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Dec. 18: Deadline to Pick Up Adopted Pets Before Christmas

The Gloucester County Animal Shelter says the process usually takes two to three days. The holding-off period is designed to curb impulse adoptions.

Noel, a domestic shorthair, is one of the many pets up for adoption this holiday. Credit: GCAS.
Noel, a domestic shorthair, is one of the many pets up for adoption this holiday. Credit: GCAS.
If you're looking to take home a new furry pal this holiday, the Gloucester County Animal Shelter (GCAS) reminds prospective owners that December 18 is the last date before Christmas to do so.

Adoption approvals take two to three days, a process that may be expedited online, and normal adoptions will resume on December 26.

The hiatus is an effort to curb impulse "shoppers" who might be tempted to introduce a new family member during what would be an inopportune time for the animal.

"Although many families want to put a kitten or puppy under the tree for Christmas morning, that the stress of a new home, the hazards of many holiday decorations and people coming into and out of households during Christmas time make it dangerous for the animals," said GCAS Director Bill Lombardi in a statement.

As an alternative, the shelter suggests families could "put a collar or water bowl in a box and wrap it up and get their new addition after December 26.”

The shelter, located at 1200 N. Delsea Drive in Clayton, is supported by two, offsite adoption centers at the PetSmart stores in Mantua and Washington Township.

Browse a list of prospective new pals form GCAS here.

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