Mayor’s Column Woofstock

The Voorhees Animal Orphanage (VAO) will hold its 26th Annual Woofstock Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Voorhees Town Center (rain date is Sunday, Sept. 25). It is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Animal Orphanage. This year, the Camden County Commissioners are again partnering in the event.

Woofstock is a day-long, outdoor festival that celebrates community and pets! It is a family friendly, fun-filled day with something for everyone, even your four-legged furry friends.  You can shop among many different vendors. The last Woofstock had over 125 artisans, craft, retail and informational booths. There will be gourmet food trucks, animal rescue groups (many with adoptable animals) and a gigantic gift basket raffle pavilion. It is a day where your well-behaved pets are more than welcome to attend and stroll the festival site with you. There will be live music, dog demonstrations, the ever-popular VAO Alumni Parade and much more!

Admission is a $2 donation. Children under 5 are admitted free.

The Voorhees Animal Orphanage is a municipal animal shelter serving 29 towns in southern NJ, including Voorhees. They provide compassionate shelter and adoption services for the animals entrusted to their care with a goal of safely reuniting the animals with their owners or finding them suitable and permanent new homes.

Since 1988, the Animal Orphanage has been providing shelter, food and medical care to stray and unwanted animals until permanent homes can be found. Each year, the Animal Orphanage takes in nearly 2,000 abandoned, unwanted stray and owner relinquished animals and rescues hundreds of adoptable animals from high kill shelters along the east coast. Over 35,000 lives have been saved since 1988. Every animal in the shelter receives individual consideration, whether the animals are healthy, elderly, sick or injured. The shelter and its volunteers care for approximately 150-200 animals on a daily basis.

In 2020, the VAO celebrated the completion of its much-needed new facility located at 419 Cooper Road. Programs include an animal shelter and adoption center, a re-homing program, participation in the Camden County Pet Food Pantry, a foster care program, a low-cost spay and neuter program and volunteer opportunities.

For more information about Woofstock or the Animal Orphanage, visit or

** The AWA’s first ever “Barking Lot Sips and Brews” event is on Aug.10 from 5:30pm-8:30pm.  Live music, food trucks, lawn games and adoption center tours.  No admission fee.  Drink wristband for 3 drinks and promo cup is $25. To reserve your spot, RSVP to

** Our next free show in the Voorhees Summer Concert Series will be on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7:30pm and will feature the Beat Tells Band, a tribute to the Beatles. Enjoy the touring years from Ed Sullivan to Shea Stadium, Sergeant Pepper and the music of Abbey Road, The White Album and Let It Be. The food trucks and beer garden open at 6:30pm.  For more information, visit or call the Show Hot Line at 856-882-SHOW.

** The Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club is hosting a fundraiser on Oct. 1 from 10am-2pm at Golf Land. There will be 18 holes of pitch and putt golf or mini golf, food, refreshments, prizes and games. Tickets and sponsorships are available. For more details, please call John Conners at 856-261-8738 or go to

** Kindergarten registration for the Voorhees Township Schools is currently open and will remain open throughout the summer. Registration can be found at

** Voorhees Township is offering discounted tickets to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. Tickets are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office at Voorhees Town Hall. Prices vary according to the type of ticket and several options are available to residents and non-residents. For more information about tickets, visit