The Problem & Our Mission



The Problem of Pet Over-Population: THE FACTS
 
Over $2 billion is spent annually by local governments to shelter and ultimately destroy 10 million adoptable cats and dogs because of a shortage of homes.        
Source: Business Wire Features 2/16/99

7 dogs and cats are born every day for each person born in the United States; only 1 in 5 puppies and kittens stay in their original home for his/her natural lifetime; the other 4 are abandoned to the streets or end up at a [animal] shelter.
Source: The Humane Society of the United States

An un-spayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per year can add up to 11,606,077 cats in 9 years.
Source: SPAY USA

An un-spayed female dog, her mate, and all their puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed, add up to 67,000 dogs in 6 years.
Source: SPAY USA

Approximately 25% of the animals in shelters are purebred.
Source: The Fund for Animals Kim Sturla

The public acquires only 14% of its pets from shelters; 48% get their pets as strays, from friends, or from animal rescuers; and 38% get their pets from breeders or pet stores.
Source: The Humane Society of the United States

Only 42% of cat owners and 39% of dog owners are aware of the pet over population problem.
Source: Massachusetts SPCA survey, 1993
 




Our Mission:

To End Pet Overpopulation in Your Community
 
Did you know that, in New Jersey alone, nearly 50,000 dogs and cats are put to sleep (killed!) each year simply because there are not enough homes for them?

For years, animal shelters have seen an increasing number of homeless animals and a rising euthanasia rate due to too few adoptions. 

Despite the best efforts of shelter staff and volunteers to find pets new homes, their efforts cannot keep up with the endless stream of animals coming in the doors day after day. 

The most effective way, and many believe the only way, to stem this tide of despair is to end the uncontrolled breeding of pets.

How can this be done?  By having more pets spayed and neutered - in fact, that is the only way!

We know not everyone can afford to alter their pets or has access to low cost spay/neuter services. The Neuter Commuter makes available a low cost mobile spay/neuter clinic that can go where the community needs are the greatest. Our main service area is Northern NJ, but through cooperative efforts with other animal welfare agencies, we work together to end pet overpopulation across the state. We also bring these low cost mobile altering services to local animal shelters and rescue groups that lack low cost spay/neuter options.