Voorhees animal shelter pairs struggling pet owners with temporary guardians

VOORHEES TOWNSHIP, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — For those facing housing or financial insecurity due to the pandemic, it is no doubt a difficult time. That stress can be even more heightened as a pet owner. An animal shelter in Voorhees Township, Camden County hopes to ease some stress with a plan called "Neighbors Helping Neighbors."

The Animal Welfare Association's free online program links pet owners with foster parents, said executive director Maya Richmond.

"(For) pet owners facing crisis, whether it's military deployment or losing their job and now being evicted," she explained, "the opportunity to match and select a good samaritan in the community that wants to help a pet temporarily, that person becomes the pet's guardian temporarily."

Richmond said the plan began taking shape a few months ago, after her organization realized the pandemic might cause some long-term issues for struggling pet owners.