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.


  • Sonic is a very sweet boy who loves to be pet and brushed. He is a very handsome boy, with super soft fur.  He can be […]
  • Bella is a sweet and energetic girl, who loves attention!  She enjoys playing with toys, and especially loves to play fetch with tennis balls, she will […]
  • Nala is a very friendly and playful girl!  She is super affectionate, and loves to give kisses!  Nala would do best with a family that has […]
  • Spicy is a sweet and social girl!  She has beautiful markings, and a beautiful personality to match!  Spicy loves to be pet, and is very affectionate […]
  • Parker is a friendly boy, who loves to be around people!  He gets excited when he sees you, and loves to go on walks, but does […]
  • Jameson is a sweet and social boy!  He is a very smart boy who knows several commands including sit, come and down, and he listens well […]
  • Ramon is a friendly and playful boy!  He needs an active family, preferably with experience with his breed.  He is a smart boy who knows 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]