About Animal Shelter & Adoption Center

Effective Tuesday, March 17th 2020, the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will be closed to the public and adoption hours will be suspended until further notice.  This is in effort to protect our staff and the public from the dangerous spread of COVID-19.   

Please know we remain committed to well-being of our animals and will continue to have staff and volunteers perform the critical care and feeding for the animals at the Shelter as normal.  However, until it is deemed safe, the Shelter facility will be closed to all public adoptions, rabies clinics, inquiries, and events. 

Regarding Surrenders:  If you reside in one of the contracted municipalities with the Animal Shelter and would like information regarding the surrender of your pet,  please contact the shelter at 201-229-4601. Please be advised all surrenders will be by appointment after the phone interview.

TNR/Feral Cat Trapping:  Is suspended at this time. We will post updates once we are able to resume this important program. 

Strays/Reclaims: If you have a lost/stray pet situation, please contact the shelter at 201-229-4601 to complete a lost pet form over the phone. If there is a stray pet in the building that meets your description, will provide a picture and will discuss reclaim procedures over the phone.  We will then make an appointment for you to reclaim your pet. Please be advised that one of our missions is reuniting lost pets with their owners and we will continue to uphold that mission.

Please note the Shelter is under 24/7 surveillance and security patrol and under no circumstances should the public leave any animal unattended.  

  We look forward to resuming normal operations once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.   We will alert you as soon as we receive the news!   In the meantime we will post updates of our adoptable pets on our FB page!

Who We Are

Opened in 1979, the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center (BCAS) is responsible for Animal Control and related services for 49 towns in Bergen and Hudson Counties.  Located at 100 United Lane in Teterboro, NJ, BCAS has an active network of Rescues, Volunteers, Kitten Foster Families, and Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) colonies to support the employees and animals in our care.  The Shelter earned its No-Kill designation under the guidelines of the Asilmar Accords in 2015.

The mission of BCAS is to:

  • Promote the humane treatment of all animals
  • Reunite lost pets with owners
  • Encourage adoption, foster care and wildlife rehabilitation
  • Reduce animal populations through spay/neuter (TNR) and education of the public in animal welfare
  • Support the community in responsible pet ownership

The Shelter has the capacity to house up to 90 dogs and 350 cats at any given time. 

Please visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BCAnimalShelter/) for current photos of available and adopted pets as well as updates on events going on at the Shelter. 

Adopt A Pet:

BCAS finds homes for a variety of animals, including cats, kittens, dogs, young adult dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, canaries, parakeets and ferrets.  It will periodically receive more exotic-type animals, including chinchillas, parrots, bearded dragons, hedgehogs, snakes and hermit crabs, among others.

For a list of animals currently available for adoption, visit our Animals For Adoption page here.

Adoption Hours

 Monday   1 pm - 5 pm (Closed for adoptions) 
 Tuesday + Wednesday   1 pm - 5 pm
 Thursday  1 pm - 5 pm
 Friday  1 pm - 5 pm
 Saturday  1 pm - 5 pm
 Sunday  1 pm - 5 pm

*The Shelter is closed for all major holidays

The Shelter is open to turn in strays and reclaim lost pets from 9am-12pm then 1pm-5pm, every day.

The Shelter does not accept owner surrendered pets on Saturday or Sunday.

Current Events and Promotions

All events and promotions have been postponed until further notice.


Donations to the Shelter

If you wish to make a donation to the Shelter, we greatly appreciate your help. 

Our wish list can be found here, or check out our Amazon wishlist here

The Shelter gladly accepts donations of the following items:

  • Clean sheets, towels, blankets or comforters
  • Newspapers
  • Clean pet carriers
  • Dog crates
  • Dog leashes
  • Adjustable Martingale collars (medium and large)
  • Heating pads
  • Wet or dry cat or kitten food
  • Pill Pockets
  • Shoe boxes or small boxes for cat or kitten beds or litter boxes
  • Dog treats
  • Durable, rugged dog toys and rope toys for our tough chewers
  • Unscented baby wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Chicken or Beef broth, low sodium
  • Peanut Butter (please check that is does NOT contain Xylitol)
  • Rabbit, guinea pig, or hamster supplies (treats, fresh veggies, Care Fresh bedding)

If you would like to make a monetary donation in memoriam, please mail your check payable to Bergen County to 100 United Lane, Teterboro, NJ 07608 and include the name of the person you wish to be remembered as well as the address where you would like a letter sent.

Contact Us

Deborah Yankow


Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center

100 United Lane, Teterboro, NJ 07608

Animal Shelter & Adoption Center: 201-229-4600

Animal Control Phone: 201-229-4616

dyankow@co.bergen.nj.us    or    shelter@co.bergen.nj.us

For Directions to the Shelter, please click here