The Burlington County Commissioners are seeking individuals and families interested in a new best friend and family member.
The Burlington County Animals Shelter is at its capacity for dogs, so there is a pressing need for residents and families willing to foster or adopt. As an incentive, the Commissioners are waiving all dog adoption fees through the end of June.
The Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter group is also offering free virtual training support for anyone who fosters a dog.
“Our animal shelter staff and volunteers do a fantastic job, but like many other shelters in the region, we are facing a space crunch due to an influx in surrenders,” said Burlington County Commissioner Dan O’Connell, the liaison to the County Health Department and shelter. “There’s as many reasons for so many animals are being surrendered to the shelter as there are animals. We want to find loving homes for them all, so we’re asking for our community’s help to adopt or foster one of these shelter dogs.”
The shelter is located at 35 Academy Drive in Westampton and is open for walk-in visits from noon to 3:30 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and from noon to 6:30 PM on Thursdays. It is closed Wednesdays, except for pre-arranged appointments.
Residents can also view animals available for fostering or adoption online at https://24petconnect.com/PP5405/
Residents interested in fostering can also apply online at: https://bestfriends.org/burlington-county
Among the dogs currently available is Nova, a 3-year-old Pit Bull Terrier that was surrendered to the shelter last month. Nova is calm, housebroken and knows basic commands and is also gentle with children.
Another available dog is Musabi, a 6-year-old Labrador Retriever mix who was been at the shelter since March. Shelter staff describe him as friendly, loving and energetic who would be best matched with an active family.
Also check out Ursula, a 2-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix who was brought to the shelter last month as a stray. She knows basic commands and appears to be housebroken. Shelter staff report she has occasional bursts of energy but is often calm and relaxed.
These are just three of the numerous available dogs at the shelter for foster or adoption. Last year, the shelter adopted out more than 450 dogs and 1,180 cats. Another 198 dogs and 832 cats were placed in foster care with rescue groups and with area animal lovers.
One of the shelter’s success stories involves Commissioner O’Connell, who adopted his dog, Bingo, from the shelter after first fostering him for several months.
“I would encourage anyone with a love of animals to consider adopting or becoming a foster,” O’Connell said. “Even just a few weeks fostering can make a huge difference and can help provide a safe environment for a homeless dog. You might even find your next best friend.”