Don’t expect adoptable cats from a shelter to act the way they will in a home

When it comes to adopting a cat, what you see is NOT always what you get. If the roles were reversed and you were inside the cage with a family of cats watching you, how would you react? Living in a cage, on display is not normal – so we can’t expect adoptable cats to act like they would in a home.

Winter is an interesting time at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter. We’d like to firmly hope that slowed consumption will amount to a little break, maybe a little extra time to catch up on cleaning or interacting with animals.

Although we haven’t been so lucky in our kennels – the dogs keep coming, one sad story after another; The consumption of stray cats, especially kittens, has slowed considerably.

But that doesn’t mean we’ve been less busy looking after the cats!

Our community outreach program maintains a waiting list of animals in need of new homes, and when space becomes available we try to bring them in to give them a chance at adoption. We have had the opportunity to bring many cats, and we have also faced some difficult situations as we try to help.

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You may remember that we started the new year with dozens of cats from a home that was being foreclosed; we are again faced with a similar situation. Last week, 13 beautiful cats arrived at the shelter after their elderly owner was forced out of her home and had nowhere to go.

It was heartbreaking on so many levels. She stood at our reception, crying in disbelief and wondering if she should stay in her car or at a homeless shelter. Both terrible options, and in both cases she had to give up her beloved cats. She described each in a way that showed how much she cared about them. We know which cat likes to sit on laps, which cat is talkative, who likes to play and who likes to snuggle, as well as their favorite treats. However, to meet them in their cages (except for the most outgoing), you wouldn’t know any of this.

This is because animals experience trauma just like humans. Just as we wouldn’t expect their owner to be happy and social because of what she’s going through, neither can we expect cats to. They have lost their “mom” and the only home they have ever known. They lost comfort and security and even the ability to interact with each other. So when they snuggle up in the bottom of their cage or hide behind their litter box, it doesn’t mean they’re not exactly as described, it means they’re experiencing trauma and need time. to adapt to their new situation.

These cats are not yet in our adoption cattery as they need time to recover from some minor medical issues.

However, you can see them on our Petfinder page, look for: Adele, Mrs Liz, Vanna, Ciara, Kevin, calvin, new man, Kelsey, Carter, Jeremy, Heart, Hermann and Yogi.

If you visit the shelter and find yourself in the cat adoption room, I urge you to take a closer look at the cats that don’t jump up to get your attention. Chances are these are cats just trying to figure out what happened to their lives. Cats who may have lost their family or their home and the best thing that could happen to them would be to be chosen to have a new family and a new home.

Although they need time to adjust, these are cats that are used to being in a home, not a shelter, and chances are they are the perfect cat for your home.

Shelter needs: Canned cat and dog food, large and sturdy dog ​​toys, soft dog treats, catnip, hand soap, hand sanitizer, and gift cards for pet supplies and groceries.

Fundraising for the shelter: The shelter is hosting a Joe Corbi fundraiser to benefit its enrichment program. Brochures are available at the shelter or order online at using participant code 503137. Order forms will be accepted at the shelter until March 15, the online order remains open a little longer. Delivery will be scheduled during the week of April 11. Orders will be available for pick up at the shelter. For more information, email [email protected]

Address of the shelter: 1244 N. Delsea Drive in Vineland.

For more information on foster care, visit

To submit an adoption form for one of the Pets of the Week or another animal at the shelter, visit

To volunteer, email the Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]

For more information about SJRAS, call (856) 691-1500 or visit or SJRASVineland on Facebook.



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Blisstine is a happy and adorable 5 year old pit mix, who is ready for a fresh start! She is gorgeous with her unusual black and white markings. This friendly girl is very sweet, intelligent and eager to please.

Chooch has a lot of love to give! This is a beautiful and huge one year old mastiff mix looking for a loving home! He is a silly and playful dog who, despite his gigantic size, sometimes takes himself for a companion dog!

Costs is a good dog. He is a 7 year old pit mix, who is friendly, well behaved and loving. This sweet boy is home-schooled, crate-trained, and raised with children. Fresh is good with other dogs and loves to play. He is waiting and hoping for a loving forever home.

Dear is a lovely 9 year old pit bull terrier. She is a very nice, well-behaved girl who loves everyone. Honey is smart, fun, and loves long walks. This is the perfect dog for someone looking for a mature dog that is always lively and ready for adventure.

Lynne is an adorable and friendly 8-year-old pit mix, who also seems to have a boxer in his past. She is a sweet dog with a lot of personality and she loves attention.

Otis is a very tall, leggy, lanky pup with a super sweet personality. This Kangal Shepherd mix is ​​just over a year old. Otis is a little shy around new people, but warms up very quickly. He loves toys and loves treats. He is a sweet young dog with lots of love to give. It is not suitable for a house with cats.

Little Baby Brooke


Little Baby Brooke is adorable. Who “needs” this little girl in their life?

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peepers is a cute older girl who would love to find a cozy place to cuddle up and call her home.

Tostito is a young man who wants a house where he can play, but he also likes to relax. Tostito has a loud purr, which lets you know how happy he is.

yoda is a young girl who aspires to be a positive force in your home.

Warren is a special guy. Despite his age and his inability to see, Warren has a lot of love to give. He needs a quiet home where he can feel safe. Can you give Warren the home he deserves?

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