Letter to the editor: Donate to Cat and Dog Spay Neuter Fund

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lettersDear Editor:

Please remind your New Jersey income tax preparer that you would like to donate to the “Cat and Dog Spay/Neuter Fund” on your tax return.

The 2013 tax year is the fourth tax year we’ve been able to do so, by checking a box on Line 64 and entering an amount and the fund’s number 10 on our NJ 1040. Funds collected provide low cost spay/neuter surgeries for pets adopted from shelters and pets of people on public assistance.

Current demand far exceeds the available funding from New Jersey Animal Friendly license plates and dog license surcharges. This surgery is a great investment because it  directly reduces the costs municipalities incur rounding up and killing more than 30,000 unwanted companion animals annually in New Jersey.   So, just how much money has been donated to the Cat and Dog Spay/ Neuter Fund so far?  In round numbers, the New Jersey Treasurer reports that $8,300 was donated the first year and $25,300 and $21,300 in each of the next two years.

To put that in perspective, the Endangered Wildlife Fund, also accessible via your tax return, received tax check off donations of more than $223,900 in just the most recent tax year alone.

Donating even a small amount to the Spay/Neuter Fund can add up, as it has for wildlife, and make a positive difference for people and for animals.  Please consider this convenient option to help turn off the spigot of unwanted, homeless animals in New Jersey.

Luis Matos

Editors Note: Cat and Dog Spay/Neuter Fund: Every year too many dogs and cats are euthanized in New Jersey animal shelters and pounds. Spaying and neutering animals is the most efficient strategy to reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens. The Department of Health and Senior Services Animal Population Control (APC) Program contracts with over 160 participating veterinary hospitals in New Jersey to provide spay/neuter services at either $10.00 for animals owned by NJ residents on public assistance programs, or $20.00 for those which have been adopted from New Jersey  animal shelters/pounds or rescue groups. Your contributions will help fund more spay and neuter surgeries for New Jersey’s dogs and cats.

For more information, visit the Department of Health Website.