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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Freeholder Director Gibbs Announces Animal Shelter Assisting in Disaster Relief Efforts

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Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs announced that the Burlington County Animal Shelter took in nine dogs from North Carolina that were displaced by Hurricane Florence, and is asking residents to once again support the shelter in its disaster relief efforts.

“From our dedicated staff and volunteers at the shelter, to the compassionate residents who have adopted one of our animals, we have an incredible community in Burlington County and are pleased to once again do a small part to assist in disaster recovery efforts,” said Freeholder Director Gibbs, who adopted her dog Fitz from the county shelter. “I look forward to helping these dogs and all of our animals find new forever homes.”

In advance of Hurricane Florence making landfall, the Burlington County Animal Shelter took steps to prepare a designated space in the event it was asked to take in displaced animals. All nine of the dogs the county received were previously in a North Carolina shelter and available for adoption. The dogs are in the process of being examined by veterinarians and will be available for adoption at the county shelter in the near future.

This is not the first time the county has made its shelter available for animals displaced from disaster areas. Approximately this time last year, the county shelter took in 10 dogs from Texas and 23 from Puerto Rico that were displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, respectively.

“It was an incredibly rewarding experience to witness the overwhelming support our shelter received last year, which helped those dogs find forever homes in Burlington County,” added Freeholder Director Gibbs. “One of the added benefits of expanding our shelter is that we now have additional capacity to take part in recovery efforts, while maintaining all of the care our local animals need.”

Last fall, the county unveiled its highly-anticipated 2,400 square-foot shelter expansion. The new facility features user-friendly electronic displays, three new community cat rooms that hold up to 10 felines and allow them to get out of their cages and interact with one another, upgraded dog runs, and a pet drop-off office. Prospective adopters are now able to meet animals in separate "greeting rooms", meant to reduce the stress level for animals, giving visitors a more personal interaction.

The expansion helped to deliver another record breaking year at the shelter, with 4,174 animals adopted, rescued or reunited with their owner in 2017.

The Burlington County Animal Shelter is located at 35 Academy Drive in Westampton, behind the Burlington County Library. The shelter is open from noon to 4 p.m. every day, except Thursday’s when it is open from noon to 7 p.m.

For more information about the shelter or to inquire about the North Carolina dogs, residents may call (609) 265-5073 or visit the shelter website: http://co.burlington.nj.us/168/Animal-Shelter

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