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Almost Home Animal Shelter and Adoption Center

Promoting 'Purrfect' Matches and Lasting Adoptions Through Adoption Counseling

9140C Pennsauken Highway
Pennsauken, NJ 08109
Phone: (856) 663-3058
almosthomeshelter@comcast.net

*Making Dreams Come True.... One Adoption At A Time*

Almost Home Animal Shelter is proud to announce that we have recently implemented The Meet Your MatchTM Canine-ality Program. This program is designed to find perfect matches between adopters and adoptees.

View Our Adoptable Pets!!

Dog List Cat List

 

 


Help Wanted

We are in need of volunteers who can do adoption outreach at Petco on Saturdays and Sundays. The shelter will set up the table at Petco; we would need volunteers to pick up the animals, bring them to Petco, and stay with our dogs/cats/kittens/puppies while speaking with potential adopters. We can be at Petco between 11 and 3 on Sat. and Sun. Even just an hour or two of your time would help immensely. The Petco is located on Rt130 in Cinnaminson. For more information on how you can help, please call us at 856-663-3058 or stop in and fill out a volunteer form. 


Desperate Needs Items:

  • Mini Vans for Animal Control and Medical Transport
  • KMR kitten formula, Esbilac Puppy formula, kitten/puppy/small animal feeding bottles, and heating pads.
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent and Bleach
  • Hand Sanitizer and Dish Soap

If you can donate any of the above items, we would greatly appreciate it. For more donation ideas, click here.

 

Happy Tails: This section is dedicated to stories from our happy adoptees. These inspirational and joyous stories are enough to turn around even the worst of days. Please take a moment to look over our Happy Tails page.

Seniors Page: Please visit our senior page to see our Golden Gals and Gents up for adoption. We also have wonderful literature on adopting a senior pet, so please take a few moments of your time to consider adopting a senior pet!

Special Needs Page: Please visit our special needs page to see how you can help our special needs pets. We are always in need of monetary donations, especially when it benefits our Special Needs fund. This fund helps us to pay for emergency vet visits that would otherwise be unavailable to our animals. So please open up your heart and help our pets in need.

Our Mission

Almost Home Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is an animal welfare organization established to support animal care and control for local municipalities, as well as promoting the human/companion animal bond. We are dedicated to creating programs and services which will educate the public, with regard to compassion, responsibility and respect toward all animals, through advocacy, spay/neuter and adoption.

Adoption Policy and Procedure

If you are interested in adopting a dog/puppy or cat/kitten, we require that you follow our adoption procedure:

  1. Come in and look through our adoptable pets. We have a trained staff, as well as matchmaking volunteers, that will help find the right match for your home.
  2. Fill out a pre-adoption application for cats and a pre-adoption survey for dogs. Both of them are basic surveys that will let our trained staff know if your home would be a suitable home for the animal you wish to adopt. The dogs adoption survey varies form the cat application due to the fact that we implement the Meet Your MatchTM Canine-ality Program for the dogs. For more information, click here.
  3. If you are adopting a dog and have any children or dogs already, we would ask that they are brought in for a compatibility test.
  4. If the pre-adoption application meets all requirements, the new pet will be adopted into your home.

We require that all animals be spayed/neutered before leaving our facility. For more information on spaying/neutering, please visit the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) website. There will be an adoption fee for each animal being adopted from our shelter. If interested in one of the pets on our website, please stop in and fill out an adoption application. Or print of the application, fill it out at home, and then drop it off to us.

Dogs $150.

Puppies $175

Cats $95

Prices include spay/neuter, vaccines (including distemper and rabies), heartworm test for dogs, Felv/Fiv tests for cats, and the overall care given to the animal while in our residence.

We also promote free adoption counseling and on sight K9 behavior counseling by our own Dog Behavoralist.

Shelter Hours

Monday 1 pm to 5 pm
Tuesday 1 pm to 5 pm
Wednesday 1 pm to 8 pm
Thursday 1 pm to 8 pm
Friday 1 pm to 5 pm
Saturday 12 pm to 4 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm

Directions

Please note: The directions on mapquest are a little different the directions listed below. The directions listed here may be a little easier to follow. The map link will show an image of Commerce Highway.

Map to our shelter

From Camden-Philadelphia area via the Betsy Ross Bridge:

  • Take I-95 to the Betsy Ross Bridge
  • Betsy Ross Bridge becomes NJ-90 E.
  • Merge onto N. Crescent Blvd / US-130 N toward Cinnaminson/ Trenton
  • Turn Right onto Commerce Highway, a small road near a Men's clothing factory outlet. Look For This Sign! (click link!)
  • Turn left onto Pennsauken Highway and we are a little ways down the right hand side. Look for this sign on our building:

From Philadelphia area via the Tacony Palmyra Bridge:

  • Cross over the bridge and take first exit sign that says "To 644 Haddonfield"
  • Go to traffic light (Old Haddonfield Rd.) Turn right at the light.
  • Make first left onto Pennsauken Highway. There will be a on the corner
  • We are the second building on the left, right after Certi-Fit Auto Parts.

From all points south:

  • Take I-295 N
  • Merge onto I-76 W.
  • Merge onto US-130 N via exit 1D toward Collingswood
  • Enter next roundabout and take 1st exit onto W. Crescent Blvd / US-130 N.
  • Turn slight right onto S. Crescent Blvd / US-130 N.
  • Turn Right onto Commerce Highway, a small road near a Men's clothing factory outlet LOOK FOR THIS SIGN!!!!! (click link!)
  • Turn left onto Pennsauken Highway and we are a little ways down the right hand side.

From Marlton, Moorestown, and Maple Shade areas:

  • From Rt. 73N, take Rt. 130 S (exit Pennsauken/Camden)
  • As soon as you get on to Rt. 130 S, move to the right lane and take first exit, that says S 73 to 644 Haddonfield.
  • Take first exit sign that says "To 644 Haddonfield"
  • Go to traffic light (Old Haddonfield Rd.) Turn right at the light.
  • Make first left onto Pennsauken Highway. There will be a on the corner
  • We are the second building on the left, right after Certi-Fit Auto Parts.

Fundraisers & Upcoming Events

We Sell Nutro Dog/Cat & Puppy/Kitten food at the Almost Home Animal Shelter. Prices range from $20 to $30 per bag at a price that is less than you would pay at a pet store. For more information, call the shelter at 856-663-3058.

For more information on our current fundraisers, click here. We currently have a long term, ongoing project for Recycling Cartridges. We are requesting everyone to save their empty printer (inkjet/laser), fax and multi-function cartridges (all-in-one printers), as well as laser printer fuser cores. They take all brands such as Apple, Brother, Cannon, HP, Lexmark, Pitney Bowes, Panasonic, Samsung and Dell. Our shelter will have a box set up in our lobby area where people can drop them off to us. For for cartridge donated to our shelter, we can recycle them and receive a monetary donation in return from the recycling company. So please drop off your cartridges soon. Thank you for your support! If you have any questions, call us at 856-663-3058 or e-mail us at almosthomeshelter@comcast.net .


Donations

The Shelter is always in need of the following donation:

  • Bleach
  • Dish Detergent
  • Double a (AA) batteries
  • Strong leashes and collars
  • Training collars, i.e. ‘prong’ collars
  • Dog and cat treats and chewies
  • Dog and cat toys
  • Paper towels
  • Stainless steel buckets
  • Cardboard scratching boxes
  • Blankets, towels, bath rugs, and
    pillow cases
  • Lint roller
  • Disposable non-sterile latex gloves
  • Mops, brooms, dustpan and brush sets
  • Empty peanut butter jars with lid
    (or other suitable containers for donation jars)
  • Office supplies

And of course monetary donations. Monetary donations allow us to move beyond basics and do more life-saving work. No donation is ever too small. Your donation from $1 to 1,000 is always needed and much appreciated.

  • Dry and canned puppy and kitten
    food (same brands as above)
  • 30 gallon trash bags - Contractor
    Clean-up bags
  • Dog and cat grooming supplies
    (brushes)
  • New and gently used pet carriers
    and dog/cat crates
  • Dog and cat food/water bowls
    (stainless steel, glass or plastic)
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Heating pads
  • Cat litter
  • Large trash cans with lids
  • Large pet food storage containers
  • Fly glue strips
  • Dog and cat beds
  • Paper plates (large and small)

Big Ticket Items!!!!

    • Microscopes

Volunteers

Interested in volunteering at our shelter? Here are a few ways you can help.

  1. Dog Walkers and Cat Cuddlers: Being in an animal shelter can sometimes cause animals to become depressed and stressed. We need dedicated volunteers who are willing to come in and socialize with our orphans to help keep their spirits up. Walking dogs and cuddling cats allows these animals to stretch their legs and exercise while coming in contacting with human love and attention. Also, when time is spent with these orphans, the volunteers quickly learn the dog or cat's personality and special characteristics that could increase its chances at adoption.
  2. Cleaners: We are in need of dedicated volunteers who are willing to come into the shelter to help our staff clean the dog kennels and cat cages in the morning. If you are not interested in cleaning cages, then we also need volunteers to help do laundry and dishes. This may not be the most fun volunteer job, but doing cleaning is one of the best ways that a volunteer can help our orphans.
  3. Fundraising: Our shelter always accepts fundraising projects. One of the most common fundraising projects is doing a donation drive where you collect items from our wish list (see above). If you are interested in doing a donation drive, e-mail us at almosthomeshelter@comcast.net and let us know so we can give you an updated list that states which items we are in desperate need of at that time. If you work somewhere that will allow us to hold a fundraising event (i.e. a bowling alley, a pizzeria/restaurant, etc) please let us know!
  4. Foster Care: We are looking for responsible, animal loving people who are willing to open up their hearts and homes to special needs orphans at our shelter. Animals that need to be in foster care may include sick cats/dogs, moms with litters of kittens/ puppies, orphan puppies/kittens that need to be bottle-fed, dogs/cats recovering from surgery, and/or animals that need further socialization. The amount of time that an animal spends in foster care will depend on the reason why the animal is in foster care to begin with. Foster parents must fill out a foster contract and will need to be approved by our kennel manager.
  5. Matchmaking: Matchmakers are oftentimes vital in finding an animal the right home. A matchmaker is responsible for helping customers and potential adopters find the best match for their family and lifestyle. (For example, a very high sprung dog may not be the best match for an elderly couple.) A matchmaker would do counseling with these potential adopters so that they are fully prepared to adopt an animal. Some of the responsibilities of matchmakers include knowing the animal's personality, having good people and communication skills, and knowing the shelter's adoption policies and procedures. Training to new matchmakers will be done by a staff member or senior volunteer.
  6. Pet Detectives: A pet detectives is in charge of going through our adoptable kennel and cattery with the lost animals books and will try to match animals with their potential owners so that they may be reunited. If an animal matches a description in our lost animal book, the potential owner is then contacted so that they can come in and see if it is really their animal. A pet detective should have an eye for detail and should also have good people and communication skills.
  7. Transporters: We are in need of people who are willing to transport dogs and cats to the vet's office or to special events via their own vehicles. Another time that a transport may be needed is if an animal is being transferred to another shelter/rescue group.
  8. Follow Up'ers: 'Follow-Up'ers' are in charge of making phone calls after an animal has been adopted to make sure the animal is doing well in its new home. If there are any adjustment issues, the follow-up'er should be able to give useful advice to new adopter to help the animals settle into their new home easier.

If any of these volunteer positions appeal to you, please print off and fill out our volunteer application or come into the shelter and fill one out. For more information on volunteering, please e-mail us at almosthomeshelter@comcast.net for more information.

Lost Pets

Have you lost your pet? Here are a few steps you can try in order to locate your lost loved one.

  1. Contact your local animal shelters. Visit the shelter to see if your pet is there. If your pet is not at the shelter at the time that you visit, leave a lost report as well as a detailed picture. That way, if your pet does come in, the shelter staff can check their lost report book and contact you. Be sure to visit the shelter every few days, or call daily to see if any new animals have come in.

  2. Make up posters and signs that include a detailed description of your pet, a good picture (if possible), the last day seen/where seen, and your contact information. Hang these posters up at the local shelters and vet offices, as well as around your neighborhood.

  3. Contact your non-emergency police department and leave a description of your lost pet in case the animal is brought to them. Also contact any veterinarian offices in your area for the same reason.

There are three animal shelters in Camden County that accept stray and lost animals. Try contacting all there when searching your pet.

Camden County Animal Shelter Almost Home Animal Shelter The Animal Orphanage
125 County House Road
Blackwood, NJ 08012
Phone: 856-401-1300
9140C Pennsauken Highway
Pennsauken, NJ 08109
Phone: (856) 663-3058
419 Cooper Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Phone: 856-627-9111

Our Shelter takes in stray cats and dogs from the following towns:

  • Audubon

  • Audubon Park

  • Gloucester City

  • Merchantville

  • Pennsauken

  • Woodlynne

Contact Us

We look forward to assisting you on your journey to
finding the right pet for your home. We hope to see you soon.

Almost Home Animal Shelter
9140C Pennsauken Highway
Pennsauken, NJ 08109
Phone: (856) 663-3058
E-mail: almosthomeshelter@comcast.net

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