The holiday season is upon us. As some have begun to celebrate Hanukkah or are preparing for Christmas and Kwanzaa, people are coming together to share new memories, laughs and eat.
However, on Monday afternoon in the dog adoption room section at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, the choir is not singing, "Carol of the Bells."
Instead, the choir includes the docile Piglet, the energetic Flash and the curious Poinsettia, and they're contributing to a chorus of hows that echo off of the blue walls of the shelter in Vineland. Hung from their cages with care are stockings and other ornaments to try to make the make the shelter more festive - for the "Home For The Howlidays' program.
If a person, or family, agrees to take a dog home for the holidays, the shelter will provide food, a collar, a leash, and dog toys for their holiday foster home stay - or longer if hosts wish to extend the stay.
"This year, we really wanted to focus on the dogs getting a much-needed break for the holidays," foster coordinator Jessica Morrison said. "As much as we have a wonderful staff and volunteer system that works hard with these dogs, it is a stressful environment. While everyone else gets to enjoy the holidays with the families that they love, we hope that we can get some dogs out to do the same."
Although the program is meant to highlight fostering a dog over the holiday season, Morrison added that anyone looking to help in the program could do so at any time of the year.
For those interested in the program or would like more information, they can call the shelter at (856) 691-1500 or email email@example.com.