Animal Shelters and Adoptions


Brian Lippai, Manager, Animal Facilities, ext. 7735,
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.


  • Charlie is a calm and quiet kitty, who can be a bit shy at first. Once you give him some time to adjust, he is a […]
  • Cadet is a friendly and sweet boy who enjoys attention. He would benefit from more training, and would do best with a family that will give […]
  • Honey is a very smart girl! She knows several commands, including: sit, paw, down, roll over, sit-up, and will come when called! Honey would do best […]
  • Lucky is a sweet boy, who loves attention! He is an easy-going and calm kitty who gets along with other cats, and has also lived with […]
  • Dug is an active and playful boy who knows several commands including sit, paw and down! He needs an active family that has experience with his […]
  • Nala is a friendly and playful girl! She has a lot of energy, and is very smart. She knows several commands, and even knows how to […]
  • Brooklyn is a sweet boy, who can be a bit anxious at first. Once given some time to adjust, he is very playful, and loves to […]
  • Chloe is a total sweetheart! She can be a little shy at first, but is very loveable when she warms up. She has lived with dogs […]
  • Diesel is a friendly and calm boy. He loves to go for walks, and gets along well with other dogs. He would do best in a […]
  •   Kahlua is a friendly and calm girl. She loves to go for walks, and loves to play, especially with squeaky toys!  She prefers to be […]