Funds available to help sterilize pets

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Starting this month, funds are available beginning this month to help qualified residents spay or neuter their pets for $10.

The offer is good while funds last at at various veterinary offices in the state. Shore Veterinarians participates in this state program at all four New Jersey locations, which include Seaville, Williamstown, Hammonton and Egg Harbor Township.

Residents qualify for the state sterilization funding program if they receive either food stamps, Medicaid, general public assistance, rental assistance, aid to families with dependent children, Lifeline Utility Credit, Tenants Lifeline Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, or Pharmaceutical Assistance to aged & Disabled.

Spay and neuter proponents say it has been proven that sterilization of a cat or dog will increase its chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering a dog will increase his life an average of one to three years, felines, three to five years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.

“Sterilizing a  cat/dog makes him/her a better pet, reducing his/her urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85 percent of dogs hit by cars are unaltered, reads a press release on the spaying program. The release states that the available state money goes quickly.

For details, Cape May County residents may call 390-9113. The other numbers for Shore Veterinarians are 272-8777 in Atlantic County, Hammonton residents may call 609-561-2802, and those in the Williamstown area may call (856) 728-6613.

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