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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 today unveiled the shelter’s "Free Pets for Seniors" program, through which all county senior citizens age 60 years and older may adopt a dog or cat free of charge. This program is imaged after the very successful "Free Pets for Vets" program O’Brien started in January of this year.

"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 the 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 Animal 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, by clicking on the Health Department and then Animal Shelter.

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

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