MORRISTOWN, NJ - Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced the “New Jersey Safe Haven for Protection of Domestic Companion Animals Act” to save pets from abandonment.

The bill would allow an individual to anonymously surrender their pet to a staff member at any shelter, pound, veterinary hospital or police station in New Jersey. The bill would also state that the ndividual would not be liable for the care or disposition of the animal.

“Sometimes life can throw curveballs, which may leave one in a situation where they are unable to properly care for their pet,” said Bucco (R-25). “Our furry friends deserve to be loved, rescued, and re-homed, not abandoned on the side of the road, or worse. Allowing animal shelters, pounds, veterinary hospitals, and police stations to accept unwanted pets will help prevent animal neglect and save the lives of companion animals across the Garden State.”

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“Surrendering one’s pet is the compassionate choice,” added Bucco. “Giving this option to pet owners will give their dogs and cats a new leash on life.”

Under this bill, designated drop-off locations cannot refuse to accept any domestic companion animal.