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.


  • Duchess is a friendly and sweet girl, but she can be a bit shy at first. She needs a family that will give her the time […]
  • Cassie is a beautiful and fun little girl! She has a lot of kitten energy, and enjoys chasing any toys that move across the floor.  She […]
  • June Bug is a friendly and social girl! She loves people, and wants a lot of attention! June Bug is super affectionate, knows several commands, including: […]
  • River is a sweet and playful little guy! He and his siblings were born at our facility, and are finally ready for their forever homes! River […]
  • Grayson is a sweet boy, who loves to be pet, especially under his chin! He loves attention, and will purr up a storm! Grayson would make […]
  • Boss is a friendly boy who has a lot of energy! He loves to play fetch, and enjoys going on walks. He would benefit from more […]
  • Zeus is a friendly and playful boy. He listens well, knows several commands, and loves to play fetch! He would do best in a home with […]
  • Tank is a very social and affectionate kitty! He loves attention, and will follow you around the room like a shadow! Tank has lived with other […]
  • Kit Kat enjoys being brushed and pet. He loves treats and will give you lots of cuddles and affection!. Kit Kat is front declawed and would […]
  • Scooter loves to be around people, and loves to play! He is a very smart boy, and knows several commands including: come, sit, both paws, and […]
  • Tyson is a social and friendly boy! He is very well behaved, knows several commands, and walks well on a leash. Tyson would make a great […]
  • Bella is a beautiful, young, petite girl. She can be a bit shy at first, but she warms up quickly, and loves to be pet. Bella […]
  • Blue is a very sweet older dog. He is well behaved and knows most commands, and enjoys being pet. Blue would probably do well in 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 […]
  •   Cali is a friendly and sweet girl, who can be a bit shy at first. She knows several commands, including: come, sit, and paw, and […]
  • 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 […]
  •   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 […]
  • Jolene can be a bit shy at times but will warm up quickly. She likes to play, and gets along well with other cats too! She […]