Cost of Care

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Take Action to Establish Cost of Care Provisions in New Jersey

Help to ensure lawfully seized animals’ owners pay for the animal’s care or relinquish their rights during the judicial process.

The proposed legislation, S981/A2354 shifts the responsibility of paying for a lawfully seized animal’s care onto its owner, the alleged abuser, rather than allowing the debilitating costs of housing these animals while the courts come to a decision to overwhelm local shelters or deplete allocated taxpayer dollars. Cost of Animal Care provisions are an absolute good for New Jersey residents, animal shelters, and animal cruelty victims. Not passing this bill means vulnerable animals will continue to languish in shelters and in the legal system; shelters will remain unavailable for other animals in need of help; and our cruelty laws will go unenforced.

BREAKING NEWS

3/14/2022- S981 has passed its Senate committee (5-0)
3/24/2022- Passed by the full Senate (36-0)

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STEP 1: Email Your Assembly Members Today!

Ask your two Assembly members to co-sponsor this bill. We’ve prepared a sample email for you to use, but we highly encourage you to modify it to make it more personal.

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Note: If your representative is already sponsoring the bill, make sure to thank them for their sponsorship rather than asking them to sponsor it.

Assembly Bill Sponsors: Mukherji, Benson, Chaparro, Calabrese, Jasey, Haider, Park, Giblin, Clifton, Carter, McCarthy Patrick, Umba, Reynolds-Jackson, Catalano, McGuckin, Danielsen, and Matsikoudis.

Sample Email to your Assemblyperson 

A note from your constituent - please co-sponsor A2354 to hold animal abusers financially responsible.

Dear Assembly member _____,

As your constituent, I strongly encourage you to cosponsor and support S981/A2354, which shifts the responsibility of paying for a lawfully seized animal’s care onto its owner, the alleged abuser, rather than allowing the debilitating costs of housing these animals while the courts come to a decision to overwhelm local shelters or deplete allocated taxpayer dollars.

I ask that you please co-sponsor A2354, the Cost of Care bill, to hold animal abusers accountable.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

CITY, NJ

STEP 2: Call Your Assembly Members Today

Calling takes less than two minutes, and it’s really easy! We’ve prepared a sample script for you to use but please feel free to modify it to make it more personal

Sample Call Script

Hi, my name is _____, and I’m a New Jersey resident from __(city)__. I’m following up on an email I sent earlier about requesting Assembly member _________ to please co-sponsor A2354. This bill is so critical to make sure that seized animals in abuse cases have the care that they deserve, paid for by the abuser.

Thank you.

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