Animal Shelter

Cats and kittens adopted from our shelter have received at least one vaccination to protect them against feline distemper, calcivirus and herpes virus. Most cats that are old enough (over 14 weeks) have also received a rabies shot.

As a cat owner, you should discuss with your vet the vaccine schedule that will be best for your pet.

In order to remove cats that cannot be handled, it is necessary to confine them in a humane trap. We will loan you a trap and pick up any cats caught between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

No trapping is done on holidays or weekends. This service only available to towns that contract with Bergen County Animal Control.

It is your responsibility to watch the trap and notify Animal Control when an animal is in the trap. The trap is to be closed at 4:30 pm unless you are attempting to trap a skunk, raccoon or opossum.

For more information, call Animal Control at 201-229-4616.

URIs (upper respiratory infections) are one of the most common medical problems with adopted cats. Because the virus is airborne, it is nearly impossible to eradicate in a shelter setting where new cats are introduced daily. Fortunately, most cats recover with no problems. Symptoms include runny noses and eyes - just like a human cold. While there isn't much you can do for the viral infection, many vets will treat with antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infections. If your cat starts sneezing, it's time to see the vet.

Cats adopted from our shelter are covered by the 2-week medical care guarantee for treatment. When a cat can't smell because its nose is stuffy, it often won't eat. This can be very serious in a young kitten. It is critical to see a vet immediately if a young kitten stops eating.

Rabies is probably the most serious disease that can be transmitted from an animal to a human. New Jersey law requires that bites be reported to your local health department. The health department will enforce a 10-day quarantine. If the biting animal is not available for quarantine, the person bitten will probably have to undergo rabies treatment. The rabies vaccine is HIGHLY recommended as rabies is a fatal disease that has been found in New Jersey. Visit the New Jersey rabies page for more information.

Adopters must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must present photo identification
  • Must show proof of current address
  • Proof of home ownership or for renters, copy of the lease allowing pets
  • The entire family must be present
  • If you already have a dog(s), a meet and greet is required. Dog meet and greets are not done on the same day as the initial meeting with the shelter dog.
  • Current pet owners must provide a veterinary reference

The animals that are available for adoption at the Shelter come to us in a variety of ways.  Some are owner surrenders, strays, or abandoned in our contracted towns (check the "Service Area" section for a list of the towns).   Some kittens are born at the Shelter to stray moms.

All dogs, cats and kittens adopted from the Shelter are up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccines.  If the animal is over 4 months, it will also have a rabies shot.

As a pet owner, you should discuss with your vet the vaccine schedule that will be best for your pet.

The Shelter offers a Free Rabies and Low-cost Vaccine Clinic twice a month.  Please click here for more information.

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 9:00am through 5:00pm or you may call 201-229-4616 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.

Please come to the shelter to fill out a lost report and look to see if your pet is at the Shelter. 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.   

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.

If you're unable to personally find a new home for your pet, you may bring your dog, cat, or small animal to BCAS, Monday through Friday between 1pm and 5pm. We are an open-admission shelter and will accept pets of residents from our contracted town (check the "Service Area" section for a list of the towns).  There is a $50 fee to surrender a dog, $30 to surrender a cat and $15 to surrender small animals.


Assistance for Pet Owners

Age restrictions are assigned to certain dogs to help protect the safety of both the dog and the family that may adopt it.  Our animal care staff has closely examined the personalities of every dog, and any age restrictions assigned to a dog are meant as a guideline to help adopters determine which pet will best match the needs of their household.

Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian or medical technician simply injects a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice, beneath the surface of your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to an injection and takes only a few seconds. No anesthetic is required.

If your pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian, they will scan the microchip to read its unique dog or cat ID code. This is the number used by microchip companies to identify the pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to contact you and reunite you with your pet.

If you witness any acts of animal cruelty or neglect, please call the Bergen County SPCA Hotline at 201-573-8900.

Email the Shelter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 201-229-4600.