Meet Hansel: NJ’s First Pit Bull Arson Detection K9 Officer
Millville Fire Department’s Tyler Van Leer talks about his partner K9 Hansel who is the first pit bull in the United States certified in arson detection.
Adam Monacelli, Vineland Daily Journal
It couldn’t have been a better day for the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter’s 28th stopover for a pet event. It’s been a few years since we’ve been able to get together with our friends (both human and furry) for this special event and it was the perfect day to support the shelter. The excitement was as captivating as the gorgeous aqua Step for a Pet tee shirts that most people couldn’t resist picking up!
Although we don’t have totals yet, there was a steady stream of people and pets, mostly dogs, but I did see a hamster and a cat join in the fun! Walkers enjoyed the sparkling lake and beautiful views along the Parvin State Park Trail.
In the staging area there were raffles and gift baskets, creative vendors, fantastic music from the Big Daddy Duo Band, refreshments and more. It’s always a beautiful day, and this day was particularly special. It was clear how happy volunteers, staff and supporters were to be able to share this event again.
After: Volunteers wanted to transport pets for South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter
After: Matching pets to the right “home” is part of SJRAS’ mission, K9 Skye is a great example of that.
All the dogs really seemed to be on their best behavior and two of the SJRAS adoptable dogs also had a great day. Stella has been at the shelter for six months and recently had the good fortune to find a wonderful foster home where she is working on her manners and training to ensure she is totally ready for the right home when the time comes. Stella has the prettiest smile and a sweet, friendly personality, but the best word to describe her is exuberant! She has so much joy to share.
Whitney also enjoyed a vacation day away from the shelter. Whitney is 6 years old and hard of hearing. She had a great day making new friends and enjoying the sun and the undivided attention of her volunteer attendant.
Another highlight of Step for a Pet is seeing dogs that have been adopted from the shelter walking with their new families. I was especially thrilled to see a senior pit bull named Shorty join in the fun. Shorty was part of the shelter’s community outreach program and I was thrilled to see how well he was doing and how much his mother loved him. While we love the emails and photos, seeing these puppies in person, coming back to support their shelter, makes all the heartache and hard work involved in sheltering worth it!
We would like to thank everyone who came to support us and in particular the vendors, sponsors and those who registered and collected donations. These donations support all of our animal rescue efforts throughout the year.
If you missed Step for a Pet, don’t worry because we have another great event coming up!
The Shelter’s Plant, Bake, and Garage Sale will be held May 7 at the Shelter, so you can do plenty of shopping. Plus, as a bonus, you can see all of the shelter’s adoptable animals. You won’t want to miss the beautiful plants and flowers, as well as the delicious pastries available for sale. In addition, a wide variety of treasures will be available during the garage sale.
None of these events would be possible without our volunteers. Their participation and enthusiasm make our events a success and we love having them, whether at an event or at the shelter. We welcome new volunteers and have so many opportunities if you want to join us, from events to animal handling to fundraising and more!
It’s been a long winter, and I know I wasn’t the only one who felt like there was a lot to be thankful for at the Step for a Pet event. The sunny weather, the feeling of being together again, the joyful music, the celebration and the promise of support from our volunteers and the community are just what we need as we enter the busy seasons of spring and summer. the summer.
Shelter needs: Canned dog and cat food, dry adult cat food (no dyes please), dog treats, peanut butter, twin blankets/comforters, paper towels, liquid hand soap and gift cards for pets and groceries.
Address of the shelter: 1244 N. Delsea Drive in Vineland.
For more information on foster care, visit https://southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org/volunteer_main/foster.
To submit an adoption form for one of the Pets of the Week or another animal at the shelter, visit https://southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org/forms/adoption-questionnaire.
To volunteer, email the Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]
For more information about SJRAS, call (856) 691-1500 or visit southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org or SJRASVineland on Facebook.
Vania is a darling 18 month old English Bulldog mix. She is super sweet, friendly and adorable. This well behaved girl is a real gem!
Whitney is a sweet and pretty 6 year old pit mix. She is friendly and well mannered and has a fun and curious personality. Whitney is also deaf. Deaf dogs can make wonderful companions, they just need different training methods using hand signals. This sweet girl is waiting and hoping for a loving forever home.
Skyler, a 6-month-old pit bull terrier, is a friendly, affectionate young girl who lived with children and loved them. She has a lot of energy, is clean and crate trained, and even knows some commands such as sit and paw.
Ken is a beautiful 2 year old purebred Siberian Husky. He is super friendly and good humored and loves to give kisses.
Worry is a very sweet 4 year old pit mix, which also seems to have some bulldog in it. This darling girl is friendly, well mannered and adorable.
Barbie is the sweetest, most affectionate purebred Siberian Husky you can imagine. She is 18 months old, she is super nice, restless and happy. Barbie loves to give kisses! This nice young dog has everything to please, a beautiful look, personality and a good temperament.
Pretty Matilda wonders why she is at the shelter, wouldn’t you like to take her home?
When you tell your family you’re going to pick a flower and you come home to a pretty young girl named Hyacinth.
Morris is a shy boy who loves scratching his head and spoiling himself. He’s at Millville PetSmart.
Kona is the most laid back senior guy you will meet. He is extremely affectionate and will follow you everywhere. He has spent time in a foster family and is good with cats, dogs and children.
Cuddles awaits you at Millville PetSmart. She’s a sweet girl who needs a cozy and cozy bed in a real house.
Niblet, a 2-year-old beauty, arrived at the shelter at the end of December after her human fell very ill and could no longer take care of her. Since then, she has been patiently waiting to find her forever at home. She’s very affectionate, but not in your face. She is content to sit next to you and have lots of pets. She’s in foster care and ready to meet her humans forever.
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