A Camden County animal shelter on the verge of closure is seeking the public’s help in saving dozens of cats and dogs.
The Almost Home Animal Shelter opened in Pennsauken, New Jersey ten years ago as a temporary facility when the Camden County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center made plans to expand. Financial issues caused major delays to the expansion however and Almost Home remained the shelter for Audubon, Audubon Park, Gloucester City, Merchantville, Pennsauken and Woodlyn, placing more than 6000 animals. That changed recently however when Camden County finally completed its center. The six towns that previously funded Almost Home will now send animals to the Camden County shelter instead.
“I’m heartbroken,” said Trish Murphy, a veterinary technician and one of the 15 staffers at Almost Home. “But you put a smile on your face for the animals because they can feel our sadness and we don’t want them to be sad. We want them to be happy and when we go home at night that’s when we get upset.”
Almost Home director Nancy Walsh, who has privately-funded the no-kill shelter, says they will stop accepting animals on January 1 and will then have three months to place the remaining 50 dogs and 90 cats. Volunteers and staff members say they’re not going to leave until every last animal finds a good home.
“Help us help these dogs,” said Jay Miller. “They haven’t had much in life and they deserve as much as anyone can give.”
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