Matching pets to the right “home” is part of SJRAS’ mission

Placing pets in good homes isn’t just about finding someone who will give them love and good care, it’s also about placing them in homes that suit their innate character.

This is especially true for dogs, as their needs can be greatly influenced by their breed. Working or sporting breed dogs can present challenges in the home if their need to run, work, hunt, or be busy in general is not met. Labradors, Pointers, Border Collies, and Hounds, for example, are prime examples of dogs that need to do more than just sit by your side and look cute.

Think of the most active child you know and consider the kind of problems he might have if kept indoors for long periods of time with nothing to do and no way to expend his energy; it would be the equivalent of trying to keep a working or sporting dog indoors as a couch potato. Even when their bloodlines are mixed with other races, this raw energy and need for stimulation can lead to what we perceive as behavioral issues if they don’t have an outlet for their energies.

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When these types of dogs arrive at the shelter, we try to anticipate their needs and place them with a family that can provide them with the appropriate lifestyle. Choosing a dog on looks or first impressions alone can lead to unhappy people and return adoptions. We often send people home to learn about breed characteristics before finalizing an adoption. This process helps manage their expectations and further prepare them for their new addition.

From time to time, we receive dogs that we know are destined for a real job and rather than offering them for general adoption, we call on professionals.

Such was the case with Skye, an alumnus of SJRAS 2021. The young Bloodhound was released to the shelter at the end of 2020 when his owner’s situation changed, and he became unable to provide him with much-needed daily running and tracking exercises. to a dog of this breed.

Recognizing that this dog would need a special placement, we contacted local trainer Joe Nick. A few days later, Skye was sent to Joe’s training center and soon after she was picked up by the Hamilton Township Police Department and sent to the academy to be trained as a tracker dog. At the end of March, Skye and K-9 Handler/Officer Gary Thoresen graduated and were ready to begin their working partnership.

Two weeks after being on the force, Skye became a hero when she managed to find a missing 11-year-old child.

Skye now has the best of both worlds as she not only works with Officer Thoresen, but also returns home with him and spends her free time as a beloved member of the family. Skye is living her best life, which is what we want for ALL the animals we adopt.

Shelter needs: Canned dog and cat food, dry adult cat food (no dyes please), tuna pouches, dog treats, peanut butter, paper towels, zip ties, colored duct tape and gift cards for pets and groceries.

Fundraising for the shelter: Step for a Pet will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 24 at Parvin State Park. Attendees are encouraged to stroll through the park to raise funds for the shelter’s homeless pets, shop at local vendors, and enjoy music and giveaways. Participants and sponsors are needed. For more information, visit

Transport volunteers wanted: The shelter needs volunteers to help transport the animals for a variety of reasons. Some have to go to sterilization clinics, others to rescue partners or wildlife rehabilitation centers, etc. To participate in the program, visit, click on the volunteer page and complete the volunteer questionnaire. You can also email [email protected] to get started.

Address of the shelter: 1244 N. Delsea Drive in Vineland.

For more information on foster care, visit

To submit an adoption form for one of the Pets of the Week or another animal at the shelter, visit

To volunteer, email the Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]

For more information about SJRAS, call (856) 691-1500 or visit or SJRASVineland on Facebook.



Meet two amazing kittens, Bailey and Fixes, best friends of 2 years, inseparable. These two ended up at the shelter because their human could no longer take care of them. They would like to be adopted together. What’s better than a cat? Two cats!

When you tell your family you’re going to pick a flower and you come home to a pretty young girl named Hyacinth.

Morris is a shy boy who loves scratching his head and spoiling himself. He’s at Millville PetSmart.

Niblet, a 2-year-old beauty, arrived at the shelter at the end of December after her human fell very ill and could no longer take care of her. Since then, she has been patiently waiting to find her forever at home. She’s very affectionate, but not in your face. She is content to sit next to you and have lots of pets. She’s in foster care and ready to meet her humans forever.

Oreo McFlurry? Who wouldn’t love to have a cat named after two tasty treats?

gigi is a beautiful girl who is looking for her forever home.



Anakin Skywalker is a very sweet 10 month old pit bull terrier who is afraid he has landed in an animal shelter. He will need a gentle and patient person to help him gain confidence in himself and in the world. He is a darling young dog that will make a very devoted companion out of anyone. He would probably do better in a quieter house.

bowl is a very sweet 4 year old pit bull terrier and boxer mix. He is a super nice and restless boy, who likes everyone. Billy came to the shelter as a very skinny stray. He will need lots of groceries and loving care. Billy is a lover who will melt your heart.

Fun and silly Louisa is a darling 2 year old, who is bouncy and playful and loves toys. She is ready to find her forever home!

Moon is a 3 year old shepherd mix that has a lively and alert personality. She would do best in a home that can provide good daily exercise.

harpist is a beautiful 3 year old Great Dane mix. She is a big girl, weighing almost 80 pounds. Harper is a fun, lively girl with a lot of personality. She is friendly and outgoing. Harper is not suited to a home with cats.

alexander is a beautiful 18 month old pit mix, waiting and hoping for a forever loving home.

Juno is an adorable 3 year old pit bull terrier. She is a bit shy in new situations and with new people. But once she gets to know you, she’s bubbly, restless, and happy. Juno has a lot of love to give.

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