Belleville has come up with an innovative program to remove stray pets from township streets by matching people in need that would like to have a pet.
The township’s health department will offer low-cost spaying and neutering of cats and dogs for those in financial hardship — at a less expensive price than many veterinarians, according to Belleville Health Official Colleen Brittain.
She said the Associated Human Societies’ Mobile Clinic’s offers a low-cost spay and neuter option for residents on public assistance.
The township will charge residents $40 to spay or neuter a pet, as long as the person provides proof of being on public assistance. The cost to spay or neuter a pet for residents not on public assistance is $85 for a female dog, $75 for a male dog, $65 for a female cat and $50 for a male cat. There is an additional $10 charge for a rabies vaccine.
The township also charges $10 to microchip a dog and $25 to shelter a feral cat, Brittain said.
In Nutley, longtime Health Officer Thomas Restaino is in charge of the township’s spaying and neutering program.
He said a plan introduced by former mayor Joanne Cocchiola to limit the number of cats or dogs in any residence to five or less has never been passed.