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South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter is proud to share that our first large-scale pet food giveaway is on Saturday, May 30, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the shelter (1244 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland). At our Drive-Thru Pet Food Pantry, families will be able to drive up and have pet food placed in their vehicle. There also will be a limited amount of pet supplies available or families who need them. This event is open to any family who needs pet food to help them through these difficult times.

We would like to thank Petsmart Charities for their generous grant and Garoppo Feed and Pet Supply, Target of Millville, Pet Valu of Mays Landing, Sam's Club in Turnersville, and Blue Seal feeds for their contributions.

If any families who are fortunate enough to be comfortable would like to support our efforts, please consider making a donation to our Outreach Department or donating supplies. Supplies that we are still in need of include cat and kitten food, collars and leashes, crates and carriers, and cat litter. You can contact for more information about donating or simply drop off donations at the shelter and let us know that they are for Outreach. We are grateful for the opportunity to help the community and appreciate the community's support as we strive to make a different.

Our regularly operating pet pantry remains open. Due to COVID-19, we are asking that families contact our front office at 856-691-1500 or to set up a time to pick up food. Any families struggling to provide care for their pets during this time are also encouraged to reach out for support.

Our Outreach Department is open to any family needing assistance keeping or caring for their pet, as well as families who need help safely rehoming their pets. We have assisted families with a wide-variety of needs; from assisting with routine pet preventative care, such as spay/neuter and vaccinations; providing help to pets with treatable medical conditions and finding help for those with more complex medical needs; and supporting families who make the difficult decision to rehome a pet.

We are also here to support families making and carrying out end of life decisions for pets. Sometimes this decision can be almost impossible to make and our staff has years of experience with shelter pets as well as our pets at home (including many of us who hospice foster pets and as a result have been in this situation many times). In addition to pets suffering from medical problems that cannot be fixed and pets who have naturally reached their end of life, sometimes euthanasia must be considered for pets with bite histories or major behavioral concerns if they cannot safely stay with their families. These situations are especially devastating and while we will not be able to fix your pet or find a magic band-aid, we do our best to provide support and help families make the best decision possible.

SJRAS is proud that our organization has grown in so many different ways over the years and we are excited to continue to grow our Outreach Department, which has become so vital in the time of COVID-19.

Source: Need help? Animal shelter to hold pet food giveaway on Saturday

Posted in 2020, SJRAS Articles