With so many abandoned and rescued pets staying in the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, the Cardinal Village Senior Living Community decided to see if they can give some older pets a new home.
On Friday, in cooperation with the Gloucester County Animal Control, the senior community started its first Pet Adoption Day, bringing out cats and dogs that are looking for a home.
As part of this new experiment, the Village will pay the $35 adoption fee for residents to promote the adoption of older pets. Both the community and Animal Control officials hope that this will increase the number of adoptions during Pet Adoption Month.
Kathy Michel, marketing director at Cardinal Village, said she hopes that the program will encourage more seniors to adopt pets that they can keep in the community, especially residents who have lost their companion in life.
“It’s just great therapy,” said Michel. “If you come to live here, you don’t have to give up your best friend.”
The community considers itself pet-friendly, allowing residents to keep a pet as long as it is 25 pounds or smaller.
As cats like five-year-old Moses and three-year-old Liam batted their eyes looking for hopeful owners, the warm feeling is mutual for the director of Gloucester County Animal Control Bill Lombardi.