STERILIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAP)
In 1984 records started being kept by the NJ Department of Health regarding stray animal intake & disposition. The state’s kill rate was 51.24%, or 226 animals PER DAY (82,566 in total for 1984)! According to the latest (2015) statistics provided by the NJ Department of Health & Senior Services, 80,346 dogs and cats were impounded in the state's 102 reporting animal facilities, of which 16,816 were destroyed. While the overall “kill rate” has declined to 21.32%, the fact remains that on average, 46 companion animals are still being destroyed in New Jersey EVERY SINGLE DAY, simply due to overpopulation.
Oasis administers the Sterilization Assistance Program knowing unwanted animals will be prevented from being born. The Humane Society of the United States calculated that one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 felines in seven years, while one female dog and her offspring can produce over 67,000 dogs! Sterilization is a simple, relatively inexpensive, and humane method of reducing the pet population, eliminating the ethical dilemma of population control via killing them. These surgeries prevent thousands of future populations languishing in shelters or scrounging out a pathetic life on the streets.
Communities in southern New Jersey, especially within Camden, Gloucester, and Salem counties will continue to benefit from this program. (Please note we do not exclude residents from other NJ counties from participating; however, it is in these 3 counties where most of the participating vet hospitals are located.) Individual residents receive the financial assistance needed to have their pet(s) sterilized. The communities enjoy a lower population of unwanted pets, strays and feral cats; resulting in less money being drained from municipal budgets for animal control. Finally, the animals are more docile and less willing to roam and fight, no longer having the urge to find a mate and reproduce.
Animals that are eligible for the Program are: (1) those owned by New Jersey residents, (2) animals surrendered to the facility from other shelters or from individuals; and (3) managed feral cat colonies. Oasis offers support to MANAGED feral cat colonies because so many of the kittens taken to shelters for adoption are born to feral mothers. (As you know, feral cats live outside and are not socialized with humans.) Humanely eliminating this enormous source of kittens provides animals already existing at a shelter a greater chance of being adopted.
PARTICIPATING HOSPITALS & CLINICS
A simple application process is used to help Oasis properly target the residents for whom the Program exists. Eligible New Jersey pet owners must be at least 18 years old and have a taxable income (not gross income) of $40,000 or less. This is easily determined by the applicant’s federal income tax return. Elderly residents who no longer file tax returns and simply prove they are on Social Security are automatically approved.
Download print and complete our SAP application.
Send the completed application, along with the required forms, to:
The Oasis Animal Sanctuary, Inc.
698 Central Avenue
Franklinville, NJ 08322
Upon approval, the owner will then receive an authorization form to be presented to a participating veterinary hospital at the time of the procedure. Nine veterinary hospitals and clinics participate in this Program.
The hospital, in turn, will bill Oasis directly for the surgery. Any additional service or product is not covered – i.e., additional pain medication, e-collars, etc. PLEASE NOTE: EAR OR TAIL DOCKING CANNOT BE PERFORMED DURING THE STERILIZATION SURGERY.
Because of the limited resources, a limit of five animals may be spayed or neutered per year per caregiver.
With the potential of thousands of animals being born from one set of parents and their offspring, every single spay or neuter surgery is a significant step in successfully reducing extermination rates in animal shelters.