Adoption Overview

As a true “No-Kill” animal shelter, our mission is to find a home for dogs and cats we have rescued.

Many times, adorable pets are left at our doorstep or surrendered by owners who have made the decision that they cannot keep or care for their animals, Some reasons for abandoning or surrendering animals are changes in housing, domestic needs, or financial costs of caring for an animal.

Rescued animals can also be pets that have been neglected or abused by their owners and left on highways or at public places. Often, pets stray from their homes, are lost and remain unclaimed by their owners.

When rescued animals enter our shelter, they are placed in our isolation room and are carefully evaluated before they are socialized with other shelter animals.

Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to the caring for these pets by providing food, upkeep and love until they are placed with their adopted families.

Adoption Fees

Our adoption fees vary, depending on different factors, including age and type of pet. Below is a list of what will be included in your fee:

Puppies/Kittens (Up to 4 months)
  • First two rounds of the Distemper combination vaccine. Note: If the animal was not with us long enough to receive both rounds of the vaccine, the animal can be brought in after adoption to receive the second round at no additional cost.
  • One-month dose of Activyl Flea/Tick Treatment
  • Free HomeAgain microchip.
Puppies/Kittens (4-12 months) and Adult Dogs/Cats
  • Distemper combination vaccine.
  • 1-year Rabies vaccine. Note: If the animal was not with us long enough to receive this vaccination, we will refer you to local vets which will administer the vaccination at no charge.
  • Spay/Neuter surgery. Note: If the animal was not with us long enough to undergo the surgery, we will refer you to a low-cost Spay/Neuter service that will perform the surgery for prices as low as $20.
  • One-month dose of Activyl Flea/Tick Treatment
  • Free HomeAgain microchip.

What to do before you adopt

Know that adopting an animal is a big commitment and that the animal you choose can have a varying impact on your life depending on how much maintenance it requires. So we ask that you:

  • Do some research about pet ownership.
  • Consider your lifestyle. (Ex. Will you need a dog walker in the middle of the day if you’re at work all day?)
  • Remember that pet ownership require a lot of patience and caring.
  • Make sure you have enough space for the type of animal you wish to adopt.
  • Consider the long-term prices involved with pet ownership. (Ex. Medical costs, pet supplies, etc)
  • Talk to your family about the decision to adopt an animal. Is everyone on board?
  • Make sure no frequent visitor to your home is allergic to the type of animal you wish to adopt.

Here at North Jersey Humane Society, we take our adoptions very seriously. We never try to “push” any animals onto a potential adopter. We take our time with potential adopters to ensure that the animal they adopt is the best fit for both themselves and the animal. Last year, our organizations adopted out over 300 animals to loving homes.

Click here to look at our adoptable Cats!

Click here to look at our adoptable Dogs!

To download an adoption application, please click on this link.