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Shelter Offers Free Pets for Senior Citizens

Adoption fees will be waived for all Burlington County seniors.

Burlington County senior citizens can now have a free furry companion from the Burlington County Animal Shelter.

Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien Tuesday unveiled the shelter’s "Free Pets for Seniors" program, through which all county senior citizens 60 and older can adopt a dog or cat free of charge. This program is fashioned after the very successful "Free Pets for Vets" program O’Brien started in January.

"It is well-known that companion animals can help to reduce stress, depression, anxiety and loneliness," said O’Brien. "We are making it easier for Burlington County senior citizens to provide animals in need with a loving home while giving seniors a furry companion."

The cost of adopting from the shelter is anywhere from $45 to $100, depending on the type and age of the animal. All animals are neutered or spayed before being adopted out.

Seniors interested in adopting will need to fill out an application form and show proof of age and residency. The typical waiting period runs anywhere from one to seven days, depending upon the animal.

The shelter is located on Pioneer Boulevard in the County’s Westampton Complex, off Woodlane Road. It has hours every day but Sundays and holidays. The phone number is 609-265-5073.

Information about the shelter and photos and data on pets available for adoption can be found on the county’s website at www.co.burlington.nj.us. Click on the Health Department and then Animal Shelter.

Each Friday on Moorestown Patch, we feature the Burlington County Pet of the Week—alternating dogs and cats. Search for "Pet of the Week" in the search bar on the main page and you'll be directed there. 

Caroline davis March 14, 2013 at 09:36 PM
I am 70 my husband is 68. We would love a small dog to adopt.

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