S. Jersey animal shelter gets major grant for cat services

David Madden
May 03, 2019 - 1:23 pm
cats at Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center

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SEWELL, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A $75,000 grant will go a long way to help animals — cats in particular — in Camden County.

The money comes from the Petco Foundation and is going to the Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, which used to be called the Camden County Animal Shelter, in Blackwood.

"It's going towards community cat initiatives, helping with spay/neutering of our community cats," Executive Director Vicki Rowland said. "Basically providing low-cost spay/neutering services. In addition to that, offering adoption services thorough the year to help save lives."

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center
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Dogs and other animals will benefit as well, but this time of year the emphasis is on cats, because they breed a lot as we get into warmer weather.

"Our intake is increasing. We’re approaching summer. We have an influx of kittens coming in," Rowland added. "We're encouraging volunteers through our foster care program to help with our kittens that are too small, and we reach shelter capacity. So we rely on these temporary homes to get these kittens out into care so we can get them adopted."

The idea, as always, is to find forever homes for them, and this donation, the largest the center has ever received from Petco, will certainly help.