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About CSA


Common Sense for Animals is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 are not animal rightists. Instead Common Sense for Animals is committed to the entitlement of all animals to respect and dignity throughout their entire lives. We work to improve every area of human/animal relationships through education and community service. 

Dr. Blease and Odin

Common Sense for Animals is dedicated to animal welfare on the premise that it is man's dominion and responsibility to care for the animals and the environment.  Education and service are the best ways to help all animals.


We strongly support the humane use of animals in our daily lives as opposed to animal rightists who believe animals are equal to people. We believe that all animals have rights, but they do not have human rights. They do have the right to be treated with dignity under all circumstances. After all, we eat animals, use them for research, hunt them, use them for entertainment, and often times for companionship. Again, regardless of their use in our society, all animals are to be protected to the full extent of the law. They are entitled to humane care, a clean habitat or environment, and protection from cruelty. This principle extends to all animals, including our companionship pets. Many animal rights groups get caught up in emotional entanglement and only see one side of an issue. Where as we have a philosophy that encompasses all aspects of animal welfare. We look at the "big picture" encompassing the entire circle of life. 


  • Extinction is forever.
  • Companion pets and domestic animals exist only because of man.
  • Wildlife is important and they are a diminishing resource.
  • Animal research is necessary to improve animal and human health.
  • Hunting, fishing and trapping can be both a privilege and a requirement to survival.
  • Farmers are our best friends.
  • Animals comfort and entertain us.
  • Fish and fishing are both important.
  • We eat animals and rely upon them for many of our basic commodities.
  • The planet is overcrowded with people.
  • We need to recognize the rights and needs of all life.
  • All living organisms are entitled to clean air and clean water.
  • The planet is not ours, we only share it.
  • "Dominion over the earth" means we are the responsible caretakers.
  • A healthy environment is the blueprint for long-term civilizations.
  • All animals have the right to be treated with respect and dignity, including their right to survival.


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Common Sense for Animals works continuously to provide a comfortable life for the companion animals in our care as well as work with the public to spread our message of conservation and common sense. Without the help and generosity of wonderful caring people this is not possible. Your contribution makes the difference. With your tax-deductible donation, CSA can continue in our mission to educate and provide a needed public service.


Common Sense for Animals maintains a shelter in New Village, New Jersey. At any given time, we house and care for approximately 250 cats, dogs and small animals. We are blessed with the support of many from the local community who help by volunteering their time to help keep the shelter running. Shelter efforts consist of housing, food, grooming and medical care. Keeping the animals fed and maintaining a clean environment require a good amount of daily consumables. Our shelter in New Village is always in need of items to help maintain a clean and caring environment for the animals in our care. If you would like to make a donation of items to the shelter, please stop in or contact Ellie by phone at (908) 859-3060 to make arrangements. We are always in need of the following items:

  • Canned kitten food
  • Dry kitten and cat food
  • Floor cleaners (i.e., Spic and Span)
  • Laundry detergents
  • Large trash bags
  • Bleach
  • Kitty litter (non-clumping)
  • Lots and lots of paper towels

  • Common Sense for Animals uses PayPal secure electronic funds program. If you do not have a PayPal account, simply click the "Use your credit card - continue" link on the following donation page.

    Alternatively, you may make a donation to Common Sense for Animals by
    US Mail. Our mailing address is:

    Common Sense for Animals
    PO Box 589
    Broadway NJ 08808

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    Common Sense for Animals is always in need of volunteers to help at our shelter as well as support the effort in getting our message out. The following are areas where you can help CSA make a difference:

    • Beginning by 8:00 am each morning, CSA begins its daily routine of cleaning cages and community areas, feeding and watering, walking dogs, and so much more. With approximately 250 pets to look after, we need all the help we can get! Later on through the day, we can always use people to take dogs for walks. They so deserve the individual attention, change of scenery, and exercise! There are cats who need brushing and attention, floors to sweep and mop, and bowls and litter pans to scrub!

    • Twice a year, CSA stays in touch with the community through bulk mailings, and we need people to help fold and stuff envelopes!
    • Bakers are also needed for Bake Sales throughout the year! Most are held locally and before major Holidays. Items can be dropped off here at the shelter the day before or directly at the sale on the day of. If you are willing to contribute baked goods, please call Michele at 908-859-3060, and your name will be placed on our list to call when the next date has been set. Also, watch the web for future dates.
    • Events and fundraisers are another area where CSA needs your help. We host several big, annual events and many smaller, same-day ones. These fundraisers are essential to CSA's survival; anyone with fresh ideas, time to help, or craft and auction items to donate is welcome.
    • Our shelter renovations are well underway, but the finished building will take major funds. You can help by volunteering your time and your SKILLS! If you are a carpenter, plumber, landscaper, excavator, electrician, or possess any other talents or skills that you are willing to donate, please call Ellie at
      908-859-3060. Any help with this project will be greatly appreciated. We are ALWAYS full, and each year the numbers of lost, abandoned and unwanted pets escalates. WE NEED TO FINISH!!!

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    CSA believes in educating the public by promoting true animal welfare and conservation.  Children in particular, need to learn that Companion Animals (Dogs, Cats, exotic pets) are frequently the victims of unknowing and uneducated suppliers and owners. 

    All Pets require commitment and responsibility.  Abandonment, starvation, sickness and loneliness are often the result of an "impulse" pet.  Teaching and nurturing responsibility, love and respect of animals, wildlife and the environment can shape who children become as adults.

    We currently provide educational tours to groups such as scouts, 4-H Clubs, Mom's Club, etc.  We visit area schools, conducting presentations that enable children to lean about and interact with various animals.

    For more information about this program, please call 908.859.3060 or email: ellie@commonsenseforanimals.org

    On October 13th, 2005, we visited the Green Street Elementary School in nearby Phillipsburg, NJ for their annual Science Fair. Five fifth grade classes enjoyed learning with CSA.


    CSA's Pet Therapy Program provides a valuable service to the community.  We have been visiting area nursing homes for 17 years, bringing smiles and delight to the elderly. 

    Sharing our lives with animals can leave memories, perfect for reminiscing.  Many times, something in the present triggers pleasant memories of the past, such as time spent with pets from childhood to adulthood.  Animals help nursing home residents overcome depression, increase social interaction and cope with living in an institutional setting.

    For more information about this program, please contact Karen Stenson at (908) 453-3580.
    Reilly has been visiting area nursing homes for over 9 years as part of Common Sense for Animals' Pet Therapy Program.


    After Hurricane Katrina devastated the South in 2005, many Northern Shelters reached out to help the thousands of lost and injured pets that were displaced from their homes in the aftermath of this tragedy. Common Sense for Animals stepped right up to the plate! We rescued and found homes for over 100 adult dogs and puppies. Since that time, we have continued to rescue dogs and puppies from a Georgia shelter where their (adoption verses euthanasia) rate has climbed from a mere 20% to over 50%, largely because of our efforts. Dawn, who leads this program, along with Suzie, Mo, Jo Ellen and Sarah have all made long and emotional trips to transport these innocent canines back to CSA for adoption. It brings us great satisfaction, but comes with a heavy price. Lack of resources is still our main obstacle. We are dealing with great expenses, long hours, emotions and frustrations, sick animals, and at times, extensive medical treatments.

    For more information about this program, please call 908.859.3060 or email: ellie@commonsenseforanimals.org


    They hang out in industrial parks, around homes and apartment complexes, fighting, breeding and causing havoc in newly tilled flower beds and gardens. Feral, stray and unowned cats have been an increasing problem in New Jersey. They are a direct result of residents who abandon their un-neutered, outdoor pet cat. When left to fend for themselves, the cats form colonies around abundant food sources and reproduce at alarming rates. It has been estimated that there are more than one million of these free roaming cats in New Jersey alone. Many of these cats are considered to be a nuisance, a liability issue and a reason for heath concerns.

    Since March, 2001, CSA had passed and still operates the second legal TRAP, NEUTER, RELEASE (TNR) program in the State of New Jersey. We receive no city or state funding. All feral cats that are brought in to CSA are vaccinated, neutered/spayed, and identified by notching an ear. Cats that are infected with FIV/FEHV, unhealthy or vicious, will be humanely euthanized. Foster cats, if necessary, will be adopted out to families or individuals before returning to colonies. All medical records will be kept at CSA.

    Currently there is a need to find locations and caretakers for feral colonies. If you are interested, please contact CSA.

    For more information about this program, please call 908.859.3060 or email: ellie@commonsenseforanimals.org

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    Adopting A Friend


    Common Sense for Animals maintains a shelter in New Village, New Jersey. Shelter hours are Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-3pm. Staff are available some evenings until 6pm, but it is recommended that you call ahead to ensure they are available at the time of your visit.

    At any given time, we house and care for approximately 250 cats, dogs and small animals. We are blessed with the support of many from the local community who help by volunteering their time to help keep the shelter running. Shelter efforts consist of housing, food, grooming, medical care and adoption placement.

    There are many reasons animals come into the care of CSA. We put our best effort into caring for these animals and finding them loving homes. We take pet adoption very seriously. Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment which requires providing proper nutrition, housing, medical care and emotional support.

    Before moving forward with adopting an animal, ensure you are financially and environmentally ready for a pet. Will the animal fit into your lifestyle? Are you prepared to fulfill financial requirements for proper medical care, nutrition and housing? For those who rent, do you have permission from your landlord (preferrably in writing) to own an animal?

    What to Expect when Adopting

    When you adopt a shelter pet, you should be aware that, because so many originated as strays, we do not always know the background of the animal. Even if the animal was surrendered by the previous owner, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of information provided to us. We will be happy to pass along any observed behavior during the animal's stay at Common Sense for Animals, but accept no responsiblity once the animal leaves our shelter. This applies to food, people and other animal aggression issues as well as housebreaking status. While we make every effort to place the right pet with the right people, there are a certain number of adoptions that do not work out. Because of this, if you return your pet within 30 days of the adoption agreement, you will be given up to one year from that date to adopt another that may be a better match for you and your family. All adoption fees will be transferred to the new pet. If the return occurs after the first 30 days, there is no refund of any monies except unapplied spay/neuter deposits. The animal will be accepted back upon space availability and must be accompanied with a $150 surrender fee to enable us to continue to care for it. Any and all decisions concerning adoptions, adoption fees, returns or refunds are at the discretion of the CSA staff.

    Illness is a part of life in any shelter. While we take precautions to ensure you are adopting a healthy pet, or that we have disclosed all known illnesses, occasionally issues arise that are beyond our control. If an animal is showing obvious signs of illness of any kind, it is automatically documented and placed on appropriate treatment. Occasionally an animal will not be showing visible signs of illness and is presumed healthy at the time of adoption. In the event you experience minor health issues within the first 30 days post adoption, please call the Animal Health Center at 908-859-3045. Animal Health Center is located on the CSA premises and, as a courtesy, will examine the animal with no fee. There will be a charge for medications expensed. At NO TIME is Common Sense for Animals responsible to pay for or reimburse any medical expenses from any other veterinarian or emergency clinic

    From 18 years of experience in pet adoption, we know, at times, there can be issues.

    Cats & Kittens:

    Shelters cats are accustomed to having a litter box only a few feet away. One mistake that adoptors make is to allow their new cat/kitten immediate and full roam of the entire house. We recommend that you keep him/her in one room for the first few days to allow it to become accustomed to the sounds and smells in its new home. This way, the litter box is still nearby, reducing the chances of 'potty'' accidents!

    When introducing your new feline to other pets who have already resided in your home, go slow. Most pets will eventually adjust and become good friends, or will establish some level of tolerance. Rarely do they not tolerate one another at all, especially when allowed a proper adjustment period.

    Changes of food may occasionally cause loose bowls, so don't panic. However if this persists, seek medical attention.

    As written above, cats and kittens in shelters are similar to children in school for the first time. They are suddenly exposed to bacteria, etc. and will often times catch a cold'' which is treatable with medications. All cats/ kittens here are treated for common internal parasites, but that does not mean that they may not need several treatments before the problem is completely rectified.

    All cats have been tested for leukemia, vaccinated against distemper, and if old enough, for rabies.

    Dogs & Puppies:

    Shelter dogs/puppies, like cats and kittens, come to us with limited knowledge concerning their behavior or temperament. Introduce them to family members, other pets, and children slowly.

    A sudden change of surroundings and any change of food can sometimes cause loose bowls. They may be a bit confused at first, and an ''accident'' in the house may occur even for fully housetrained dogs!

    Please remember that dogs are generally very eager to please, and may only need a kind voice and consistency in routine to learn what is expected of them. Be patient, and use kindness. Don't rely strictly on your new dog to make the determination of whether or not the adoption will be successful. It takes effort, time, patience and love on your part too.

    AII dogs/puppies here have been treated for common internal parasites, but this does not mean that they may not require several treatments before the problem is completely rectified. AII dogs have been tested for Heartworm & Lyme Disease, vaccinated against distemper, and if old enough, for Rabies.

    We sincerely hope that your adoption experience here at Common Sense for Animals is a positive one for you, your family and your new pet.

    Thank you on behalf of us all... 2 legged and 4!!

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    Contact Us

    By Mail:

       Common Sense for Animals
       PO Box 589
       Broadway, NJ 08808

    Our Physical Location:

       Common Sense for Animals
       2420 Route 57
       New Village, NJ 08808

    Telephone Numbers:
       Voice: (908) 859-3060
       Fax: (908) 859-3738


       Web: www.commonsenseforanimals.org

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