Office of Animal Welfare

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What You Can Do

  • Spay and neuter your pets! To locate low-cost spay/neuter program visit

  • Educate yourself before you acquire a pet.

  • Adopt from your local pound, shelter or rescue organization.

  • Volunteer at a local pound, shelter or for a rescue organization.

  • If you are feeding outdoor cats, commit to spaying, neutering and vaccinating them. Contact your local shelter and low cost spay/neuter organizations for assistance.

  • Report any concerns regarding animal facility sanitary conditions to your local health agency and/or to the State Department of Health.

  • Report any concerns of animal cruelty, neglect or abuse to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and to the animal cruelty investigator in your municipality.

  • Be prepared to ensure your pet's safety in an emergency. Make sure your emergency plan addresses what you will do when an emergency requires you to leave your home, leave your pet at home, or prevents you from returning home.