Lost & Found Pets

Lost Pets

Please come to the Shelter to fill out a lost report and look to see if your pet is here. You are required to bring identification and proof that the animal is yours. Acceptable proof includes, but is not limited to:

  • Town license
  • Vaccine certificate
  • Vet Records
  • Purchase receipt

Pictures or videos of your pet are NOT considered legal proof of ownership.

The Shelter picks up animals in the towns that contract with us for Animal Control. We sometimes get animals from other towns, if they are brought in by private citizens, but found in our contracted towns.   

Hold Period

The Shelter holds stray cats and dogs for one week (7 days), as per the state law. 

Reclaim Fee

A reclaim fee will be charged. The amount depends on what services were provided to the animal. Payment can be made by cash (exact change is preferred), checks, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover.

Found Pets

If you find a stray animal in a contracted town (check the "Service Area" section for a list of the towns), you may bring it in to the Shelter Monday through Sunday from 9-5 or you may call for a pick-up from animal control. 

If the stray was found in a town that does not contract with us, please call the local police to find out how to reach the appropriate animal control agency.  We are unable to accept stray animals from towns that do not contract with the Shelter.

Resources

Below is a list of popular websites that can be used for information about your pets and pet-related issues.

Home Again Microchips (homeagain.com)

·         American Humane Association

·         ASPCA

·         Cornell Feline Health Center

·         Cyber-Pet

·         New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

·         Pet Finder

Contact Us

Deborah Yankow

Director

Animal Shelter & Adoption Center: 201-229-4600

Animal Control Phone: 201-229-4616

dyankow@co.bergen.nj.us


 Bergen County Department of Health Services

One Bergen County Plaza  • 4th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-634-2600 • Fax: 201-336-6086

Health & Safety Hotline: 201-225-7000

healthdept@co.bergen.nj.us