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.
  • Northern Ocean County Animal Facility (N.O.C.A.F.) 615 Freemont Avenue Jackson, NJ 08527 (See Directions and Map)
  • Southern Ocean County Animal Facility (S.O.C.A.F) 360 Haywood Road Manahawkin 08050 (See Directions and Map)
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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Here are some examples of the animals at our facility. We encourage you to visit us at the animal facility for the more information.


  • 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 […]