By Brian Lippai on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Every year thousands of cats and dogs end up in shelters all across the country as strays or relinquished by their owners. Most of these pets are sweet, loving animals hopeful for a second chance at a forever home. On April 30, 2017, the Ocean County Animal Facilities are recognizing National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day with a special adoption event. "Adopt A Shelter Pet Day is a great way to remind people that there are so many precious cats and dogs waiting for homes at our two county animal facilities, said, "Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health."With the abundance and assortment of cats and dogs to choose from there is never a reason for anyone to shop at a puppy mill or backyard breeder."

 Adoption fee's are being waived on the day of the event. Anyone taking home a  four-legged friend will receive a goodie bag filled with treats and toys for their new best friend. Daniel E. Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator,  said,  "people interested in owning a pet should always be reminded to adopt responsibly.  An animal's care is a lifelong commitment and should never be an impulse decision.  Do your homework and make sure you find the pet that fits your lifestyle."

 Brian Lippai, Manager, Ocean County Animal Facilities, added, "If you've been thinking about adopting for the first time, or even adding another pet to your family,  this adoption event is a great time and place to start your search. Shelter pets are the best and nothing is more rewarding than giving these wonderful cats and dogs a permanent loving home."

 All the cats and dogs available for adoption are spayed/neutered, micro chipped and receive age-appropriate vaccines. The Northern Ocean County Animal Facility is located at 615 Freemont Avenue in Jackson. The address for the Southern Ocean County Animal Facility is 360 Haywood Road in Manahawkin.