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You can help an animal during this challenging time of coronavirus

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As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter is taking steps to be able to continue to best serve the animals and families of South Jersey who rely on us. Although the shelter is currently closed to the public, the following exceptions are in place so we can continue to help the community:

1. The shelter will be open to pet owners picking up their animals that have been impounded.

2. The shelter will continue adoptions with preapproved adopters by appointment only. Potential adopters must select the pet they are interested in from the adoptable pet pages (see DOGS or CATS) and complete an adoption questionnaire 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.

3. 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 wish lists (see our website) or can be made in the form of gift cards or e-cards to local merchants. You may use the email address Finance@sjras.org as the recipient of any e-cards). We are in need of donations of pet food; 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.

4. Pet Pantry is still available; however, you will need to contact our Outreach Department at Outreach@sjras.org or call our front office at 856-691-1500 to determine availability as well as scheduling a time for pickup.

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5. The Spay/Neuter Clinic will remain in operation during this crucial time of the breeding season. Appointments can be made online. Pet owners will be received in the clinic one at a time.

We are currently not accepting owner surrendered animals at the shelter. We anticipate that adoption rates will drop due to increased illnesses or quarantines for the public, yet we know for certain that our intake of strays, which has already begun to pick up with the warmer weather, will continue to increase. In addition, we need to maintain a high standard of care for the animals and the facility in the event of staff shortages.

However, we are still here to help families in need! Our Outreach Department’s goal is to keep pets with their families whenever possible and to provide assistance with rehoming if it’s not possible to keep them together. We are ready to do our best to help families during the challenging times ahead.

While we have been so impressed with the dedication of new and established foster homes so far, we are seeking emergency foster homes in the event that shelter population reaches capacity.

Foster homes are life-saving in ordinary circumstances; in times of crisis they become even more valuable. It may actually be the perfect time to foster. Health organizations are recommending quarantines for everyone. The less you are out and about the less the virus spreads, which protects everyone. If you are going to be hanging at home with the family, why not invite a homeless dog or cat to spend that time with you? Please visit our fostering page online at https://southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org/volunteer_main/foster/ or reach out to our Foster Coordinator at Fosters@sjras.org.

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While we strive to support our community, we are asking for the community’s help as well! People have begun stocking up on cleaning and disinfecting supplies — the same supplies that we rely on day in and day out to keep our facility clean, sanitized, and safe for people and animals. We are in need of donations of such supplies (hand soap, sanitizer, disinfecting sprays and wipes, bleach, gloves, etc.). We are also hoping to stock up our pet food closet so we have plenty of food available for our shelter animals as well as our community pets who need help. We thank the community for their continued support during this difficult time!

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