Liberty Humane Society, the Jersey City-based non-profit animal shelter, cut the ribbon on Hudson County’s first low-cost spay neuter clinic yesterday afternoon.
“Liberty Humane [Society] is now having $10 spay and neuter programs for our people in need. So this mobile van here will go out into different locations in Jersey City to make it convenient for residents who can’t transport their animals,” said Exchange Place Physical Therapy Group Clinical Director Jaclyn Fulop.
Also the First Lady of Jersey City, Jaclyn helped fundraise over $120,000 towards the cause back in April.
During her speech yesterday, she also noted that this new clinic will reduce the number of stray animals on the streets, keeping them out of the animal shelter system.
LHS Executive Director Irene Borngraeber than explained why this initiative has been a long-term goal of their organization.
“Why is this important? It’s important because until now, animal rescuers and organizations like LHS were driving animals to Hillside, Lambertville, New York City and Voorhees to have them spayed and neutered because Hudson County – the most densely populated county in the most densely populated state – lacked these essential services.”
Mayor Steven Fulop, Jaclyn’s husband, said conversations about funding a low-cost spay neuter clinic in Jersey City came about when they were on vacation and someone started a conversation about a no-kill animal shelter she was running.
In a statement released today, LHS said that they have utilized the mobile clinic for 102 surgeries and estimates performing another 5,000 in the next year.
Other dignitaries in attendance included state Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31), who revealed that she has two rescue cats: Chief and Senate, as well Jersey City Councilwoman Denise Ridley and Mira Prinz-Arey, the latter who used to serve on LHS’s volunteer board.