The Camden County Animal Shelter (CCAS) has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its efforts to provide affordable spay/neuter surgeries for cats in Camden County. CCAS has been progressively working to reduce the stray and unwanted animal population in the region through low-cost spay/neuter services.
“This grant will provide the Camden County Animal Shelter with the added resources they need to provide this valuable service at a discount or at no cost at all,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash. “By making it possible for pet owners to obtain affordable veterinary care, including spaying and neutering, we are working to reduce the number of stray animals and pets surrendered to area animal shelters and reduce operating expenditures.”
CCAS is a nonprofit organization that depends on community support to provide shelter, care and find loving homes for over 4,000 homeless animals. Since 1997, CCAS has altered and found homes for more than 80,000 pets through adoption and low cost spay/neuter services. In 2015, the new $1.5 million adoption center expansion, sponsored by the Freeholder Board, was completed, which increased capacity and provides more living and recreational space for cats and dogs.
The Petco Foundation investment will help to provide low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for cat owners and community cat caregivers in Camden County. Free spay/neuter services for owned and community cats will be used for the purposes of controlling, aiding, and providing medical treatment to an overabundance of cats in Camden City. Furthermore, the grant will support CCAS through adoption preparation for cats and kittens received at the shelter; this would include spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines, flea and medical treatment, and testing; all of which costs the shelter approximately $150 per cat.
“Thanks to the Petco Foundation, we can target free spay/neuter resources to the City of Camden and expand low-cost services to Camden County cat owners to reduce our stray and unwanted cat population,” says Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of CCAS.
About the Camden County Animal Shelter
Founded by the Camden County Board of Freeholders in 1997, CCAS is an open admissions shelter and takes in over 4,000 companion animals from 18 municipalities in Camden County every year. CCAS services are to provide shelter for stray/unwanted animals, find those animals loving homes, and offer low-cost spay/neuter services. CCAS’s mission is to end companion animal homelessness in Camden County through community awareness and responsible ownership. For more information visit www.ccasnj.org.
About the Petco Foundation
Since 1999, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $170 million in lifesaving animal welfare work. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, they seek to 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 the Think Adoption First program, they partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, they’ve helped more than 5 million pets find their new loving families. Visit www.petcofoundation.org to learn more.