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.


  • Romeo is a very friendly boy!  He is a social butterfly, who loves to get lots of attention and love!  Romeo enjoys playing, walks well on […]
  • Carl is a super handsome and sweet guy!  He loves to be pet and brushed, and he absolutely loves treats!  Carl is neutered, microchipped, and up […]
  • Clover is a beautiful and sweet kitten, with adorable fluffy calico fur!  She is super soft, and loves to be pet.  Clover would make a great […]
  • Bean is a friendly and outgoing boy!  He loves attention, and is very vocal when he wants you to pet and play with him!  He enjoys […]
  • Eli is a friendly boy who needs a family that can give him some time to adjust to a new home.  He is still young, and […]
  • Jill is an adorable and sweet little girl!  She enjoys chasing toys, and playing with her brother, Jack.  Her favorite toys are anything with feathers!  Jill […]
  • Jade is a beautiful and sweet girl with gorgeous green eyes!  She enjoys being pet, and loves to relax and sunbathe in a warm, sunny window!  […]
  • Brief Description-  Luna Isadora is a sweet and friendly girl!  She loves to be pet, and enjoys having her beautiful and super-soft fur brushed!  She is […]
  • Impound# -S12903 Breed- Domestic Shorthair Size-  Small (8 pounds) Age- 4 years old Sex- Female, spayed Brief Description-  Luna is a sweet and friendly girl.  She […]
  • Walkie is a super friendly boy who loves to be around people!  He can be a little shy at first, and would do best with a […]
  • Kiki is  a sweet and social kitty.  She loves to play, and enjoys getting lots of attention too!  Come on in and meet this love-bug today!  […]
  • Sierra is a cute and playful, young girl!  As she is still a puppy, she would benefit from some more basic training, and a lot of […]