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Animal Rescue Organization* – An individual or group of individuals who, with or without salary or compensation, house and care for homeless animals in the home of an individual or in other facilities, with the intent of placing the animals in responsible, more permanent homes as soon as possible.
Animal Rescue Organization Facility* – The home or other facility in which an animal rescue organization houses and cares for an animal.
Breeder* – Any person, firm, corporation, or organization in the business of breeding cats or dogs.
Broker* – Any person, firm, corporation, or organization who sells a cat or dog to a pet shop, whether or not the broker is also the breeder of the cat or dog.
Calchlorin – A low-cost nonsurgical neuter shot for male dogs, cats, and other animals. It is available for use now, in the U.S. and every country with access to the two ingredients, calcium chloride dihydrate and pharmaceutical-grade or food-grade pure ethyl alcohol, however it is not FDA approved. (Not the same as Zeuterin™, a more hormone-sparing sterilization shot that is FDA-approved for dogs.)
Certified Animal Control Officer* – A person 18 years of age or older who has satisfactorily completed the course of study approved by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services and the Police Training Commission as prescribed by paragraphs (1) through (3) of subsection a. of section 3 of P.L.1983, c. 525 (C.4:19-15.16a); or who has been employed in the State of New Jersey in the capacity of, and with similar responsibilities to those required of, a certified animal control officer pursuant to the provisions of P.L.1983, c. 525 for a period of three years before January 17, 1987.
Consumer* – A person purchasing a cat or dog not for the purposes of resale.
Director* – The Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety.
Division* – The Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety.
Dog* – Any dog, bitch or spayed bitch.
Dog Of Licensing Age* – Any dog which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
Foster Home* – Placement of a cat or dog with an individual or group that is not an animal rescue organization for the purpose of temporarily caring for the cat or dog, without the individual or group assuming ownership and with the intent of the individual or group relinquishing the cat or dog to a suitable owner when one is located.
Hysterectomy (also known as partial spay or ovary-sparing spay) – Surgical sterilization for female animals whereby a veterinarian removes the uterus and leaves the ovaries.
Kennel* – Any establishment wherein or whereon the business of boarding or selling dogs or breeding dogs for sale is carried on, except a pet shop.
Neuter (also known as castrate) – Commonly used as a term for surgical sterilization for male animals whereby a veterinarian removes the testicles, however, the term actually applies to both sexes.
Ovariectomy (also known as OVE) – Surgical sterilization for female animals whereby a veterinarian removes only the ovaries. This procedure has replaced standard (OVH) spay procedures in many European countries.
Ovariohysterectomy Spay – (also known as OVH or spay) – Surgical sterilization for female animals whereby a veterinarian completely removes the female reproductive tract. The ovaries, oviducts, uterine horns, and the uterus are removed.
Ovary-Sparing Spay (also known as hysterectomy or partial spay) – Surgical sterilization for female animals whereby a veterinarian removes the uterus and leaves the ovaries.
Owner* – When applied to the proprietorship of a dog shall include every person having a right of property in that dog and every person who has that dog in his keeping, and when applied to the proprietorship of any other animal, including, but not limited to, a cat, shall include every person having a right of property in that animal and every person who has that animal in his keeping.
Partial Spay (also known as hysterectomy or ovary-sparing spay) – Surgical sterilization for female animals whereby a veterinarian removes the uterus and leaves the ovaries.
Pet Dealer* – Any person engaged in the ordinary course of business in the sale of cats or dogs to the public for profit or any person who sells or offers for sale more than five cats or dogs in one year [;] .
Pet Shop* – Any place of business which is not part of a kennel, wherein animals, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters or gerbils, are kept or displayed chiefly for the purpose of sale to individuals for personal appreciation and companionship rather than for business or research purposes.
Pound* – An establishment for the confinement of dogs or other animals seized either under the provisions of this act or otherwise.
Pyometra – An infection of the uterus that is most commonly seen in older dogs, but has occurred in young and middle age dogs and cats as well.
Quarantine* – Means to hold in segregation from the general population any cat or dog because of the presence or suspected presence of a contagious or infectious disease.
Shelter* – Any establishment where dogs or other animals are received, housed and distributed.
Spay – (also known as Ovariohysterectomy Spay or OVH) – Surgical sterilization for female animals where by a veterinarian completely removes the female reproductive tract. The ovaries, oviducts, uterine horns, and the uterus are removed.
Sterilize* – To render an animal incapable of reproducing by either spaying or neutering.
Unfit For Purchase* – Any disease, deformity, injury, physical condition, illness or defect which is congenital or hereditary and severely affects the health of the animal, or which was manifest, capable of diagnosis or likely contracted on or before the sale and delivery of the animal to the consumer. The death of an animal within 14 days of its delivery to the consumer, except by death by accident or as a result of injuries sustained during that period, shall mean the animal was unfit for purchase.
USDA* – The United States Department of Agriculture.
USDA License Number* – The license number issued to a breeder or broker by the United States Department of Agriculture pursuant to the federal “Animal Welfare Act,” 7 U.S.C. s.2131 et seq., or any rules or regulations adopted pursuant thereto.
Vasectomy – Although it is not widely performed, it is a surgical procedure to sterilize male dogs without removing the testicles, therefore maintaining hormone levels.
Veterinarian* – A veterinarian licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey.
Zeuterin™ (also known as zinc neutering) – A nonsurgical neuter shot for male dogs that is the first compound ever to be approved by the FDA as safe for sterilization. It uses Zinc Gluconate (a trace element) and Arginine (an amino acid). Sterile water is the only other ingredient, no preservatives are added.
Definitions marked with an asterisk (*) are as described in various NJ pet laws.