TOMS RIVER – Have you been searching for that special “fur-ever” friend to join your family? You’re in luck! On April 30, the Ocean County Animal Facilities (OCAF) will celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day with a special adoption event.
Adopt, don’t shop. Help OCAF to reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats by adopting a lovable furry friend.
“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 Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “With the abundance and variety of cats and dogs to choose from there is never a reason for anyone to shop at a puppy mill.”
The adoption event will take place during a week-long celebration of National Adoption Day. For the entire week of April 29, OCAF will offer reduced adoption fees on all adoptable pets.
“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,” said Daniel E. Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator.
All of the dogs and cats up for adoption at this event are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and have age-appropriate vaccinations.
Find the newest four-legged addition to your family at either the Northern Ocean County Animal Facility, located at 615 Freemont Avenue in Jackson, or the Southern Ocean County Animal Facility, located at 360 Haywood Road in Manahawkin.
“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. Also, anyone taking home a four-legged friend will receive a goodie bag filled with treats and toys for their new best friend,” stated Mary Alano, Manager at OCAF.
“Shelter dogs and cats make great family pets and nothing is more rewarding than giving these wonderful animals a permanent loving home,” stated Trish McCallum, Manager at OCAF.
For more information on the National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day event, call 732-341-9700, ext. 7735 or visit the Ocean County Health Department website at ochd.org.