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.