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  • August 12, 2019   sjras     0

  This Saturday will be a be a very big day at the shelter as we participate in the national ...

  • August 5, 2019   sjras     0

We still have at least another month to deal with the summer temperatures, but let’s hope the string of heat ...

  • July 29, 2019   sjras     0

This week I would like to share with you a “tail of three kitties.” The three special kitties are Yang, ...

  • July 29, 2019   sjras     0

As discussed in this column a few weeks ago, my foster puppies and their mother are just about ready for ...

  • July 22, 2019   sjras     0

Twice a year, on both the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, we remind our readers to be aware ...

  • July 9, 2019   sjras     0

  Prometheus is a figure from Greek mythology, whom among other things, was credited with stealing fire from the gods ...

  • July 2, 2019   sjras     0

This is a big week for vacations, barbecues, fireworks and scared pets. Owners being gone, big parties in the yard ...

  • June 25, 2019   sjras     0

When it comes to animal sheltering and rescue, emotions play a big role in our success stories. If people didn’t ...

  • June 18, 2019   sjras     0

One of the most rewarding things about my job is getting to foster animals; as hard as it can be ...

  • June 11, 2019   sjras     0

  TIK seeks MAC: Tiny infant kitten seeks mature adult cuddler to share precious moments with. I love sipping warm ...

  • June 4, 2019   sjras     0

If you were anywhere near the local garden centers over the past couple of weeks, you know that everybody and ...

  • May 27, 2019   sjras     0

I ran into an old friend recently, and as always the conversation quickly turned to animals. She was concerned about ...

  • May 21, 2019   sjras     0

Last week, one of the animal control officers walked in our back door with a big beautiful German shepherd on ...

  • May 13, 2019   sjras     0

  A couple of weeks ago, I told you about a dog named Arnold that had come into the shelter ...

  • May 7, 2019   sjras     0

  The time period for having your pets licensed without having to pay the late fee has passed and several ...

  • April 29, 2019   sjras     0

Every day they come through our doors — on leashes, in carriers, on pieces of rope, in laundry baskets, wrapped ...

  • April 17, 2019   sjras     0

Want to help us keep playgroups running? We have an amazon wish list of items we need in order to ...

  • April 8, 2019   sjras     0

I think maybe spring has finally sprung; fingers crossed, we’ll have no more cold, windy days in which the mercury ...

  • April 3, 2019   sjras     0

 

  • March 27, 2019   sjras     0

A few months ago I got a call from a very concerned gentleman from the Salem County Department of Health ...

  • March 18, 2019   sjras     0

At the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, as our lifesaving rates increase, the amount of time that some animals are ...

  • March 12, 2019   sjras     0

The end is in sight. We’re just a couple weeks away from the promise of warm weather and long hours ...

  • February 26, 2019   sjras     0

A couple of weeks ago in this column I told you the story of a little mother dog that had ...

  • February 18, 2019   sjras     0

The health benefits of pet ownership are well documented; even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the positive ...

  • February 11, 2019   sjras     0

Having pets as part of the family can be one of the great joys of life; it can also present ...

  • January 20, 2019   sjras     0

Life can be very difficult at times. But imagine being an animal, rather than a human, and having no control ...

  • January 13, 2019   sjras     0

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for this, but your pet licenses are due for renewal again. Most ...

  • January 6, 2019   sjras     0

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. It seems that once a problem is recognized, we should start ...

  • December 31, 2018   sjras     0

The holidays are always an extra-special time at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter. In addition to the decorations and spirit ...

  • December 16, 2018   sjras     0

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter is making sure that our ...

  • December 9, 2018   sjras     0

Here we are, not quite to the middle of December, and yet and we already have a couple of winter ...

  • December 3, 2018   sjras     0

We all know the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” It should also be said, “Don’t write ...

  • November 25, 2018   sjras     0

Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone, and before we jump into holiday madness, the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter would ...

  • November 18, 2018   sjras     0

We are in the middle of one of my favorite months: Adopt A Senior Pet Month (also known as November). ...

  • November 12, 2018   sjras     0

Choices. We make them every day, all day long. From the simple things, such as where to go for lunch ...

  • November 9, 2018   sjras     0

MILLVILLE –  Fresh from basic training, a 7-month-old pup is ready to move forward with his mission to help calm ...

  • November 4, 2018   sjras     0

One morning last week, a call came in from an animal control officer who had received a report of two ...

  • October 29, 2018   sjras     0

Last night when I went in my daughter’s bedroom to kiss her goodnight before I went to sleep myself, I ...

  • October 22, 2018   sjras     0

It’s not unusual for animals to find den-like enclosures to hide in when they are threatened or feel insecure. Such ...

  • October 15, 2018   sjras     0

The power of the press has proved itself once again by getting my foster kitten, Julius, who was featured in last ...

  • October 1, 2018   sjras     0

The South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter has reached out many, many times this summer in need of help with our ...

  • September 23, 2018   sjras     0

One hundred and ten days. More than 3½ months. All summer long. That’s how long a dog named Picasso has ...

  • September 18, 2018   sjras     0

VINELAND – Lines of those coming and going seem never-ending at the filled-to-capacity South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, inundated with ...

  • September 16, 2018   sjras     0

On top of the normal onslaught of incoming stray animals during the summer months, South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter also ...

  • September 10, 2018   sjras     0

As the former enforcement agency of the animal cruelty and neglect laws of New Jersey, it is sometimes very frustrating ...

  • September 2, 2018   sjras     0

One of the big headlines last week was the tragic death of a woman in Delaware who had contracted rabies. This ...

  • August 27, 2018   sjras     0

Every year, thousands of animals come through our doors at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter. They arrive on leashes, ...

  • August 19, 2018   sjras     0

2018 is the first year that the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter participated in NBC10/Telemundo’s national Clear the Shelters event. Across the ...

  • August 12, 2018   sjras     0

Summer is slipping away and September will be upon us before you know it. Hopefully that should bring more moderate ...

  • August 7, 2018   sjras     0

Aside from having my own pets, I have also enjoyed the rewards and the fun of fostering many, many puppies ...

  • August 5, 2018   sjras     0

Now that our organization is no longer investigating reports of animal cruelty, there has been some confusion on whom to ...

  • July 30, 2018   sjras     0

Guess what? It’s cat and kitten adoption time! The South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter is kicking off our Cat-pacity Promotion. ...

  • July 23, 2018   sjras     0

Imagine that one day, out of nowhere, you find yourself in a loud building, with lots of other people. It ...

  • July 15, 2018   sjras     0

Summertime at South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter is like Christmas season in the retail business. The pace is frantic, the ...

  • July 8, 2018   sjras     0

Things at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter certainly did go off with a bang over the holiday! As expected, ...

  • July 1, 2018   sjras     0

The heat is on! Vacations are starting and the fireworks are about to begin as we kick into full gear ...

  • June 25, 2018   sjras     0

We really need to talk about dogs getting along with other dogs. One of the biggest challenges in animal sheltering ...

  • June 18, 2018   sjras     0

It was a heroic week in the world of dogs! Two really cool stories about dogs rescuing their owners came ...

  • June 10, 2018   sjras     0

The time has come for a complete makeover! After more than a century of hard work, the time has come ...

  • June 4, 2018   sjras     0

A couple of weeks ago on one of our many, many rainy nights of late, the Vineland animal control officer ...

  • May 29, 2018   sjras     0

Generally, any animal that is brought into the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter by a member of the public is ...

  • May 21, 2018   sjras     0

If anyone has examined our numbers, it’s easy to see that one of the biggest challenges the South Jersey Regional ...

  • May 14, 2018   sjras     0

We’re going to bounce around a little bit in this column so that we can give you a couple of ...

  • May 2, 2018   sjras     0

Here we go again. During the last two weeks of April, the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter took in 116 kittens. Apparently ...

  • April 29, 2018   sjras     0

There’s an old saying: Wherever you wander, wherever you roam, be happy and healthy and glad to come home. It ...

  • April 22, 2018   sjras     0

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; love is blind … and often unexpected. Such was the case for ...

  • April 16, 2018   sjras     0

While everybody else in the world was celebrating the beautiful burst of warm weather, at the South Jersey Regional Animal ...

  • April 8, 2018   sjras     0

Over the past several years, pet insurance has become more and more popular. There are now a dozen insurance companies ...

  • April 2, 2018   sjras     0

The South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter often receives injured and infant wildlife, especially in the spring and early summer. These ...

  • March 25, 2018   sjras     0

Relocating to Florida is looking better every year. Although I might have to spend more money on grooming to keep ...

  • March 19, 2018   sjras     0

One of last week’s most disturbing headlines was that of a young dog that died in the overhead compartment of ...

  • March 13, 2018   sjras     0

There are all sorts of challenges that shelter animals face when they are vying for the attention of potential adopters. ...

  • March 11, 2018   sjras     0

This weekend, my foster cat escaped – her first attempt at door darting. She leaped into the front yard and ...

  • March 5, 2018   sjras     0

Last week we found a spider in my daughter’s room. She was picking out a book to read for her ...

  • February 18, 2018   sjras     0

The little “Valentines Litter” has left and my house and now it seems way too quiet. I have an extra half-hour ...

  • February 11, 2018   sjras     0

We’re all business this week because I need to remind you that it’s time to get or renew your pet’s ...

  • February 4, 2018   sjras     0

The DNA results are finally in for the “Valentine Litter” of puppies that have been featured in this column for ...

  • January 28, 2018   sjras     0

The “kids” are growing up! In a little more than two weeks, our Valentine litter of eight beautiful pups will ...

  • January 21, 2018   sjras     0

After several months of frustration and anticipation, we are very pleased that our former governor signed into law a bill ...

  • January 14, 2018   sjras     0

The Grey Muzzle Organization is a wonderful organization that funds programs run by shelters and rescues that benefit senior dogs. ...

  • January 8, 2018   sjras     0

Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, the temperatures have moderated closer to normal for our area. What a challenge ...

  • January 3, 2018   sjras     0

VINELAND – Frigid temperatures and a forecast for snow have the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals phones buzzing with ...

  • December 29, 2017   sjras     0

The holiday season is such an intense period. We put so much stress on ourselves with decorating, buying gifts, preparing ...

  • December 22, 2017   sjras     0

Holy moly! If you read the column last week, you know that I was pacing the floors waiting for my ...

  • December 17, 2017   sjras     0

This Christmas will be will be very exciting at my house. Although I don’t have little kids anxiously awaiting Santa ...

  • December 12, 2017   sjras     0

VINELAND – The Cumberland County Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ shelter is not closing at the end ...

  • December 11, 2017   sjras     0

It’s the most magical time of the year, and we’re feeling the holiday spirit at the Cumberland County Society for the ...

  • December 3, 2017   sjras     0

For the past nine years, the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has held a Dog ...

  • November 26, 2017   sjras     0

Animal sheltering is, and always will be, a mixed bag of emotions. But heading into this Thanksgiving, I was struggling ...

  • November 6, 2017   sjras     0

First, an update on what is happening with the future of our sheltering operations at the Cumberland County Society for the ...

  • October 28, 2017   sjras     0

The rush continues in the efforts to save our shelter from discontinuing services at the end of the year. We’ve ...

  • October 23, 2017   sjras     0

Well, last week certainly was interesting – first in terms of animal sheltering in Cumberland and Salem counties, and then ...

  • October 16, 2017   sjras     0

Needless to say, it has been a tumultuous few days since the announcement of the cessation of our sheltering services ...

  • October 12, 2017   sjras     0

VINELAND – The Cumberland County SPCA plans to close its doors as an animal impound/shelter at the end of the year, ...

  • October 2, 2017   sjras     0

Sometimes there is nothing more refreshing than seeing life through the eyes of a child.  My daughter, now 3 years ...

  • September 24, 2017   sjras     0

Harvey, Irma, Maria – as if the situation for homeless animals wasn’t bad enough, three major hurricanes hitting the U.S. ...

  • September 17, 2017   sjras     0

This summer has been an extremely fast-paced season here at the shelter. As it should be, pets have been flying ...

  • September 10, 2017   sjras     0

In responding to reports of animal neglect and cruelty, we sometimes come across situations where our concern for the people ...

  • August 27, 2017   sjras     0

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report states approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs, and an additional ...

  • August 21, 2017   sjras     0

I am very fortunate in that: (A) I get to go away on vacation a couple of times a year; ...

  • August 14, 2017   sjras     0

This weeks’ theme is “Two is Better than One.” While we’re featuring cats and kittens looking for a home, keep ...

  • August 7, 2017   sjras     0

We have more exciting announcements from the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This past weekend, ...

  • July 30, 2017   sjras     0

Soft and cuddly and purr-fectly sweet – the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has kittens ...

  • July 23, 2017   sjras     0

I know that not everyone is animal savvy, but it seems to me that it would be common sense that ...

  • July 17, 2017   sjras     0

Did you ever try to envision an animal as a human? We often given animals human attributes, typically based on ...

  • July 10, 2017   sjras     0

Most of us are familiar with the classic novel “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White, in which a young pig named ...

  • July 3, 2017   sjras     0

Our Fourth of July weekend started out with a real bang here at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter! I ...

  • June 18, 2017   sjras     0

Sometimes we get lucky enough in life to have a “heart dog” enter our lives. Heart dogs are the dogs ...

  • June 11, 2017   sjras     0

I’m not sure if it was the changing weather or just happenstance, but several issues popped up last week that ...

  • June 4, 2017   sjras     0

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the incorporation of the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to ...

  • May 22, 2017   sjras     0

A couple of weeks ago, the animal control officer from Salem County brought in two old dogs the likes of ...

  • May 15, 2017   sjras     0

I hope you had a happy Mother’s Day! The stores were a flurry with families buying cards, flowers, treats – ...

  • May 7, 2017   sjras     0

There is nothing better than the feeling of bringing home your newly adopted dog. It is such an exciting time ...

  • May 1, 2017   sjras     0

First, I want to thank everyone for the response to our Chihuahua column from last week. As of this past ...

  • April 30, 2017   sjras     0

PITTSGROVE – Dogs and their owners mixed beautifully Sunday afternoon at the Cumberland County SPCA’s annual Step For A Pet ...

  • April 24, 2017   sjras     0

I’m not really sure how to tell this story because many of the details are sketchy at best. The upshot ...

  • April 12, 2017   sjras     0

The Cumberland County SPCA was the beneficiary of “Love a Pet,” a volunteer project at Millville High School. Students made ...

  • April 10, 2017   sjras     0

Some of you may have seen recent media reports about the spread of a bacterial disease, called Leptospirosis, in dogs ...

  • April 2, 2017   sjras     0

In last week’s column, I told you how frustrating it can be at times to walk through the kennels and cat ...

  • March 26, 2017   sjras     0

Every morning when I walk into the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, I make touring through all the kennels and ...

  • March 20, 2017   sjras     0

At this very moment, I need you to take out your calendar and mark down “Foster Orientation at the Cumberland ...

  • March 12, 2017   sjras     0

Well, apparently my warnings in last week’s column about the downside of an exceptionally warm winter have jinxed us. Winter ...

  • March 9, 2017   sjras     0

When the students in Susan Belmonte’s fourth-grade class at The Ellison School in Vineland decided to help the animals at ...

  • March 6, 2017   sjras     0

March certainly did roar in like a lion. Along with the gusty winds, on the first day of the month ...

  • February 26, 2017   sjras     0

Those of you who have pets know that it can be expensive when unexpected medical issues pop up. There are ...

  • February 20, 2017   sjras     0

All over the country, citizens have been opening their eyes to the struggle of our wild animal co-habitants. From Sea ...

  • February 12, 2017   sjras     0

When you work at the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, sometimes you have a favorite. ...

  • February 5, 2017   sjras     0

I was caught in a conversation the other day that I have had many, many times in the years that ...

  • February 5, 2017   sjras     0

Jabba (Photo11: CCSPCA) I was caught in a conversation the other day that I have had many, many times in the ...

  • January 29, 2017   sjras     0

It’s the time of year when I need to remind pet owners that licenses for your dog and possibly your ...

  • January 23, 2017   sjras     0

Last week, one of our adopters reached out to us to relay the story of her “little hero,” Mugsy. Those ...

  • January 15, 2017   sjras     0

We know that good pet owners strive to care for their pets for the entire lives of their pet. But ...

  • January 15, 2017   sjras     0

We know that good pet owners strive to care for their pets for the entire lives of their pet. But ...

  • January 8, 2017   sjras     0

Well, the holidays are behind us. Time to hunker down for the next couple of months and hope that the ...

  • December 26, 2016   sjras     0

I had to write this column a few days in advance of publication, but as of the Thursday before Christmas ...

  • December 19, 2016   sjras     0

If singing along at home, think “Frosty the Snowman” … Rusty the Doberman was a sad unhappy soul, With droopy ...

  • November 12, 2016   sjras     0

In keeping with the pace set early this spring, the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter is still functioning at max ...

  • November 6, 2016   sjras     0

Oh Henry … this poor, sweet, handsome cat. We estimate his age to be about 8 years old, and he’s ...

  • October 23, 2016   sjras     0

One of our local animal control officers came into the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter the other day with an ...

  • October 13, 2016   sjras     0

In light of the current election, if you’re unfortunate enough to be an informed American citizen, it’s important that you ...

  • September 26, 2016   sjras     0

Need to give up a pet? Need to spare your aged and failing furry companion any more suffering? Thanks to ...

  • August 26, 2016   sjras     0

VINELAND – The Cumberland County SPCA is eager to convert your unwanted shoe stash into much needed shelter cash. Through ...

  • August 6, 2016   sjras     0

One of the most common reasons for people to surrender their pets to shelters is because of the need for ...

  • July 31, 2016   sjras     0

VINELAND – Dogs and their owners enjoyed a Hawaiian luau on Saturday thanks to the dedicated members of the Junior ...

  • July 28, 2016   sjras     0

VINELAND – Children in the Cumberland County Library’s Summer Reading Program had a great time practicing their reading skills when ...

  • July 10, 2016   sjras     0

Our Cumberland County SPCA agents worked long and hard to find a particular dog, who we named Calista. They knew ...

  • June 12, 2016   sjras     0

Last week we had two special guests in the CCSPCA shelter: our first fawns to be brought in for transport ...

  • June 10, 2016   sjras     0

Last week the world mourned the loss of another beautiful creature, Harambe, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. ...

  • June 6, 2016   sjras     0

VINELAND – A trio of pups, rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea, have flourished in foster care ...

  • May 31, 2016   sjras     0

Last week, a 15-year-old cat was brought to the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter. ...

  • May 31, 2016   sjras     0

Normally when I write about my personal fostering experiences, it’s about the puppies that I take home. Truth be told, ...

  • May 13, 2016   sjras     0

The Cumberland County Library youth program had a terrific time reading to their new furry friends at the Cumberland County SPCA. ...

  • May 12, 2016   sjras     0

It’s been a year since my last “new baby and pets” column. I have written about getting ready to add ...

  • May 11, 2016   sjras     0

This past weekend, the Cumberland County SPCA was honored at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center’s Canine Cotillion with a Star ...

  • May 9, 2016   sjras     0

VINELAND – For the first time in Cumberland County SPCA history, the shelter crew celebrated vacancies in all 54 cat ...

  • May 5, 2016   sjras     0

VINELAND – Three of 170 dogs rescued from South Korean meat farms arrived Thursday afternoon at the Cumberland County SPCA to ...

  • February 28, 2016   sjras     0

This may seem like a morbid question, but have any of you noticed how many dead skunks are out there ...

  • February 18, 2016   sjras     0

VINELAND – The Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it’s too soon to know what will happen to ...

  • February 8, 2016   sjras     0

And the puppy saga continues. What a crazy couple of months it has been! Let’s flash back to a couple ...

  • January 17, 2016   sjras     0

Sometimes they come in droves, sometimes they come in dribs and drabs; this winter the puppies have come in one ...

  • January 12, 2016   sjras     0

On Christmas Day, we estimate Gracie would be 28 days old and finally, after her VERY rough beginning, she has ...

  • December 14, 2015   sjras     0

Last week we introduced you to our latest little project: Amazing Grace, or Gracie for short. I had intended to ...

  • December 7, 2015   sjras     0

Working in an animal shelter is always a bit of a roller coaster ride in terms of the joys and ...

  • December 1, 2015   sjras     0

We want to thank everyone that supported us at our annual pasta dinner. Once again the affair was a great ...

  • November 23, 2015   sjras     0

So, let’s talk turkey. Thursday may be a stellar day in your pet’s career of begging and stealing food from ...

  • November 16, 2015   sjras     0

Last week, I opened up my Internet to a major news site’s home page. As the headline photos and headlines ...

  • November 2, 2015   sjras     0

VINELAND — Bev Greco is the executive director of the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CCSPCA), which runs a ...

  • November 2, 2015   sjras     0

At the Cumberland County SPCA, we often wonder how so many pets can be lost and not found — and ...

  • August 17, 2015   sjras     0

Adoption events are a wonderful tool to entice potential adopters; shelter animals are out of sight and out of mind, ...

  • March 21, 2015   sjras     0

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

  • February 4, 2015   sjras     0

BRIDGETON – Police found themselves on the horns of a dilemma this week. A passer-by notified officers Tuesday morning that a ...

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