PFA Programs

Low Cost Spay/Neuter: PFA performs more spay/neuter procedures in our clean, professional, and well-equipped facilities each year than any other provider in NJ. Because of our surgeons’ expertise utilizing the latest techniques, smaller incisions, and shorter anesthesia time, our patients suffer very little pain and have a fast recovery.

SpayShuttle: Our fleet of SpayShuttle vans transport thousands of animals annually from designated locations to allow pet owners and animal welfare groups access to our low cost clinics. PFA partners with local animal welfare groups, shelters, and pet supply stores (Petco, Petland Discounts, and independent small businesses) which serve as a pick-up and drop-off locations, making low cost spay/neuter accessible to many who have difficulty reaching our clinics.

Wellness Services: PFA’s Wellness Services Program offers affordable pet care to the general public and animal welfare groups. This program has the added benefit of providing revenue, assisting the organization to be self-supporting.

Veterinary Student Externship Program (On Hold): PFA is an approved externship site for many Schools of Veterinary Medicine, including University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, and Tufts. We have hosted hundreds of students from these and other accredited Veterinary Schools in the US and abroad.

Community Cat Safety Net Program: This program supports community members who agree to provide foster care to a litter of kittens found outdoors rather than surrendering them to an animal shelter. Our Safety Net offers advice, guidance, and free medical care and supplies to encourage community members to provide foster care for the kittens at home. Once the kittens are old enough, PFA will vaccinate, deworm, microchip, and spay/neuter them at no cost, provided the Safety Net participant agrees to find good homes for them. In this way, we can reduce the stress of “kitten season” on our local animal shelters and create a resource within the community to address Community Cat issues. Adult cats in the colony from which the kittens originated are also TNR’d to put a stop to the reproductive cycle.

TNR Workshops: PFA conducts TNR training workshops regularly at each clinic and offers these workshops in the field for interested organizations that wish to promote TNR in their communities.

Public Policy Advocacy: PFA offers expert consultation to promote humane public policy to elected officials at every level of government. We have successfully advocated for Humane Feral Cat Population Control (TNR) in many NJ counties and municipalities.

Access to Veterinary Care: PFA is committed to ensuring that all families have access to affordable veterinary care for their non-human family members, regardless of ability to pay. By expanding our diagnostic capabilities as well as increasing the scope of veterinary services available at our clinics, PFA is working toward the vision of a healthy life for all animals.

Partnerships: PFA believes strongly in forming partnerships and fostering cooperative relationships with other animal welfare groups in the state. We have had numerous successful partnerships, and we actively seek opportunities to collaborate. We feel that it is critical for animal welfare groups to find the common ground on which we can combine our resources to accomplish mutual goals. Together, we can achieve so much more than when we work alone.

Whole Families Program (WFP): PFA embraces the One Health approach, which recognizes that the health of people, animals, and our shared environment are interdependent. This philosophy informed the creation of our Whole Families Program. The WFP expands the traditional veterinary focus on the animal to include the human family members and their life circumstances. PFA’s Social Worker works with the family to connect them to human social services to resolve challenges such as housing insecurity, mental health issues, domestic violence, or food insecurity. Talking to pet parents about their family’s needs and worries allows early intervention and helps keep Whole Families together.