South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter is here to assist the families of our community with their pets. Our goal is to work with families to enable them to keep their pets. In situations where that is not possible, we work with families to explore options for a safe placement for their pet. Whether a pet needs to be rehomed or a family is seeking resources, we are here to provide support and assistance.
If you are facing challenges with your pet, please reach out. A pet is a lifetime commitment and we will help you determine if there are any resources available (financial, medical, behavioral, etc.) that can help you fulfill that commitment to your pet.
Rehoming a pet is a difficult and serious decision. We understand that there are situations that make rehoming necessary. Whether you need help making a decision, exploring your options, or navigating the rehoming process, we do our best to help. We will provide resources and can often offer courtesy posting via social media and networking with our partner organizations to help you safely find placement for your pet.
If you are in need of other assistance with your pet, please reach out. We strive to respond to all inquiries within 24-48 hours. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to solve your problem or find placement for your pet. Some pets may be a candidate for release to the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter (please see our Owner Surrender page).
Others may be able to take advantage of the Adopt-a-Pet & Petco Foundation's REHOME tool to find placement for their pet before having to utilize the SJRAS shelter as a last resort.
Owners are responsible for following up and maintaining contact with our Community Outreach staff person. Please expect to be asked for specific information and photos/video of your pet. Ultimately, placement is the owner’s responsibility.
If you are seeking assistance, please complete the form below. After submitting the information you will receive an email giving your further detail/instructions regarding the resources that the Life Line program may be able assist you with.
Other Resources That May Be Helpful
South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter - SJRAS provides low-cost vaccines on the third Saturday of spring/summer months between 9:00 – 12:00p.m. SJRAS also has an on-site clinic for low cost spay and neuter services. Please see our website for more information on Vaccine Clinics and Low Cost Spay/Neuter
Atlantic County SPCA - Low-Cost vaccines, Spay/Neuter for dogs and cats, dental cleanings and extractions, and minor surgeries including tumor removals, biopsies, hernia repairs, entropian correction, hematoma correction, etc. Please see website for detailed information. Contact ACSPCA at 609-927-9059. https://www.facebook.com/ACSPCA/
Animal Friends Foundation - Offers Veterinary Vouchers for local veterinarians providing Spay/Neuter surgeries for dogs and cats. Contact Animal Friends Foundation at 856-503-5572, 614 E. Landis Ave, Vineland. http://www.animalfriendsfoundation.com/
People for Animals - Low Cost Spay/Neuter for dogs & cats, wellness services such as vaccines, routine testing, microchipping, etc. PFA also offers feral cat services. Contact PFA at 856-243-5211, 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton https://www.pfaonline.org/
Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center Clinic - Low Cost Spay/Neuter for dogs and cats and wellness services including vaccines, routine testing, dental exams, and microchipping. Contact HBC at 856-401-1300 x106. https://homewardboundnj.org/clinic/
Animal Welfare Association - Low Cost Spay/Neuter for dogs and cats, pet wellness clinic, vaccine days, and products. AWA also offers services for feral cat caregivers. Contact AWA clinic at 856-424-2288, 509 Centennial Blvd in Voorhees. https://www.awanj.org/pet-clinic/
The PetFund - The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals in the United States who need veterinary care. The Pet Fund works ONLY on non-basic, non-urgent care (cancer treatment, heart disease, etc.) https://thepetfund.com/
The Magic Bullet Foundation - Magic Bullet Fund (MBF) provides financial assistance for canine cancer treatment only when the family is unable to pay for treatment. We help only when the dog would not be able to have (or complete) cancer treatment without our assistance. Most families contribute some portion of the treatment fees and MBF contributes the amount that the family cannot pay. https://themagicbulletfund.org/
The Mosby Foundation - Our missions is to assist in the care of critically sick, injured, abused, and neglected dogs through financial support and public education. https://www.themosbyfoundation.org/
Frankie’s Friends - Frankie’s Friends is a non-profit foundation dedicated to finding cures and saving pets with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Special funding may be made available to support the care of certified working dogs as well as rehabilitation of sick or injured wildlife. Frankie’s Friends assists families who demonstrate substantial financial need and whose pets, with treatment, have a good prognosis for return to a good quality of life. https://www.frankiesfriends.org/
Waggle - Provide a last-chance safety net for pets in medical crisis by creating a network-based solution to end economic euthanasia of pets. https://waggle.org/
Harleys’ Hope Foundation - Financial assistance is offered, as resources allow, to assist with major or emergency veterinary care and behavioral or specialty training. Qualified candidates must complete the application for assistance and submit with proof of financial need. HHF funds are for treatment only. We do not cover the cost of diagnosing medical issues, so candidates must have already received a diagnosis, treatment plan, and survival prognosis of fair or better to qualify. http://www.harleys-hopefoundation.org/
Handicapped Pets Foundation - The Handicapped Pets foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the health and well-being of elderly, disabled, and injured pets. We donate new or reconditioned wheelchairs to pets-in-need. The Handicapped Pets Foundation is dedicated to extending the life of disabled pets by helping them move; getting the exercise they need to live long, happy, healthy lives. http://hpets.org/
Diabetic Cats In Need - The heart of our mission is to keep diabetic cats in their original, loving homes, regardless of the income level of their caregivers. We support diabetic cats in their original, adoptive, shelter, and rescue homes; help to rehome unwanted diabetic cats; and help to educate caregivers on the appropriate treatment of diabetic cats. http://www.dcin.dreamhosters.com/
Labrador Lifeline - Labrador Life Line recognizes the tremendous need to aid those purebred Labrador Retrievers in need of urgent or short-term medical care. Upon application and approval, Labrador Lifeline will disburse appropriate funds to help dogs in need. http://www.labradorlifeline.org/
CorgiAid - CorgiAid is a nonprofit organization foundedto provide financial assistance to corgis and corgi mixes. We help out those who rescue dogs from shelters or other non-permanent homes, then foster them until a new home is found. Medical and other expenses for these dogs can become high; CorgiAid gathers donations from those who want to help, and, within our funding guidelines, and gets funds to those rescuers who apply for help. https://corgiaid.org/wp/
SJRAS Pet Pantry - Pet owners who are on government aid/assistance can visit the Pet Pantry once per month to help feed pets in their home. Contact 856-691-1500 or visit the shelter at 1244 N. Delsea Drive in Vineland.
Kibble Cupboard of South Jersey - A non-profit corporation formed to help keep Southern New Jersey pets in their homes by providing supplemental food, litter, and other basic necessities. Please visit their website to apply to see if you qualify. https://www.kibblecupboard.com
Pact for Animals - PACT for Animals is a FREE service available to families experiencing tough times who are in need of temporary foster placement for their pets. Circumstances may include children, adults and veterans in acute care at local hospitals, recovering seniors in need of assistance, and military soldiers on deployment. 610-581-4141 https://pactforanimals.org/
PetPals of Southern New Jersey - Offers a variety of specialty in-home and community services for your pet pal, including routine and emergency veterinary care, in-home food and medicine delivery, select grooming, short-term foster care, education and outreach. https://www.petpalssj.com/
Red Rover Relief - RedRover helps animals rescued from disasters or neglect, domestic violence victims seeking safety with their pets, and animals with life-threatening illnesses. We use innovative solutions to prevent cruelty. https://redrover.org/
Red Paw Emergency Relief Team - Red Paw works in conjunction with the American Red Cross and other public and private disaster relief, social service and animal welfare organizations. Operating 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, Red Paw is designed to ensure families and their pets are taken care of during emergencies. Some of the free services they provide in the event of an emergency include transport, temporary shelter for pets, and veterinary care to animals involved in residential fires and other disasters. 267-289-2PAW http://www.redpawemergencyreliefteam.org/
Dogs on Deployment - Dogs On Deployment is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit which provides an online network for service members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their owner's service commitments. Dogs on Deployment promotes responsible, life-long pet ownership by military pet owners by advocating for military pet owner rights, providing educational resources and granting financial assistance for military pet owners during times of emergency. https://www.dogsondeployment.org/
Abodo - housing is one of the main reasons people rehome their pets, whether it’s due to a lack of space or issues with the property manager. If you’re planning to adopt, use ABODO’s cat and dog filters to quickly sift through the largest inventory of pet-friendly housing. https://www.abodo.com/pet-friendly
People with Pets - a national directory of pet friendly apartments, homes and hotels. You’ll also find many other pet related resources such as pet services, pet products, pet friendly events, attractions, restaurants, parks, beaches and much morehttp://www.peoplewithpets.com/
My Pitbull is Family - My Pitbull is Family’s mission is to keep families and their canine companions together through ending housing and insurance discrimination https://www.mypitbullisfamily.org/
Carols Catz - 856-506-5572 or Carolscatz@comcast.net or https://www.carolscatz.com/
Alley Cat Allies - Alley Cat Allies is working in communities to champion low-cost spay and neuter policies and programs, as well as lifesaving Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR). https://www.alleycat.org/about/
Breed Specific Resources
If your cat or dog is a purebred or a known cross breed you may be able to secure assistance working with a rescue group that specializes in the breed. Use your favorite search engine to search for rescues of any type just by searching your pets' breed and the word rescue. You can include the name of your state as well for more tailored results. If your search returns rescues that don't appear to be located near you don't despair - many rescues cover large territories spanning multiple states. Most times they are a network of regular everyday people that have owned the breed they specialize in, and they all work together to provide assistance to owners of that breed in various areas. Reach out to them and see if they have resources in your state or near your location. Because they know the breed so well, often times they are able to give new owners tips on solving/preventing issues that are common to the breed and are well aware of the medical conditions that are most likely to be seen in the breed.
Remember, your pet is counting on you to make a responsible decision for their future placement. Whether you are placing them in a home or with a rescue, don't be shy about seeking information such as veterinary references, site visits, adoption procedures, care plants, etc. Please feel free to contact our Outreach Coordinators for more information about how to screen rescues and/or adopters at Outreach@sjras.org .