Over 30 cats and dogs rescued recently from a hoarding situation were cared for by the Ocean County Animal Facilities in Manahawkin and Jackson and now have new homes with the exception of some puppies.

Rescued dog Spice and her puppies. (Ocean County Animal Facilities)

"This is what happens in many of these hoarder cases, people start out with good intentions but things can get overwhelming real quick," said Daniel E. Regenye, Ocean County Health Department Public Health Coordinator. "When that happens the animal facilities typically become the only option."

More dogs were added after the rescue as three were found pregnant and gave birth to 17-new puppies.

"Our latest litter arrived late last week and I'm happy to report all the puppies and mothers are doing well and getting the best of care," said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health.

While many of the dogs now in good health have already found new loving homes, the puppies may be ready for adoption in a matter of weeks as soon as officials feel they're healthy and ready to thrive in another home.

"If you've been thinking about adopting a pet now is certainly a great time," said Little. "All of our animals are spayed or neutered, micro chipped and receive age appropriate vaccines."

"Many of our visitors and vacationers to the Jersey Shore and Ocean County adopt from our animal facilities while they are here and we couldn't be more pleased when they go back home and tell their friends they adopted from us," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joe Vicari.

If your looking to adopt a dog or cat, officials with the OCAF say you can visit them at 615 Freemont Street in Jackson and 360 Haywood Road in Manahawkin between 1-4pm seven days a week.

You can also call for more information at 732-657-8086 or 609-978-0127.

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