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Frequently Asked Questions
 

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Where are you located?
We are located at 1119 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick NJ 08901
Our full contact information is available here

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What are your operating hours?
Our department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help stop the needless suffering of animals.

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What is the NJSPCA currently doing and what are your plans for the future?
Our primary focus has always been animal cruelty investigation and humane education. We are committed to educating the residents of New Jersey about issues affecting animals; advocating and lobbying for improved local and state animal protection laws; reducing animal overpopulation through support of aggressive spay/neuter programs; investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty cases; ending dogfighting in our state, and promoting the human/animal bond.

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I've lost my pet. Where should I look for my companion?
Contact your local police department first, then check with animal control and your local shelter. Remember, if your pet has identification tags or an implanted microchip, it will make it easier to be reunited with your pet.

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How can I adopt a pet?
Visit your local shelter. There are thousands of animals ready to be welcomed into your heart and home.

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I found a pet. May I bring him to you?
No. The NJSPCA does not maintain a shelter. Contact your local shelter and police department. If the pet has ID tags or an imbedded microchip, it will make identification easier.

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Does the NJSPCA's offer low-cost veterinary services?
No. You would need to speak to your local veterinarian or shelter representative.

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I can no longer keep my pet. Will you take him?
The NJSPCA is a law enforcement department that deals with cruelty issues. We do not maintain a shelter. Speak to your local shelter or veterinarian.

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I saw an injured animal on the street in NJ. What do I do?
Call the local police department. They will contact animal control.

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I was bitten by an animal, what do I do?
Domestic pets cause most animal bites. Dogs are more likely to bite than cats. Cat bites, however, are more likely to cause infection. Bites from nonimmunized domestic animals and wild animals carry the risk of rabies. Rabies is more common in raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes than in cats and dogs. Rabbits, squirrels and other rodents rarely carry rabies. If an animal bites you or your child, follow these guidelines:
. For minor wounds. If the bite barely breaks the skin and there is no danger of rabies, treat it as a minor wound. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. Apply an antibiotic cream to prevent infection and cover the bite with a clean bandage.
. For deep wounds. If the animal bite creates a deep puncture of the skin or the skin is badly torn and bleeding, apply pressure with a clean, dry cloth to stop the bleeding and see your doctor.
. For infection. If you notice signs of infection such as swelling, redness, increased pain or oozing, see your doctor immediately.
. For suspected rabies. If you suspect the bite was caused by an animal that might carry rabies - any bite from a wild or domestic animal of unknown immunization status - see your doctor immediately.
Doctors recommend getting a tetanus shot every 10 years. If your last one was more than five years ago and your wound is deep or dirty, your doctor may recommend a booster. You should have the booster within 48 hours of the injury.

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I have a wild animal in my yard. What do I do?
Raccoons and opossums are commonly seen in our area. Since they have an equal right to be here, we ask that you leave them be, but you can deter them by keeping your yard free of debris and trashcan lids tightly closed. If you want the animal removed nonetheless, you may call a private trapper. Animal Control does not handle wildlife issues.

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Who picks up dead animals seen on the road?
Your local animal control officer is responsible for picking up dead animals on the road.

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I'd like to volunteer. How do I begin?
Since we do not operate a shelter, volunteer opportunities are limited. However, we do need people in our Community Services Division to help with fundraising activities around the state. If you can help, please fill out a volunteer application by clicking here.

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How long will the shelter hold a stray animal?
Under New Jersey law, an animal shelter is required to hold a stray animal for 7 days.

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How many feral or abandoned animals are wandering the streets in NJ?
There are many hundreds if not thousands of feral and abandoned animals roaming the streets of New Jersey. Trap-Spay-Neuter-Release programs are invaluable in helping to get these numbers down to a manageable amount.

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I have a problem with cats in my neighborhood.
I'm not sure if they're stray or pet cats. How do I tell?

Understanding the differences between a feral, stray and pet cat will help you determine the cat's classification. There are three types of roaming cats:

A feral cat is one that has "gone wild," a domestic cat that was lost or abandoned and has reverted to a wild state, or a cat that was born outside to a stray mother and had little or no human contact. Adult feral cats usually cannot be tamed and are not suited to living indoors with people. They live outside in family groups called colonies that form near a source of food and shelter. Feral cats can survive almost anywhere and are found worldwide.

A stray cat is a domestic cat that strayed from home and became lost or was abandoned. Depending on the circumstances and how long the cat has been on its' own, he or she could be feral or quite social. Since a stray cat was once a companion animal, if they are feral, he or she can usually be re-socialized and placed in an adoptive home. All cats roaming at large are strays if you do not know who the owner is.

A pet cat is an owned cat that is permitted to roam the neighborhood. By law, owned cats must be sterilized and remain on the owner's property. Pet cats are usually lovable and can be touched by most people. If you know who the owner is, the cat is not a stray.

Generally, neighborhood problems revolve around a person feeding cats that continue to breed and produce kittens, ultimately forming a colony of free-roaming cats.

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I feel terrible that wild cats might be euthanized, but there are too many in my neighborhood. Is there anything else I can do?
It is unfortunate that there are so many feral cats roaming the state. Spay-neuter release programs are a good first step to help control the population.

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Can I trap a cat myself?
Absolutely! There are many animal-loving citizens doing TNR through their own veterinarians.
You can purchase a trap at a local store. If you purchase a trap, it's important that you learn how to humanely use it as cats can easily die if left unattended.

. Trap in dry weather only; never in a rainstorm or in freezing temperatures.

. Do not feed the cats a full 8 hours before trapping as they must be hungry to enter the trap.

. If you'll be trapping in an area where pet cats are roaming, please inform your neighbors that you will be trapping. Most cat owners do not think to contact the SPCA when their cat is missing.

. Transport the trapped cat to your participating veterinarian, immediately upon its capture. Place a towel over the trap so the cat feels secure; it reduces anxiety. Do NOT transport the animal in the trunk of your vehicle.

. Tuna and canned cat food work well in traps. Place the food inside the release bar at the back of the trap so the cat is sure to step on the trigger plate when eating.

. The trap should be monitored once an hour while set. With the added stress, cats can easily die if left in the trap for many hours. If you're trapping overnight, the cat will be fine until you wake up in the morning. Add a small bowl of water.

. Always place the trap in a shady spot unless it is continually observed. Place the trap near the cat's feeding location.

. Once trapped, move the animal to a secure shaded area until it is transported.

. You may accidentally trap the wrong animal such as an opossum, squirrel, or previously trapped cat. If so, put on heavy-duty gloves before approaching the trap so the frightened animal does not bite you. You can then safely open the trap to release the animal.

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What can you do about feral cats?
Trap-Neuter-Return. TNR is a non-lethal form of animal control that proactively addresses the overpopulation of cats through sterilization. The goal of TNR, a comprehensive, ongoing program, in which feral cats already living outdoors are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians, is to return the cats to the area from which they were taken. The evaluation determines whether these cats will be returned to their familiar habitat under the lifelong care of volunteers, placed up for adoption, or, in the case of cats that are ill or injured beyond recovery, humanely euthanized.

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Are there dog packs in NJ, and if so what is being done about them?
Yes there are. There are three primary reasons: People allow their dogs to roam the street. When dogs are routinely out, they meet other dogs and then form a pack. Dogs are social animals and prefer to live in groups.

A surprisingly large number of people choose not to spay or neuter their pets. When their pets roam, they also breed. The breeding problem quickly escalates.

If the problem goes unaddressed (not enough resources applied to it) for too long, it quickly gets out of hand. Officers cannot keep pace with the birth rate of dogs.

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Does the NJSPCA euthanize animals?
The NJSPCA does not run a shelter and does not euthanize animals. Unfortunately, many shelters are forced to humanely euthanize animals due to the large volume of homeless dogs and cats they have.

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How do you decide who to euthanize?
When an animal comes in to a shelter in poor condition, the decision to euthanize is an easier one. It is accepted as the humane thing to do. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the animals coming into the shelter are healthy and vibrant. Because of this, the decision is never easy. However, it is necessary. The decision of who to euthanize is made by veterinarians. How that decision is made is based on the following points.

They only euthanize when there is no space available for incoming animals.

They choose based on temperament, health and potential for adoptability.

Veterinarians make the decision based on input from kennel staff on temperament.

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How long are the animals given at a shelter before they're euthanized?
There is no set time limit for how long an animal can remain in a shelter. As long as an animal maintains general good health, a sound temperament and there is space, shelters will keep a pet for weeks, even months.

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