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              XPERIENCE XSPERO

     Help for the Animals

     Here are three South Jersey animal shelters
     and charities within the network.                                                                                                                     s I write this, Assembly Bill 5683 is
                                                                                                                                                           working its way through the State
                                                                                                                                                     Alegislature. The bill, sponsored by
        South Jersey animal shelters and rescue   power to help with your everyday purchases.  farm in Mays Landing that shelters and   mals being euthanized in our area. AFF helps   Assemblywomen Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
     agencies are helping thousands of animals in   These three South Jersey animal shelters   cares for unwanted, sickly, elderly, injured,   provide funding for low-cost spay and neuter   from District 15 and Assemblyman Benjie
     our communities find happy homes and live   and charities are helping to make a difference   or unwanted animals. Since its inception in   programs, which helps offset the overpopula-  Wimberly from District 35, would modify
     longer lives. Every year, millions of animals   for abused and unwanted animals.   the year 2000, they have helped over 550   tion of feral cats and dogs in our communities.  New Jersey’s Garden State Growth Zone
     are euthanized in the U.S. due to homeless-  South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter   domestic, farm, and exotic animals live out   AFF helps connect the public with trust-  (GSGZ) property tax exemption program.
     ness, special needs, and lack of medical care.   in Vineland serves as a refuge for thousands   their natural lives in a happy, safe, and pro-  worthy resources for shelters and feeding
     With such high numbers, our South Jersey   of abused, unwanted, and abandoned animals.   tected environment.  stations and maintains close contact with   It is a program that exists in Atlantic City,
     animal shelters and rescue agencies have done   They have helped to reunite over 200 lost pets   As part of the Funny Farm’s mission to   municipalities on the Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate,  Camden, Passaic, Paterson, and Trenton.
     everything they can to put a dent in that num-  with their owners and over 500 animals find   help all animals everywhere, they make it   and Return program (TNVR), which helps   Development entities within their zones can
     ber—but it isn’t enough.             their fur-ever homes in 2020 alone. The South   their mission to increase the awareness of   reduce the number of feral strays and saves   redevelop property and be granted a 20-year
        Through your use of the Xspero™ app,   Jersey Regional Animal Shelter offers pet   animal abuse through education and partner-  tax dollars for municipalities and taxpay-  property tax exemption on improvements.
     you can help these South Jersey animal   adoptions, spay and neuter services, as well as   ships with other local sanctuaries, the SPCA,   ers. Your use of Xspero™ can help lower the   For resource-poor urbanized communi-
     charities raise more funds to save helpless   low-cost vaccine clinics for pet owners. Their   Atlantic County Wildlife Aide, the Humane   number of unwanted animals on our streets in  ties, the GSGZ program is the “golden ticket”
     animals in your community. With Xspero,   commitment to caring for our four-legged   Society, and more—and your use of Xspero™   South Jersey.  when it comes to revitalization efforts as it
     20 percent of your everyday purchases at   friends shows, and your use of Xspero™ can   can help them save and shelter helpless ani-  Want to know how else your use of   incentivizes developers to undertake proj-
     great local businesses will go towards the   help them help even more abandoned animals   mals in your town.     Xspero™ can help South Jersey? Download   ects in the designated zone, knowing that on
     charity you choose—all without costing you   in South Jersey.               The Animal Friends Foundation (AFF)   the app on the Apple App Store and Google   the back end, they will enjoy the benefits of a
     more. By choosing one of these charities,   The Funny Farm Rescue Animal   formed in 2003 when four women were   Play to see which charities near you could use  long-term exemption.
     you can help our furry friends. You have the   Sanctuary is a 15-acre, privately owned   incited by the alarming number of feral ani-  your help. n  The new bill would enable other munici-
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