ST. HUBERT’S GIRALDA POLICIES
ST. HUBERT'S POLICY ON SPAYING AND NEUTERING
Toward its goal of combating companion animal overpopulation, St Hubert’s Giralda advocates the spaying/neutering of dogs and cats at the earliest age deemed to be reasonable safe.
June 27, 1996
ST. HUBERT’S GIRALDA POLICY ON EUTHANASIA
St. Hubert’s is committed to eliminating the euthanasia of companion animals it deems to be adoptable.
St. Hubert’s believes that euthanasia should be employed only as a last resort when all reasonable efforts to place an adoptable companion animal have been exhausted.
However, if a companion animal is deemed unadoptable, St. Hubert’s may perform euthanasia.
All euthanasia, whether on domestic or wild animals, is performed by certified personnel in accordance with accepted veterinary practice and New Jersey State law.
Any animal euthanized by St. Hubert’s is cremated off-site at a state licensed animal crematory.
July 24, 2003
St. Hubert’s Giralda Policy on Cats
St. Hubert’s believes that all healthy, treatable cats should be placed in responsible homes and receive the benefits of proper housing, food, veterinary care and human companionship. We also believe that cat owners/guardians should comply with state and local animal welfare and control ordinances.
All cats entering the shelter will be held for the period of time required by law prior to placement unless surrendered by their owners. St. Hubert’s makes every effort to return cats to their homes and offers healthy, social cats and kittens for adoption to people who meet the organization’s criteria for adoption.
St. Hubert’s is working towards the day when no healthy feral cat will be euthanized.
St. Hubert’s considers a cat to be feral if it cannot be safely handled in order to receive proper care, such as a physical exam, medication and grooming. St. Hubert’s makes every effort to promote Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) for feral cats, and return feral cats that are ear tipped and micro-chipped to the originating location when possible, and promote caregiver volunteerism and guardianship. St. Hubert’s will work with contracted municipalities and the community to encourage TNR as the preferred method of dealing with feral cats.
Only when TNR is not an option and there are no alternatives will a cat be considered for euthanasia.
Feral kittens will be removed from their mothers when it is determined to be medically safe in order to begin socializing. Once socialized, these kittens will be offered for adoption.
Outdoor Cat Colonies
St. Hubert’s recognizes that there are feral cat colonies managed according to specific guidelines (such as those published by Best Friends, Alley Cat Allies, HSUS, Neighborhood Cats and other organizations). St. Hubert’s will assist with trapping, transportation, and re-release in order to facilitate the procurement of neutering and/or vaccinations for cats being maintained in said colonies.
Drafted February 2009
ST. HUBERT’S GIRALDA POLICY ON DOG HOUSING
St. Hubert’s believes that proper food and water, health care, housing and human companionship are essential to the well-being of dogs.
St. Hubert’s is committed to placing dogs in responsible homes where they will live indoors as house pets.
St. Hubert’s recognizes that there are occasions when an adult dog’s history indicates that adequate outdoor housing, together with proper food and water, health care and human companionship, creates an environment that the dog is comfortable with and will increase its chances for a successful adoption. St. Hubert’s will make such placements when warranted.
October 22, 1998
ST. HUBERT’S GIRALDA POLICY ON BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS
St. Hubert’s believes that breed specific legislation and regulations are both unnecessary and unfair. We believe that a dog should be judged on its own actions rather than its genetics and responsible owners of any breed should not be penalized for simply owning that particular breed.
While St. Hubert’s firmly believes that there should be serious consequences when a dog is dangerous or vicious and poses a threat to humans or animals, we also believe that New Jersey’s current dangerous/vicious dog law satisfactorily addresses those issues.
July 24, 2003
ST. HUBERT’S GIRALDA POLICY ON WOLF HYBRIDS
St. Hubert’s believes that the inherent temperament and unpredictable behaviors of the wolf hybrid make it unsuitable as a pet.
St. Hubert’s does not offer for adoption animals known or suspected to be wolf hybrids.
St. Hubert’s does not permit the enrollment of animals known or suspected to be wolf hybrids in its dog training classes.
St. Hubert’s may release a wolf hybrid to an individual or organization qualified to harbor it when such individual or organization provides rescue, housing and does not breed or promote wolf hybrids as pets.
October 22, 1998
ST. HUBERT’S GIRALDA POLICY ON WILDLIFE
St. Hubert’s believes that people should co-exist in harmony with wildlife. St. Hubert’s recognizes that intervention is sometimes necessary to ensure public health and safety, and to provide humane assistance to injured, sick or orphaned wildlife in the community.
St. Hubert’s provides humane assistance to sick, injured or orphaned wildlife under the terms of its municipal animal control service contracts. The organization also assists residents within these service areas with the humane removal of wildlife which has gained access to residential or commercial establishments in certain situations. All such assistance is provided by certified animal control officers in the manner most appropriate to ensure public safety and humane handling of the animal.