We are dedicated to promoting animal welfare through education and service. We strive to educate all people, particularly children, as to what constitutes proper care and the importance of protecting our environment, wildlife, habitat and endangered species.

Common Sense for Animals is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 by Robert R. Blease, D.V.M. Our goal is to bring together people who share a certain "common sense" or fundamental principles regarding our heritage, and freedom of choice regarding food producing animals, companion pets, wildlife, research animals and the environment.

We recognize that animals play an important role in our lives and cultures. Our philosophy is that all animals are to be treated with respect. We work to improve every area of human/animal relationships through education and community service. Our position must be one of stewardship, responsibility and ethics, not exploitation, abuse and recklessness.


We run the area's only no kill shelter and adoption center. We network with animal control officers and have become the area's central clearinghouse for lost and found pets. At CSA's facility, homeless and injured animals are lovingly cared for until a good home can be found. In 1999, our center arranged over 655 adoptions, and cared for more than 700 animals.


Kitten season has begun and we need people who can take a litter of kittens - with or without the mother - and raise them until they are old enough to be adopted. Call the shelter for more information or to sign up.

Responsible Care
Did you know that you can help prevent the suffering and death of countless animals?
One cat or dog who has babies and whose babies have babies can be responsible for the birth of 50 to 200 kittens or puppies in one year! Almost everyone loves puppies and kittens, but some people lose interest when these animals grow up. As a result, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. Rarely surviving for more than a few years on their own, strays can die painfully by starvation, disease, freezing or being hit by cars.

Just the facts, please!

Myth: A female cat or dog should have a litter before she is spayed.

Fact: Many veterinarians are practicing perfectly safe early sterilization. The likelihood of developing mammary tumors or uterine infections increases the longer a female goes unspayed. In fact, a female spayed before sexual maturity (6 to 9 months of age) has one seventh the risk of an intact female of developing mammary cancer. Spaying a female eliminates the chances of developing pyometra, as the uterus is removed at surgery. In dogs, spaying before the first heat cycle is virtually 100% effective in preventing breast cancer. Not quite as good in cats, but almost!

Myth: Spaying or neutering (sterilization) will alter my pet's personality.

Fact: Any slight changes will be positive. Regardless of the age when spayed or neutered, your pet will remain a caring, loving and protective companion. Neutering will reduce the need to breed, and that has a calming effect on many animals. Both neutered male canines and felines tend to stop roaming and fighting and lose the desire to mark their territory with urine.

Myth: Companion animals will become fat and lazy if they are neutered.

Fact: Absolutely not! Lack of exercise and overfeeding make pets fat and lazy -- not neutering. Your pet will not gain weight if you provide exercise and monitor food intake. Neutering is good for your pet, since sterilized pets tend to live an average of two to three years longer than unsterilized pets.

Myth: Sterilization is a dangerous and painful surgery for my pet.

Fact: Spaying and neutering are the most common surgeries performed on animals. With a minimal amount of home care, your pet will resume normal behavior in a couple of days.

Myth: Children should witness the miracle of birth.

Fact: Countless books and videos are available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is teaching your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth.

The value of CSA's animal welfare education is educating children (and adults) about the intrinsic value of all life and care for the environment.

CSA stresses the interdependence on nature and its animals and we seek to foster an understanding that humans do not own thed planet, but share it with other living creatures and that we must provide an ethic of respect, dignity and understanding for all life. Our goal is to stamp out the unrelenting tide of animal abuse, neglect and indifference. A quarterly newsletter keeps members and the general public aware of issues affecting the care and welfare of animals.

Programs are presented to local schools, clubs and organizations on animal welfare and our relationship with the environment. Children are taught how to be responsible pet owners, and how to protect the environment.


Animal control begins with people purchasing, training, and keeping the right pet. People adopting animals are educated on the care of pets, and the need for neutering. They are also provided with vital information on how to integrate their new pet in to their home and make it a smooth transistion for both owner and animal.

A program designed to make sure that your beloved pet is taken care of when you no longer can.

CSA's Peace of Mind Program is designed to help out those persons who are concerned about the welfare of their pet(s) in the event of their death or disability.

Many of us never really think about taking care of our estate or worry about the fate of our pets when we're young. Those who do, many times forget their responsibilities. All too often, we see these lovable animals going to the veterinarian for euthanization because no plans were made. Family members cannot be expected to know your wishes regarding your animal.

CSA wants to make sure that all pets have a place to call home and a responsible agent to look after their best interests, if their owners should pass on. We recommend that all owners make provisions for the care of their animals in the event of an accident or death.

Each person should have a will where contracts can be written and notorized. Unfortunately, we have witnessed too many owners' wishes for their beloved pets ignored by surviving relatives. One of the best solutions is for family members to agree amongst themselves as to who can care for the pets.

Another alternative is to contact CSA for an individual program to provide for your beloved animal(s) according to your wishes. This may include adotpion, lifetime residency and care at CSA, and in some cases euthanasia and individual creamation and the ashes interred with the owner. We can provide home settings (apartments) with family furniture and visitors.

Financial arrangements and donations can be made with various financial instruments, including bequests, trusts, property donations and insurance policies. We can put you in touch with our financial advisors. Regardless of the arrangements that are made, you can be assured that all your pet's needs will be handled with respect and dignity at CSA. If you would like to discuss our PEACE OF MIND Program in more depth, please contact Robert R. Blease, DVM & CSA President, at (908) 859-3060 or Email us at

There are an incredible number of posititve and powerful benefits to providing a Pet Therapy visitation program in nursing homes, institutions, long-term care institutions, childrens's hospitals and care facilities, rehabilitation centers, etc., including
  • Socialization: Interaction between the handler, the animal and the resident, as well it brings a chance for conversation;
  • Cooperation: Increase in a patients willingness to obtain or continue therapy;
  • Adjustment: It enhances self-confidence and self-esteem;
  • Comfort: An animal provides a warm, comforting presence;

Animals are certified for their appropriateness--including temperament, general health and proper vaccinations. Visits often include children, doubling the program benefits.
Training programs are announced throughout the year. Handlers are placed in facilities of their choice and as close to their residence as possible.
Call or email for more information and an application.


CSA's volunteers are the cornerstone to our success and support our shelter operations, including

Animal care
Computer support
Foster care for sick, injured or baby animals
Fund raising
Clerical support
Animal socialization
Public relations
For more information and an application, please call or email us at CSA.

CSA is working hard to protect the lives of hundreds of unwanted, lost or injured animals. CSA is dedicated to promoting our mission through our shelter, our spay/neuter and medical assistance program, our animal rescue, including wildlife and raptors and our educational and environmental programs.

CSA asks you to help in any way you can. Your membership is important. Our memberships start at $20.

Please call us and ask for our information packet. Help us to help the animals until we can find a loving home for each one.

CSA always accepts the following contributions:
Food (dog/cat & puppy/kitten) (wet food for cats-Friskees)
Cat Litter
Blankets & Towels
Cleaning supplies, including: Paper towels, bleach, disinfectant cleaners, sponges, window cleaner, laundry detergent, anti-bacterial soap, Lysol disinfectant spray, spaghetti mop heads, brooms & brushes, etc...


CSA is in need of the following equipment. If you can assist us with any of the list below, please contact our office. Thank you.
Shop Vac
Stainless steel bowls and hangers for our cat cages
Stainless steel bowls (all sizes) for our dogs
Heavy duty commerical washer & dryer
Air cleaners

Common Sense for Animals
Mailing Address:

PO Box 589
Broadway, New Jersey 08808-0589
Street Address:
Animal Health Center, 2420 State Route 57, New Village, NJ
(between Washington & Phillipsburg)

Phone: 908-859-3060
Fax: 908-859-3738

Shelter Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

No appointment is necessary to adopt animals during our regular business hours.

Appointments are required to surrender an animal and a fee is levied.

Directions: Call us - 908-859-3060. We are located in the southwestern part of Warren County, NJ approximately five (5) miles outside of both Phillipsburg and Washington.

Plato is a big beautiful black and white male cat who desperately needs eye surgery before he can be adopted.
It will cost a total of $200. If anyone would like to make a donation towards this, please contact us and specify exactly what your donation is for.

Click here for a list of pets at this shelter