Camden County issued the following press release regarding a countywide October pet food drive, which kicked off on Monday, to benefit three animal shelters in the area, including Camden County Animal Shelter at Lakeland:
If you love dogs and cats, a pet food drive sponsored by the Camden County Animal Shelter, Animal Welfare Association (AWA) and Almost Home can be the perfect way to help. Working with Camden County, the shelters will drop off collection bins at locations across the county. Each municipality has identified their collection site, and they are listed below.
“The Camden County Freeholder Board provides assistance and resources to the animal shelters located in the County,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Animal Shelter. “The County’s Division of Shared Services is working to pull County and municipal resources together in this effort.
The pet food drive runs from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31. Only canned pet food will be accepted and bin collections will be made every week.
“In addition to being easier to transport, store and organize, canned food is easier for shelter dogs and cats to eat,” Rodriguez said. “When animals are brought into the shelter, they experience a high level of anxiety as they become accustomed to their new environment. The smell and texture of canned dog food is more comforting to dogs in this situation.”
The goal is to have enough food to feed all the animals at all three shelters for two days, allowing the shelters to use the money that would have otherwise gone for food for those two days to cover other operating expenses.
“Working with shelters and mayors, this pet food drive will help to feed sheltered animals,” said Rodriguez. “We hope residents will help with this latest initiative to feed the animals through community contributions.”
Questions about the program can be directed to Maya Richmond, executive director of AWA at email@example.com or (856) 424-2288.
Pet Food Donation Drop Off Sites (call for hours where noted)
Audubon Senior Center, 247 Oaklyn Ave., Audubon, M/W/F 9-3, T/TH 9-12
Barrington Borough Hall, 229 Trenton Ave., Barrington, 856-547-0706
Bellmawr Borough, 21 E. Browning Rd., Bellmawr, 856-933-1313
Brooklawn Borough Hall, 301 Christiana St., Brooklawn, 856-456-0750
Camden – Cam Co Library, Nilsa Cruz Perez Branch, 300 N. 4th St., Camden (LOBBY)
Camden - Camden County One Stop Resource Center, 2600 Mt. Ephraim Ave., Camden, 856-968-4200
Cherry Hill Library, 1100 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill in Lobby, 856-667-0300
Cherry Hill - Camden County College – Rohrer Campus, 1889 Rt. 70 East, Cherry Hill in Lobby, 856-874-6000
Chesilhurst Borough Hall, 201 Grant Ave., Chesilhurst, 856-767-4153
Gloucester Twp. - Camden Co College – Blackwood Campus, Box 200 College Drive, Blackwood in Lobby of Connector Building, 856-227-7200
Gloucester Twp. – Camden County Regional Emergency Training Center, 420 Woodbury-Turnersville Rd. North, Blackwood in Lobby, 856-374-6176
Haddon Heights – Atlantic Avenue Elementary School, 21 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddon Heights
Haddon Heights - Glenview Elementary, 1700 Sycamore St., Haddon Heights
Haddon Heights – Library, 608 Station Ave., Haddon Heights
Haddon Heights -7th Avenue School, 316 7th Ave., Haddon Heights
Lindenwold - Library, 310 E. Linden Ave., Lindenwold, 856-784-5602
Pine Hill Borough Hall, 45 W. 7th Ave., Pine Hill, 856-783-7400
Runnemede Borough Hall, 24 N. Black Horse Pike, Runnemede, 856-939-5161
Somerdale Borough Hall, 105 Kennedy Blvd., 856-783-6320 x33
Somerdale – Park School, 301 Grace St., Somerdale, 856-783-6261
Stratford Borough Hall, 307 Union Ave., Stratford, 783-0600
Voorhees – Camden Co Library, 203 Laurel Rd., Voorhees in LOBBY, 856-772-1636
Voorhees – Camden County Store – The Mall at Voorhees Town Center, 2nd Level – Store #2015
Voorhees Town Hall, 2400 Town Center, Voorhees, 856-429-7174
Waterford Town Hall, 2131 Auburn Ave., Atco, 856-768-2300
Winslow – Camden Co Library, South Co Regional Branch, 35 Cooper Folly Rd., Atco in LOBBY, 856-753-2537
Woodlynne Borough Hall, 200 Cooper Ave., Woodlynne, 856-962-8300