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.


  • Buster Brown is a friendly and playful boy!  He needs a little time to adjust to a new home, and would do best with a family […]
  • Olaf is a sweet, and friendly boy!  He is very affectionate too!  If his beautiful white coat, and striking eyes don’t grab  your attention, his personality […]
  • Oliver is an active and outgoing boy!  He loves getting a lot of attention, and he is very vocal.  He is sure to be the first […]
  • 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 […]
  • Freyja is a friendly and social, sweetheart!  She enjoys playing with toy mice, and her favorite thing to do is watch the birds out the window!  […]
  • 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!  […]
  • Kitty is a very sweet and adorable girl!  She enjoys being pet and brushed, and she loves lots of attention!  Kitty seems to know her name, […]
  • Black Jack is a very playful and friendly boy!  He enjoys going for long walks, and loves to play with toys!  He needs a family that […]
  • 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 […]