Burlington County animal shelter seeks adopters

As an open intake facility, the shelter does not refuse any surrendered animal or stray.


Special to The Sun: Burlington County Commissioner Deputy Director Dan O’Connell holds a kitten at the Burlington County Animal Shelter in Westampton. The shelter has taken in and cared for more than 2,000 animals this year.

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Loveable and loyal pets are waiting to find new forever homes. Now is the perfect time to seek a new companion from the Burlington County Animal Shelter.

The animal shelter is currently at capacity and needs adopters or fosters interested in dogs or cats. There are also five rabbits available.

As an open intake facility, the shelter does not refuse any surrendered animal or stray.

So far this year, the shelter has taken in more than 2,000 animals, including 556 surrenders and 1,389 strays. More than 870 animals have been adopted and 285 have been placed in foster care or with supporting rescue groups on the East Coast.

“There’s few better feelings than the love and affection of a loyal four legged family member, and our shelter is full of potential pets who are waiting to find a new home,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Dan O’Connell, the board’s liaison to the shelter. 

“We’re encouraging anyone who is thinking about adopting or fostering to contact the shelter and arrange for a visit.”

Animals available for adoption from the shelter can be viewed at https://www.petango.com/Shelters/Burlington-County-Animal-Shelter-5405. Applications can also be filled out online at that website. All adoption fees are waived for veterans and residents 60 and older.

To contact the shelter directly to arrange a visit, call (609) 265-5073.

Special to The Sun: Six-year-old Dash is the Burlington County Animal Shelter’s longest resident.

Residents interested in fostering an animal should contact the shelter to request their  application and phone interview. Once applications are reviewed, appointments will be scheduled for potential fosters to meet an animal.

Seven of the shelter’s dogs and 198 cats are currently in foster homes.

“Fostering a dog or cat is a way for some animals to get into a routine and learn social manners and basic obedience, and our shelter staff have had great success in finding permanent homes for animals that have been fostered,” O’Connell said.

Residents are also encouraged to have pets spayed or neutered in order to prevent behavior issues among dogs and unnecessary litters of kittens.

Residents can also support the shelter and its operations with either monetary donations or supplies. A list of requested items is located on the shelter website at http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/1290/Donation-Wish-List

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