SJRAS Covid-19 Preparedness & Impact
Phone 856-691-1500 or 856-362-4857
AS OF 5/1/2020:
On behalf of the pets in our shelter, we ask for your continued support during this crisis. The homeless and abused animals of our community still need our care and the opportunity to be placed in good, responsible homes. We are making every effort to keep the impact of this human crisis from becoming a tragic situation for shelter pets.
Because we are a contracted facility where animal control must be able to bring captured animals for housing, and in an effort to be prepared for various situations that may arise, we will not be accepting owner surrendered pets until further notice. This will allow for staff to care for the influx of stray or abused animals, as well as allowing us to maintain the standard of care for the animals and the facility even if we are suffering from staff shortages related to the impact of the covid-19 outbreak.
We WILL however have our Outreach Department available to anyone that needs guidance or assistance with placement of pets in situations where an owner wishes to rehome them. Please visit the LifeLine area on our website for details on what types of assistance we can offer and how to inquire about those resources.
SJRAS also maintains a Pet Pantry for those who may need assistance providing food for their pets. During this ever-changing situation we are opening the Pet Pantry to anyone that may have been affected economically by business closures and loss of wages. Pet Pantry hours are during any normal office hours (Mon & Wed 1pm-6pm, Tues/Thurs/Fri 11am-4pm and Saturday 10am-3pm). If business hours are limited at any point going forward then Pet Pantry hours would be adjusted to match open office hours. Please keep in mind that pantry items may be in greater demand, and we may run out of available food at some point. Please do NOT wait until you are OUT of food for your pets to reach out to the pantry program.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states there is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.
Due to the concerns about the spread of the virus among humans, the following temporary restrictions are effective immediately. Please note that these guidelines are subject to change without notice according to government mandates or staffing issues. Please check this webpage or go to our facebook page for up to the minute updates.
The shelter is closed with the following exceptions:
1. The shelter will be open to pet owners picking up their animals that have been impounded.
2. The shelter will continue adoptions with pre-approved adopters by appointment only. Potential adopters must select the pet they are interested from the adoptable pet pages (see DOGS or CATS) and complete an adoption questionnaire here on our website. You may then arrange an appointment with our front desk staff to meet the dog or cat of interest. The adoption rooms will remain closed for viewing until further notice.
4. The shelter is closed to volunteers until further notice.
5. We rely heavily on donations, and we thank you for wishing to help us during this time of hardship. Donations can be made via our AMAZON wishlists (see them here), or can be made in the form of gift cards or e-cards to local merchants (Shoprite, Walmart, hardware stores, Garoppos Feed Supply). You may use the email address Finance@sjras.org as the recipient of any e-cards). Donations of pet food and supplies can be placed outside the main entrance. We will not be accepting blankets, towels or linens of any kind at this time.
6. All events are postponed until further notice.
7. Pet Pantry is still available, however you will need to call in advance and speak with office staff to determine availability as well as scheduling a time for pick up.
Due to the state request to not preform any non-essential surgeries so as to preserve any available PPE, surgeries at our spay/neuter clinic have been again delayed until at least May 15th. This will no only reduce the number of people visit the shelter facility, but will also help to preserve essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is currently in short supply around the state. We apologize for any inconvenience and will be working for clients to reschedule appointments to insure that pets are still able to be spayed/neutered as soon as possible.
The POCKETBOOK BINGO event is tentatively re-scheduled for May 30th. All tickets purchased for the original date will be honored for this date (or other future date if the event has to be delayed further). If you would like to purchase one of the remaining handful of tickets please visit our BINGO page.
As the shelter staff is working diligently to care for the pets in our care, we are limiting the amount of staff on duty at any given time so that we can limit potential exposures. Should our entire team fall ill it would leave the animals in a perilous state, and we are taking all precautions to ensure that the care of the animals in not impacted during this event. As such, we have instituted an emergency phone number that can be called that will be answered by staff who are not on site. This will allow on site staff to work with customers in person on a limited basis while still providing the public with a point of contact. That emergency phone number is 856-362-4857. This is in addition to our business phone number where staff will be answering calls as they are available. Please feel free to leave a voicemail one either number if there is no answer when you call - calls are being returned within 24 hours when at all possible.
Revised Shelter Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Friday: 11:00 am to 4 pm
Saturday : 10:00 am to 3:00pm
How You Can Help
If you're working from home as so many people are, or maybe you just get 2 weeks off and don't have the option to do your work from home. If that's the case perhaps now is a great time to adopt a new dog or cat so that they can adjust to your household with you THERE! To see our adoptable pets just visit the ADOPTIONS page here on our site!
Or maybe you'd be interested in fostering your first shelter pet! This will allow you the time to see just what being a foster home entails and will give you the satisfaction of helping a loving little being who needs you. It's not hard at all and we'll provide you with all the guidance you may want as well as the supplies you'll need.
In order to be able to continue to save the lives of healthy, adoptable pets we will need to rely heavily on foster homes. If you are interested in joining our foster program now, please submit Our Standard Foster Home Questionnaire
If you are interested in being only a stand-by foster home in the event that we reach capacity please submit the Emergency Foster Form
What We Are Doing To Help
Our management team is monitoring the situation and are in close contact with local health authorities to ensure we’re acting on the latest guidance and information.
- Increasing our focus on disinfecting surfaces including counters, door handles thru the entire facility and other high-touch areas.
- Increasing the number of hand sanitizing stations available in our facility
- Asking staff & volunteers who are sick to stay home until they are well
- Limiting staff travel for conferences, continued learning or other nonessential business.
- Conducting group meetings by phone or other digital means when possible
- Recommending use of online tools (via our website) to schedule surgical procedures for pets, report lost or found pets, or to express interest in joining one of our many volunteer programs.
- Recommending use of online tools (via our website) to view the pets available for adoption, and to complete any pre-adoption paperwork possible to limit the number of visit necessary to complete an adoption.
Keeping You Informed
We’ll be continuing to keep you updated about any limitations to services, events or other important developments rapidly changing situation. As it evolves, you can always find the latest information on our website, or via our social media channels (twitter, facebook & instagram). Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance with any of your pet related needs.
For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit cdc.gov or your local health department website.
Vineland residents can visit www.vldhealth.org and follow municipal social media for more city related information. Also, a hotline for residents with general COVID-19 questions can be called at (856) 405-4603 or there is a 24-hour hotline at 1 (800) 222-1222.
Preparations for Pet Owners
Pet owners should make sure that they have the following items on hand should a situation of either self-quarantine or imposed quarantine arise.
* At least 3 weeks of pet food for EACH pet in the household
* At least 3 weeks of any medications or health products needed by EACH pet
* A properly fitted collar and harness, ID with current contact information, a leash in good condition and a properly sized crate or carrier for EACH pet in your family.
* A current photo of your pet themselves, should you become separated.
* Current medical records for your pet with any relevant medical information as well as dates of last vaccinations should the need arise for your pet to be boarded or housed for any reason.
In an effort to maximize space at the shelter, we will not be accepting owner surrendered pets until further notice.
We encourage pet owners to make plans for their pets in case someone in the home falls ill. Identifying a trusted friend or family member to be a designated pet sitter who can help out if the pet owner becomes hospitalized is crucial for those pet owners who may live alone.