May 05, 2023
Joel Embiid has 76ers fans buzzing after he took home his first NBA Most Valuable Player award this week. To honor the big man, a South Jersey animal shelter is offering dog adoptions for $21 this weekend.
The price being offered by Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Gloucester Township corresponds to Embiid's jersey number. Dog adoptions typically cost anywhere from $50 for dogs with special needs to $325 for specialty breeds.
The shelter is at capacity and seeking people to adopt dogs.
"There are over 120 dogs waiting at Homeward Bound to find their forever homes," said Jonathan Young, liaison to the animal shelter. "Please consider opening your heart and your home to one of our underdogs at the shelter. And if you are unable to adopt, the shelter is always in need of donations, so please consider donating $21 instead."
People can learn more about the specific dogs available for adoption by checking out the shelter's website. There are pictures of the dogs and information on their ages and breeds, and whether they've been spayed or neutered. Every dog is vaccinated and micro-chipped before going home with its new owners.
Anyone ready to adopt a four-legged friend can complete a questionnaire or visit the shelter in person. Homeward Bound recommends bringing one's entire household to meet the dogs before deciding to adopt. The shelter, at 125 County House Road is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Anyone interested in adopting can call the adoption team at (856) 401-1300 ext. 102 for more information.
Shelters across the country are facing issues of overcrowding.
ACCT Philly is one of the only places in the Philadelphia that is taking in dogs; however, the shelter recently briefly paused intake to create a space to separeate animals exposed to the canine flu or pneumovirus. The shelter offered incentives, including $400 Visa gift cards for people that fostered dogs last month.