South Jersey Animal Shelter Holds ‘Hurricane Season Savings’

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Hurricane Florence has left many people picking up the pieces in the Carolinas.

And some local animal shelters are taking in displaced pets thanks to the storm, leaving other area shelters left with an increase of animals in their locations.

The Atlantic County Animal Shelter has been helping homeless, displaced, and stray animals since 1995 and every year they see about 4,000 animals come through their doors, especially this time of year.

“Adoptions tend to slow down a bit when kids go back to school," said Kathy Kelsey, shelter manager at Atlantic County Animal Shelter. "People aren’t really thinking about bringing a new pet into the home, they’re getting accustomed to their routine.

So, at the end of the summer, they usually see an increase in intakes.

“But this year specifically we’re seeing an impact of Hurricane Florence where we have a lot of our partner shelters that are going into the southern states and bringing animals north," said Kelsey. "So, we’re seeing a little bit of an impact. We’re seeing actual more crowding right now then what we’d typically see.”

They’re actually at full capacity so they decided to run a Hurricane Season Savings event.

“We felt that it was really important to promote the animals that have been in the shelter for a while now, animals that are previously spayed or neutered or already spay and neutered and are available for immediate adoption,” said Kelsey.

And they’re doing it all for a big discount.

“By promoting the animals that have been in our care and by charging a minimal adoption fee of $25 we’re just hoping residents will respond to our plea as well that animals here in Atlantic County are in need of a good home,” said Kelsey.

Normally, Atlantic County Animal Shelter charges $110 for dogs and $85 for cats when it comes to adoption fees.

“All of our pets, whether they’re full price or we’re running a promotion, they all get the same services," said Kelsey. "All of our animals are mandatorily spayed or neutered before they’re released to a new home. They have the appropriate diagnostic testing, vaccinations, microchipping."

Along with a free vet visit and obedience classes.

They’re hoping to bring more people in before the savings ends in November to give as many of these furry friends a place to call home.


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