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This year may have felt endless, but it’s quickly coming to a close and the holidays are upon us. At the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, the holidays often bring us good fortune in the form of increased adoptions and kind-hearted donations, and holiday cards filled with happy stories of adoptions that warm our hearts.

This year, we want to pass along some holiday cheer to the community. Our Community Outreach department is sponsoring “Operation Outreach,” a special mission in which we hope to find an extra special family whose pet is in need of some extra holiday cheer.

Our Community Outreach program was built on the belief in the bond between pets and their people. We know this year has been challenging and difficult for so many families in our area, yet many of these families have refused to give up on their pets and we want to honor that special effort this holiday season. We need you to help by nominating a family and their pet for our special Operation Outreach pet gift-basket. We are looking for families who have exemplified the people-pet bond.

Examples include, but aren’t limited to:

  • A family whose pet has helped them through a difficult time.
  • An owner and a pet who share an unusually strong bond.
  • A family that has gone above and beyond to help their pet.
  • A family that is struggling yet still treasures their pet and considers them family.

To nominate a family, visit Then click on the button in the “Operation Outreach” box. The shelter will also share the link on social media prior to the Dec. 15 submission deadline.

The shelter will request some basic information about the family and their relationship with their pet and you may upload a photo of their pet if you have one.

At the conclusion of the contest, the shelter will ask to share the winning family’s story, but will only include personal information with the permission of the family.

Operation Outreach, along with our entire Community Outreach program, is made possible by your donations from the community. In 2020 alone, Community Outreach assisted more than 300 pets and their families. This assistance has helped pets and families dealing with all types of situations.

We have brought more than two dozen outside kittens into the shelter for medical care and to be placed for adoption into loving homes, changing the course of their entire lives.

Donations make it possible to continue our efforts to help our community and their pets and our services are needed more than ever. We receive calls for help every day and have a waiting list of more than 40 families who need help spaying/neutering feral cats.

There are precious few resources for struggling pet owners and your support ensures that we will continue to be here to help and that our help will be as effective as possible.

To support the Community Outreach program, visit the Community Outreach page at, which is under the programs tab.

For Community Outreach information, email

Shelter needs: Dry cat and kitten food without dyes, canned pate cat food, hot dogs, cream cheese, cheese sticks, cheese slices, canned chicken, canned tuna, Kong Wobbler dog toys, small cat beds, gift cards to grocery, hardware and pet stores.

Source: South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter announces ‘Operation Outreach’

Posted in 2020, SJRAS Articles