A New Jersey Assembly committee has approved a bill to make low-cost spay/neuter assistance available for more pet owners.
To qualify for the subsidized operations, owners would have to show proof of benefits from state or federal public-assistance programs. Animals eligible for the spay or neuter surgery would have to come from a shelter or nonprofit rescue group.
Under the bill, which must be approved by both chambers and signed by the governor, pet owners would pay $20 toward the surgeries and a special state fund would subsidize the difference. The program would be funded through proceeds from the sale of animal welfare license plates and a check off box on tax return forms.