Volunteers sought for new effort to save cats

Cumberland County SPCA has dogs and cats available for adoption

In our column, we’ve talked a lot recently about all of the new opportunities we have to place more homeless animals by means of utilizing transfers to rescues and limited-access shelters. We also try to take advantage of off-site showcasing, where people can see and interact with our animals without having to come to the CCSPCA shelter. We do this atPetSmart, at community events and whenever businesses invite us for their special events. Off-site adoption events are a wonderful tool to entice potential adopters; shelter animals are out of sight and out of mind, but it’s hard to ignore a dog walking around with an “adopt me” vest or a cat reaching out from a crate as you pass by.

A new opportunity has presented itself to us — one we’d hate to miss out on.

The problem is that we need committed volunteers to help make it happen. Petco is opening in Cumberland Mall and has invited us to make use of their “Think Adoption First” program. The store has six habitats that will house homeless cats on a full-time basis, and we can bring dogs and small animals down to be showcased for short periods whenever we can arrange it.

The challenge is in finding enough volunteers to cover morning and evening shifts to clean and care for the six cat cages. I’m hoping to appeal to those of you who are cat lovers living in Vineland or Millville: THE CATS NEED YOU … WE NEED YOU … YOU ARE THE KEY TO SAVING THEIR LIVES!

Morning shifts involve taking the cats out of their habitats and placing them in a carrier while you change their litter, wipe down the cage, and give them fresh food and water. The cleaning needs to be done between 8 and 10 a.m., and takes about an hour and a half. Evening shifts involve scooping litter pans, refilling food and water bowls, and giving the cats a little TLC. It’s best to do the evening shift around or 7 p.m. and, according to how much loving on the cats you do, can take less than a half-hour.

You can sign up for regular shifts as often or as you’re able or as a fill-in for emergency situations. We try to have as many people as possible in the volunteer ranks so that it’s not a burden to anyone. You would be dealing with cats that already are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and tested for major disease. They are always adopted out or sent to rescue, so you would not have to worry about any of them being put down.

According to Humane Society of the United States statistics, 75 percent of the cats taken to animals shelters are euthanized. We are committed to finding ways to make sure the cats entering our shelter don’t face such terrible odds, and your help is key to that mission. This is an ideal way to make your contribution to finding animals good homes and lowering the euthanization rate.

Not a cat person or unable to make a regular commitment? No problem — our dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs (and whatever else Petco will let us bring) need you, too. You can pick up a dog from the shelter and spend an hour at the store, letting people see and get to know him. You can grab a cage with one of our “small and furries” in it and show it off for a bit at the store.

Go online or visit the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and fill out your volunteer application. You’ll be notified of the next available orientation. We’ll teach you everything you need to know and send you off to make your mark in this great cause. I guarantee you that those animals you help will make a very special mark on your heart as well.

Shelter needs

The CCSPCA shelter in Vineland seeks donations of kitten and cat chow, kitten milk replacer, a/d diet, cat toys, soccer balls and basketballs for the big dogs, paper towels, liquid hand soap, dryer sheets, white copy paper, small fleece blankets, and grocery store or pet store gift cards.

Car wash

A car wash fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday at the CCSPCA shelter in Vineland. The junior volunteers are adding their elbow grease to help the animals. Come support the kids in their efforts and the animals in the shelter. The cost is $10 for cars, $15 for SUVs and $20 for trucks and large vehicles.

Pets of the Week

Bobby is wonderful 2-year-old dog, possibly Coonhound or Foxhound, who was found running as a stray. He appeared to have been grazed by a car, but fortunately he’s feeling great and ready to be adopted This boy is as friendly as can be and loves everyone. He also gets along great with dogs. He’ll make a wonderful family companion.

Dell is a darling 61/2-year-old Shih Tzu mix. He is house broken and good with other dogs. Dell has a guarding issues with toys and food, so he probably would best in a home with no small children.

Ducky is a sweet and fun and friendly 6-month-old shepherd mix puppy. She is good with other dogs.


Source: Volunteers sought for new effort to save cats

N.J. man stabs mother’s dog during argument


During an argument with his mother over the weekend, a city man allegedly took out a knife and stabbed her dog. The dog, a pit bull named Trina, was taken to a local animal hospital and is in stable condition after undergoing surgery

Source: N.J. man stabs mother’s dog during argument; Dog recovering from injuries | NJ.com

Did you lose your ram in Bridgeton?

Did you lose your ram in Bridgeton?

Police found themselves on the horns of a dilemma this week.

A passer-by notified officers Tuesday morning that a ram was walking along Irving Avenue near InspiraBridgeton Health Center.

Officers Jonathon Hovermann and Jennifer Skala responded to the scene and encountered the animal, whom they nicknamed “Burgy.”

They were unable to locate Burgy’s owner, so authorities took it to the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter in Vineland. The ram’s owner is urged to contact the SPCA as soon as possible.

Police noted the ram was friendly.

Source: Did you lose your ram in Bridgeton?

Two German short-haired Pointers found dead in Commercial Township | NJ.com

Cumberland County SPCA investigative agents are probing the strange deaths of two German short-haired Pointers found earlier this month off Bailey Road by an off-duty state trooper. Source: Two German short-haired Pointers found dead in Commercial Township | NJ.com

Mike Trout to be face of pit bull spay and neuter campaign | NJ.com

Before going to Arizona for spring training, Millville-born superstar Mike Trout came home for a photo shoot with a pit bull named Gemma.

It’s part of a new campaign to raise awareness about spaying and neutering the pit bull population and alerting Cumberland County residents that they can get their pit bulls fixed for free while funds are available. NJ Aid for Animals and the Cumberland County SPCA are paying for the spaying and neutering.

“We want to give people a call to action and that’s what a billboard does,” said Kathy McGuire, president and founder of NJ Aid for Animals.

Her organization did Operation Knock Out in 2011, where billboards featuring boxer Bernard Hopkins went up in Camden — letting people know that their pit bulls can be spayed and neutered for free.

The campaign led to a 68 percent increase in spaying and neutering in the city, according to the organization’s website.

“We think people want to do the right thing,” McGuire said. “They just need a little nudge.”

She hopes to repeat that success in Cumberland County.

For both the Camden and Cumberland County campaigns, NJ Aid for Animals worked with the Gerald B. Shreiber Foundation. Shreiber is the founder of J&J Snack Foods Corp., which has Trout as a sponsor for Superpretzel.

“I think that it’s a great message to be sent out, especially for us here, by a local hero,” said Bev Greco, executive director of the Cumberland County SPCA. “I think it’s a really good message to kids and something adults will pay attention to when they see his face associated with it.”

The Cumberland County SPCA and NJ Aid for Animals are splitting the cost of the spaying and neutering of pit bulls. The procedure will be done at the Cumberland County SPCA facility.

“Because of the fact that there are so many pit bulls and they can be so hard to place, many of them end up being put down,” Greco said. “It’s really important in order to curtail the need for euthanasia that these animals be spayed and neutered.”

There is a large population of pit bulls in the county and — without a way to control the pet population — it will continue to grow.

“Everybody hates the fact that animals have to be put to sleep but they wouldn’t have to be put to sleep if people spayed and neutered them so we don’t have this population,” Greco said.

The billboards will be on display in Cumberland County throughout April. Even without the billboards, McGuire said, she’s already had 20 people call in the last three days about having their pit bulls fixed for free.

The funds used to pay for the spaying and neutering were raised by donations to the NJ Aid for Animals.

To donate to the organization, visit www.njafa.org. To spay or neuter a pit bull through the program, call 856-728-0911 or email info@njafa.org.

Gemma, the pit bull photographed with Trout, is also up for adoption, McGuire added.

Trout graduated from Millville Senior High School in 2009 and was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and started playing with the team in 2011.

Over his three full seasons with the Angels, Trout has racked up numerous awards and accolades, including being named to three All-Star teams, the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and the 2014 AL MVP.

Source: Mike Trout to be face of pit bull spay and neuter campaign | NJ.com

SPCA helps deliver Christmas joy to Buena family

Buena family adopts two puppies from Cumberland County SPCA

When 9-year-old Gia Krumaker wrote to Santa this year, she had one very special wish: a brand-new puppy to cuddle and play with.

And when her mother, Toni Creaturo, visited the Cumberland County SPCA to see the pit bull puppy her husband had picked out for their daughter — one of a set of twins — Creaturo had her very own Christmas wish: bring both dogs home together, as one big family.

But Daniel Creaturo talked his wife out of the idea, and she settled for seeing the wish of her daughter come true on Christmas morning — or so she thought.

Instead, there was a double dose of happiness and surprise at the family’s Wheat Road home Thursday when both puppies, named Linus and Lucy, arrived in a special delivery made possible by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“I love her,” Gia said, snuggling with Lucy moments after CCSPCA employees delivered the pups. “I am so happy.”

While Gia affectionately greeted her new puppy on the floor, her mother gasped and cried tears of joy as Diane Leuallen and Valerie Mazzei of the CCSPCA brought in the second pup, and bigger of the two, Linus.

“I can’t believe you,” Toni Creaturo said, smiling through tears at her husband. “They were meant for each other.”

Leuallen said the two dogs, whose adoption from the SPCA was finalized about two weeks ago, are neutered or spayed and vaccinated. The Creaturo family also received some accessories, such as dog beds and treats.

This is the fourth year the CCSPCA has delivered newly adopted pets to local families at their homes on Christmas morning.

The gifts came after Gia wrote a letter to Santa in which she talked about how she has hoped to share her love with a new dog since her 10-year-old pit bull, Prince, died several months ago.

“Looks a little like Prince, doesn’t he?” she said to her dad, holding Lucy.

Prince was something of a companion to Gia during her stays in area hospitals. The 9-year-old girl was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when she was younger, her mother said.

“She’s had some hard times,” Toni Creaturo said. “When she lost (Prince), I think she lost a little piece of her heart, too. They were brother and sister.”

But with those sad days behind them, the Creaturo family sat together in their pajamas Thursday morning, hugging their new pets and sharing the joy of the holiday.

The two dogs were so comfortable that they actually fell asleep in their new owners’ laps.

“She loves you already,” Toni Creaturo said.

“This is the best Christmas present,” Gia replied.

Source: SPCA helps deliver Christmas joy to Buena family

SPCA column: Spaying, neutering … and a bottle of rum

Weekly column from the Cumberland County SPCA

As I mentioned in a previous column, last month I was able to attend a national conference on domestic animal welfare and sheltering issues. Although most of the course material was interesting, one class dealing with spaying and neutering was particularly telling.

One of the large humane organizations, FiXiT, wanted to do a comprehensive study on why pet owners do or do not alter their pets and what it takes to get them to do so. I’m going to bore you with some details and statistics, but hang in there — you’ll love the finale!

First of all, FiXiT needed a closed, controlled environment in which to do its study so it could track the final impact. It chose the island of St. Croix because it is a U.S. territory (therefore the nonprofit laws are the same), it has a large “roaming” dog problem, and the size of the island and the human population made the study doable.

The first thing FiXiT did was survey people on why they did not fix their animals. The top three reasons were: they wanted to breed; it was too costly; and, finally, they simply hadn’t “bothered.” FiXiT then set up a program that provided any canine spay or neuter for only $25. The response was minor and, when surveyed, only 30 percent said they would now “consider it” because of the affordability. Unfortunately, most still didn’t bother. Next, the organization provided free spay and neuter services for all. The numbers shifted now, with 69 percent saying they would “consider it” — but, again, most didn’t bother. Finally, the organization decided to offer a “Free Plus Incentive” program in which citizens could have their dogs altered for free plus receive a parting gift. Suddenly, people began bringing their dogs in droves. They brought in their neighbors’ dogs. They even started rounding up dogs from the roaming packs.

What could possibly have motivated these people to become so compassionate and compliant, you ask? What incentive could have caused such a shift in the winds? Wait for it … a free bottle of rum for every dog they had fixed! Yes, this is a true story.

I specifically chose to go to that particular class because last year the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter received a $150,000 grant to provide free spay/neuter services to cat owners in Vineland. We had hoped to accomplish 1,150 surgeries in the first 12 months. The first anniversary is upon us, and only about 800 people have taken advantage of the opportunity.

I was frustrated, as I have advertised the program in every conceivable way: in the newspaper, on social networks, our website, a billboard at the mall for three months, fliers in public places, etc. At least now I know that we’re not alone in our frustrations and, most importantly, I have learned that in the next grant proposal I write, I must put a line item in for “incentive” expenses. Let’s see, what do you think would work best? A case of beer? A liter of wine? A bottle of vodka or gin for making those ever-so-popular martinis?

I jest. But on a serious note, I hope to get future grants for the other municipalities in our county and, in order to do so, we need to succeed in our effort to carry this one out successfully. We’re open to suggestions on how to get the word out and help make a dent in the number of cats that are euthanized needlessly because of their tremendous overpopulation. On that note, I’m headed home to have a glass of wine …

Shelter needs

The CCSPCA shelter in Vineland seeks donations of kitten chow, canned chicken, hot dogs, cheese singles, Milk-Bones (medium size), Dawn dish detergent, paper towels, Wee-Wee pads, and gift cards for grocery and pet stores.

Car wash

The CCSPCA shelter in Vineland will host a car wash fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12. You can have a clean car and support the shelter’s animals. Let our junior volunteers hand wash your vehicle. All proceeds will go directly to the animals. The cost is $10 for cars; $15 for SUVs and pickups; and $20 for vans.

Pets of the Week

Gasper is a handsome American bulldog who is just turning 2 years old. He is a nice dog who is just a little shy and will need some socialization and confidence building. Gasper is affectionate and wants nothing more than to please you. He was kept outside, so he will need to be housebroken. Crate training and a consistent schedule will do the trick in no time.

Angelina is a cute 6-month-old pit bull terrier pup. She is a lively little girl with an “I love everybody” personality. Come on in and meet Angelina — she may just steal your heart.

Maxine is an adorable 1½-year-old Pomeranian mix. She is a little on the quiet side and will need some confidence building. Maxine is sweet and good-natured and gets along well with other dogs.

Josephina is a quiet, well-mannered 2-year-old pit bull terrier. This pretty girl is a little shy and will need some confidence building. Josephina is smart, eager to please and ready to learn that the world is a good and happy place. Please consider giving her the second chance that she deserves.

Old Roy is a 10-years-young beagle. He may have seen a lot of years go by, but this boy is still lively and eager for new adventures. Old Roy loves all people and gets along well with other dogs.

They don’t come any sweeter than our 7-month-old mixed breed Taylor. He is a darling, gentle pup with a slightly wiry coat and the cutest whiskers that you can imagine. This nice young pup will make a great companion.

Shooter McGavin is a sweet 5-year-old rat terrier mix. He is a little shy and will need some socialization and confidence building. Once Shooter gets to know you, he is lively and affectionate. He will make a nice companion dog.

Flower is a sweet 3-moth-old female kitten who would like to blossom and grow at your house.

Tom is a kitten who is about 2½ weeks old. He is wonderfully affectionate and playful.

Garnet and her two kittens have been up for adoption for the past few weeks. Last week, Garnet’s kittens were sent to another shelter but Garnet was left behind. Please don’t let this mama slip through the cracks — she’s beautiful and lovely and deserves a better life as much as the kittens do.

Bubba is 1½-year-old cat. He is looking for a new home. He is sweet and loving a deserves a second chance.

Cleo is a 14-month old cat who is at PetSmart in Millville. She is a little shy but really sweet.

The Pets of the Week are just a few of the animals awaiting adoption at the CCSPCA. Visit www.cumberlandcountySPCA.org, email adoptions@cumberlandcountyspca.org, call (856) 691-1500 or visit the shelter at 1244 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland.

Bev Greco is executive director of the Cumberland County SPCA.

Source: SPCA column: Spaying, neutering … and a bottle of rum

Kids see benefits of animal welfare

Cumberland County SPCA volunteers visited Mennies Elementary School on Monday afternoon to talk to students about chances and choices.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animalssupporters explained how the South Delsea Driveshelter offers abandoned animals second chances to find homes.

When they see an animal in trouble, youngsters were urged to alert an adult to get help.

Bridgeton Police Officer Ronald Broomall spoke about a chance encounter on a winter day that enabled him to save the life of a dog left outside in subfreezing temperatures.

For the next week, Mennies will host the Dog of the Year donation board. Students will vote for their favorite of 12 contenders by dropping coins in the box that corresponds with the photo of the rescued pup.

The school has hosted the fundraising board in the past. Debbie Vargo, an SPCA volunteer, said this year they opted to bring two adopted dogs so the students could see the rescued animals.

Students gently petted Daisy, a retired racing greyhound, who shares her home with Michelle Spatafore.

Bromall introduced the students to the pup he rescued, now called Chance. The dog was adopted by SPCA volunteer Sharon Gavin.

“He was a stray but not by his choice, but the choice of the owner who had him before,” Broomall said.

“All the animals at the SPCA didn’t have a choice where they ended up. It’s very important if you have any animals, you’ve got to take care of them and make the right choices.”

Broomall was on patrol when he was alerted about a stray dog. When he found the dog on the side of a housing complex, the officer said it didn’t look good.

Scooping up the thin, shaking dog, the officer warmed the dog in the police car and then took him to a veterinarian. Wishing the dog “good luck,” the officer went back to work.

Broomall said he would later learn that the dog got well, went to the SPCA and was then adopted.

“If you do see an animal that needs help, tell your mom or dad to call the police,” he said. “We are here to help everyone, animals too.”

At the end of the assembly, students were given coins to cast some preliminary votes.

The SPCA visit was more than just fun, Principal Lisa Arena said.

“The students are learning empathy and compassion,” she said.

Making her selection, first-grader Alayah Fleming said she voted based on cuteness.

Fellow first-grader Reese Barraclough said she cast her vote for Callie because that’s the same name as her pet.

This is the sixth year the SPCA has hosted the Dog of the Year contest.

The coin ballots add up, said Karen Mayo, an SPCA volunteer.

Each year, the contest raises about $15,000 to $20,000.


Students vote for their favorite of 12 contenders by dropping coins in the box that corresponds with the photo of the rescued pup. The donation contest raises about $15,000 to $20,000 a year.

Source: Kids see benefits of animal welfare

Quick Fix Grant

spayed-kittyjpgCumberland County SPCA & South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter Offers Free Sterilizations for Pet Cats

Vineland, NJ, July 15, 2013 —  Cumberland County SPCA, located at 1244 N Delsea Drive, is offering 2,300 free cat sterilizations for any pet cats living in the 08360 or 08361 zip code area, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities®. Residents living in Vineland can visit the SPCA facility during business hours to make an appointment for one of the free sterilizations. 

readallaboutit3“This is a really good offer and one that will end when the grant monies run out,” says Beverly Greco, Executive Director, Cumberland County SPCA. “We really want to see pet owners in Vineland take advantage of these free spay/neuter surgeries to help reduce the cat population in Vineland.”  

 CCSPCA & SJRAS is a 501(c)3 organization that relies on grant funding and donations to offer free to low-cost sterilization services for pet owners in the community. For more information, call 856-691-1500, visit www.CumberlandCountySPCA.org, or stop by during business hours.

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats in and around Cumberland County, NJ sterilizing more than 4,000 pets annually. Cumberland County SPCA relies solely on community support and grant funding to operate their clinic. The Cumberland County SPCA low-cost clinic has been in operation for more than 11 years. Low-cost services are offered to any pet owner, regardless of where they live.



Petsmart logo grantAbout PetSmart Charities®
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates & supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues & promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants & programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations & has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).