Oh Deer! Special guests at Cumberland County SPCA

Oh deer! Special guests at Cumberland County SPCA

Bev Greco, Cumberland County SPCA 3:19 p.m. EDT June 12, 2016

Last week we had two special guests in the CCSPCA shelter: our first fawns to be brought in for transport to a wildlife rehabilitation center. Does generally give birth from late May through the end of June, so the season is upon us.The first one was found in the farmland area of East Vineland. The animal control officer responded to a call from a concerned citizen and found the little guy stuck in a ditch alongside the road. The young deer was feisty, but full of ticks and low in body weight, and the animal control officer felt it could not be left in hopes of having the mother return. The tick infestation alone was cause for concern because it is not normal in fawns being attended regularly by their mothers. Plus, there was concern that it was stuck in a drainage ditch amid the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing.

The little deer was placed in a large dog kennel and transported to the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter, where it rested quietly until the wildlife rehabilitator picked it up later that afternoon. Other than a few bruises suffered by the officer – little hooves can create some serious black and blue marks when they come in contact with human skin – the endeavor to save the fawn went very well and he was transported up to the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge the next morning.The very next day a call came in from the wildlife rehabilitator herself. She had been contacted about another possibly abandoned fawn in Fairfield Township. Unable to respond, she called me for help and I was more than happy to escape my desk to take a short road trip. About 90 percent of calls received about abandoned fawns are unfounded because the mother is often in the area. It is normal for them to forage away from the babies and not return until after dark. For that reason, I anticipated the trip being more of a “wellness check” and following up the next morning.

I arrived at the property and the caller escorted me to the spot behind his outbuildings where he had seen the fawn. He told me that when he first found it, the little deer actually had waked right up to him, which is highly unusual. But sure enough, as soon as the fawn realized we were there, she got up and came trotting up to me. I was astounded but quickly realized that this little girl was just hungry. She had the telltale sign of tick-infested ears and head, and I wondered, with her being just a very short distance from the road, if her mom had been hit. The little fawn bleated loudly when I picked her up and we stayed there for almost half an hour, listening for any rustling or snorting in the woods. Nothing.I was sorry to have to take her from her habitat, but felt certain that she was at risk of starving to death or wandering into the road if I left her. She was so hungry that she was licking the inside of the dog carrier I had placed her in. When we got back to the shelter, I was able to get her to start lapping from a baby bottle after squirting the milk replacement formula on the interior walls where she was licking and gradually guiding her to the bottle.It was hands down the best part of my week! She also has been transported to the refuge and will be raised around other fawns so that she can regain her wildness and be released.All that said, I want to caution anyone who comes upon an unaccompanied fawn. Please don’t touch it or even get too near it without consulting a professional first. It can be a full 24 hours before a doe feels it’s safe to return to her fawn without leading predators to it. Observe from a distance, call your local animal control officer or the CCSPCA to have a wildlife rehabilitator called in or consulted. You can reach us at (856) 691-1500 and your animal control officer can be reached through your police department.

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Stray dog shot in face needs $4K in vet care | NJ.com

By Don E. Woods | For NJ.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on May 12, 2016 at 2:30 PM, updated May 12, 2016 at 4:06 PMMILLVILLE — They call him Mr. Biggs. A stray pit bull that was found on the side of the road in Commercial Township earlier this month.Mr. Biggs was a friendly dog but was visibly injured with a head wound and he had difficulty walking. When Millville-based TLC Animal Rescue took him to the animal hospital, X-rays showed bullets still lodged in his head and leg.”We had no idea the extent of his injuries,” said Shelly Denhardt, vice president of TLC Animal Rescue. “He wasn’t walking on his hind leg but we had no idea. At first we thought he was probably hit by a car. We had no idea he was shot or to the extent his leg was shattered.”Man makes wood sculpture of UFC fighterIt took 750 hours for Jim O’Neal to finish the sculpture of mixed martial artist Conor McGregor.TLC Animal Rescue is raising money to take Mr. Biggs to an orthopedic surgeon in Red Bank, hoping to save the pit bull’s leg from being amputated. The animal group was hoping that putting pins in Mr. Biggs’ leg would help him but the surgery will instead require a plate. The surgery for his leg is estimated to cost $4,000.”We were just shocked and hysterically crying,” Denhardt said. “It was just unbelievable news for such a sweet dog.”A volunteer for TLC Animal Rescue was driving in the area of Main Street and Strawberry Avenue in Commercial Township on May 2 when she spotted Mr. Biggs laying on the side of the road. They took Mr. Biggs to the Cumberland County SPCA and picked him up a week later, which is the required protocol for strays that are found. Mr. Biggs is now staying at the TLC Animal Rescue. He was named after the volunteer who helped rescue him.N.J. dog recovering from being shot in headTLC Animal Rescue is taking care of Mr. Biggs, a pit bull that was found on the side of a road in Commercial Township. Mr. Biggs was shot in the leg and face. (Submitted video)Due to his injuries, rescue workers believe that he was used as a fighting dog. The workers are unsure if he was shot and then dumped or shot in the woods but, either way, Mr. Biggs ended up injured on the side of the road waiting for rescue.”We’ve certainly rescued dogs that have had scars, have been under weight and have been severely mistreated but we have never had a case where a dog has been this abused,” Denhardt said.Mr. Biggs’ abuse is under investigation. Once he is healed, he will be put up for adoption by TLC Animal Rescue. In order to pay for the operations, the animal rescue group is collection donations and organizing fundraisers.

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Meet 3 dogs rescued from South Korean meat farm

VINELAND - A trio of pups, rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea, have flourished in foster care and are now ready for adoption.Beth, Regina and Amos arrived at the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals about a month ago.Now, they are ready to move on.The SPCA is looking to place the dogs in homes with an abundance of patience and love, said Jessica Morrison, the shelter’s foster coordinator.RELATED: Meet other animals looking for forever homesApplications may be submitted by clicking here.Buy PhotoRegina (Photo: Deborah M. Marko/Staff Photo)“This is not going to be first-come, first-served, we are going to go through the applications to really identify what’s best for each dog,” Morrison told The Daily Journal.The pups were among 485 dogs brought to the United States and Canada as the Humane Society International leads an effort to end the practice of raising dogs for food.The rescued dogs arrived mid-April at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Morris County and were transferred to the local SPCA on May 9.MORE: Dogs bound for slaughter saved in SJUnderfed and fearful, the dogs required time to adjust to life beyond the cage, Morrison said.Experienced foster families stepped up to ease the dogs into their new lives.Regina, believed to be a mastiff/blood hound mix, is a 60-pound puppy, according to her foster mom, Kristin Ramer.Buy PhotoBeth (Photo: Deborah M. Marko/Staff Photo)“Practically everything is brand new,” she said. “If you’re patient and give her a little time, she comes around pretty quick.”“She didn’t know how to drink out of a water bowl,” Ramer said, but Regina is learning. “She likes belly rubs and squeaker toys.”Beth, a small spaniel mix, takes time to warm up to people, said Karen Mayo, who was filling in for a foster mom. But when she does, she becomes a furry shadow of the subject of her affection.RELATED: Heartbreak for Harambe’s keepersAmos, who enjoys the company of other dogs, is a quick learner but not without a few missteps.“He tried to a walk on a mud puddle,” said Jill Baxter, but he soon learned not to do that again. “He’s very clever.”Amos, a mixed breed, didn’t bark and Baxter wondered if the dog had sustained a throat injury.“Then he saw my horse, he opened his mouth,” she said. “He is very sweet, he puts up with everything. I have not seen him snarl or give a dirty look the whole time I’ve had him.”Buy PhotoAmos (Photo: Deborah M. Marko/Staff Photo)Amos is a homebody.“He doesn’t want to leave the yard, he’s getting used to the car, that’s a big deal,” Baxter said.The dogs reunited Monday at the SPCA in their first joint social gathering since they arrived in the United States“I think it was a huge success; they’ve all done better than we expected,” Morrison said, crediting the foster families for the level of care they provided. “I think (each dog)  got exactly what they needed.”Their once jutting rib and hip bones were no longer visible, now hidden under some healthy weight gain attributed to regular meals and treats.Each dog carries scars of the deplorable conditions where they were raised.FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInSPCA saves dogs from South Korean meat farm FullscreenBuy PhotoAmos, a hound and mastiff mix, eats from the hand of foster coordinator Jessica Morrison Thursday, May 5 at the Cumberland County SPCA in Vineland. Amos was saved from a South Korean meat farm.  Joe Lamberti/Staff PhotographerFullscreen1 of 8 Next Slide8 PhotosSPCA saves dogs from South Korean meat farmRegina and Amos have splayed feet from living in a wire-bottomed cages. Initially, they weren’t familiar with grass and didn’t know how to run.When they did try, their gait — while enthusiastic — was awkward.“The first time, (Amos) started to run, oh my God,” Baxter said, admitting she thought he was injured. “The more he runs, the better he gets, he’s going to be an athlete.”MORE: End of watch for Cumberland County Sheriff K9The dogs may have some vision problems and there are dental issues. Amos’ teeth push on his side lip, which gives an appearance of an Elvis sneer.The dogs are getting used to American life.Amos loves playing ball and Regina enjoys diverse cuisine, especially pizza.Beth likes to cuddle up and watch television.For those who are interested in adopting one of the dogs, Morrison said, “Do the application online.”“That will give us the basic information about them,” she said.MORE: South Jersey residents charged in dogfighting networkBuy PhotoVolunteers Kristin Ramer, with "Regina" Jill Baxter with Amos. and Karen Mayo with "beth" interact at a room at the SPCA in Vineland. Update on the three dogs who were rescued from Korean Dog Meat market. (Photo: Jose F. Moreno/Staff Photographer)Interviews will be set up to talk to prospective adopters about the dogs’ likes, dislikes and quirks.“We want them to be prepared for what they may come up against,” Morrison said.Once afraid to leave their crates, Amos and Regina are curious, led by their noses

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Heartbreak for Harambe’s keepers

Last week the world mourned the loss of another beautiful creature, Harambe, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. Harambe was shot and killed by the zoo’s response team when a toddler managed to climb into his enclosure and his behavior with the child became unpredictable. The situation brought out intense emotion across the country, but I believe those who felt Harambe’s loss the strongest were his zookeepers.Harambe’s zookeepers were his family, and I’m certain they had a special relationship with Harambe as well. For most of us who choose to work an animal-centered job, whether you are a zookeeper or an animal shelter worker, strong bonds are formed with the animals we work with. At the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter, our time with the animals is spent bringing them to health; enriching their time with us; giving them exercise and attention; and keeping them fed, clean and healthy. While a zookeeper’s job differs in many ways, in these tasks our jobs are similar.RELATED STORY: Who was Harambe?At the shelter, we are able to work hands on with most of the animals our care. While hands-on care was not possible for most of Harambe’s caregivers, for obvious safety reasons, I believe their bond with him was just as strong, if not stronger. Consider the amazing intellectual ability of primates – I can’t imagine how much personality, intelligence and humor Harambe showed his keepers.Loving and respecting animals isn’t about what they give you. Just because his caregivers couldn’t snuggle Harambe, they didn’t love him any less. The public needs to realize that appreciating and respecting animals has very little to do with how they make us feel. It’s not their responsibility to give us a thrill or a snuggle – they are animals. If we truly appreciate them, we wouldn’t want to alter how they are really supposed to be. Harambe’s caregivers appreciated his wildness and knew that was part of what made him so special, even though it cost him his life in the end.FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInDogs & cats at Cumberland County SPCA need a home FullscreenFroggy  CCSPCAFullscreen1 of 14 Next Slide14 PhotosDogs & cats at Cumberland County SPCA need a homeAt the CCSPCA shelter, just because a dog is aggressive or a cat is feral doesn’t mean that we care about them any less. We may not be able to handle them like we typically do, but we still appreciate the life that they are and do our best by them. And when we can’t save them, if they are suffering or aggressive, there is pain involved in that loss. However, our animals are given a peaceful, painless passing.I can’t imagine the horror that was felt by Harambe’s keepers as they learned of, or worse, witnessed, his demise. How quickly it happened … his reaction to the screaming of the crowd … the terror leading up to what they had to know was coming … and the violence of his death. I can’t imagine the trauma that these people, who dedicated their professional lives to his care, felt as this was happening. And I can’t imagine the pain and loss they feel every single day as they continue to care for the remaining gorillas in the habitat and feel his loss and relive that awful afternoon for many days to come.If their grieving was not already painful enough, every time they look at their phones or open their computers, they have to see articles or opinions about how the zoo is at fault or how terrible it was that Harambe was in a zoo to begin with. I don’t know enough to debate whether those statements are valid, but I know they make a traumatizing loss even more difficult to deal with. The staff worked so hard to keep him healthy, keep him active and engaged, and give him the best life possible. To be criticized for something beyond their control during such a sad time makes a bad situation worse. This is something that we can sympathize with as well. Sometimes, no matter how hard we work for the animals, there is still public backlash because we can’t save every single one, despite our best efforts. Working with animals is a tough job, no matter which animals you are working with. This week, our hearts are with Harambe’s caregivers at the Cincinnati Zoo.Shelter needsThe CCSPCA shelter in Vineland seeks donations of kitten chow, A/D Diet, canned chicken, hot dogs, cheese singles, soft dog treats, litter, cat and dog toys, catnip, cat blankets, paper towels, and gift cards from grocery and pet supply stores.The CCSPCA desperately needs volunteers for our morning and afternoon shifts caring for cats and kittens at PetSmart in Millville. Contact Cindy at the shelter.

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Lovable kitten’s short-term stay gets longer

Normally when I write about my personal fostering experiences, it’s about the puppies that I take home. Truth be told, I prefer fostering kittens over puppies for the following reasons:They do not feel the need to put everything in their sight line in their mouths.They do not chew on chair legs, drywall, flooring or other permanent fixtures in the house.They do not require eight weeks of 24/7 monitoring in order to keep them from doing serious harm to themselves.They do not scream at the top of their lungs for hours on end when the lights go out for the night.They don’t need to be bathed every other day.And, most importantly, they don’t leave me little “presents” or puddles every 10 seconds.MORE SPCA NEWS: It's raining dogs and cats at the Cumberland County SPCAIris (Photo: CCSPCA)So a couple of weeks ago, when I spotted a tiny, long-haired torti kitten lying in a cage all by herself, my love of kittens kicked in. She was beautiful in spite of the fact that she obviously was malnourished and dehydrated – two things I knew I could fix very quickly. One of our vet techs told me that her rib cage was not formed properly on one side, so I held off on taking her home for foster care until the vet saw her the next morning and could determine if this was a condition that would affect her quality of life. As it turned out, the vet said one side of her rib cage is short and curls under, which reduces her chest volume by about 25 percent, but that it is definitely something she can live with. The only issue for the kitten is that anesthesia can pose a risk. This risk factor actually cemented my intentions to foster her because I would not want to send her home with one of our volunteer foster parents and have them suffer on the outside chance that her spay surgery doesn’t go well.I took her home with me that night, and for the past two weeks I have been nursing her back to health (she is now eating four times as much as my adult cats eat in a day, and she only weighs a pound and a half!) and spoiling her rotten. I think having this risk with her spay surgery coming up makes me more determined to make her feel happy, healthy and loved. Needless to say, giving her all this extra-special attention has left me even more bonded with her than usual.Developing a bond with foster animals is inevitable, and it’s always bittersweet when they leave you for their forever homes. In this case, I knew I was setting myself up for heartache when it’s time to let her go, but I usually bounce back quickly when I see how excited and happy the adopters are as they come to pick up their new family member.FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInADOPT US! Dogs & cats at Cumberland County SPCA need a home! FullscreenBane  CCSPCAFullscreen1 of 15 Next Slide15 PhotosADOPT US! Dogs & cats at Cumberland County SPCA need a home!I’m normally fostering puppies and kittens that leave as soon as they’re 8 or 9 weeks old and can be altered. Puppies are easily adopted, and I’m usually VERY ready for them to go and pee on someone else’s floor. With the kittens, it’s much more difficult to find homes. And since they’re no trouble, I’m fine waiting for a good home for them. I knew in the case of Merida (named after Disney’s heroine princess for her bravery), I probably would have her a couple of extra weeks because she would need that extra time to grow and develop. But panic surged through my veins when I talked to the vet about the schedule for her normal kitten wellness care and her surgery … FOUR MONTHS! The vet wants to wait until she’s at least 4 months old before we spay her! She’s only 6 weeks old now, which means I have to love her for another 2½ months and then let her go!I lucked out with Amazing Grace, the last foster puppy we had. I couldn’t help but have a special bond with her because of the near-death experiences she suffered and the fact that we got her when she was just a few days old. As soon as I wrote about her, a wonderful couple came forward after reading the column, so she was on track to go to a fabulous home right from the beginning. I’m hoping that Merida, with her beautiful face and outgoing personality, also will pull on someone’s heartstrings so that she can move on to the next chapter in her little life as soon as possible.Shelter needsThe South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter in Vineland seeks donations of kitten chow, A/D Diet, canned chicken, hot dogs, cheese singles, soft dog treats, litter, cat and dog toys, catnip, cat blankets, paper towels, and gift cards from grocery and pet supply stores.

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Don’t put your pet in danger when on the road

Last week, a 15-year-old cat was brought to the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter. While it’s upsetting that a 15-year-old cat found herself homeless, what was more upsetting was the way that she was brought to the shelter. She was put into a Rubbermaid storage container, with the lid secured on, and placed in the trunk of the car. There were four small holes poked into the container that provided her with just enough air; we hate to think what would have happened if the trip was much longer. When it comes to transporting pets, safety should be the first consideration. New Jersey animal cruelty laws required that “a person who shall carry, or cause to be carried, a living animal or creature in or upon a vehicle or otherwise, in a cruel or inhumane manner, shall be guilty of a disorderly persons offense.” Animals should not be transported in a way that jeopardizes their safety – this would include the trunk of a car, or loose in the bed of a truck. It’s easy to imagine the disaster that could occur should a truck so much as hit the brakes hard, with an unsecured dog in the back. Dogs can be transported in crates in the bed, but the crates also must be secured.MORE SPCA NEWS: It's raining cats, dogs and reptiles at SPCAIf transporting an animal that needs to be contained, a pet carrier is the recommended mode of transport. They are designed to keep pets secure and safe. They also keep the humans in the car safe, as the animals are much less of a distraction when contained safely. We have seen animals brought into the shelter in all manners of boxes, containers and cages, some safe and some more concerning. If you don’t have a pet carrier available to you and must utilize a box or container, please make sure there is proper ventilation. Holes need to be large and plentiful to ensure the pet has plenty of air available.FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInADOPT US: Dogs & cats at the CCSPCA who need a home FullscreenBindi  CCSPCAFullscreen1 of 14 Next Slide14 PhotosADOPT US: Dogs & cats at the CCSPCA who need a homeMany times when people are bringing animals to the shelter in alternate carriers, it’s because they didn’t anticipate having to transport an animal. Keep in mind that it is your local animal control provider’s responsibility to provide transportation for stray animals. Not only do they have vehicles and equipment needed, but they are trained on how to safely handle and contain the animals. If you find a stray, you should contact animal control or your local police department. This also applies to wildlife.  Wildlife must be handled very carefully, and oftentimes the animals that we think need help in actuality just need us to leave them alone.When it comes to transporting pets, horse owners take the cake for the biggest challenge. There’s no way a horse is fitting in a carrier, your backseat or anything other than a trailer designed specifically for moving horses. And while most pet owners may not need to be concerned with the specifics of trailering a horse, we all should be aware that when we see a horse trailer on the road we need to give them extra space and be sure to never cut them off. The weight they carry is so great that it makes stopping quickly difficult, if not impossible, and this also poses great risk to the safety of the horses.THE DAILY JOURNALSPCA saves dogs from South Korean meat farmNew Jersey made waves several years ago when it passed a seatbelt law for pets. The new law required that all pets must be secured when a vehicle is in motion. I can’t say whether anyone has been ticketed for not belting in their pets, but we do know that common sense should apply when transporting any animal. If transporting your own pet, use a pet carrier and tether your dog with a leash if he is the jumpy or bouncy type. While safety is the No. 1 priority, also keep their comfort in mind, too. A soft blanket or bed to lie on or to place inside the carrier can make a trip more comfortable. And if your trip is a longer one, make sure you have fresh water available for your pet to drink and give him a rest stop along the way.  Keep an eye on the temperature of the vehicle. For animals that experience severe anxiety when traveling, contact your veterinarian to see if a sedative is appropriate.Speaking of comfort, our inspiration for this column is named Kitty and she’s feeling much more comfortable now. She was understandably distressed upon arrival. Fortunately, we have since calmed her down, cleaned her up, and secured placement for her where she will be safe and loved.  No more Rubbermaid containers for this lady!Shelter needsThe CCSPCA shelter in Vineland seeks donations of kitten and cat chow, kitten milk replacement formula, A/D Diet, catnip, cat toys, hot dogs, cheese singles, litter and paper towels. It also requests gift cards from Walmart, ShopRite and pet supply stores.

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It’s raining cats, dogs and reptiles at the SPCA

As drab and dreary as this month has been, it certainly didn’t do anything to stop the excitement here at the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter. Within a week’s time, we took in three canine refugees from South Korea, removed 18 animals from a single property, found out that an injured stray dog that we received actually had sustained bullet wounds, and took in 70 kittens.Other than that, situation normal.SPCA SUCCESS STORY: Dogs saved from Korean meat farmAs far as the Korean dogs go, they are all settled into their foster homes and the socializing process is underway. The most shy of the three, little Beth, is in a home with other dogs ranging in size from tiny to tall and a few cats as well. So far, she is anxious to be in the company of her canine companions but still timid with her human foster family.The big guy, Amos, is, as we expected, reaching out to his humans through play and his innate desire for affection. He also is the first to accept a collar and leash. He is currently adjusting in an indoor/outdoor kennel, and will graduate to house privileges once he learns how to respond to corrections while leashed and meets face-to-face with the new canine companions that reside in his foster home.THE DAILY JOURNALK-9 Cita joins Cumberland County Sheriff OfficeRegina is broadening her horizons in a foster home with one other dog and some fellow foster kittens as well as a couple of our star junior volunteers. Although not as confident as Amos, she is happy to receive a human touch … especially in the form of belly rubs. In general, we are very pleased with the progress the three dogs are making.One day last week I got a call from an animal control officer giving me a heads up that there were four dogs on a property that were out in the rain, with inadequate shelter and in filthy conditions. Five minutes later, the officer called back and said there were six dogs – and that they were going to check for animals inside the house. The resident of the property had to be taken to the hospital, so the animals probably would have to be impounded. After another three phone calls (I was starting to fear picking up the phone!), the final tally was seven dogs, plus an assortment of 11 exotic animals including mostly reptiles. Within a half-hour, our stray dog kennels were completely full and our small-animal room looked like a tornado had gone through.Animal control had picked up a pit bull that had obvious injuries to his back leg and a wound on the side of his head. He was transported to the vet to make sure he was stable, and then to a rescue for advanced veterinary care. Once the X-rays were done, a bullet was found lodged in his leg and bullet fragments on the side of his skull. The dog is being evaluated by orthopedic specialists to see if the leg can be saved, and the investigation is ongoing.And finally, as we had anticipated, it is raining kittens. Most of them are either newborns or in the range of 4 to 6 weeks old, meaning they all need time before they can be transferred to other shelters or adopted out.Get your full year subscription for as low as$19.99/YEARLIMITED TIME OFFERUNLOCK MY $19.99 OFFERLooking at the rest of the weather forecast for May, it doesn’t look very promising. It appears we will be locked in under the clouds with cooler-than-normal temperatures. I hope that trend doesn’t hold true with events at the shelter or we’ll be busting at the seams before the month is half over.FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInIN NEED OF A HOME: Dogs and cats at the Cumberland County SPCA FullscreenBert  CCSPCAFullscreen1 of 14 Next Slide14 PhotosIN NEED OF A HOME: Dogs and cats at the Cumberland County SPCAShelter needsThe CCSPCA shelter in Vineland needs kitten chow! It also seeks donations of cat litter, hot dogs, A/D Diet, paper towels, and gift cards from grocery and pet supply stores.

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Volunteers at heart of Cumberland County SPCA

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”  – Edward Everett Hale

April is the month in which we celebrate our volunteers, the people who donate their time and their hearts to the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  We are so incredibly fortunate to have an amazing group of volunteers who make our jobs easier and who enrich the lives of the animals we all love. Words can’t express our gratitude, but I’m going to give it a try!MORE NEWS: Pets take over Parvin State ParkEach volunteer comes to us with the desire to make a positive change in their community for the animals. Right away, just by their presence, we know that they have compassion in their hearts. What is exceptional is that the people who are drawn to the shelter to help are the same people who are touched so deeply by the struggle of the animals. Yet, they are able to put away their discomfort or heartache because they know their actions can make a positive change. Every volunteer brings something special with them to the shelter; it may be special talents, motivations, skills or simply a smiling face that lifts the spirits of people and animals around them.We have volunteer opportunities for anyone who wants to help. Volunteers who work at the shelter help with laundry, paperwork, cleaning, and directly with the animals. Every time I see a volunteer working with an animal, it brings a smile to my face. After years of working in sheltering, I know how important those moments are for the animals and how rewarding they are for the volunteers.Our volunteers help in many ways outside of the shelter as well.  Volunteers have helped with fundraisers and donation drives. Our special events, such as Step For A Pet and Adoption Days, wouldn’t be possible without volunteers to bring animals to showcase for adoption and to help set up, break down and maintain the event. Volunteers transport some of our most desperate animals to rescues. Volunteers bring animals into their homes to foster. Our volunteers, each and every one, are amazing.Tucker (Photo: CCSPCA)“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth AndrewOne thing that we never take for granted is the value of time. We know that our volunteers have families, jobs and busy lives. Yet they share their time with us. The cats and dogs need personal attention and exercise, and the volunteers make this happen for them. Imagine how significant a 20-minute walk is for a young dog who spends the rest of his time in a kennel until he is adopted. Or how a 15-minute petting session can begin to turn things around for a scared cat who recently lost her home. Every moment makes a difference.Get your full year subscription for as low as$19.99/YEARLIMITED TIME OFFERUNLOCK MY $19.99 OFFER“We cannot build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” – Franklin D. RooseveltThe Cumberland County SPCA also is proud to offer a Junior Volunteer program for any child who is 8 to 17 years old. Not only are we happy to offer the children a place to learn and volunteer, but we see the special connection that children make with animals and know that our animals would suffer without their attention. We are excited for our upcoming summer, a special time for our Juniors. We again will be offering Boot Camp, a Junior-run special event, educational meetings and our awesome “Furry Tails” program (in which children read to shelter animals).“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. SeussLincoln (Photo: CCSPCA)If you are interested in joining the CCSPCA’s Volunteer or Junior Volunteer program, all you need to do is reach out. You can contact our adult coordinator at volunteers@cumberlandcountyspca.org and our junior coordinator at jrvolunteers@cumberlandcountyspca.org. You also can stop in the shelter anytime to get an application to get started.“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.To our volunteers: We know that you don’t do what you do for our thanks. But we want to say thank you anyway. Thank you for making sure there are baked goods in our break room every Saturday. Saturdays are tough, and the delicious treats make it so much better. Thank you for being at every single special event – we wouldn’t know what to do without you. Thank you for spending hours and hours of your time off driving our most needy animals to rescues. Thank you for your dependability in our Work Room and your always pleasant smiles and positivity. Thank you for sitting in the kennels with the dogs that need your attention and for continuing to learn about the best way to help them. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs that have helped to find so many animals their forever homes. To all of you: Thank you for all you do.

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South Jersey SPCA saves dogs from meat farm

VINELAND - Three of 170 dogs rescued from South Korean meat farms arrived Thursday afternoon at the Cumberland County SPCA to begin new lives.The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals staff pulled up to the shelter’s side door to unload its precious cargo, affectionately known as Amos, Beth and Regina.RELATED: Petway youngsters show puppies love at SPCAKind words and treats coaxed the dogs from their crates still bearing American Airlines shipping labels.“There she is, isn’t she a cutie,” said Bev Greco, the SPCA executive director, as she welcomed the smallest arrival. Turning her attention to the drum beat of a wagging tail, she greeted another dog. “Look at you, you’re handsome.”The dogs and puppies are being transported to shelters around the U.S. and Canada, thanks to the Humane Society International.Video provided by Newsy NewslookHumane Society International is leading an effort to banish dog farming in South Korea, the only country where these farms exist solely to supply the dog meat market.Within the past year, 485 dogs have arrived in the United States and Canada after the humane society convinced five dog farmers to end the practice.While the dogs’ plight is subject to international scrutiny, the SPCA saw three frightened pups in need of some tender loving care.“This is the first time we’re doing this kind of thing,” said Greco. It was made possible through an existing relationship with the humane society.“We are considered an emergency placement partner,” Greco said, noting she received a month’s notice they would receive the dogs.FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInSPCA saves dogs from South Korean meat farm FullscreenBuy PhotoAmos, a hound and mastiff mix, eats from the hand of foster coordinator Jessica Morrison Thursday, May 5 at the Cumberland County SPCA in Vineland. Amos was saved from a South Korean meat farm.  Joe Lamberti/Staff PhotographerFullscreen1 of 8 Next Slide8 PhotosSPCA saves dogs from South Korean meat farmFor a month, Beth, Amos and Regina remained quarantined overseas. They arrived in the United States two weeks ago and were sheltered at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Morris County, where the SPCA picked them up Thursday.“I expected the two big ones, I didn’t expect that little baby girl,” Greco said, referring to Beth.To help transition them into pet life, the dogs will live with foster families, said Jessica Morrison, the shelter’s foster coordinator.RELATED: Dogs rescued from South Korean dog meat farm arrive in U.S.Michelle Spatafore of Vineland, an experienced SPCA foster home provider, was there to greet Beth, a 5-month-old spaniel mix.“I can’t wait to get her home,” she said, sitting at the edge of the crate assuring the trembling pup she was now safe.“I’ll keep her separated for a little while until she adjusts,” Spatafore said. “It’s a different life.”These dogs never wore a collar or walked on a leash.Get your full year subscription for as low as$19.99/YEARLIMITED TIME OFFERUNLOCK MY $19.99 OFFERRELATED: Volunteers at heart of Cumberland County SPCAThere were tell-tale signs of harsh lives — exposed ribs due to malnutrition and splayed feet from standing on wire.Dogs are the most resilient animals, Morrison said. Despite their rough starts, the dogs were willing to reach out.“They are social animals,” she said.Amos, the most outgoing, was the first to take a few tentative steps from his crate. His dark eyes scanned the pen before he walked its perimeter, sniffing the new scents. Shelter staff sat crossed-legged on the floor waiting for the 2-year-old mixed breed dog to come to them.MORE: How one dog raised $4,000 for Cumberland County SPCATempted with food, Amos inched forward to accept their touch with a wagging tail. Soon, he felt secure enough to close his eyes and drift off to sleep.The focus now is to help the dogs develop some self-confidence and let them show their personalities, Morrison said.“Then we will be able to determine what type of home is the best fit for them,” she said. “As much as they are not our typical strays — we’ve gotten feral dogs, unsocialized dogs, backyard dogs —  we’ve seen dogs like this before; they are just from a different circumstance.”The SPCA committed to three dogs so they wouldn’t be pulling resources away from local strays.MORE: Millville cat saved after jar removed from head“This is a little different,” Greco said. “First of all, it’s for a really great cause and we feel we should be part of the solution.”Instead of an iron fist, the humane society approach was to offer a helping hand.“We wanted to be a part of this because they’re helping the people, they are not just shutting these farms down,” Greco said.  “They are helping the farm owners convert to other types of businesses.”The farm where the SPCA pups came from is converting to a mushroom farm, Greco said. By offering the farmers a new way to earn a living, it eliminates the need to dog farm.MORE: Dog, dumped with trash, now ready for home“That is

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Amos Week 3 Update


Just when I thought things couldn't get better, I find out I'm getting 'fixed' this week!!! I didn't even know I was broken. How cool is that? I've been busy. I had a reunion with Beth and Regina at the shelter recently, they look as happy as I am! Learning to sit has proved useful, turns out it's the cue for humans to give me treats or an ear rub. My new dog friends are teaching me local dog manners, like how to share toys and how to run really fast. I'm getting a workout for sure. All in all, I don't have many complaints, which is why the humans think I'm a quiet, laid back kind of guy, And next week I'll be even better!