Mayor’s Column: Free pet microchips on Voorhees Pet Day Aug. 15

Voorhees Mayor

The Voorhees Animal Welfare Association (AWA) and The Voorhees Animal Orphanage (VAO) are partnering for “Voorhees Pet Day” on Aug. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Both shelters will provide Voorhees pets with free microchips and will also offer free scanning of existing microchips to ensure the pet’s information is up to date. The AWA is located at 509 Centennial Blvd. and the VAO is located at 419 Cooper Rd. Aug. 15 is “National Check the Chip Day,” founded to raise awareness of the importance of microchipping our pets.

Microchips are a great way to reunite lost pets with their owners. One in three pets gets lost at some point in their lives, and 90% of lost pets without any identification never make it home. Since collars and tags can break off, a microchip is a security device for the pet and their owner. The AWA and The VAO are teaming up to help keep pets in Voorhees safe.

Voorhees Township is supporting this event with the use of animal licensure funds. Each shelter will offer 75 free microchips to the pets of Voorhees residents. Proof of Voorhees residency and licensure must be presented to qualify for one free microchip. Voorhees residents needing additional pet microchips can purchase them at a discounted rate of $15. Non-Voorhees residents can get their pets scanned and microchipped during this event for $18. For more information, contact the AWA at 856–424–2288 or www.awanj.org and VAO at 856–627–9111 or www.vaonj.org.

The AWA is a private, non-profit, 501© 3 animal welfare organization which serves the people and animals of southern New Jersey. AWA is dedicated to eliminating animal suffering, promoting the importance of the human-animal bond, and improving the role of animals in the well-being of people. Through a variety of programs including adoptions, veterinary services, pet therapy, and humane education, in 2014 over 23,000 pets were served through AWA programming. AWA is South Jersey’s leader in progressive companion animal care.

The VAO is a 501© 3 non-profit organization that has been dedicated since 1988 to helping families find their new four-legged friend, and providing shelter, food and medical care to South Jersey’s stray and unwanted animals until their forever homes can be found. They are the shelter of record for 13 municipalities in Camden County, taking in approximately 1,500 stray and abandoned animals annually. The VAO finds homes for more than 700 cats and dogs each year.

**The next show in our Summer Twilight Series is Friday, Aug. 7, as Voorhees Township welcomes for the first time Good Vibrations: A Celebration of the Beach Boys. Good Vibrations blends the vocal layering and studio precision that is a signature of the Beach Boys with the energy of a live stage production. Elaborate lighting effects and costumes aptly frame the seasoned musicians who step into these very large shoes to render an authentic Beach Boys experience. The show is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. at Connolly Park. For more information visit www.voorheesnj.com or call the Show Hot Line at 856–882-SHOW.

** Voorhees Township is offering discounted tickets to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. Tickets are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office at Voorhees Town Hall. Prices vary according to the type of ticket and several options are available to residents and non-residents. For more information about tickets visit www.voorheesnj.com.