Covid19 had helped empty our local shelters as fostering animals during lockdown was a powerful tool to combat loneliness and a change of routine. Now that kitten season is upon us, many shelters including our area's Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter is experiencing an uptick on new residents looking for a happy  home. 

Evidence of the health benefits have been proven long before the pandemic; with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention citing that studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress and decrease blood pressure and even cholesterol levels.

The Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter is located at 360 Haywood Road Manahawkin, (609) 978-0127 The shelter asks that you call the facility to set up an appointment for adoptions, reclaims and other shelter related business. Walk ins are not permitted at this time. You can also follow the Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter on their facebook page for updates on animals and to help share pets bios that are  available for adoption. 

If you have a favorite rescue that serves the Little Egg Harbor & Tuckerton community, please send it to us for a feature.