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James is a cat that has overcome extreme life altering odds. He was found injured in Camden in August and was originally brought to Blackwood Animal Hospital where he was named James. James was approximately one years old. He had a fractured jaw and broken leg when he was picked up by an animal control officer. James fell off a balcony from a fifth floor building in Camden. James was immediately treated at Blackwood Animal Hospital and placed into care at Camden County Animal Shelter until a proper foster care home could be found. At Camden County Animal Shelter Clinic, James had extensive surgery to repair a fracture jaw and broken leg. It was a very difficult fracture repair; however he was fortunate enough to make a full recover. He finally was able to be placed in foster care with Katlyn McDonald during his long recovery period. James was eventually adopted by Katlyn and found a safe furever home.
Bobby (border collie) Thompson was the face of Pledge-a-Paw 2017 and he and his mom tirelessly advocate and raise money whenever they can for the homeless animals at CCAS. He attends adoption events, welcomes CCAS foster dogs into his home, helps hospice dogs achieve their bucket list and helps with food drives. He is active on social media and, along with his mom Hazel, faithfully promotes the ``Adopt Don't Shop`` philosophy as publicly as he can. He helps his mom make toys and bake snacks for the shelter dogs. Bobby doesn't forget the cats either. He encourgages kitten fostering and buying cat food when CCAS is low. He even picked up and babysat a TNR cat for me when I couldn't get to the shelter! He does it all with a doggie smile on his face and that cute border collie pep in his step. I can't think of a pet more deserving of this award.
On April 17, 2015 the President of NJ Aid for Animals was walking through the Camden County Animal Shelter searching for an abused dog she had gotten word of from a probation officer in Camden. While searching for the other dog, she found Sweet Pea who had been brought in by animal control with severely infected wounds on her head and front legs as she was a victim of dog-fighting. NJ Aid for Animals' President got permission from the shelter to take Sweet Pea to their vet at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital to begin treatment on her open wounds. The entire time, the dog with the heart-shaped nose never snapped at or fought her caregivers. Instead, she sat and waited as they poked and prodded, trusting that they were there to help her. Sweet Pea was taken in to rescue by NJ Aid for Animals and today, recovered 100%, she is safe, thriving, and enjoying her best life. However, she still makes it a point to give back to her other four-legged friends by donating the proceeds from a yearly event inspired by her story giving back to The Sweet Pea Fund for Abused Animals. All of the donations go towards helping abused and abandoned animals with no advocate like Sweet Pea live happy and healthy lives. Sweet Pea's abuser was never found but the dog that brought us into the shelter was saved and adopted out by the shelter. Her abuser was charged.
Queenie was a shelter pet at Camden County Animal Shelter. During her stay the staff noticed that she had cancer that had spread throughout her body and that there was no treatment to cure her. Instead of being euthanized she is currently in a new program called ``Fospice``, which allows her to live out her remaining days in a loving Foster Home until she passes. Queenie is a beautiful girl and happy and not in pain. Queenie should receive the Lifetime Pet Achievement Award because her loving demeanor motivated staff and volunteers to create an amazing program for terminally ill pets to continue to live the remaining time of their lives in a comfortable foster home. This also reduces the number of pets that would most likely be euthanized. It is the hope of the shelter that the ``Fospice`` program becomes a part of other shelter practices. Popeye was the first dog in this program and has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Let's honor Queenie while we still can!