Camden County Animal Shelter at maximum capacity; looking for people to adopt or foster animals

Workers at a Camden County animal shelter say the shelter has reached capacity – a problem they haven’t seen in years. And they now hope the community will step up to adopt pets.

“Right now we have over 300 cats in the building, and we also have about 130 dogs,” says Shawna Donahue, rescue programs manager for the Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Blackwood.

Donahue says the shelter is in dire need after seeing many owners abandon their pets.

“During COVID we’ve had a lot of families who have come into adoption or foster care because they were home…and not that things are starting to go back to normal, I think everyone is leaving on vacation and back to their lives and they don’t have time for their animals,” says Donahue.

The shelter has no more room for the animals.

“Last night we actually put up pop-up dog cases because we need them,” says Donahue.

To encourage more adoptions, the shelter is reducing adoption fees to $25 for most dogs and cats through Sunday. They are also looking for adoptive parents. They say it’s a simple process to get started.

“You take them, we can provide you with food if you need it – bowls, beds, whatever you need. Basically, you just need to contact us every other day or every week, however long you plan to have them,” says Donahue.

She says people can adopt pets for a weekend, a few months, or anywhere in between.

“If they’re adopted, and that’s great, but if you can only do what you can, it all helps,” Donahue says.

Those who wish to adopt a pet need an ID, a leash and a collar for a dog or a cat carrier for a cat.

The Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Blackwood will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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