The Vineland SPCA is in dire need of pet owners, volunteer workers, and donations. Hundreds of animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, and even a pig currently reside there.
The adoption process is very simple. An application will be given to anyone interested in adopting. Bev Greco, Executive Director of the SPCA, said, “Pets are a big commitment. It is important to make sure you are meeting your match. Cats are more suitable for full-time college students because they don’t need as much attention as dogs. Cats are independent, and usually calmer. If interested in a dog, it is better to get an older dog who won’t need as much training.”
As of this writing, the SPCA has reached full capacity with cats, and more people are bringing in strays every day. If the animals are not able to find homes, euthanizing them is the only other alternative.
Cats cost $80, while dogs can range anywhere from $110 to $150, depending on age. The SPCA also provides spaying and neutering services for less than half the cost of a veterinarian.
Volunteer work is also in high demand at the SPCA. Off-site adoption drives and businesses like PetSmart are great places for community service opportunities that help benefit animals. Volunteer work can also be done directly at the animal shelter in Vineland, spending time socializing with the animals, or folding blankets and towels from the laundry.
Donations are always needed. “Kitten and puppy chow, canned adult cat and dog food, kitty litter, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and blankets are all key essentials,” says Bev.
Three out of five animals do not stay in the same home throughout their lifetime. If you do choose to become a pet owner, the SPCA urges you to do your best to care for the animal. They also suggest having a back-up plan in case of a change in lifestyle that is not suitable for an animal.
Whether adoption is a possibility or not, there are still ways in which college students can help the SPCA through volunteer work and donations. “Please consider the SPCA during any free time. We are full of animals who need attention and love,” said Bev.
Cumberland County SPCA
1244 N. Delsea Drive
Vineland, NJ 08360
Phone: (856) 691-1500
FAX: (856) 691-2703
Cost of Adoption:
Dogs (over 4 months): $110
Puppies (under 4 months): $150
Kittens and Cats: $80
These costs include vaccines, dewormers (normal and heart), spaying or neutering, and microchipping.