Here at the shelter we are very versed in handling pets that have been the victims of abuse and neglect. Through the years we’ve seen animals that have suffered everything from cruel abandonment to outright torture.
At this moment, we are dealing with some dogs that are victims of a different sort. They are the pets of people whose lives have been snuffed out or horribly altered by violence. A drive by shooting, a murder/suicide, a domestic altercation resulting in serious injury; all leaving innocent pets homeless in their wake. It’s rather scary. It feels as though we are a facility located in some big city where these things occur with deeply disturbing regularity.
It’s hard to know the depths of the fear and confusion that these animals must be going through. One minute they are with their families and the next there are loud sirens, uniformed people in their homes, emergency medical technician’s touching their owner. Then, the animal control officer comes to remove them from their home. After a car ride in a crate in the back of a strange vehicle with unfamiliar smells, they are dropped off at the shelter, where they have to endure yet another round of the unknown.
One of the dogs that came in from a crime scene had the blood of the victim all over his fur and had to be bathed immediately. This poor thing was a closeup witness to the gunfire and the demise of his beloved human companion. How can we, strangers in a strange place, ease the anxiety that a dog like this must be experiencing?
Our hearts break for them as our staff tries to do everything possible to calm and reassure animals brought under these types of circumstances. This is a difficult task after these animals have suffered such trauma and then delivered to, what is to them, a chaotic and unfamiliar place. Sometimes they will allow us to cuddle and soothe them. But others are too traumatized and frightened to be handled right away. The most we can do for them is to give them a quiet spot with a comfortable bed and time to adjust.
Some of these pets will be reclaimed by family members and at least be able to go back to something familiar; others will need to be rehomed.
We are not at liberty to discuss the circumstances of some of these innocent victims, however, we do have two that have been released for adoption. Jada Fawn and Garth have been through one of these horrible situations. But they are here, wagging their tails, ready and waiting for some special person to come rescue them.
Shelter needs: Canned dog food, hot dogs, cat nip, large and small dog treats and chews, liquid hand soap, paper towels, and gift cards for pet supply and grocery outlets.
Shelter events: Vineland residents are invited to bring their cats, in carriers, and dogs, on a leash, to a free vaccine clinic hosted by People For Animals. The clinic will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 15 at the shelter. Participants should wait in their vehicles until they are called to enter the building. For everyone’s safety, masks and social distancing are necessary.
Shelter address: 1244 N. Delsea Drive in Vineland.
To submit an adoption form for one of the Pets of the Week or another animal at the shelter, visit https://southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org/forms/adoption-questionnaire.
To volunteer, email the volunteer coordinator at [email protected].
For SJRAS information, call (856) 691-1500 or visit southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org or SJRASVineland on Facebook.
DOGS OF THE WEEK
Jada Fawn is a very sweet, senior pit mix. This happy girl loves attention and gets along very well with other dogs too! She has an eye injury that will be addressed before adoption.
Garth, an adult pit bull mix, is a happy boy who is looking for a fresh start! He’s fun loving and loves to cuddle. He also really, really loves treats.
Chloe is a sweet, lovable, 8-year-old pug mix. Chloe is more sensitive and can have some attitude! She and her companion Happy came to the shelter because their owner became ill and could no longer care for them. They are extremely bonded and need to be placed together. Chloe and Happy are both overweight. They will need careful monitoring of their food and slow and gradual increase in exercise. They need a home without cats. They will also need a refresher course on housebreaking.
Happy is a darling, 8-year-old pug mix. She and her companion Chloe came to the shelter because their owner became ill and could no longer care for them. They are extremely bonded and need to be placed together. Happy is very sweet, but frightened because of finding herself in the shelter. She is loveable, friendly and enjoys being a lapdog. Happy and Chloe are both overweight. Their food will need to be carefully monitored and they will need slow and gradual increase in exercise. They need a home without cats. They will also need a refresher course on housebreaking.
Moonshine is a pretty, 4-year-old, pit bull terrier. She is a sweet girl who can be a bit shy. But her personality shines once she lets loose! She has plenty of love to give and will be totally devoted to her person. She would do best if she were the only dog.
Batty is an energetic, 3-year-old pit mix. He has adorable ears and loves to zoom around the shelter’s dog play yard. He is a good match for someone with an active lifestyle who likes to include their dog in all the fun!
Gummy Bear, a 12-year old Chihuahua, is extremely cute. He is currently in a foster home. Contact the shelter to make arrangements to meet him.
CATS OF THE WEEK
Elmer’s face says it all. He would much rather be on your couch than in a cage.
Arcadia has been at the shelter since May. That is too long! Please consider adopting this pretty girl.
Slater is a sweet boy who is dreaming of being adopted.
Ash says, “Get me outta here!” Poor Ashe has been at the shelter since May.
Queen Bee is classy and in charge. Do you have a place for her in your heart and home?
Annie Oakley is a nice little girl with unique coloring.
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