CAMDEN – Kathy McGuire, Founder and President of South Jersey-based New Jersey Aid for Animals (NJAFA), was recently honored by two separate Camden County organizations: The Camden County Freeholders and the Lourdes Health System.
At the Camden County Freeholders meeting in mid-July, McGuire was recognized for her outstanding community service. A formal proclamation issued by the Freeholders named McGuire as “an individual of exceptional dedication.” Nominated by Mayor of Winslow Township, Sue Ann Metzner and the City Council, McGuire was lauded for her efforts on behalf of Camden County animals.
In accepting the award, McGuire pointed out, “Over five million animals are euthanized each year in America. I plan to be part of the solution to lower this number and I look forward to all of you to be part of the solution as well. Building bigger shelters is not the answer. Spaying and neutering is.”
Just one day after being honored by the Camden County Freeholders, The Lourdes Health System publicly honored McGuire at a Riversharks baseball game held at the Riversharks Stadium. The organization’s highly coveted St. Francis of Assisi Award was bestowed by Lydia, the Lourdes’ Rehab Pet Therapy Dog, at a ceremony prior to the sporting event.
The award recognized Mrs. McGuire for her outstanding community service in Camden City with animals and bears the inscription: “Your work serves as a shining example of the mission and values of St. Francis.”
“We are dedicated to helping animals in all counties of New Jersey but focus our dedication and compassion for Camden City, New Jersey’s animals,” McGuire explains. “Because we are headquartered in Camden County, a Camden County animal receives a major portion of our funding for spaying and neutering and, when we have the funds, for needed medical procedures.”
McGuire personally responds to cruelty issues that are called in to her organization by contacting every entity and following up with authorities. She is well-known for her bold, tireless efforts on the streets of Camden, educating pet owners about the importance of spaying and neutering their animals – and many times, with owner permission, she takes animals to get animals spayed and neutered. McGuire champions the rights of pets to have shelter, clean water and food.
New Jersey Aid for Animals in privately funded by donations and has no paid staff. The organization has 501-c3 tax-exempt statuses and is registered with the State of NJ Attorney General’s Office.
For more information or to volunteer please log on to www.njafa.org or call McGuire direct at (856) 498-3978.