Animal Shelters and Adoptions


Brian Lippai, Chief of Administrative Services, Animal Facilities, ext. 7735,

Mary Alano, Manager, Animal Control Facility, ext. 5011,

Patricia McCallum, Manager, Animal Control Facility, ext. 7736,

Jaclyn Strawder, Assistant Manager, Animal Control Facility, ext. 5011,
The Ocean County Health Department operates two animal facilities. The Ocean County Animal Facilities provide temporary housing for dogs and cats and maintain a 24-hour receiving service for stray animals that are brought in by Municipal Animal Control Officers. Features of the shelters include indoor/outdoor dog runs, cat rooms, isolation areas and surgical facilities.

Animals are available for adoption at a fee that includes examination by a veterinarian, vaccinations and micro-chipping. Spaying/neutering is also done at no extra charge. Both facilities are open to the public daily (except holidays) from 1- 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 – 6:30 p.m.

Free rabies vaccinations are also available to the public for dogs and cats at either facility. For an appointment or more information, please call the Northern Ocean Animal Facility at (732) 657-8086 or the Southern Facility at (609) 978-0127.

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Please Be Advised

While all of the pets displayed below are pets coming through our animal shelters, they may not all still be available for adoption. We encourage you to contact our northern and southern animal facilities for more information.


  • Chester is a sweet, front declawed kitty.  He loves to play, and especially enjoys chasing a laser pointer.  Chester would make a nice companion for a […]
  • Lola is a sweet and loving girl, who loves to be pet, and enjoys being by your side.  Lola is a strong girl, and would benefit […]
  • Snow is an active and playful girl, who loves to be around people!  She knows a few basic commands, including: sit, and paw, but she would […]
  • Buddy is a happy and friendly boy!  He enjoys being around people, loves to go for walks, and loves to play too!  Buddy would do best […]
  • Orange Eyes is a sweet and social boy!  He has the most gorgeous color eyes, and a great personality to match!  He gets along well with […]
  • Sonny is a friendly guy with a lot of energy!  He loves getting a lot of attention, and enjoys being around people.  Sonny would do best […]
  • Kat is a sweet and calm, senior girl.  She has beautiful markings, and is very vocal!  She will immediately grab your attention with her adorable meow!  […]
  • Harry, is a friendly and sweet boy!  He enjoys taking cat-naps in cozy beds, and sitting by a window to watch nature outside!  He would make […]
  • Impound# -N11062 Breed- Domestic Shorthair Size- Medium (15 pounds) Age-10 years old Sex- Female, spayed Brief Description-   Cleo is a sweet and calm senior girl, looking […]
  • Impound# -S11413 Breed- Pit Bull Size- Large (60 pounds) Age- 2 years old Sex- Male, neutered Brief Description-   Miles is a friendly and playful boy who […]