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8/19/2017 - "CLEAR THE SHELTERS" - One Day Adoption Event !

Ocean County Health Department     Contact: Brian Lippai
PO Box 2191                      Chief of Administrative Services
Toms River, NJ 08754-2191              732-341-9700, ext. 7735
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              DATE: August 8, 2017


The Ocean County Animal Facilities are participating in the third annual “Clear the Shelters” national adoption event that will take place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 1pm until 4pm at both locations. 

“Last year we came so close to clearing both of our animal facilities of all cats and dogs and this year we hope to do even better,” says Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “If you or someone you know have been thinking about adding a dog or cat to the family,  now is the perfect time,” adds Freeholder Little.  

“Our goal is to find homes for as many dogs and cats as possible during this special one day adoption event,” says Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator.  “ It's been another busy summer so there will be plenty of kittens, cats, puppies and dogs to choose from,” Regenye explains. 

All adoption fees will be waived for everyone adopting a dog or cat from the Ocean County Animal Facilities on Saturday, August 19.  Every dog and cat adopted from the Ocean County Animal Facilities receives a veterinary exam, age appropriate vaccinations, is spayed/neutered, and microchipped. 

The free adoption event will be held at the two Ocean County Facilities, operated under the care of the Ocean County Health Department; the Southern Ocean County Animal Facility located at 360 Haywood Road in Manahawkin, New Jersey 08050 and the Northern Ocean County Animal Facility located at 615 Freemont Avenue in Jackson, New Jersey 08527.

“Last year we had 47 pets find forever homes and dozens more in the days leading up to the event,"  shares Brian Lippai, OCHD Public Information Officer. "With all the homeless pets available hoping for a second chance, this is the perfect reason to adopt and not shop for pets at puppy mills or backyard breeders."

This is the second year Ocean County Animal Facilities will be participating in the “Clear the Shelters” promotion. “Clear the Shelters” is a nationwide adoption event that includes the participation of hundreds of shelters from across the United States.  Last year’s effort emptied many shelters of homeless animals in just one day, adopting more than 20,000 dogs and cats in need. 

For more information on “Clear the Shelters” or the Ocean County Animal Facilities or how to adopt a pet, call 732-657-8086 or 609-978-0127. 
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