Workers at an animal shelter in Camden County say the shelter has reached max capability – a problem they haven’t seen in years. And they’re now hoping that the neighborhood will step up to adopt some pets.
“Currently we have over 300 cats in the building, and we also have about 130 dogs,” says Shawna Donahue, lifesaving applications supervisor for Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, in Blackwood.
Donahue says the shelter is in dire want after seeing many homeowners give up their pets.
“During COVID we had a lot of families come in adopt or foster because they were home… and not that things are starting to get back to normal, I think everyone is going on vacations and going back to their lives and they don’t have time for their animals,” Donahue says.
The shelter doesn’t have room for any extra animals.
“Last night we actually set up some pop-up cases for dogs because we need them,” Donahue says.
To encourage extra adoptions, the shelter is decreasing adoption charges to $25 for many canine and cats by way of Sunday. They are additionally on the lookout for foster mother and father. They say it’s a easy course of to get began with.
“You take them, we can supply food if you need it – bowls, beds, whatever you need. Basically, you just check in with us every couple of days or weeks – however long you’re planning on having them,” Donahue says.
She says people can foster pets for a weekend, just a few months or wherever in between.
“If they’re adopted, and that’s fabulous, but if you’re only able to do what you can, anything helps,” Donahue says.
Those wanting to adopt a pet want a type of identification, a leash and collar for a canine or a cat service for a cat.
Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Blackwood will likely be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.