Ocean County Officials Advocate for National Dog Day
In honor of National Dog Day on Friday, Aug. 26, the Ocean County Health Department is encouraging anyone interested in adding a canine companion to the family to adopt from the county’s animal facilities. Anyone who brings home a dog that day from either of the local shelters, located in Manahawkin and Jackson, will be given a free goodie bag of treats for their new, furry friend.
“Adopting a pet from one of our facilities can be one of the most rewarding and compassionate things you can do if you’re an animal lover,” said Brian Lippai, shelter manager. “These pets are full of love, eager to please and are now just waiting for a second chance in finding that permanent, loving home.”
The county discourages people from purchasing dogs from puppy pills or backyard breeders when animal shelters are full of wonderful dogs, said Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, liaison to the county’s board of health.
All adoptable dogs available at the county’s animal facilities are spayed or neutered and micro chipped. They also undergo a behavioral assessment and are up to date on age-appropriate vaccines, said Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department public health coordinator.
For more information about the pets available for adoption at the local animal shelters, contact the Southern Ocean County Animal Facility at 609-978-0127 or the Northern Ocean County Animal Facility at 732-657-8086. —K.A.E.