Lucky Star Spay Neuter Program

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Lucky Star Spay Neuter Program News
A Publication of the Lucky Star Spay Neuter Program
12 Birch Lane Morristown, NJ 07960 Email: luckystarprogram@att.net
Volume 46 October 2011
Our Mission: To gather, recognize and celebrate the continuing annual commitment of each of our member veterinarians to provide some level of absolutely free spay neuter services to the needy animals of their choice, along with any other free services they choose to provide.

Our Lucky Stars
We currently have 8 member veterinarians in private practice and 1 spay neuter clinic participating, representing 9 hospitals in 9 NJ towns.

Together these professionals have generously pledged 226 absolutely free spay neuter surgeries and other services for needy animals in 2011:

Dr. Ohad Barnea, Cliffside & Tenafly Animal Hospitals

Dr. Erno Hollo & Dr. Kelly Vex Basking Ridge Animal Hospital

Dr. Harvey E. Hummel,Andover Animal Hospital

Dr. Danci Mock, West Caldwell Animal Hospital

Dr. Maritza Perez, West Orange Animal Hospital

Dr. P. Picone, Audubon Veterinary Associates

Dr. Sandra Stalder-Frey, Alpha Veterinary Care

Dr. Iris M. Biely, People for Animals, Inc,Hillside

NJ PILOT S/N Bill DELAYED
On 8-25, the Gov. returned S2923, to Senate w/ recommendations. It would have set up a pilot for S/N of dogs & cats released for adoption. That wasn’t the problem. Under current law, any animal captured by an ACO must be held for 7 days. S2923 would have let animals be transferred or euthanized before 7 days, if facility thought warranted. This created the chance for older or mildly injured animals to be euthanized before an owner could locate their lost pet. Senate has now OK’d keeping 7 day hold for any animal not voluntarily surrendered. (Many lobbied for this & were heard!) Assembly will likely consider after Nov elections and if they concur, Gov. will have 10 days to sign.

DO YOU KNOW THIS PERSON?
I met her in the pet food isle of my supermarket. She has an indoor cat that sees a Vet regularly. She is feeding a young stray she thinks is pregnant. She does not know how to use a trap, or where to get one. Animal shelters & rescues told her they would “fix” the Mom & abort the kittens. She says “I don’t want that for her”. She has not sought her Vet’s advice/help, fearing the same recommendation. She has not called Animal Control, fearing a worse outcome. She is unwilling to take in the pregnant cat. Though she doesn’t qualify for any financial assistance, she is also wary of the veterinary costs of acting on her own. Only she knows where this animal is. I learn a lot by striking up conversations in the pet food isle. This situation is so common and has to be a big part of the problem. This too needs fixing!

“Esterilsol” Readies US Feb Launch
Visit www.acc-d.org to read about the introduction of this permanent non-surgical sterilant in the U.S. (Click “News” on banner @ top of home page) Training starts in Nov. Product to be available in Feb 2012. ACC&D wants to help animal welfare groups & Vets learn more, so they can explore how this product might help all reach further with their sterilization programs. Email ?’s/comments: info@acc-d.org.

Free S/N Kit FOR HSVMA Members
Free multimedia items to teach value of S/N are available to HSVMA members. For kit contents & membership info go to : http://hsvma.org Items can be ordered for $ by non members.

PFA Urges: SPAY BY FIVE!
PFA says “Most don’t know that dogs & cats can often reproduce by 5 months of age. They also don’t know that much of the pet over-population problem is due to accidental 1st litters. Many want to have their pets altered but do not know the facts—please help us make sure everyone knows to S/N at the right age—BEFORE 5 MONTHS, BEFORE they make the problem worse!” See www.pfaonline.org