STERILIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAP)
The New Jersey numbers for 2022 have not yet been published, but according to the 2019 statistics provided by the NJ Department of Health & Senior Services, the number of dogs and cats that were impounded dropped by over 4,900 in 2019 versus 2018, and the number of animals euthanized also dropped by over 800! The overall "kill rate" dropped from 11.76% to 11.47%; however, this still means that on average, 25 companion animals are being destroyed in New Jersey EVERY SINGLE DAY simply due to overpopulation. The need for an alternative strategy is still immense. Slowly, but surely, we are building that alternative!
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
Delaware Valley Veterinary Hospital
400 Swedesboro Road
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Mannington Veterinary Hospital
279 Route 45
Salem, NJ 08079
Pathways to Wellness (Ace of Spays) - CATS ONLY
1485 Route 38
Hainesport, NJ 08036
Tri-County Veterinary Hospital
816 Route 45
Pilesgrove, NJ 08098
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.
Co-payments for the surgeries are as follows:
Male cats $50
Female cats $75
Male dogs less than 50 lbs $100
Male does over 50 lbs $125
Female dogs less than 50 lbs $150
Female dogs over 50 lbs $175
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. Four veterinary hospitals and clinics participate in this Program. We are working on adding more clinics and hospitals to our participating veterinarian list and will update as appropriate.
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.