Combating Roverpopulation

July 30th, 2013

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There are more than 450 NJ-based groups dedicated to rescuing and sheltering pets. But even after all of that collective effort, approximately 100 perfectly adoptable pets are put down every day in NJ! I know. I was consumed with “rescuing” for almost 3 years. Then I quit – to focus on the other end of the problem . . . the source of pet overpopulation. Harnesslife.org was born.

Here’s what we do to combat “roverpopulation”:

EDUCATE: Presenting free workshops to schools, scouts, civic groups or businesses covering the scope of the problem and proven solutions, with age-appropriate topics and activities.

RAISE AWARENESS: Attending “live” events and creating public service messages on social media that target the diverse issues of pet overpopulation.

PROVIDE INFORMATION: Building databases, publishing newsletters and blogging about new developments to help pet owners and rescuers find resources quickly.

SUPPORT: Raising funds and awarding Spay & Neuter Grants to those smaller groups that work hard to save animal lives, but may be struggling in this economy.

INCREASE EXPOSURE: Sharing news to help promote organizations and programs that provide Spay & Neuter and other solutions to combat pet overpopulation.

Our approach at times may be humorous, but our message is serious. Visit www.harnesslife.org. Become part of the solution to combat roverpopulation!


Harnesslife.org is a 501(c)3 organization entirely powered by an amazing group of volunteers. We all work tirelessly towards reducing pet overpopulation at its source. Please email Dee Doherty-Strelecki, founder, at dee@harnesslife.org.