Feel like taking a drive? Want to save some lives while you’re doing it? There are more than 1.000 pets each year that need to be transported from our shelter to our rescue partners. Last year 1,175 dogs and cats were sent to our partners … and each and every one of them needed a ride.
We also have been blessed with the opportunity to have some of our dogs and cats spayed and neutered every week through a grant provided by Best Friends and an education program at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. Those clinics are in South Hampton and Philadelphia and each of those animals need a ride as well.
Finally, acting as a way station for sick, injured and abandoned infant wildlife; we are often looking for help getting these animals to refuges or rehabilitators. During the warmer months, the need for transporters is a very regular thing. Abandoned fawns, neonatal rabbits, squirrels and baby birds are brought to us and then sent to the appropriate rehabilitators.
Injured birds such as hawks, osprey, owls and eagles, as well as mammals indigenous to our area, also come in regularly and need to be driven to places such as Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. Transporting to Cedar Run is actually a lot of fun if you have a little time while you’re there to tour the refuge. It’s fun and educational for all ages.
Between the two clinics alone, we need transporters every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The wild animal transports can happen at any time as we never know what or when the wildlife will be coming in.
Ferrying pets to our rescue partners is also unpredictable but absolutely essential in saving the lives of 100s of cats and dogs.
SJRAS transport volunteers can help out as often or as little as they like and travel locally or to some of our more long-distance destinations. We have partners in New Jersey and throughout the tristate area.
When a partner organization is interested in taking animals from our shelter, we send out a notice to those volunteers via email or text, which includes the date the transport is needed, the window that would be ideal, the number and type of animals to be transported, as well as the locations they are traveling from/to.
To participate in the program, visit sjras.org, click on the volunteer page and fill out the volunteer questionnaire. You can also send an email to [email protected] to get started.
If you are available to help, simply let our coordinators know and they’ll be in touch with you to confirm the information and make any adjustments.
Shelter needs: Canned dog and cat food, dry cat food (no dyes please), dog treats – biscuit and soft, peanut butter, cat litter, cat nip, ajax or comet, paper towels, tall kitchen trash bags, and gift cards for pet supply and grocery outlets.
Shelter fundraiser: Step for a Pet will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 at Parvin State Park. Participants are invited to take a walk through the park to raise money to benefit the homeless pets at the shelter, shop local vendors and enjoy music and giveaways. Participants and sponsors are needed. For information, visit https://bit.ly/34dMJiu.
Shelter address: 1244 N. Delsea Drive in Vineland.
For information about fostering, visit https://southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org/volunteer_main/foster.
To submit an adoption form for one of the Pets of the Week or another animal at the shelter, visit https://southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org/forms/adoption-questionnaire.
To volunteer, email the volunteer coordinator at [email protected]
For SJRAS information, call (856) 691-1500 or visit southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org or SJRASVineland on Facebook.
Niblet, a 2-year-old beauty, came to the shelter in late December after her human became very ill and could no longer care for her. She’s been waiting patiently ever since to find her forever home. She’s very affectionate, but not in your face. She is content to sit next to you and get plenty of pets. She is in foster care and ready to meet her forever humans.
Happy is a sweet loving ginger boy. He’s lounging around at the Millville PetSmart, but would rather be on your couch.
Morris is a shy boy who loves head scratches and treats. He’s at the Millville PetSmart.
Kona is the most laidback senior guy you will meet. He is extremely affectionate and will follow you anywhere. He spent time in a foster home and is good with cats, dogs and kids.
Snuggles is waiting for you at the Millville PetSmart. She is a sweet girl who needs a soft cozy bed in a real home.
Pretty young Amory is looking for a family to call her own!
Deena is looking for her forever family! Are you ready for her to join your family.
Mae West is a darling, 1-year-old pit bull terrier. She is petite gal, weighing in at just 26 pounds. Come in and meet this sweetheart, she may just steal your heart!
Anakin Skywalker is a very sweet, 10-month-old pit bull terrier who is frightened at having landed in an animal shelter. He will need a gentle, patient person to help him gain confidence in himself and the world. This is a darling young dog that will make someone a very devoted companion. He would probably do best in a quieter household.
Howard is a large, 83-pound pit and Great Dane mix. He is a quiet boy, cautious in nature and slow to warm up. Once Howard relaxes and gets to know you, he is a sweet dog with plenty of love to give.
Ralph is a handsome, 3-year-old pit bull terrier who is waiting and hoping for a forever home.
Skylar is a friendly young girl who lived with children and loved them. She has plenty of energy and is very affectionate and friendly. She is housebroken and crate trained and knows some commands including sit and paw.
Luna is a 3-year-old shepherd mix who has a lively, alert personality. She would do best in a home that can provide good daily exercise.
CJ is a lovely, 4-year-old presa canario. She is a friendly and confident girl with lots of personality.
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This article originally appeared on Vineland Daily Journal: Volunteers needed to transport animals for SJRAS