animal shelter webWEST DEPTFORD — On behalf of area animal shelters and organizations, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli, and Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley are extending a collection drive for food and assorted items for shelter animals through mid-October.

“We are fortunate to have numerous animal shelters and advocacy organizations throughout our district that do commendable work in caring for animals in need,” said Senator Sweeney. “These shelters provide a safe environment for animals on their way to adoption, and much effort is required to ensure the shelter’s animals are well and healthy.”

“Many times, for many reasons, someone can no longer care for a pet and the only choice may be to leave the pet with a local shelter,” added Assemblyman Burzichelli. “Animal shelters provide an important service to residents and our communities in caring for relinquished pets, so that they may be adopted into another home.”

The Third Legislative District offices are currently collecting food, cleaning products and assorted goods for local animal shelters and animal friendly organizations through Friday, Oct. 17.

Suggested items for the shelters include wild bird feed, canned cat/kitten food with pull tops, dog/puppy food, reptile food, small animal food, scoopable kitty litter, various treats for cats and dogs (made in the US), plastics balls and catnip for cats, and hard rubber dog toys. No rawhide items please.

Shelters are also are in desperate need of bleach, HE-only laundry detergent, dish detergent, paper towels, powdered dishwasher detergent, 33 gallon trash bags, and anti-bacterial hand soap.

Donated items can be dropped off to the Third District offices at Kingsway Commons, 935 Kings Highway, Suite 400 in West Deptford or at the Finlaw Building, 199 East Broadway, Suite G in Salem City. Residents may also drop off items at the District’s Bridgeton Satellite office every first and third Tuesday at the Bridgeton Library, on East Commerce Street.

“These donated items are excellent contributions in keeping homeless animals in good health,” noted Assemblywoman Riley. “We thank our residents in joining us in supporting our local shelters and organizations.” If residents would like more information on the Third Legislative District’s animal shelter collection, please call the West Deptford District office at 856-251-9801.

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