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Dogs Available at Voorhees Animal Orphanage During “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month”

The Voorhees Animal Orphanage is encouraging area residents to visit the local community shelter and adopt, not shop during “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month” in October.

“I encourage anyone who is interested in adding a new furry family member to visit VAO before they look anywhere else,” said Jennifer Bailey, Marketing Director for Voorhees Animal Orphanage. “We have many amazing dogs who are in desperate need of a home. All they are asking for is a chance – they deserve to have one.”

Serving 22 municipalities in southern New Jersey, including 16 towns in Camden County, VAO takes in lost or stray dogs and puppies, and dogs who have been surrendered by their owners.

When space allows, VAO will also care for dogs who they are able to save from high-kill shelters.

“Some of the dogs we take in are confused or scared. They don’t know why they are here, and they become almost a shell of what they were. Other dogs have been at the shelter for months on end. They need the support of a loving and permanent home to bring out the happy dog they are underneath,” said Bailey.

VAO is currently at capacity, but that doesn’t stop the staff and volunteers from helping new intakes. “We will always find a solution for the dogs we take in,” said Bailey. “We believe each and every dog here deserves love, care and a family to call their own. We’re happy to be their temporary loving family until their permanent one comes along, no matter how long that may take.”

National Pit Bull Awareness Month

Pit Bulls or ‘bully breeds’ are one of the most common types of dogs founds in shelters. Stigmatized as a vicious, aggressive “bully,” pit bulls are too often abandoned and abused. To help raise awareness about this stigma and celebrate pit bulls for their friendly and loveable nature, VAO is reducing the adoption fee for any adult dog mixed with any bully breed to just $50 for “National Pitbull Awareness Month” this October.

While the term “bully” can invoke a sense of terror, the term is used to describe dog breeds originating from the same root stock called Molosser from Ancient Greece. Dogs classified as a “bully breed” are: the “Johnson” American Bulldog, the “Scott” American Bulldog, the Dogo Argentino, the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, the Boxer, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the American Bully, the Miniature Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the Boston Terrier.

“Bully breeds are sometimes feared because of their ‘bad’ reputation and the scary stories about dog attacks you hear on the news,” said Bailey. “What is often overlooked is that these dogs may have become aggressive because they were neglected, abused or trained to be. It’s not the breed, it’s the human at the other end of the leash that is the cause of any behavioral issues more often than not. As with any dog, with the proper care, bully breeds are normally gentle, loving dogs. We have many here at VAO that would make an excellent companion.”

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VAO is asking for potential adopters to visit the shelter and spend some time with the adoptable dogs during their search for a new “furry friend.”

For those who cannot adopt, VAO encourages area residents to get involved through fundraising or by making a donation to VAO’s $1.6 million capital campaign “Building for Pawsitive Future.”

Donations to the campaign support the construction of VAO’s much-needed new facility. Built on VAO’s existing site on 419 Cooper Road in Voorhees, next to the Voorhees Township Fire Department, the new 8,900 sq. foot facility is in phase two of construction. VAO anticipates a new building opening by the end of 2019.

To view adoptable dogs or to learn more about the adoption process, visit https://www.vaonj.org/adoptabledogs or email info@vaonj.org  To make a donation to support VAO’s Building for a Pawsitive Future” Capital Campaign or to learn more, visit https://www.vaonj.org/voorhees-animal-orphanage-capital-campaign/.

About the Voorhees Animal Orphanage
Founded in 1988, the Voorhees Animal Orphanage (VAO) is a nonprofit community animal shelter and 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing shelter, food and medical care to stray and unwanted animals, until permanent and loving homes can be found. VAO does not receive any local, state or federal funding.

We rely on grants and generous contributions of individuals and corporations. Currently, VAO serves 22 towns in southern New Jersey, 16 of which are in Camden County. VAO strives to meet a 90 percent live release rate (no-kill) and works with rescue partners across the country to rescue animals from overcrowded and high-kill shelters. To learn more about VAO and its “Building for a Pawsitive Future” Capital Campaign, visit https://www.vaonj.org/.

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80 Kittens Available at Voorhees Animal Orphanage During “Kitten Season”

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Voorhees Animal Orphanage (VAO) is encouraging area residents to visit the local community shelter and foster a “furry friend” during the height of “kitten season,” a period between March and August when female cats go into heat and there is an increase in feline breeding.

“Typically, the season runs from March to August, but it’s been running longer every year,” said Bill Romaine, Feline Care Manager, VAO. “I like to call it ‘Christmas time’ because of all the furry presents we receive during this time period.”

AWA Kittens

Serving 22 municipalities in southern New Jersey, including 16 towns in Camden County, VAO takes in lost or stray cats and kittens, and cats who have been surrendered by their owners. VAO also cares for cats who are transported to the shelter from another state due to overcapacity or safety reasons.

Currently, the shelter is caring for an impressive 80 kittens, and is encouraging willing families to foster one or more kittens in the shelter’s care.

“We would love to put the kittens in the hands of loving foster families,” said Romaine. “Not only does fostering give these animals a better life, but also saves the lives of those who take their place.”

Fostering one of VAO’s 80 kittens is a short term commitment and VAO staff will be there every step of the way to help ease the kitten’s transition and provide everything you need.

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VAO provides basic vet care, behavior and training resources and adoption counseling. Food, treats, toys and litter are available to foster parents at no costs. The length of foster care can vary between a few weeks to a couple of months, depending on the animal’s age, medical issues and adoptability.

“We don’t give up at VAO. We will always find a solution and work with our fosters to give the animals the great lives they deserve,” said Romaine.

Support VAO

With the influx of mouths to feed, the shelter is asking for donations of KMR, or kitten milk replacement, the main food source of food for newborn kittens.

Area residents are also encouraged to get involved through fundraising, adoption or by making a donation to VAO’s $1.6 million capital campaign “Building for Pawsitive Future.”

Donations to the campaign support the construction of VAO’s much-needed new facility. Built on VAO’s existing site on 419 Cooper Road in Voorhees, next to the Voorhees Township Fire Department, the new 8,900 sq. foot facility will be completed in phases to minimize any disruptions to VAO’s furry “residents.” VAO anticipates a new building opening by the end of 2019.

If interested in VAO’s foster program, click here or email info@vaonj.org.

To make a donation to support VAO’s Building for a Pawsitive Future” Capital Campaign or to learn more, click here.

About the Voorhees Animal Orphanage
Founded in 1988, the Voorhees Animal Orphanage (VAO) is a nonprofit community animal shelter and 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing shelter, food and medical care to stray and unwanted animals, until permanent and loving homes can be found.

VAO does not receive any local, state or federal funding. We rely on grants and generous contributions of individuals and corporations. Currently, VAO serves 22 towns in southern New Jersey, 16 of which are in Camden County.

VAO strives to meet a 90 percent live release rate (no-kill) and works with rescue partners across the country to rescue animals from overcrowded and high-kill shelters.

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Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of the Voorhees Animal Orphanage


Voorhees — The Voorhees Animal Orphanage (VAO) of Voorhees recently announced it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to help VAO support its mission of providing care to cats and dogs until they can be placed into loving homes.

The Petco Foundation investment will help fund critical items to ensure proper care of animals in the VAO’s care, including medical expenses, spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and cleaning materials.

This will help prepare animals for adoption and help them find forever homes.

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“As a nonprofit animal shelter, we rely heavily upon the generosity of our donors,” said David Semless, President of VAO’s Board of Directors. “We are so grateful for the Petco Foundation’s investment which will help us save more animal lives.”

Voorhees Animal Orphanage is a nonprofit community animal shelter and adoption center dedicated to providing compassionate care to homeless cats and dogs until a permanent and loving home can be secured.

Since its inception in 1988, the VAO has saved the lives of over 30,000 homeless cats and dogs – including over 1,800 in 2018. For more information about the Voorhees Animal Orphanage, click here.

About the Voorhees Animal Orphanage:

Founded in 1988, the Voorhees Animal Orphanage (VAO) is a nonprofit community animal shelter and 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing shelter, food and medical care to stray and unwanted animals, until permanent and loving homes can be found.

VAO does not receive any local, state or federal funding. We rely on grants and generous contributions of individuals and corporations.

Currently, VAO serves 21 towns in southern New Jersey, 16 of which are in Camden County. VAO strives to meet a 90 percent live release rate (no-kill) and works with rescue partners across the country to rescue animals from overcrowded and high-kill shelters.

To learn more about VAO and its “Building for a Pawsitive Future” Capital Campaign,click here.

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. 

Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen.

With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives.

Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions.

So far, we’ve helped more than six million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started.

For more on the Petco Foundation, click here and join the conversation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #PetcoFamily.

Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.