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New Toms River Animal Shelter to Include Retail Store

Construction on 7,900 square foot shelter continuing

Patch File Photo
Patch File Photo
A retail store can be added to the new township-run animal shelter following the passage of an ordinance this week.

The ordinance will allow a retail store on the shelter's premises that will be limited to the sale of items related to the ownership and care of dogs and cats, township officials said. The store will also provide spay and neutering services as well as township dog and cat licenses.

"I think the retail store is a wonderful opportunity to enhance the services that will be provided at our animal shelter," said Mayor Thomas Kelaher.

According to the ordinance, proceeds from the retail store must be accounted for and deposited into a dedicated fund for the shelter's operational costs.

The animal shelter project is part of a larger development that also includes a courtroom expansion and renovations to the police department. The new state-of-the-art, 7,900 square-foot facility will be nearly three times the size of the existing animal shelter on Whitesville Road, which has been subject to overcrowding and is out of step with current standards.

The kennels, which can house about thirty dogs and fifty cats, will feature large plexiglass enclosures and several runs, including a covered run for inclement weather. It will be one of only four municipally-owned animal shelters in New Jersey.

Those interested in adopting an animal now should contact the current shelter directly, township officials said. To view a list of adoptable pets, visit www.petfinder.com. The shelter is also looking for volunteers, according to officials.  Applications are available in person at the Toms River Animal Facility on Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
suz January 31, 2014 at 07:47 AM
Great idea. So many homeless pets in OC that need a good, loving home. Adopt! "Designer" pet stores are a scam.
Linda Maloney January 31, 2014 at 08:23 AM
OH MY GOODNESS!!! I AGREE WITH SUZ 100%!! NOW THAT'S A FIRST!! I remember, growing up all of us had mutts (mixed breeds). Although I love all dogs and cats!!! PEACE @SUZ
suz January 31, 2014 at 09:33 AM
See, we do have something in common, huh? We may disagree on our political views...but when it comes to pets. :)
Mac January 31, 2014 at 09:55 AM
speaking of pets, was that Gilmore out walking his Barbie mutt in South Toms River this morning?
Kat Clark January 31, 2014 at 01:09 PM
I NEED A JOB,PLEASE EMAIL ME ME WHEN U OPEN THE SHOP, Kathy. kp61c@yahoo.com
Ortley January 31, 2014 at 02:27 PM
now all we need to do is have cat owners pick up after their cats go on someone else's property......or is cat poop pure and clean?
Mac January 31, 2014 at 02:31 PM
@Ortley - I'd say it is as pure and clean as Ocean County political leadership - no offense to the cats intended
Ryan January 31, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Hey no homeless shelter for HUMANS in Ocean County no biggie they want to be homeless right!
CHRISTINE BAKELAAR February 01, 2014 at 07:13 AM
Work it?? its a shelter...lets give back..I live up north but my parents live in Toms River...I am offering some time each month to volunteer to work in your store...please contact http://facebook.com/christine.b.bakelaar
Mister Matt February 01, 2014 at 08:09 PM
You have to be a real lowlife to bitch and complain about a new animal shelter.
Mister Matt February 01, 2014 at 08:10 PM
Well done Toms River.
Karen Nisivoccia-Campbell February 02, 2014 at 05:52 PM
How about creating jobs for some residents at this shelter. It will be for profit with the store. Maybe some people that are not part of the inherent Toms River nepotism circus. Someone there will be on payroll.
love February 02, 2014 at 06:52 PM
Yay, I couldn't be happier.. I have an adult handicap son in his 30's,, he would love to work at the new shelter.. can you let us know when to apply for a job..

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