Coalition for Animals
PO Box 611
Somerville, NJ 08876
908-369-0604
E-mail: njcfa@coalitionforanimals.org


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Coalition for Animals (CFA) is a 501 (c) (3), community-based non-profit organization with a  mission for all people to  "Evolve to Non-Violence".

How Much Is That Doggie/Kitty In The Window?

Kittens and puppies that are bought from pet stores are adorable and sweet. How many of us stop to question where these little cuties come from?

They are called "puppy mills"! It is a place where dogs and cats spend their lives in cages being forced to breed continuously. They are given little or no veterinary care and are considered a commodity. If the animals can no longer reproduce they are destroyed. The cages they live in are filthy, small, and by any standards inhumane.

Up to ten million cats and dogs are destroyed each year in these United States, in places we call shelters. Adopting from shelters and rescue organizations is the responsible way to add a loving pet into your family.

There is no one cause for the overpopulation of cats and dogs. However, puppy mills are a major contributor to over population crisis.

Hobby and professional breeders make up 20 - 25% of shelter populations. Purebred dogs come from a number of sources; puppy mills, breeders, and people who allow their pet to remain unaltered.

It is important for people to understand that purebreds do not make better pets. They can actually have a predisposition to any number of genetic defects.  Many times when a favorable trait is trying to be bred, another problem trait is unwittingly passed on. Even purchasing a dog from an accredited AKC {American Kennel Club} is no guarantee the animal is of any higher quality. More than two hundred genetic diseases in purebred dogs exist; deafness, epilepsy, and retinal degeneration just to name a few. Purebred cats suffer from many similar diseases.

To HELP solve the problem we must prevent animals from being born.

Here are some resolutions currently being implemented:

1) Public awareness and responsibility. 
By alerting people to the hazards of animal overpopulation, and by acting responsibly.

2) Low cost spay/neuter facilities. 
When people have access to affordable facilities, they are more likely to follow through.

3) Town ordinances pertaining to mandatory altering of pets. When a town or municipality acts responsibly it sets a precedent.

4) T.N.R. A trap, neuter, return, policy to humanely manage feral cat populations.

5) Adopt animals from shelters, or rescue organizations. Never buy a pet from a pet store.

6) Donít buy from breeders! 
There are as many rescue groups, as there are breeds. So adopt from a rescue group that specializes in breeds.

7) Volunteer your time or services at a rescues organization or shelter. Rescues and shelters need all the help they can get. So help set a good example by donating to a worthy cause.