so we can make room for more animals in need from Texas.

“We have been watching with compassion as the people in Texas rescue their pets from the flood waters with boats, shopping carts and even carrying them on their shoulders,” says Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of Camden County Animal Shelter. “It is touching to watch and we have the ability to help. By taking animals already in the Texas shelters find new homes in New Jersey we are helping the overcrowded shelters and allowing the families in Texas find and keep their pets with them.”

View a list of Best Friends Network Partners and Rescue Organizations that are in need of YOUR help.

The emergency response efforts involve transporting animals available for adoption from shelters in Texas to New Jersey. Animal welfare agencies are in desperate need to clear shelters in the Houston area. This allows the shelters in surrounding cities including Houston to house owned and stray animals so they may be reunited with their families.

New Jersey animal welfare rescues were the first to receive animals from the area affected by Hurricane Harvey. The recovery efforts will take weeks to months to heal from the impact.

View Hurricane Harvey FAQs by The Humane Society of The United States.

Recent Updates

A pet friendly shelter George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston is housing a few hundred pets; some pets were turned away and families were waiting outside in the rain with their animals. A local mattress store opened their doors for families with pets.

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center mobilized its Sister Shelter WayStation transport program to welcome the first wave of 78 shelter dogs from Texas to New Jersey on August 29th. Humane Society of United States (HSUS) organized the flight of the dogs by Wings of Rescue from San Antonio Animal Care and Control. Camden County Animal Shelter plans to receive pets from the next transport from St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.

Hurricane Harvey landed in Houston late Friday, August 25 and has since flooded the Houston City and surrounding Texas cities. As of Wednesday, August 30, Hurricane Harvey downsized to a Tropical Depression Harvey has made its way to Louisiana. In some areas, the rain totals exceeded 50 inches – resulting in misplacing over 13 million people and thousands of pets, with numbers expected to rise.

Home Eviction with Animals Left Behind

8/30/17
Available for Adoption

Camden County Animal Shelter received over 40 pets from an eviction case in Pine Hill, including 16 Maltese and Chihuahua dogs, 20 domestic rats, 4 turtles, 1 hamster and 1 cat. Pets were left behind after owners were evicted from the residence. The rats and turtles have been place into rescue. All dogs are in great condition and are available for adoption tomorrow, Thursday, August 31st. Adoption center hours tomorrow are from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. To learn more about adoption process, click here.

We are planning to assist more animals from the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Please help us find homes for these pets today!

There are several things you can do to help:
8/30/17

Donate: We are in need of monetary donations in order to provide vaccinations, microchips, spay/neuter surgeries, food, and housing for the dogs. To help with medical expenses consider donating to the Bella Memorial Medical Fund. The fund enables the Camden County Animal Shelter to provide costly medical care and procedures to needy pets wanting nothing more than to continue loving and enjoying life with a human companion.

Foster: We are in need of foster homes for several dogs. Dogs in our care, especially in cases like this, have a much easier time adjusting to their new surroundings in a home environment rather than in a shelter. If you would like to foster a pet, please contact Sara Sharp, Foster Care Coordinator 856-401-1300 ext. 113

8/30/17

Shelter Items: With the influx of dogs taken into the shelter, we are in need of blankets, towels, sheets, small/medium crates, dog toys, wet and dry dog food. Donations can be dropped off at our shelter located at 125 County House Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012. You can also visit our Amazon wish list below.

Camden County Animal Shelter cares for any animal regardless of the reason which may include a pet surrendered by their owners due to medical issues or financial limitations, a stray animal that has been abandoned as well as any animal that has suffered extreme neglect from starvation and medical treatment. Every day we provide quality medical care and housing for our animals as we strive to find them new loving homes.

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Cat Found Injured in Camden

James – 8/11/17

A cat was found injured in Camden on Friday, 8/11 who has been named James. James is estimated to be one year old. He had a fractured jaw and broken leg when he was picked up by an animal control officer. James fell off a balcony from a fifth floor building in Camden. James was taken to Blackwood Animal Shelter for immediate treatment and placed into a medical foster home by Camden County Animal Shelter.

At the Camden County Animal Shelter Clinic, James had extensive surgery last week to repair a fracture jaw and broken leg. It was a very difficult fracture repair; however we are hopeful at this time he will make a full recovery. He will remain in foster care during recovery period before available for adoption.

To help more animals like James, please consider donating to the Bella Memorial Medical Fund.

James – 8/24/17

The fund enables the Camden County Animal Shelter to provide costly medical care and procedures to needy pets wanting nothing more than to continue loving and enjoying life with a human companion.

Camden County Animal Shelter cares for any animal regardless of the reason which may include a pet surrendered by their owners due to medical issues or financial limitations, a stray animal that has been abandoned as well as any animal that has suffered extreme neglect from starvation and medical treatment. Every day we provide quality medical care and housing for our animals as we strive to find them new loving homes.

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97 Pet Adoptions during “Clear the Shelters” Campaign

Camden County Animal Shelter achieves 97 pet adoptions during NBC10 and Telemundo62’s Third Annual “Clear the Shelters” Pet Adoption Campaign

Camden County Animal Shelter found homes for 97 pets; 56 dogs and 41 cats on Saturday, August 19th thanks to NBC10’s and Telemundo62’s Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign.

“We are proud to support the Camden County Animal Shelter’s Clear the Shelters adoption event every year,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the Camden County Animal Shelter. “Clear the Shelters event is the largest pet adoption day of the year with so many find new homes. During the event, we were proud to waive the fees for animal adoptions.”

Thank you to the Camden County Board of Freeholders for sponsoring the fee-waived adoptions. Thank you to DJ Nick for the music, Capone Photography for the pictures, and The Nostalgic Dog for the food. A special thanks to all the volunteers and staff of Camden County Animal Shelter who made this event happen.

“It truly is a wonderful experience to see so many pets go home in one day,” says Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of Camden County Animal Shelter. “So far this year we have found homes for more than 2,400 pets.”

Click here to view pictures from the event. 

The popular pet adoption campaign by Philadelphia/WCAU and Telemundo62/WWSI – Clear the Shelters  –  resulted in 4,837 local pet adoptions. Launched in July 2017 and culminating on Clear the Shelters day, Saturday, August 19, the stations’ pet adoption initiative included the participation of nearly 50 animal shelters in the Greater Philadelphia region. On Saturday alone, 1,450 adoptions took place, a 30 percent increase from 2016. Nationally, the third annual Clear the Shelters campaign resulted in the adoption of more than 68,000 pets. Since 2015, NBC10 and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear the Shelters campaign has resulted in more than 141,000 pet adoptions.

For more information about the stations’ Clear the Shelters 2017 pet adoption campaign, including photos and local pet adoption stories, visit NBC10.com and Telemundo62.com. To access stories and photos from other Clear the Shelters participating markets, visit ClearTheShelters.com. To access information in Spanish, please visit DesocuparLosAlbergues.com. Clear the Shelters is an initiative spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal.

Best Friends National Conference

Animal Welfare Directors of Camden County highlight lifesaving initiatives at National Conference

Camden County’s animal welfare leaders, Vicki Rowland, Camden County Animal Shelter (CCAS) Executive Director and Maya Richmond, Animal Welfare Association (AWA) Executive Director will be speaking at the Best Friends National Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey on July 13 through 15 at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center. Both Directors will be highlighting how their organizations have collaborated and resulted in measurable lifesaving impact in Camden County at the Save Them All: Northeast Regional Case Studies workshop. Best Friends National Conference have selected speakers to highlight best practices in animal welfare; who will share and connect with thousands of animal welfare leaders from all over the country.

It was only a few years ago when animals were not safe in our community. ”The leadership of AWA and CCAS created programs to lower the number of homeless animals entering our Camden County’s shelter and have worked to increase pet adoptions. What they have done is working and they should be recognized for their leadership,” shared Camden County Board of Freeholders, Jeffery Nash. Together these two organizations lead the no-kill movement in Camden County with a 92% live release collectively; both continue to identify lifesaving initiatives to reach community wide no-kill.

“We combine our organizational strengths to better the lives of animals”, says Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of CCAS. “With organizational collaboration, we unite our leadership skills sets, knowledge and information that increases our capacity to do more for our animals in Camden County.” Camden County Animal Shelter is an open-admission progressive shelter that exclusively holds the animal service contracts for the City of Camden and 17 other municipalities in Camden County.

“By sharing resources, being transparent in our objectives, and trusting each other the collaboration between Animal Welfare Association (Voorhees, NJ) and Camden County Animal Shelter (Blackwood, NJ) has changed the landscape for the animals in our community”, says Maya Richmond, Executive Director of AWA. Animal Welfare Association is a private limited-intake shelter with 69 years of providing progressive community-wide services. Over the last four years, both organizations have collaborated resources and successfully demonstrated results with decreasing stray pet impoundment from the City of Camden.

Directors Background

Vicki Rowland has 10 years of experience in animal welfare that involves management, marketing and public relations, strategic planning, and fundraising development. Since 2013, Vicki has held the position of executive director of the Animal Welfare Society of Camden County (AWSCC) nonprofit operating the Camden County Animal Shelter (CCAS) in Blackwood, New Jersey.

Maya Richmond has 15 years of experience in animal welfare and before joining AWA in 2009, she was the director of operations and program development for the Maryland SPCA in Baltimore. She enjoys using her business knowledge to design programs that directly improve the welfare of animals in the community. At AWA, she has worked to develop sustainable programs and fundraising so that AWA can do more for the community, including comprehensive pet programs in the City of Camden.

Service Enterprise Certification through Points of Light

Camden County Animal Shelter Receives Service Enterprise Certification

Camden County Animal Shelter is pleased to announce that we have been certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise! A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills throughout their organization to successfully deliver on its social mission.

Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness, and are more adaptable, sustainable and capable of scaling their work.

Camden County Animal Shelter completed an extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training and consulting and extensive internal planning and change to better integrate volunteers in our day to day operations. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, Camden County Animal Shelter is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers and better meet our mission.

Volunteers at the shelter were previously limited to animal interaction and basic housekeeping services. Now there are roles for volunteers in our administrative offices, adoption and fostering, vaccine and clinic services, social media assistance, special events and fundraising support and more. These new volunteer roles enable Camden County Animal Shelter to operate at an improved capacity. This new program has provided us the tools to increase overall animal release rates, provide enhanced services and hours available for the public at the walk-in vaccine and clinic, raise funds through special events and promotions and save thousands of dollars on administrative costs on an annual basis.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities with our organization, please visit www.homewardboundnj.org. For further information regarding the Service Enterprise Initiative, please contact Pat Guerrero, CVA, Senior Manager, Volunteer Engagement & Programs, Best Friends Animal Society at (435) 644-2001 ext. 4484 or email patg@bestfriends.org.

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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