What to do when cats are difficult to adopt

We’re going to bounce around a little bit in this column so that we can give you a couple of reminders and updates. First, as the warm weather has FINALLY graced us with its presence, it has brought the ticks with it. The South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter staff is seeing more and more of these pests on dogs coming into the shelter. With the uptick (no pun intended!) in tick-borne diseases, it is imperative for the health of your dog that you have him or her on a good external parasite preventative. Most external parasite treatments handle both fleas as well as ticks, and the fleas won’t be far behind. You can purchase the preventative treatments at the shelter, pet supply stores, vet offices and online. We always suggest that you consult with your veterinarian before starting treatment.

If you’ve been outdoors enjoying this nice weather, you also may have noticed all of the insects seem to have emerged overnight. I saw mosquitoes in my garden last week, which means your dog may be at risk of contracting heartworm disease if not on the preventative medication. Heartworm disease is fatal if not treated, but it’s easily preventable. You must take your dog to a veterinarian to get this medication, as it is not available over the counter.

Our foster homes are still filled with kittens who are not old enough to be placed in their permanent homes yet, and we are receiving more every day. We are always looking to recruit new foster homes and hope that you will consider learning about the impact you can have in saving the lives of pets in need by providing temporary care. Fostering can involve dogs or cats – whichever you are comfortable with – and may include an individual animal or a litter, according to your abilities. To learn about fostering, email our foster coordinator at fosters@southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org.

Finally, the shelter’s low-cost vaccine clinics begin on May 19 and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of every month from now through October. Dogs and cats are welcome at the clinics. Dogs must be on short leashes with secure collars or harnesses. Cats MUST be in secure carriers. Rabies, distemper and Bordetella vaccines are available. If you want a three-year rabies vaccine, you must bring proof of the prior vaccine. Flea and tick preventatives are available at the clinics. We carry Provecta for dogs, which contains four monthly doses for $30; and Catego for cats, which contains three monthly doses for $35. Cash or credit cards are accepted. Our low-cost spay/neuter clinic is available every week; appointments can be made at the shelter or online. You can find us online at southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org.

Source: What to do when cats are difficult to adopt

Life at the shelter: 116 kittens in 2 weeks!

Here we go again.

During the last two weeks of April, the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter took in 116 kittens. Apparently that cool spring we had didn’t deter the cats from doing their thing! Every one of the kittens was under 5 weeks of age, with the majority being under 3 weeks old. Many of them were brought to the shelter without their mothers, which presents a couple of problems.


Let’s start with the main issue: Those mothers are still out there, and most probably will be pregnant again within a few short weeks. It is imperative that these moms are brought in off the streets to be spayed before they can be allowed to produce over and over again. There is also a concern for the health of kittens that don’t have the advantage of getting mother’s milk. Although bottle-feeding kittens is normally highly successful, their immune systems miss out on the advantages of being raised by mom for their first 6 to 8 weeks.

If you have a free-roaming mom cat that you would be able to keep after the babies are weaned, you would be a hero! In that case, you need to do two things: socialize the kittens as much as you possibly can so that they will be easily adoptable, and get mom spayed as soon as the kittens are eating on their own. If you have any free-roaming adult cats that you care for that need fixing, we can help you find resources for low-cost services.

Every single kitten that has come into our shelter this year has either been adopted, sent to foster care until it is old enough to be adopted, or sent to a rescue organization. We are constantly reaching out to new adoption partners to be able to save all of our adoptable cats. With the help of all of you, we can reduce the number of cats and kittens coming into the shelter by minimizing the number of unwanted litters and by responsibly caring for free roaming cats so that they don’t have to be impounded in the first place.

Source: Life at the shelter: 116 kittens in 2 weeks!

Difficult choice at shelter when pregnant cats arrive

While everybody else in the world was celebrating the beautiful burst of warm weather, at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter we were bracing ourselves. Warm weather means kittens – and all the stress and urgency that come along with them. For weeks, we have looked at our empty cages and enjoyed every moment, knowing that the end was close. The sunshine and high temperatures brought on exactly what we expected, and in the past week we were introduced to over 35 homeless kittens who entered our shelter or were born there.

I feel like I must have written about kitten season dozens of times, but today I’m going to broach a topic that is one of the most difficult and thought-provoking of all issues brought up by kitten season.  However, before you continue reading, you must understand what kitten season looks like in an open-intake shelter. You must picture every cage filled with cats and kittens, and animal control arriving with yet another cage filled that need a place to stay.

So one must understand that kitten season is about making the best of your situation, properly caring for your animals, and working hard to save as many lives as possible. And while we have increased our lifesaving rates by thousands, and euthanasia is at its lowest rate ever, we are still constantly faced with difficult situations.

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What is the correct thing to do when a cat arrives pregnant? While my sentimental side shouts that every life is precious, the logical side of me knows that allowing a pregnant cat to deliver only causes more problems. We struggle already to find placement for mom cats with infant kittens. And when we do find placement, that home will be tied up for at least eight weeks caring for mom and kittens while they grow and wean. This puts kittens who have already been born at risk. If mom is spayed, not only can we focus our resources and efforts toward kittens who are already alive, but mom will be ready to be adopted in just a few short days, rather than weeks. The bottom line is that the reason kitten season is so devastating is because of the sheer volume of cats and kittens. While spaying pregnant cats can be difficult to accept, we have to take the responsible path by exercising population control, which ultimately allows us to save more lives.

We encourage everyone at this time to be proactive and do your part by getting cats spayed and neutered.


Now is the time – just last week, four cats on stray holds (we can’t spay them during their legal stray hold) have given birth at the shelter. We couldn’t even tell that one was pregnant! There’s no reason for pet cats not to be spayed or neutered, and we encourage citizens to help by making sure neighborhood cats are also spayed and neutered. There are many resources for getting community cats fixed; prices are often discounted and traps can be loaned. Appointments can be made at our clinic by stopping at shelter or visit our website. Aside from our clinic, there are other excellent, low-cost options at the People for Animals clinic in Gloucester County, Camden County Animal Shelter or Animal Welfare Association in Camden County, or the Atlantic County SPCA. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

As one can imagine, with the sudden arrival of so many kittens, we are in urgent need of supplies. We desperately need KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer) and also need Snuggle Safes (microwaveable heat pads). We also seek new families to help us save lives by fostering. Fill out our online foster application and contact Fosters@cumberlandcountyspca.org for more information.

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Here’s why you shouldn’t feed bread to ducks

The South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter often receives injured and infant wildlife, especially in the spring and early summer. These animals must be transferred out to licensed rehabilitators and rehab centers that are overseen by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Once in the hands of rehabilitators, these animals are assessed for their ability to recover and be released back into the wild, or euthanized because their health is such that they cannot recover sufficiently to be reintroduced to their normal environment.

There are also some opportunities to house special-needs animals  at refuges, but these are few and far between. Infant animals, according to species and maturity, can often be saved. “Pinkies,” infants that don’t have fur yet, can be difficult because they require a huge time commitment for feeding and because they miss out on the natural antibodies that they normally would get from mother’s milk. Squirrel babies are generally very hearty and fare well; bunnies, on the other hand, are fragile and most often don’t survive.

If you find wildlife of any size that you feel requires assistance, you should check with your local animal control officer or a Fish & Wildlife officer for advice before you do anything. You are also welcome to call the shelter so that we can refer or facilitate some sort of help.


Last week, we sent one of our staff members to a seminar given by one of our local rehabilitators on safely transporting injured animals. Part of the discussions dealt with the nature of injuries commonly reported, one of which caught my attention but actually isn’t an injury at all.

Angel wing is a deformity suffered mostly by aquatic birds, such as geese and ducks, that are malnourished. What is surprising is that this is believed to be caused by an excessive intake of carbohydrates and proteins, often provided by humans in the form of bread. Although the small birds that we feed in our backyards are typically picky about what they eat, ducks and geese are not. In parks or other areas frequented by well-intended people bringing their bags of leftover bread, the birds will fill up themselves up on it, but the bread holds no nutritional value for them.  On any given day, a walk through Giampietro Park in Vineland will most probably reveal birds that have a wing sticking out at an odd angle rather than lying flat against their sides. Sadly, this often results in the bird being unable to fly and therefore unable to defend itself from predators, dodge vehicles or move with the flock.

Spring is the time of year that many people get themselves up off the sofa and out of the house for a nice walk, so let this serve as a reminder to leave the bread at home. Feeding wild birds is often prohibited. But, if there are areas that allow it, you can still enjoy doing so – just bring the right food. Raw seed, cracked corn and chopped-up fruit are just a few healthy foods that are easy to pack and that will be nutritionally valuable to the birds. And by the way, whether you feed the ducks or not, if you walk your dog in the park, keep him leashed and away from the birds; it’s not fair to the birds and it’s not safe for your dog, especially with geese and swans.

Source: Here’s why you shouldn’t feed bread to ducks

One call from Bridgeton means 25 more dogs

Our Fourth of July weekend started out with a real bang here at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter! I think I must have jinxed myself as I was sitting at my desk last Wednesday, thinking that I might take off on Friday and enjoy an elongated holiday – maybe go to the beach or enjoy the pool while the weather is right for it. No sooner had the thought crossed my mind when the animal control officer from Bridgeton called my cellphone with a frantic “I need help!”Apparently he was standing in the midst of 30 to 40 dogs on two adjacent properties, and the owners wanted to give up the majority of them because they were in violation of city ordinances and were simply overwhelmed in general. Some of the dogs were in kennels, some in crates, some tied up and others in a fenced-in area. It was near the end of the day and our kennels were nearly full to capacity, so my first question for the ACO was whether the dogs needed to be removed immediately. Although there were some violations, he felt as though the dogs were in no immediate danger and

 could wait until we could remove them in an organized manner that would allow us to prepare for the deluge.

Given the fullness of our kennels, I knew that we would need help from one of our shelter partners. Plans were then put into place for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare

Center to come down and take up to 20 of the dogs back to their shelter up in Morris County. On Friday morning, our shelter staff rolled out with the ACO and removed 25 of the 35 dogs as well as two cats. Each house kept five dogs, which is the legal limit in the city. A date also was set to spay and neuter the dogs remaining on the properties.

As the ACO had described, the dogs were contained in

 various ways, none of which was quite up to standards. They were all of good weight but it was obvious that they were flea-infested and, as we later confirmed, intestinal parasites as well. Some had hair loss from flea allergies, and those that required grooming were seriously in need of a “spa day."

If there is a silver lining to this, it is that all the dogs are young and small. About half of them are Chihuahua or Chihuahua mixes, and the others are mostly Havanese mixes. Staff from St. Hubert’s arrived within minutes of our arrival back at the shelter and took 13 of dogs back to their beautiful shelter in Madison.The poor pups were pretty terrified the day we brought them in, but we were able to handle them on their respective properties so they should settle in just fine once we get them calmed down and feeling safe. They are truly adorable, and we hope to have them available for adoption later this week. You can see video of the rescued pets on our website at southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org.



Source: One call from Bridgeton means 25 more dogs

Don’t be fooled by these unremarkable-looking dogs

In last week’s column, I told you how frustrating it can be at times to walk through the kennels and cat rooms knowing that I will not be able to help them all. In today’s column, you will see photos of two big mutts, Rocky and Buddy; they are the perfect example of the ones I worry most about. They are plain as dirt. It’s obvious that they’ve had a rough start. They didn’t come to us as cute puppies, but rather as fully grown adults, Buddy being about 3 and Rocky between 5 and 6 years old.  On top of being plain looking, they’ve gotten into a couple of scraps, so they have some old battle wounds on them. All of these things will work against them as potential adopters make their way through the kennels because that’s all they’ll see, which may be enough to make people not give them a second glance.Our cruelty investigators at the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals got called out to the property where Rocky and Buddy came from for a report of a dog without shelter. It actually turned out to be the wrong address, but there were the two dogs with a couple of minor issues that needed to be corrected. It turned out to be a fortunate mistake. The family who owned the two dogs was moving out in five days and they could not find a rental property that would allow Rocky and Buddy to come with them. The family was going through a rough time; circumstances were not good, but the dogs had been loved and cared for to the best of their abilities. They had no idea what they were going to do with the dogs and they were feeling pretty desperate.

Back in 2011, when times were better, they had gotten Rocky from another shelter that did not neuter him prior to adopting him out. A couple of years later, they got Buddy as a puppy from a neighbor who had an unplanned litter. For the first two years, everything was great. The dogs were best friends, did everything together and were very bonded … and then came Missy. Now there were two unneutered males in the house with an unspayed female. Rocky and Buddy’s relationship went downhill from there. Life changed for the dogs; they then had to be separated, rotating times of being in the house or tied out in the yard. In spite of getting along as well as they had for the first two years, as well as getting along with other dogs, they became jealous and competitive with each other.Fast forward to this past month. Missy had been given away some time ago, and Rocky and Buddy were both tied out in the yard and about to lose their home in a matter of days. And so the boys ended up here in the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, looking for a second chance at life.

They’re just a couple of unremarkable-looking brown dogs. Some people will write them off as being too old. They have some scars that will be misinterpreted as a sign that they are aggressive when, in fact, they were simply set up to fail. If someone takes the time to meet with them out of their kennels and spends a little time with them, they will be very pleasantly surprised. Both are very mannerly dogs. They’re calm, they respond to some basic commands, and all they really want is some attention and affection. I just hope there is someone out there who will see past their rough edges and give them a nice, secure home.

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Kitten breeding season nears as weather warms up

This may seem like a morbid question, but have any of you noticed how many dead skunks are out there on the roads lately? It seems like I’m seeing at least one or two everywhere I drive. Last week, there were four between the Route 55 exit on Garden Road and the drive down Delsea to the mall.We haven’t been able to gauge the beginning of spring by the weather this year because of the all the mild days we’ve had, but the fact that the skunks are on the move is a sure sign that the change of season is coming.That said, I just want to take this opportunity to remind our readers of several things that come with spring.First and foremost, skunks aren’t the only creatures out there that are ‘lookin’ to hook up.’ Breeding season for many of our furry friends will most probably get a jump start this year because of the mild temperatures. If you have cats of your own, or in your neighborhood, that are unaltered, please make arrangements to have them fixed or call your local animal control to gather them up before they start to reproduce.If you find that one of the neighborhood strays has gifted you a litter of kittens under your porch or behind your shed, please try to socialize them as soon as possible and get them to us before they become feral. At the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, we have a great transfer program with several other high adoption volume shelters. So, if you’re able to socialize and care for the kittens until they’re 6 to 8 week sold, we have a good chance of getting them a home … at least until summer, when the numbers can become overwhelming. The ideal thing is to prevent the litters by spaying and neutering. Our low-cost clinic is always available to help make that affordable.Greta (Photo: CCSPCA)Secondly, as I discussed in a previous column, time is running short for obtaining a current dog and or cat license. March 31 is the last day you can register your pet without having to pay a late fee. There are seven free rabies vaccine clinics left this year for you to take advantage of if your pet isn’t up to date. There are clinics coming up in Bridgeton, Hopewell, Commercial, Cedarville, Maurice River, Deerfield and at the county fairgrounds. Check with your municipal building or the Cumberland County Health Department for dates and times.We also have some fun stuff to look forward to. Next week, on March 10, we have our annual St. Pawtrick’s Day Celebration at Kavanagh’s Irish Pub & Grill in Malaga. Their staff works for more than a month in advance to collect donations for our animals and puts on a super-fun evening with raffle prizes, live entertainment and, of course, great food and libations.We’re also about to kick off our annual Dog of the Year contest. It may not be quite the entertaining circus that this year’s presidential election is proving to be, but at least you can be assured that a good guy (or girl) is going to win! We need 12 dogs who have been adopted through us to compete, and there are a few spots left if you think your mutt is worthy of the title. It’s a fun campaign, and the real winners are the countless homeless animals who benefit from the funds raised by pets that once were in that same desperate situation.Please go to our website at southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org to make spay or neuter appointments, get details on the Dog of the Year contest and to check out our calendar of events.Shelter needsThe CCSPCA shelter in Vineland seeks donations of kitten and puppy chow, dog treats, cat and dog toys, leashes and collars, peanut butter, hot dogs, paper towels, cat litter and copy paper. It also requests gift cards from grocery, pet supply and hardware stores.April  CCSPCAFullscreen Next SlideSt. Pawtrick’s DayThe annual St. Pawtrick’s Day celebration will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. March 10 at Kavanagh’s Irish Pub & Grill, 326 Dutch Mill Road, Malaga. For more information, contact Stefanie at 856-649-5484.Pets of the WeekLuigi is a friendly and fun-loving 2½-year-old pit mix. He is good with other dogs, but would not do well in a home with cats.Shyla is a lively 8-month-old Lab and pit mix pup. She is a happy, friendly girl with loads of love to give.Paisley is a darling 1-year-old pit mix. She is a comical girl who is a real love bug once she gets comfortable with you. She can be a little timid, so grabby toddlers would not be a good match for her, but older kids should be OK.Greta is a 6-year-old dachshund that came to us as a very thin and frightened stray. Greta is very sweet, good-natured and quiet. She is diabetic, and her condition will need monitoring by your vet. Greta is currently being cared for in one of our foster homes.Diego is a nice 6-year-old terrier mix. He looks like he may have some Scottish terrier or Cairn terrier in his background. Diego just needs a good grooming and some tender loving care, and he will be the handsomest dog on the block.Dori is a darling 4-year-old American bulldog. She is a sweet g

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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 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

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.



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