OCEAN COUNTY – Every year, thousands of cats and dogs end up in shelters across the country as they are relinquished by their owners and left to fend for themselves out on the streets. Most of these pets are sweet, loving animals hopeful for a second chance at a forever home.
On April 30, Ocean County Animal Facilities is recognizing National “Adopt-A-Shelter Pet Day” with a special adoption event at its two county animal facilities: the Northern Ocean County Animal Facility at 615 Freemont Avenue in Jackson and the Southern Ocean County Animal Facility at 360 Haywood Road in Manahawkin.
“Adopt-A-Shelter Pet Day is a great way to remind people that there are so many precious cats and dogs waiting for homes at our two county animal facilities,” said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “With the abundance and assortment of cats and dogs to choose from, there is never a reason for anyone to shop at a puppy mill or backyard breeder.”
Adoption fees are being waived for the event and anyone taking home a four-legged friend will receive a goodie bag filled with treats and toys for their new best friend. Daniel E. Regenye, Ocean County Health Department Public Health Coordinator, said, “People interested in owning a pet should always be reminded to adopt responsibly. An animal’s care is a lifelong commitment and should never be an impulse decision. Do your homework and make sure you find the pet that fits your lifestyle.”
The adoption event comes after the Ocean County Health Department recently quarantined a Breeders Association of America store in Brick after a puppy purchased there died from canine parvovirus. Brick officials are now proposing a change to an existing ordinance that would prohibit pet stores in Brick from getting their pets from “puppy mills,” which allegedly breed animals in large-scale, unsafe conditions.
Brian Lippai, Manager of Ocean County Animal Facilities, added, “If you’ve been thinking about adopting for the first time, or even adding another pet to your family, this adoption event is a great time and place to start your search. Shelter pets are the best and nothing is more rewarding than giving these wonderful cats and dogs a permanent loving home.”
All cats and dogs available for adoption are spayed/neutered, micro chipped and have received all age-appropriate vaccines.
If you have any questions regarding the National Adopt-A-Shelter Pet Day, please call 732-341-9700, ext. 7735.