Save an animal at Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center

Lennon the dog
Out Pets feature dog: Lennon

Out Pets

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, formerly known as Camden County Animal Shelter, has a mission to send the animal they rescue home! However, for Homeward Bound, home is so much more than a place, it is an action.

Wizard the dog
Wizard is waiting with his dreamy eyes and perfect smile

“The name Homeward Bound encapsulates our mission. We have the highest save rate in the region of 96 percent,” said Gina DiMarco, Director of Development for Homeward Bound. This means that for every 100 animals saved, 96 of them find a home.

DiMarco, further shares this mission of community and responsibility with TNR, or Trap, Neuter, and Release. For example, DiMarco explains that people love to feed outside cats, and that outside cats help lessen the outstanding rodent population, but if that outside population is not managed, the balance and livelihood of those cats and other animals will be thrown off balance.

“TNR can save hundreds to thousands of lives per year,” continued DiMarco. Working with several nonprofits and politicians on legislation for TNR is a mission to help bring safety to the native animals and populations in the community.

Programs like the Barn Cat Program assist factories or barns. Said factory or barn like settings will take what the center will call a working cat to get rid of rodents. Homeward Bound doesn’t stop there. With Amazon close by, they have groomed a partnership that would bolster their Thursday and Saturday pet food pantry. It provides a low cost clinic for pet owners on which so many people are dependent. Recognizing the importance of human health blended with that of pet health, Homeward Bound ensures their community has access to whatever it is they and their pet families need.

“We want to help owners and pets. We want to share and support low cost clinics and keep pets and owners thriving,” said DiMarco. This comes along side other resources that may help pet owners thrive and build knowledge for pet care.

Since COVID-19 the adoption center has had 75 percent off, and each year gives upwards to 5,000 pets a home. Adoption events like Clear the Shelter sent 334 dogs home over the course of some days. There is no shortness of effort, love, and unconditional attention being spent on the pets of Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center.

This adorable big eared guy is still looking for his forever family. He’s about 2 years old, knows his commands, and takes treats so nicely. Lennon has been with us for about a year now and would really love to find his forever family soon. He does need to be the only animal in a home and is a very strong walker. Stop in this week to meet him!

Our magical boy Wizard is still here waiting for his perfect match! With his dreamy eyes and perfect smile, he won’t even need to use his powers to charm you into taking him home. Wizard is about 4 years old, housebroken, loves to play, and LOVES to cuddle. He needs to be the only animal in a home but will be all you want and more!

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Lana Leonard
Lana Leonard (they/them) is a graduate from The College of New Jersey with a degree in journalism and professional writing. They work at the GLAAD Media institute and freelance for publications like LGBTQ Nation while working on their journalistic theory of change project: Late Nights with Lana, a talk show based out of 10PRL film studios in Long Branch, NJ. Lana's mission, in all their work, is to focus on people, their collective truths and how those truths form a community of knowledge towards change.