Manahawkin Facility Joins Nationwide ‘Clear the Shelters’ Pet Adoption Event on Aug. 17

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Aug 12, 2019

Stafford Township — Looking to welcome a new furry family member? Ocean County’s animal facilities, which include the southern site at 360 Haywood Rd. in Manahawkin, will participate in the annual “Clear the Shelters” national adoption initiative this Saturday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. All adoption fees will be half the cost for anyone taking home a dog or cat this Saturday.

“This is a fantastic event that we look forward to participating in every summer,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the county board of health. “The Clear the Shelters event has been a success every year, and we look forward once again to finding good, loving homes for all the wonderful pets we have available for adoption.”

Clear the Shelters’ goal is to try to match as many cats, kittens, dogs and puppies as possible “with responsible animal lovers who are serious about giving a shelter pet a second chance,” the board of health noted. “The last two years were a big success at the animal facilities, with more than 70 pets finding permanent loving homes.”

“It’s really special to see how the community supports this event,” remarked Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department public health coordinator. “So many people tell us they keep this event in mind when they’ve been seriously looking to find a special pet to add to their family.

“It’s been another busy summer, so there will be plenty of kittens, cats and dogs to choose from,” he added.

Every animal adopted from the Ocean County Animal Facilities receives a veterinary exam and age-appropriate vaccinations, and is spayed/neutered and microchipped.

And, in addition to the reduced adoption fee on Saturday, everyone taking home a pet during the Clear the Shelters event will receive a free goodie bag stuffed with treats and toys.

“We have a large variety of kittens and cats that are just adorable,” including dogs of a variety of breeds, sizes and ages, said Brian Lippai, OCHD public information officer. “The Ocean County Health Department encourages responsible pet ownership, and we like to discourage people from buying from puppy mills.

“There’s nothing quite like a shelter pet.”

The Clear the Shelters event will be hosted by both the Southern Ocean County Animal Facility in Manahawkin and the Northern Ocean County Animal Facility, at 615 Freemont Ave. in Jackson, both of which are operated under the care of the OCHD. For more information, call 732-657-8086 or 609-978-0127, or visit ochd.org or phu2.org. —J.K.-H.

 

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