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  • www.marltonsun.com MARCH 2329, 2016 FREE

    Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Classified . . . . . . . . . . . 2023Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

    INSIDE THIS ISSUEEvans to close

    BOE approves plan to closeelementary school. PAGE 6

    Spring H.S. Sports issue!

    homelessHelping

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    pet population

    By MIKE MONOSTRA and KRISTEN DOWDThe Sun

    As the skies turned slate grey and the temperatures beganto dip below freezing, someone placed a small, shivering dogin a box behind a local hardware store and walked away.Underweight, dehydrated and riddled with mammary tu-

    mors, the six-pound miniature pinscher mix could barely seethrough her crusted-over eyes. Severe dental disease left hermouth sore and rotting. At 13 years old, she could no longerdepend on the kneecaps in her hind legs.With a massive snowstorm fewer than 24 hours away, the

    dog curled up in the box, waiting for rescue, which luckily forher came in the form of a good Samaritan who happened be-hind the hardware store.Picking up the box and placing it in the warmth of his car,

    Millions of animals find themselveshomeless each year, and pets

    in South Jersey are no exception

    Special to The SunA mixed breed puppy one of thousands of animals endingup in area shelters every year stares through its cage at

    the Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees.

    GET INVOLVED WITH OUR SERIESFor the next four weeks, The Sun looks into the state ofhomeless pets in South Jersey and what is being doneto find homes and futures for thousands of animals.We want our readers involved! Go to our Facebookpage to share your animal adoption stories and photos.

    please see MORE, page 10

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    By SEAN LAJOIEThe Sun

    In preparation for submissionto the state Department of Educa-tion, the Lenape Regional SchoolDistrict Board of Educationshared its preliminary budget atlast week's board meeting.Evesham Township residents

    will likely see a small increase intheir regional school tax bill forthe 2016-17 year.The tax levy will potentially in-

    crease by 1.5 cents, resulting in anincrease in regional school taxesof $36.73 on a home assessed atthe township average of $269,900.The total budget is $156.6 mil-

    lion, an increase of $2.6 millionfrom last year. Most of the budget

    is funded with taxpayer money,with $116.1 million expected tocome from taxpayers in the dis-trict's eight municipalities.Details on the tentative budget

    were not discussed at the meet-ing.District officials will hold their

    next Board of Education meetingon Wednesday, April 27 at the ad-ministration building in Sha-mong at 7:30 p.m. This meetingwill play host to a public hearingin which a more in-depth discus-sion of the budget and tax impactwill take place.In other news: Members of the board hon-

    ored LRHSD state champions

    please see CHEROKEE, page 17

    Regional schooltaxes could increaseLRHSD approves tentative budget with $36.73

    increase for average Evesham homeowner

  • 4 MARCH 2329, 2016

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    The following Marlton stu-dents at Fairleigh Dickinson Uni-versity's Metropolitan Campus,located in Teaneck, have beennamed to the dean's or honorslists for the fall semester: KelseyWainwright, Grant Rawden,Samantha Rubin, Andrew Re-meniski and Amanda Brandt.

    The following Marlton resi-dents have been named to the falldean's list at University of theSciences: Allison Haber, MeganLew, Liujia Peng, Justin Markel-with, Gianna Saraullo, Sarah Makar,Brianne Iaeck and Lauren Transue.

    The following Marlton stu-dents have been named to theLoyola University Maryland falldean's list: Anna Marchio, AlyssaPerini, Samantha Pharo, GabrielSapuay, Erica DeCecco and DanielaLaudisio.

    Jaclyn Christine Liguori ofMarlton has been named to thepresident's list at Clemson Uni-versity for the fall semester.Liguori is majoring in nursing.

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  • 6 THE MARLTON SUN MARCH 2329, 2016

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    SPEAK UPThe Sun welcomes letters from readers.Brief and to the point is best, so we look forletters that are 300 words or fewer. Includeyour name, address and phone number. Wedo not print anonymous letters. Send lettersto [email protected], via fax at 856-427-0934, or via the mail. You can dropthem off at our office, too.

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    By ZANE CLARKThe Sun

    At its March 17 meeting, the EveshamTownship Board of Education voted 6-3 toclose Evans Elementary School effectivethe 2017-2018 school year.With a nearly four-hour long meeting,

    most of the meetings public discussionwas devoted to arguments for and againstthe Evans closure, with participation fromresidents, teachers and ultimately mem-bers of the board.When the board voted in favor of the

    Evans closure, the decision was met withsilence from both sides of an audience that

    had been constantly cheering and clappingthroughout the duration of the meeting.Board members Elaine Barbagiovanni,

    Jeff Bravo, Joseph DeJulius, Joseph Fisi-caro Jr., Michele Hassall and Lisa Mans-field voted for the closure, while boardmembers JoAnne Harmon, Nichole Stoneand Sandy Student voted against.Those who voted to close Evans cited de-

    clining enrollment in the district and theneed to look out for all of Eveshams stu-dents. Those who voted against the closurespoke about the need to explore other op-tions before closing a school and said theyworried about the negative impact such adecision could have on Evans students.

    No board member disagreed when theirfellow members spoke to the difficulty ofthe decision and how there would be thoseunhappy no matter the outcome.The decision comes as district officials

    continue to outline declining enrollmentfigures for the district. SuperintendentJohn Scavelli Jr. said enrollment was onceas high as 5,436 students in the 2002-2003school year, but that number has droppedby nearly 1,000 students to 4,440 this year.Enrollment numbers are also projected

    to continue declining in the coming years,with the current farthest projected 2020-

    BOE approves plan to close Evans Elementary

    please see STUDENTS, page 15

    The move comes after officials, board members continue to cite declining enrollment figures across district

    In November, New Jersey voterswill have a very important choiceto make at the polls. Were not talk-

    ing about the choice between the Re-publican, Democratic or independentcandidates for president of the UnitedStates although that is an importantchoice, too.Were talking about the choice of

    whether you believe the state shouldauthorize the creation of two new casi-nos in North Jersey. And we believeyour answer should be no.Last week, the Legislature approved

    the ballot question that will ask votersto approve the expansion of casinogambling in the state to two undeter-mined locations in separate countiesin North Jersey.Atlantic City, the states only current

    location for casino gambling, has beendevastated by competition that haspopped up in neighboring states in re-

    cent years. More than half of casinorevenue in Atlantic City has disap-peared because of this, and four casi-nos shut the doors in 2014 as a result.Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian

    predicted that three more of the eightremaining casinos would close if theNorth Jersey casinos were approved,and some analysts believe that numbercould even be four.Supporters of the plan say the extra

    casinos in North Jersey will help re-capture gambling money that is goingto casinos in other states. And some,including Jeff Gural, operator of theMeadowlands Racetrack, say the high

    taxes the North Jersey casinos wouldpay he has offered a 55 percent tax oncasino revenue, while Atlantic Citypays around 8 percent could go tohelp beef up A.C.Were not so convinced that would

    happen. The market is already floodedwith gambling options both in termsof in-person and online casinos in NewJersey and surrounding states. Build-ing new casinos wont definitely gener-ate new revenue; it may just shift itfrom one part of the state to another. New Jersey needs a new revenue-

    generating plan, not a re-configurationof a plan that is already not working.Our lawmakers need to be creative. Ifcasinos arent working in Atlantic City,what guarantee is there that they willwork in North Jersey?When you go to the polls in Novem-

    ber to pick your next president, we ad-vise also saying no to new casinos.

    in our opinion

    Say no to new casinosBuilding new casinos in North Jersey wont help the state; itll kill A.C.

    Your thoughtsWhat are your thoughts on the proposedexpansion of casino gambling to two locations in North Jersey? Share yourthoughts on this, and other topics,through a letter to the editor.

  • WEDNESDAY MARCH 23Parachute Play: Ages 2-4. 10:30

    a.m. Evesham Library at 984Tuckerton Road. Join the libraryfor a half hour of parachutegames and playtime. Must beaccompanied by a caregiver.

    Adult Yarn Social: Adult. 11 a.m. Eve-sham Library at 984 TuckertonRoad. Knit and/or crochet? Thencome join other knitting and cro-chet fans for an hour (or more, ifpreferred) of relaxed, social yarntime. Registration is not required.More information online atwww.bcls.lib.nj.us, in person orcall the library at (856) 983-1444.

    MOMS club: For at-home mothers.Email [email protected] for information.

    Preschool storytime: Barnes andNoble, 200 West Route 70. 11 a.m.

    Call 596-7058 for information.

    Overeaters Anonymous: 4:15 p.m.at Prince of Peace Church. Call(609) 239-0022 or visitwww.oa.org for information.

    THURSDAY MARCH 24BNI Evesham Regional ChapterLunch: Every Thursday at 11:30a.m. at Indian Spring CountryClub, 115 S. Elmwood Road. BNI isa business and professional net-working referral organization.Join us to learn more about howto grow your business. Call Jimfor details at (856) 669-2602.

    BNI Marlton Regional ChapterLunch: Every Thursday at 11:30a.m. at The Mansion, 3000 MainSt., Voorhees. BNI is a businessand professional networkingreferral organization. Join us tolearn more about how to grow

    your business. Call Ray for detailsat (609) 760-0624.

    Mat Pilates: Gibson House. Targetsabs, back, posture, balance andflexibility. Call 985-9792 for infor-mation.

    Piloxing: Gibson House. Non-con-tact, explosive boxing drills usingone-pound piloxing gloves. Call985-9792 for information.

    SATURDAY MARCH 26Refresh & Renew Yoga for Adults& Teens: Ages 13 and up. 11 a.m.Evesham Library at 984 Tucker-ton Road. Start the day by ener-gizing, stretching and relaxingthe body. Join the library for aone-hour yoga class. Pleasebring a mat or towel and a bottleof water and wear comfortableclothing. Registration is required.Register online at

    www.bcls.lib.nj.us, in person orcall the library at (856) 983-1444.

    MONDAY MARCH 29Book Discussion Cold Moun-tain: Adult. 2 p.m. EveshamLibrary at 984 Tuckerton Road.Join the library to discuss ColdMountain by Charles Frazier,winner of the National BookAward and featured this year asOne Book Philadelphia. Newmembers are welcome and regis-tration is not required. Moreinformation online atwww.bcls.lib.nj.us.

    Marlton Womens Club meeting: 7p.m. at Gibson House, RecreationDrive. Call 596-0651 or 988-0422for information.

    TUESDAY MARCH 30Itsy Bitsy Time: Ages 6 through 12

    months. 10:15 a.m. EveshamLibrary at 984 Tuckerton Road.Join Ms. Jenn for a fun activitywith motion and music for babies6 through 12 months. Bring ablanket. Siblings must remainseated. Registration is required.Register online atwww.bcls.lib.nj.us, in person orcall the library at (856) 983-1444.

    Little Movers and Shakers: Ages 2through 3. 11 a.m. EveshamLibrary at 984 Tuckerton Road.Join Ms. Jenn for a half-hour ofmusical fun and movement. Sib-

    lings must remain seated. Forages 2 through 3 years. Registra-tion is required. Register online atwww.bcls.lib.nj.us, in person orcall the library at (856) 983-1444.

    Emoji Pillow Craft: Ages 6-12. 4 p.m.Evesham Library at 984 Tucker-ton Road. Learn basic sewingskills and sew an Emoji pillow thatyou design. All materials provid-ed. Registration is required. Reg-ister online at www.bcls.lib.nj.us,in person or call the library at(856) 983-1444.

    Book Discussion Cold Moun-tain: Adult. 7 p.m. EveshamLibrary at 984 Tuckerton Road.Join the library to discuss ColdMountain by Charles Frazier,winner of the National BookAward and featured this year asOne Book Philadelphia. Newmembers are welcome and regis-tration is not required. Moreinformation online atwww.bcls.lib.nj.us.

    Overeaters Anonymous: 10 a.m. atPrince of Peace Church. Call(609) 239-0022 or visitwww.oa.org for information.

    Marlton Central Networkers Chap-ter: 11:30 a.m. at Marcos at IndianSpring, 115 S. Elmwood Road. BNImeets Tuesdays for lunch. Feel freeto bring plenty of business cardsand a guest or two to find out how atrade exclusive business network-ing group can help increase quali-fied referrals. Call (856) 304-9320for more information.

    CALENDARPAGE 8 MARCH 2329, 2016WANT TO BE LISTED?

    To have your meeting or affair listed in the Calendar or Meetings,information must be received, in writing, two weeks prior to thedate of the event. Send information by mail to: Calendar, TheMarlton Sun, 108 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. Orby email: [email protected] Or you can submit a calendarlisting through our website (www.marltonsun.com).

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    By ZANE CLARKThe Sun

    After Evesham officials recent-ly conducted an in-depth exami-nation of the seasonal recreationprograms offered through thetownship, registration for thetownships spring programs hasofficially opened with no signifi-cant changes from last year.Several months ago, Mayor

    Randy Brown asked officials tolook over the townships seasonalofferings and determine if it wassubsidizing any classes that lostmoney and to determine if anyprograms competed with localbusinesses.With the 43 spring programs

    the township recently announcedfor children, adults and seniors,Evesham director of recreationand senior services Monica Van-denberg said neither scenarioBrown presented was an issue.

    According to Vandenberg, thetownship will never run a pro-gram that might take the town-ship into the negative.Vandenberg said money from

    the programs usually brings in asmall amount of revenue for thetownship, and those programsthat dont bring in revenue al-ways break even.To Browns other concern, Van-

    denberg said many of the pro-grams offered by the townshipdont compete with local busi-nesses, as oftentimes there isntan equivalent program offered bya business in the town.Some classes like Math Fun

    are not offered anywhere else,Vandenberg said.For those business that do offer

    similar activities, Vandenbergsaid the townships offerings aretaught at such a beginner level

    Spring recreationregistration opensOfficials recently examined seasonal recreationofferings to determine if any classes were losingmoney or competing with businesses in town

    please see SOME, page 14

  • the man brought the little dog tothe Animal Welfare Associationin Voorhees, where she wasdubbed Shiver, fed a filling mealand given another chance at life.

    Climate changing for homelessanimals, pet industry

    Shiver is just one of the 6 mil-lion to 8 million animals shelterstake in across the United Stateson an annual basis, according tothe Humane Society of the UnitedStates. Only about 4 million areadopted each year, leaving manyof these animals futures indoubt.The good news for Shiver and

    other shelter animals is more peo-ple are adopting from sheltersand animal rescues. According tothe American Pet Products Asso-ciations 2015-16 National PetOwners Survey, 37 percent of peo-ple who acquire a dog got it froma shelter or rescue, up 2 percentfrom 2012-13. Forty-six percent ofcats were acquired from a shelteror rescue in 2015-16, up from 43percent from three years ago.Shelters and rescues are the topsource for Americans looking to

    acquire a dog or cat today, justahead of breeders and acquiringanimals from a friend or relative.The increase is reflective of the

    adopt, dont shop movementmany animal advocates havepreached over the past few years.Puppy and kitten stores, commonsights in places such as shoppingmalls in decades past, are nolonger places where people ac-quire pets.In the APPAs

    2015-16 survey,only 4 percent ofpeople who ac-quired a dogand 2 percent ofpeople who ac-quired a cat pur-chased it at a petstore. In New Jersey, the numberof pet stores selling animals isnow down to approximately 30 to35 locations, with many of themin North Jersey. Locally, there areno puppy or kitten stores remain-ing in Camden County and onlyone left in Burlington County.

    Lawmakers go after puppy mill stores

    Animal advocates have beenbattling pet stores for manyyears. The argument from advo-cates is these stores are sellinganimals coming from puppy and

    kitten mills commercial breed-ing facilities where cats and dogsare bred at high rates and in sub-standard conditions.In New Jersey, government of-

    ficials have taken action againstthe pet stores selling mill ani-mals, which has had a real effecton how people acquire pets.Studies have shown that there

    are extraordinary medical prob-

    lems attached to puppy mill ani-mals because of inbreeding anddisease that is inherent in thattype of operation, said CamdenCounty Freeholder Jeff Nash,whose county was one of the firstin New Jersey to take actionagainst stores selling animalsfrom mills. The consumer is sad-dled with heartbreak and extraor-dinary veterinary expenses.Janice Fisher, puppy mill

    awareness coordinator for an ad-vocacy group named Friends ofAnimals United New Jersey, was

    By MIKE MONOSTRAThe Sun

    During the summer, aprotest outside a newly openedpet store on Route 70 in CherryHill caught the attention ofmany people who passed by, in-cluding Camden County Free-holder JeffNash.(Animal

    advocate AlanBraslow) wasprotesting onRoute 70,Nash said. Iwould pass byand I reachedout to Alan toask himwhats goingon. He startedto educate meon the issue athand withPats Pups andwhy they wereprotestingthere.The protesters claimed Pats

    Puppies was selling dogs thatcame from puppy mills com-mercial breeding facilitieswhere cats and dogs are bred athigh rates and in substandardconditions. After speaking withBraslow and learning about theprotesters arguments, Nashdecided to do some research.I was really educated on

    how horrific a situation ex-ists, Nash said. I realizedthat, when I grew up, therewere pet stores in malls. It wasthen I recognized that there areno pet stores anymore in themalls. There are no dogs forsale in places like PetSmartand Pet Valu. I realized therehad been this movementagainst the puppy mills to re-strict the sale of those animals

    in the large chains. The more Iread about it, the more I wasconvinced that...the communi-ty that I represent was not facil-itating this cruelty to these ani-mals.Nash decided to do some-

    thing to stop the sale of puppyand kitten mill animals in

    CamdenCounty. InSeptember,the freehold-ers passedNormansLaw, namedafter Nashsdog, adoptedby his familyas a rescue sixyears ago.The coun-

    tys resolutionhad two parts one was theprohibition ofthe sale of ani-mals frompuppy and kit-ten mills, and

    the second dealt with encour-aging municipalities to passsimilar ordinances.To spread the word, Nash

    had a number of allies. Onewas Voorhees Township MayorMichael Mignogna, who servedas president of the CamdenCounty Mayors Association in2015.The first thing I did was

    reach out to the Mayors Associ-ation, to Mayor MikeMignogna, who was quickly anally of this legislation, Nashsaid. Hes also an animalrights advocate. He recognizedthis was something he wantedhis community to do. He sent aresolution to each of the may-ors for their consideration. Sev-

    ZANE CLARK/The SunAn Animal WelfareAssociation volun-teer recently tooksome time to holdSweet Heart, an 11-month-old domes-tic-shorthair mix.Sweet Heart is justone of the hun-dreds of cats avail-able for adoptionat the AWAthroughout theyear.

    MOREContinued from page 1

    Normans Law fightingpuppy, kitten mills

    Freeholder Jeff Nash spearheads effort to prohibit sales of animals from

    unhealthy commercial breeding facilities

    More people adopt, dont shop

    About 4 million animals of the 6 million-8 million broughtinto shelters each year are adopted.

    Humane Society of the United States

    The more I readabout it, the more I was convinced

    that...the communitythat I represent wasnot facilitating thiscruelty to these

    animals.JEFF NASH

    Camden County Freeholder

    please see NASH, page 12 please see STUDIES, page 11

  • a key player in getting a pet storedisclosure bill signed into law inNew Jersey in 2015. Fisherbrought the idea of a disclosurebill to legislators after purchasingan ill puppy from a store sevenyears ago. She said the legislationwas essential to getting pet storesto be honest about where their an-imals were coming from.They were hiding something,

    Fisher said. They didn't wantpeople to know where their pup-pies are coming from.The disclosure bill, signed into

    law by Gov. Christie in February2015, required all pet stores inNew Jersey to give details onwhere each animal came fromand prevented stores from obtain-ing animals from non-reputable

    breeders who werent caring forthe animals properly.The disclosure bill only worked

    to a certain extent, though. Fishersaid many of the pet stores wereunwilling to comply with the lawand didnt feel the state wouldcrack down on them.However, just a few months

    after the disclosure law took ef-fect, a stricter piece of legislationbegan to appear. In the summer of2015, Cherry Hill resident and an-imal activist Alan Braslow beganworking with government offi-cials across South Jersey to banpet stores that sold animals ob-tained from puppy and kittenmills. The impetus came after theopening of a pet store namedPats Puppies in Cherry Hill.Braslow and other activists wereprotesting the stores operation,claiming it was selling dogs com-ing from puppy mills. The groupwanted to make consumers aware

    of the issue.Some people go to puppy

    stores not knowing that they'repuppy mill dogs, Braslow said.Braslow reached out to Nash to

    see if Camden County could takeaction. Shortly after, in Septem-ber 2015, Camden County free-holders passed Normans Law,preventing pet stores from sellingdogs and cats from commercialbreeding facilities. Many munici-palities in Camden County laterfollowed suit, including CherryHill and Voorhees.Pats Puppies changed its busi-

    ness model shortly after Nor-mans Law passed. Braslowteamed with owner Pat Youmansto transform the store into P&TsPuppy Love Adoption Center, anonprofit offering rescue puppiesfor adoption. In less than a year, 25 munici-

    palities and five counties in NewJersey have passed legislation

    prohibiting the sale of commer-cially bred dogs and cats, and abill extending the ban statewidecould be on the Legislatures floorlater this year.All of this legislation has fur-

    ther promoted a message Fisherand other animal activists wantthe public to know about acquir-ing pets.It's adopt or buy from a rep-

    utable breeder, Fisher said.Those are the two choices.

    Spotlight put on adopting at local shelters and rescues

    Statistics show Americanshave taken the adopt, dontshop message to heart. WithAmericans gravitating towardadopting pets, a greater focus hasbeen placed on the efforts of areashelters and rescues.While the focus of Normans

    Law was to attack the puppy mill

    industry, Nash said one effect itdid have is it gave the county anopportunity to promote adoptionsat local shelters. It does bring awareness to (the

    shelters) issues, he said.In New Jersey, municipalities

    within a county must have anagreement with a facility to takein strays and abandoned animals.The Camden County AnimalShelter and Voorhees Animal Or-phanage are the two open admis-sion facilities for Camden County,meaning they service these mu-nicipal contracts.So essentially, at the end of

    the day, I dont have a choiceabout what comes in, said VickiRowland, executive director ofthe Camden County Animal Shel-ter. We have to take these ani-mals into our facility.The CCAS has 18 municipal

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    No two shelters or rescues arethe same. In South Jersey alone,there are a variety of sheltersand rescues that bring dogs andcats in on a regular basis. One of the most common

    places for people to adopt petstoday is at a shelter. There aremore than 100 licensed sheltersin New Jersey.Shelters are places where

    dogs are taken in, animal ac-tivist Janice Fisher said.They're housed there, and theyare placed up for adoption.Shelters take in animals that

    were relinquished by a previousowner, stray animals brought infrom animal control or an indi-vidual and animals collectedduring a raid.Some shelters, such as the

    Camden County Animal Shelter

    and Burlington County AnimalShelter, are taxpayer-funded fa-cilities.The CCAS gets about two-

    thirds of its operating budgetfrom municipalities it serves. Italso houses a public clinic onsite, providing low-cost spay andneuter and low-cost vaccines,and the shelter relies on that rev-enue.Theres no magic formula,

    said Vicki Rowland, executivedirector of the Camden CountyAnimal Shelter. The cost peranimal It costs me about $100to $250 to care for each animalthat comes into my facility times more than 4,000 animals ayear, on average.The BCAS operating budget is

    a county budget, but BurlingtonCounty public information offi-cer Eric Arpert said there is alsoa tremendous fundraising efforton behalf of the shelter. Much ofthis goes through the Friends of

    the Burlington County AnimalShelter, an all-volunteer non-profit whose mission is to en-hance the lives of shelter ani-mals and help them find homes.There are a number of private

    shelters that operate similar tothe county ones. These private-ly-funded shelters rely moreheavily on donations andfundraising. For example, theVoorhees Animal Orphanagegets two-thirds of its operatingbudget annually from fundrais-ing and donations, with the re-maining one-third coming fromcontracted municipalities.Some shelters are also known

    as no-kill shelters. The policyfor a no-kill shelter is it will noteuthanize an animal because ofa lack of space. Other sheltersthat do euthanize animals willbegin to put them down if theshelter reaches capacity and theanimal has been housed therefor a lengthy time.

    There are few shelters that(go no-kill), and were proud tobe one of them, Arpert said,crediting the BCAS recent tran-sition to a no-kill facility withhelping the shelters increasingadoption rates.Rescues operate a bit differ-

    ently than shelters. Rescues areorganizations committed tobringing in stray, unwanted andabused animals and giving thema place to stay until they areadopted.Cherry Hill resident Alan

    Braslow fosters for a pit bull-spe-cific rescue based in Sewellnamed Dont Bully Us. He de-scribed the operation as a com-munity effort, with dozens offamilies taking dogs into theirhomes. We have foster families all

    over the place, he said.The rescue fosters dogs from

    many locations, including someof the local shelters.

    We pull dogs many timesfrom the shelters because oftheir capacity, Braslow said.We take in the ones that aregoing to be put down.Braslow said the benefit of

    having animals stay with fosterfamilies is it helps with trainingsome of the dogs as well as pro-viding socialization.Dont Bully Us and other res-

    cues are funded almost entirelythrough fundraising and dona-tions.It's all donations and all out-

    of-pocket, Braslow said. Thereare a number of other rescuesthat do that same thing.Even though there are differ-

    ences in the way shelters andrescues operate, Rowland saidthe organizations have similargoals.We all have the same mis-

    sion. Theres no difference be-tween what we do, Rowlandsaid.

    Studies show puppy mills create extraordinary medical problems

    STUDIESContinued from page 10

    The ins and outs of animal shelters and rescues

    please see SHELTERS, page 12

  • contracts, with approximately2,000 animals a year coming fromCamden alone. According to Row-land, statistically, underdevel-oped areas such as Camden havehigher pet populations, withmore than 80 percent of the ani-mals unaltered.The Camden County Animal

    Shelter is operated through anonprofit called the Animal Wel-fare Society of Camden County.Thats our nonprofit. Were a

    vendor running the CamdenCounty Animal Shelter, Row-land said. Theres pros and consto it all, but at the end of the day,were still a nonprofit organiza-tion making ends meet. Were fi-nancially set were not operat-ing in deficits but we do rely onfundraising Thats a constant.Along with Animal Welfare As-

    sociation, Animal Adoption Cen-ter, Voorhees Animal Orphanageand Independent Animal Control,the CCAS is part of the AnimalAlliance of Camden County. Theagencies formed the alliance in2011 to help improve the servicesit provides to animals and com-munities.Were all great minds think-

    ing alike, and were just trying topull our resources together tomake a better difference, Row-land said.

    The directors in the alliancemeet once a month and strategizeprograms they want to work oncollaboratively. One programfrom last year was the monthlypet food pantry.Members of the alliance also

    share the same animal manage-ment database, too. With a back-end portal linking lost and foundsections together, animals arebeing located and returned toowners faster than before.Camden County officials also

    support and work with the al-liance.We work with all of them to

    offer in-kind services and market-ing for them, Nash said.Burlington County operates

    differently than Camden County.For example, Burlington Countydoes not have an alliance of shel-ters or rescues. However, theBurlington County Animal Shel-ter still maintains strong workingrelationships with other groupsand the Friends of the BurlingtonCounty Animal Shelter.We meet with them on a regu-

    lar basis to brainstorm whatmore we can be doing, said EricArpert, public information offi-cer for Burlington County. Any-thing we can do to increase adop-tions or better serve the animalswe are housing.When shelters operate at ca-

    pacity, it can have a trickle-downeffect to other shelters and res-cues in the area. Right now, theBurlington County Animal Shel-ter is not operating at capacity, in

    large part due to administrativeefforts and collaborations withrescue groups and other partners.Arpert said when the shelter doesreach capacity, it presents chal-lenges, including a higher risk fordisease, stress to shelter staff andan increased cost to care for theanimals.When were all operating at

    capacity level, it limits our abilityto network with other shelters,Arpert said.

    It takes a village to make shelters go

    With her many ailments andadvanced age, the shelter envi-ronment was not an ideal placefor Shiver. Luckily, one of the Ani-mal Welfare Associations seniorfoster homes stepped up to giveShiver a place to rehabilitate be-fore she is put up for adoption.We have a fantastic, large net-

    work of foster homes, AWA shel-ter manager Nanci Keklak said.We sent Shiver into foster care torecoup, get some weight on herand help her eye condition im-prove.Foster families are just one of

    the elements to help animal shel-ters run smoothly. Shelters de-pend on these families, as well asvolunteers, donations and more.Rowland said while the CCAS

    could always use more volunteersand foster families, it has a goodsystem in place for those alreadyon board. She also said theres nocomparison to an individual

    choosing to volunteer at a publicor private organization.Its really the volunteers deci-

    sion on where they want to spendtheir time and where they find thatthe need is, Rowland said. Ourvolunteers step up. They take own-ership Theyre a good group.The CCAS does well with dona-

    tions. Creating a specific, tangibleneed for donations is helpful, ac-cording to Rowland, whether it isfor medication for animals orbuilding a new cattery space, likethe CCAS recently was able to dobecause of generous donations.You have to create that need in

    order for them to give. Peoplewant to give for a reason. They

    want to give for a purpose, Row-land said, and if they can seewhat that impact is, theyre goingto give. And they want to give you just have to be able to guidethem in directing the need.Arpert said BCAS has an ac-

    tive and large volunteer group,but is also looking for more peo-ple to join. The shelter is alsovery welcoming of new dona-tions.Were always looking for

    more, Arpert said. If anybodywants to donate, come by the shel-ter By and large well acceptany donation, whether it be mon-etary, dog food, toys whatever itis, well find a use for it.

    eral of them adopted resolutions.Braslow was another key ally

    in getting municipalities outsideof Camden County to jump onboard with the law. Braslow andother advocates spent much ofthe fall and winter attendingmeetings around South Jerseyand speaking in support of the or-

    dinance.Braslow said it has been diffi-

    cult at times to pitch the ordi-nance to municipalities, especial-ly considering there are so fewtowns with pet stores still in oper-ation.The biggest challenge is say-

    ing to the municipalities, Youmay not have one, but you dontwant one, he said.As news of the ordinance

    spread, interest in a statewideban began to grow. In December,

    state Sen. Ray Lesniak an-nounced he was going to proposea bill similar to Normans Law. Nash testified at a hearing be-

    fore a Senate committee on thebill Feb. 8. He said the bill takesaim at establishments sellingpuppy mill dogs, including onlinesellers.There has been some opposi-

    tion to the legislation, much of itcoming from pet store ownersand others who believe con-sumers should have the freedom

    to purchase animals.However, Nash described the

    oppositions arguments as legalstatic and said it doesnt addressthe issue at hand.No one denies that the mills

    treat these animals horrifically,Nash said. No one denies thatthese animals are sick. The indi-vidual storeowners will say, mydogs arent sick. The Humane So-ciety will counter them.After testifying, Nash felt it

    was a certainty the bill would

    find its way to the Assembly andSenate for votes.The committee is passing

    this, Nash said. It was stated ex-plicitly that there will be a billthat comes out of that committee.Thats the first step.In the meantime, Braslow

    plans to continue pushing munic-ipalities statewide to pass apuppy mill ban ordinance.You have to keep up the mo-

    mentum and keep up the pres-sure, he said.

    ZANE CLARK/The SunMel, a 3-year-old Coonhound mix, was sure to give some love and af-fection to the Animal Welfare Association volunteer who recentlytook him outside for some exercise. Mel was happy to spend a littletime running in the AWAs play yard.

    SHELTERSContinued from page 11

    Shelters rely on fundraising, fosters and volunteers

    Nash is certain bill will find its way to Assembly and Senate for votesNASH

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    local businesses as opposed tocompetition.As an example, Vandenberg

    said karate classes offered by thetownship are actually taught byinstructors from studios in Eve-sham, and there have been caseswhere the instructor would teachthe class for free in the hope ofeventually gaining a few moreparticipants for their business.They ask us to act almost as a

    feeder program, Vandenbergsaid. Its a starter, its consider-ably less money, and that instruc-tor will come and teach it.Vandenberg also said the town-

    ship monitors how many partici-pants will repeat coursesthroughout the year. If the town-ship finds there are residents whohave enrolled in the same class re-peatedly for five to six quarters,the township will inform thoseresidents if there is a business intown that offers that class or pro-gram at a higher level.Sometimes, weve had the ac-

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    2021 school year expected to leavethe district with 4,080 students.The closure of Evans is expect-

    ed to bring a savings of $1.4 mil-lion to the district, and would re-duce overall staffing levels by 25employees, with the eliminationof an administration employee,10 professional employees and 14support employees.Scavelli has previously said

    those numbers are close to whatthe district averages in retire-ments each year, so the reductionis expected to come from attri-tion.

    Current district plans do notinvolve selling Evans School, butrather leasing its space to otherentities.Evans students will be as-

    signed to other schools in the dis-trict depending on their sendingzone, but even with the additionalEvans students, Scavelli said noschool in the district would be atcapacity.Scavelli has also repeatedly

    said there wouldnt be a relativeimpact on class sizes at any of theschools as a result of the Evansclosure.If the board voted against the

    Evans closure, Scavelli said larg-er class sizes and reductions inprograms would become neces-sary in the coming years, as fu-

    ture budgets are projecting abouta $500,000 annual shortfall.Overall, Scavelli said he would-

    nt give information to the boardif he didnt believe it himself.I dont put anything out that

    isnt true, that isnt factual, Scav-elli said. Im not a politician andI dont plan to run for politics, so Idont have to make stuff up.Many members of the public

    who spoke before the vote askedthe board to explore other optionsand get more information beforemaking their decision. EvenMayor Randy Brown spoke andimplored the board to take a clos-er look at its budget and the valueof the other properties it owns in

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  • town.Youre not ready to vote in an

    hour, youre not ready to vote in aweek, Brown said as the crowderupted in cheers.Before the vote took place,

    Evans Principal Nick DiBlasi wasalso given time to speak. With theEvans closure, DiBlasi will also

    continue to work in the district,as he will replace Van Zant Prin-cipal Rosemary McMullan who isretiring in October. The districtplans to hire an interim principalat Van Zant until Evans is closedand DiBlasi can assume the role.DiBlasi said no matter the out-

    come, the Evans students wouldbe alright as long as parents actedlike role models theyre supposedto be.I think truly, regardless of the

    vote tonight, that is how EveshamTownship School District be-comes again what it needs to be,DiBlasi said.

    Board approves tentative 2016-2017 budget

    In addition to the vote to closeEvans School, the board took an-other significant vote at theMarch 17 meeting when it ap-proved the tentative 2016-2017school year budget.Scavelli said the tentative budg-

    et totaled $73.3 million, which wasa decrease from the $74.1 millionhe outlined at a series of commu-nity meetings several weeks ago.With the tentative budget, Eve-

    sham residents with homes as-sessed at the average price of$269,900 would see a $78.24 tax in-crease for their K-8 school taxesnext year.Although the newest figures

    for the tentative budget are stillless than what was originally pre-sented several weeks ago, the dis-trict is still looking to raise taxesbeyond the 2 percent tax levy in-crease cap mandated by the statethrough the use of banked cap.However, the biggest difference

    from the budget Scavelli present-ed to the public several weeks agowas the removal of a nearly$700,000 referendum the districtwould have sought in November

    to pay for an expansion of thecurrent police coverage in Eve-shams schools.Currently, the township and

    district have a shared servicesagreement for the program,which Evesham officials havesaid costs $500,000, with the town-ship paying $300,000 and the dis-trict paying $200,000.At a press conference on March

    16, Brown and Evesham PoliceChief Christopher Chew an-nounced a plan where the Eve-sham Police Department offeredto pay for the entire cost of thecurrent agreement between thedistrict and municipality.At the press conference, Chew

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    the township, combined withother changes in projected rev-enues and budget costs for the dis-trict, Scavelli said the district nolonger needed the referendum.Evesham Township manager

    Tom Czerniecki said the munici-pality could ill-afford to fund theentire agreement, but the deci-sion to do so was made to removeany confusion over whether keep-ing police in schools was some-how tied to the potential closure of Evans ElementarySchool.The last thing any of us want

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