This year, New Jersey taxpayers have the option of donating a portion of their state tax refunds to a fund that subsidizes low-cost spay and neutering services (full story here). To select this option, go to Line 63 (“Other Designated Contribution”) on the 2010 NJ Resident 1040, enter fund number “10” (for the “Cat and Dog Spay/Neuter Fund”) and then enter the amount you wish to donate. For more information, visit the NJ Division of Taxation site, or consult your tax professional.
Each year, over 37,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in New Jersey for lack of loving homes. Supporting low-cost spay/neuter services — which are available to qualifying pet owners and reimburse veterinarians for performing these surgeries — can greatly reduce this travesty. More information on New Jersey’s low-cost spay/neuter program can be found here.