Animal Shelter Accepting Nominations for Pure Heart Award

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(Gloucester Township, NJ) – The Camden County Animal Shelter will begin accepting applications for the Pure Hearts Awards on February 16. The program honors members of the community and local businesses that have made extreme efforts, improvements and achievements in animal welfare and animal advocacy.

“If you know someone that has gone above and beyond to benefit the animals in our community, we want to hear from you,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the Camden County Animal Shelter. “Please take the time to nominate someone you feel deserves recognition for their efforts throughout the year on behalf of our animals.”

Visit to submit an online nomination to the Pure Hearts Awards. There you can provide information about the nominee, along with a 250-word essay detailing their efforts. A photograph can also be submitted as part of the nomination process.

“Our hearts in the animal welfare community go to members of society that deserve to be recognized for their dedication to furthering the mission of Camden County Animal Shelter”, said Vicki Rowland, Executive Director of Camden County Animal Shelter. “Together, we celebrate the compassionate nature of people and pets”.

Awards will be presented in five categories:  Public Servant Leadership, Young Hero, Noteworthy Volunteer, Humane Business and Lifetime Pet Achievement. Nominees will be listed on Camden County Animal Shelter website. The top four in each category will make up the Top 20 Pure Hearts Awards recipients. Winners will be selected by Camden County Animal Shelter committee review. Online submissions will be accepted from February 16 to April 20. Winners will be announced on April 27.

For more information on nominations or sponsorships for the Pure Hearts Awards email Melissa Meccariello or call 856-401-1300, ext. 117.

The Camden County Animal Shelter, celebrating 20 years, has become the only open admission animal shelter in the region to achieve a 91 percent animal save rate in 2017. The mission to ending companion animal homelessness in Camden County through community awareness and responsible pet ownership.