Find your new family member at an animal adoption center!


If you and your family are considering getting a pet, there are countless homeless animals that need love, companionship, and medical attention. A shelter could be where you find your new furry best friend.

Laura Linneman, director of animal care for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, says that when families visit, they do their best to make sure they end up with the right pet. company for them. “The counselor will act as a matchmaker to help find a suitable pet for what the family is looking for,” she says. “They will also help provide any educational materials the adopters may need to prepare them and the new pet for post-adoption success.”

When visiting a shelter, ask if staff microchip, spay or sterilize, vaccinate, or provide medical care after adoptions. Also, be sure to ask questions about the medical, temperament, and behavioral issues of the animal you’re interested in.

Keep in mind that pet retention is important. The pandemic has increased the number of pets adopted, but has also increased the number of pets abandoned or returned to shelters.

“When we do adoption matches, we always hope it will be for the life of the animal,” Linneman says. “Life situations and lifestyle situations change in a person’s life, many are beyond their control and this may require them to relocate their pet. That’s okay and we’re not judging that. Our hope is that an owner will do everything in their power to keep a pet, but sometimes unexpected life changes prevent this from happening.

If you’re having trouble following the “Adopt, Don’t Buy” mantra, be sure to visit a reputable pet store or licensed breeder to ensure animals are treated in an ethical and humane manner. Linneman recommends using Petfinder or AdoptaPet when doing your research.

“You should get references, be able to see where the animal lives before you buy it, and learn more about its health and breed genetics if you choose to buy an animal from an ethical breeder” , she says.

Below is a list of shelters and rescue centers in the state so you can find the right one for your family.

Northern New Jersey

Eleventh Hour Rescue
Morris County
“Their only crime is that they have no more time” is the slogan of this relief group. This no-kill rescue, run mostly by volunteers, saves death row animals from high-mortality shelters. Whether in foster homes, kennels or adoption centres, each dog and cat receives a clean and safe living environment, food and fresh water, medical attention and an abundance of care. The thrift store operates out of the Roxbury Mall on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Father John’s Animal House
Established in 1999 by a member of the clergy, this community animal shelter in Sussex County now has the capacity to safely and responsibly place more than 600 animals each year. Each animal is fully checked, neutered or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before leaving for their adoptive home.

Home for a good dog rescue
Berkeley Heights
Over 10,000 dogs have been adopted. Or, you can choose to foster a puppy. Grooming services are also offered. Be sure to visit Woofstock Festival 2022 and not only meet HFG alumni and host families, but also enjoy two days of live music, Battle of the Bands, food, demos and entertainment. even more animal adoptions, September 10 and 11!

New Jersey South Hills Pet Rescue
On a freezing day in March 2018, Vicky, a helpless dog found alive on a pile of trash, was brought to a shelter in Newark. Needing medical attention, training and love, NJSH Pet Rescue took her in. Vicky was adopted by a wonderful family and she became the face of NJSH, and the first of 35 dogs removed from the Newark shelter in her first year. The The goal is to be a resource for local shelters and homeowner abandonments in New Jersey, as well as Texas, North Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Northstar Animal Rescue
This volunteer-based 501(c)(3) all-breed rescue focuses on rescuing at-risk dogs from overcrowded animal shelters. Look for the dogs during adoption days at Pupcakes & Pawstries as well as Denville and Boonton Farmers Markets – plus there will be a booth set up at Boonton Day on September 25! And then head to A Celebration of Pets on October 2 for even more fun as you participate in animal-based activities, crafts, pet blessings, and more!

Saint-Hubert Animal Welfare Center
Madison Adoption Center, Madison
North Center Branch, North Branch
Noah’s Ark Centre, Ledgewood
The Madison site is open for daily walk-in adoptions at certain times. St. Hubert’s is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals, supporting the human-animal bond and seeking to foster an environment in which people respect all living creatures.
Until August 12, you can participate in the pet calendar and the photo contest.


Central New Jersey

All Fur One animal rescues and adoptions
Silverton Section of the Toms River
Pre-approved adopters can schedule virtual or in-person meetings
This volunteer-run pet shelter and 2,300 square foot adoption center provides a loving, temporary home for rescued pets. Some of the amenities include a volunteer lounge with snacks and coffee, an indoor playroom and outdoor play area for the pups, and large free roaming suites stocked with toys and kitten perches.
Visit the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten for a pet adoption day on August 10, as All Fur One Pet Rescue & Adoptions will be bringing cats and cats of all breeds and sizes in need of “furever” homes. Pre-approvals for same-day adoptions can be provided. In addition to adoptable animals, there will be music, giveaways, raffles and a donation station.

Township of Hamilton. Animal shelter and adoption center
Township of Hamilton.
The shelter offers beautiful, affectionate dogs and cats looking for loving families. Visit during business hours to see adoptable animals in person. At the moment the shelter is at capacity, so foster families and adopters are badly needed.

Jersey Girls Animal Rescue
Southern Plain
Rosemary Petriello started her rescue group in 2012 after losing her job. While unemployed, she saw a Facebook page dedicated to puppies on death row, and within months found a way to fight the euthanasia of unwanted and abused animals. Since the organization’s inception, Petriello has rescued thousands of dogs and cats with the help of volunteers. Most of the animals come from North Carolina, and some come from South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Karma Cat + Zen Dog Animal Rescue
mill town
Through the Pawsitive Impact project, Karma Cat + Zen Dog offers resources to provide food and medical care for pets in underserved communities; identifies veterinarians or other organizations providing low-cost medical services; organizes local adoption events; provides grant programs to help cover the cost of food, adoption fees, and medical services; and provides educational materials and programs on topics such as TNR and trapping programs, children’s educational programs, pet care, and first aid.

Cat rescue with loving hands
South River
This non-profit non-profit cat rescue is looking for volunteers. Don’t miss their delicate tray auction on October 16, where you can browse tons of gift baskets with proceeds going to the organization’s medical fund.

Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary
Township of Upper Freehold.
Although not your typical pet adoption center, Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary provides a safe, loving, and protected environment for senior dogs who are homeless. Residents are older – 7 years or older – and receive the physical and emotional comfort, companionship and enrichment they need to thrive in their golden years.

Monmouth County SPCA
There are many animals to choose from, from dogs and cats to “small and furry”. The SPCA also offers veterinary services as well as lodging services.

Animal Rescue New Beginnings
Eastern Brunswick
Located inside Edgebrook Animal Hospital, New Beginnings features an adoption center and pet food bank.

North Brunswick Humanitarian Association
North Brunswick
This board-run organization is known for its fundraising flea market in June, as well as popular adoption events, such as Super Cat Adoption Day and Dog Walk-a-Thon & Adoption Day which will be held this year on September 25. They partner with other adoption agencies in the area.

Sammy’s Hope Animal Welfare and Adoption Center
Dogs and cats are available for adoption, but you can also help by sponsoring events, sponsoring kennels, or even donating a vehicle.

Wilma’s Orphans
This canine orphanage is a one-woman operation, finding pets their second, third, or sometimes even fourth forever home after she retires from the business world. There are a variety of dog breeds, mixes, sizes, shapes, genders, ages, and colors.

Southern New Jersey

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center
black wood
It’s kitten season! Over the next few months, staff will focus their efforts on saving the lives of fragile, homeless and at-risk kittens.

Voorhees Animal Orphanage
Serving most of southern New Jersey, the animal orphanage has several dogs and cats waiting for new homes. They have saved the lives of over 36,000 pets since opening in 1988, including over 2,200 last year alone! And be sure to visit Woofstock on September 24, an adoption event and fundraiser that includes music, food trucks, dog shows and of course, adoptions!

Keep in mind that most adoption centers are non-profit organizations and are run by volunteers, so feel free to help or donate, even if you’re not bringing a friend back to four. paws at home.

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