‘Adopt, Don’t Shop’ for a Four-Legged Forever Friend

Apr 26, 2017

Ocean County Animal Facilities urge pet lovers to “Adopt, Don’t Shop” in recognition of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30.

Every year, throughout the country, thousands of cats and dogs end up in shelters as strays or surrenders.

On April 30, as incentive to anyone interested in taking home a four-legged friend, adoption fees are being waived and each adopted family gets a bag of treats and toys. According to Ocean County Health Department Public Health Coordinator Daniel E. Regenye, “People interested in owning a pet should always be reminded to adopt responsibly. An animal’s care is a lifelong commitment and should never be an impulse decision. Do your homework and make sure you find the pet that fits your lifestyle.”

“Adopt A Shelter Pet Day is a great way to remind people that there are so many precious cats and dogs waiting for homes at our two county animal facilities,” Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director and liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health Gerry P. Little said. “With the abundance and assortment of cats and dogs to choose from, there is never a reason for anyone to shop at a puppy mill or backyard breeder.”

All the cats and dogs available for adoption are spayed/neutered, microchipped and receive age-appropriate vaccines. The Southern Ocean County Animal Facility is in Manahawkin and the Northern Ocean County Animal Facility is in Jackson.

For further information, call 732-341-9700, extension 7735, or visit ochd.org.  —V.F.

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