Toms River Mayor Dan Rodrick: “Toms River Animal Shelter is Not Closing”

The Toms River Animal Shelter is not closing, says Mayor Dan Rodrick.

“After I took office, I went over there and knocked on the front door,” he said. “They wouldn’t let me in and said I have to make an appointment. Then they realized who I was and they let me in.”

“I was appalled to learn the shelter was full and we were not making it easy to adopt a pet,” Rodrick said.

Rodrick said he met with staff and said he wants them to find homes for all the animals and wants to stop taking any new animals until he’s sure they will be in a place where people can easily adopt them.

He wants walk-in adoptions and a few nights of after hours adoption for people who work.

The staff reportedly balked at his request and did not want to open extended hours.

Rodrick added, that until there is space and we can make it easier to adopt, send the dogs and cats to Ocean County Animal Shelter.” That shelter is open daily and does not require an appointment.

Rodrick says it costs $50 per dog to send to the Jackson shelter, and the staff there is capable and suitable to make sure they find good homes.

“The Toms River shelter is a beautiful and new building, it is not closing but we’re not in the business of keeping cats and dogs in cages. We’re in the business of finding good homes for every animal. No animal deserves to live months and years in a cage. It’s inhumane.”

When asked what’s next if things don’t change?

“Look. I’m not going to run a dog prison. There have been complaints about the shelter for years. If we can’t do it right, then I would say let’s let the county run it. They have two shelters. They’re good at what they do. They have the staff and infrastructure to run it properly.”

Rodrick says he has hired a new kennel aide to make sure the animals get the care and treatment they need until they find a new home.

When asked when they will stop sending animals to the county facility, he says “we’re discussing it internally.”

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