The Monmouth County SPCA and Homeward Bound Adoption Center is a non-profit organization that receives no federal, state or local funding. They rely entirely on private donations to fund the many programs provided. The MCSPCA is an Open Admission shelter that does not euthanize adoptable pets. This policy was adopted in 1999 and has enabled the group to save countless lives. However, since adoptable animals stay at the shelter until they are able to find the right home, the added financial and manpower burden has been enormous.
In 1997, they cared for 45 dogs and 50 cats at any given time. Today, with no expansion in facilities, they house 75 dogs and over 200 cats. This expanded population, the result of the Open Admission policy and the fact that they no longer euthanize adoptable pets, has increased operating costs by 40 percent. Unfortunately, donations needed to support the shelter have risen by only 10 percent in that same time. The group operates at a deficit every month.
The MCSPCA provides services that improve the quality of life for all citizens of the community, not just for pet owners. In addition to animal adoption and surrender services, the Monmouth County SPCA provides a Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic, Cruelty Investigations, Humane Education, Pet Assisted Therapy, Dog Training, Pet Bereavement Counseling and Lost and Found services.
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