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NJ Animal Shelters Need Your Help

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

I’m a native New Yorker, and never thought I would call New Jersey home. I really love living here. I am alarmed, however, to learn about a companion animal related bill, S. 2923, that passed the NJ Legislature. Right now it is before Governor Chris Christie for his approval.

On the surface, this bill looks like something I would support. It establishes a spay/neuter and animal identification program, but it contains an alarming provision to eliminate the state’s current mandatory seven-day hold on all animals entering shelters. This would give excessive discretion to shelters over the lives of your pets, who could be killed immediately upon entering a shelter due to any “age, health, or behavior” reason.

The purpose of the seven-day holding period is to give pet owners time to find their lost pets. Imagine the pain of losing your pet and knowing that if he or she winds up in a shelter, it could mean instant death instead of a safe haven.

Please contact Governor Christie and ask him to exercise a power called conditional veto; he could strike this particular language in S. 2923 and send it back to the Legislature for reenactment with that change, leaving the good parts of the bill intact.

When you call, 609-292-6000, ask him to conditionally veto bill S. 2923, amending it so that NJ’s seven-day hold for shelter animals remains state law. The deadline is August 25. Please share this with your friends, colleagues, and relatives here and in other states.

This Just In
The bill was sent back to the legislators to be revised. You can contact your local NJ legislators to make sure that the seven-day hold is included.

17 comments to NJ Animal Shelters Need Your Help

  • Debi Mohan

    I’m a native New Yorker, and never thought I would call New Jersey home. I really love living here. I am alarmed, however, to learn about a companion animal related bill, S. 2923, that passed the NJ Legislature. Right now it is before Governor Chris Christie for his approval.

    On the surface, this bill looks like something I would support. It establishes a spay/neuter and animal identification program, but it contains an alarming provision to eliminate the state’s current mandatory seven-day hold on all animals entering shelters. This would give excessive discretion to shelters over the lives of your pets, who could be killed immediately upon entering a shelter due to any “age, health, or behavior” reason.

    The purpose of the seven-day holding period is to give pet owners time to find their lost pets. Imagine the pain of losing your pet and knowing that if he or she winds up in a shelter, it could mean instant death instead of a safe haven.

    Please rethink this bill.
    D. Mohan
    Newark, New Jersey

  • I too live in Nj and am alarmed at this . I certainly will contact the Governors office.
    Thanks for the information.

  • Hal Marksmen

    We called the governor’s office. Thanks for this important post. Our shelter animals need our help.

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  • Whoa, this is sick and an outrage. Contacting and sharing now.

  • Dianne

    So important! Shared on twitter and facebook. Also called the Governor’s office.

  • Kirby Anders

    I called and am sharing with everyone I know in and outside of NJ.

  • Judy Jackson

    Thanks for sharing this. I hope Christie does the right thing.

  • JEri Johnson

    I’m sharing this with my friends, and I pray that Gov. Christie does the right thing and amends this bill.

  • Luther Hays

    thanks Michele, I called.

  • Mary Alice Rogers

    I just called the Gov’s office and got right through. Everyone reading this that hasn’t called yet, please do so ASAP!

  • Thank you Mary Alice and all of you who called. –Michele

  • Elaine

    I’m sharing this with my friends and family, and I pray that Gov. Christie does the right thing and amends this bill.

  • I so totally with you on this Elaine!–Michele

  • Aleshia Keegan

    Another great and important post Michele. I called.

  • Jenn Watson

    I called and passed this to my friends.

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