Camden County Animal Shelter Continues Expansion, Surgical Center to Come

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James the cat fell from a fifth-floor building in Camden back in August.

With a fractured jaw and broken leg, he’s one of the many four-legged friends now on the path to recovery, thanks to the veterinarians at the nonprofit Camden County Animal Shelter.

“It’s always busy in here, it’s really, really going, so we do a lot of in-house stuff,” said Jonathan Young, a freeholder of Camden County. 

“All the dogs that are in the shelter get service here, but we also do a low-cost spay and neuter service that comes through here.”

It’s great to be able to do more complicated things.

As more cats and dogs waddle their way through the halls for public services, and animals continue being adopted out of the shelter, the Camden County Freeholder Board has dedicated $1 million to go towards an expansion.

The adoption center was phase one, and now phase two is underway.

“We felt as though there was a need for an expansion down here,” said Young.

A big part of the $1 million renovation is going right here to the new surgical center.

The highly anticipated February 2018 opening date is going to help the shelter with the thousands of successful surgeries they perform every year.

“We’re excited because it expands what we can do,” said Joseph Filigno, a veterinarian for the Camden County Animal Shelter

“You know, we’ve had a real small surgical suite for pretty much forever and we’re getting two or three as much space.”

According to Young, the old reception space is turning into a surgical room with two recovery areas.

Bathrooms, a bigger laundry room, and a new reception are also being added, with updates to the dog kennel and floor.

Plenty of space to take care of animals from all walks of life, like James the cat.

“It’s great to be able to do more complicated things,” said Filigno. 

“You know, you get a real bad case, like this cat that comes in and he’s on death’s door, and now he’s fighting and trying to get out of the cage.”

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