Animals for Adoption

About Animal Adoptions

New homes were found for nearly 1,500 cats and dogs last year through adoption. In addition, another 350 lost pets were returned to their owners. Those wishing to adopt a pet are all carefully screened to insure the animals will be well treated. The shelter is open for adoptions every day. 


Available Animals

Various types and breeds of animals are available for adoption at the shelter. If you don't see what you are looking for in our pet list, please feel free to stop by during adoption hours. We always have more animals than are listed on the site. We have a huge demand for puppies and kittens, so we cannot notify you when one is available. They are usually adopted within hours of becoming available. Highly desirable animals are often adopted within hours of the shelter opening the day after they are posted. If you take the time to email and wait for a response, the animal will usually be gone. 

The pet list is updated at least three times a week. Please do not call the shelter asking for more information. You must come to the shelter in person to adopt. We do not ship animals. 

Please be aware, while we try to keep our pet list as up-to-date as possible, we cannot guarantee an animal will still be available when you arrive. The shelter reserves the right to refuse an adoption. Proof of residence must be shown. Please bring in the entire family to meet the prospective pet. If you are considering adopting a dog and have one already, we ask that you bring it to the shelter for an introduction in one of our outdoor pens. If you rent, we need to contact your landlord or see a lease that states you may have a pet.


Stray Animals

A stray must be held for 7 days to give its owners a chance to reclaim it. During this period, animals are not available for adoption. The strays will be made available for adoption at the end of that holding period after behavioral and medical evaluations have been completed. The shelter will not pre-adopt any animal prior to that time. In the event more than one family is interested in an animal, the shelter management reserves the right to match the pet with a family of their choosing, based on their experience at the shelter. At times highly adoptable pets may be put into a lottery of pre-screened applicants. Thank you for your interest in offering a home to one of our wonderful pets.

Contact Us

Deborah Yankow


Animal Shelter & Adoption Center: 201-229-4600

Animal Control Phone: 201-229-4616

 Bergen County Department of Health Services

One Bergen County Plaza  • 4th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-634-2600 • Fax: 201-336-6086

Health & Safety Hotline: 201-225-7000