History of NJHS

A Dedicated Rescue

The history of North Jersey Humane Society started in 2011 when Bergen County Humane Enforcement, an animal control agency, asked itself two questions: “What happens to the animals we rescue? Do they end up in happy homes, or do they end up on a kill list at an animal shelter?” With those questions in mind, some members of the BCHE set out to open their own animal shelter where they knew no animal would be euthanized because of their age, temperament or length of stay. The result was Bergen County Protect & Rescue, a true no-kill shelter in Cliffside Park, NJ. Since its opening in 2011, Bergen County Protect & Rescue has operated as a small community-oriented, volunteer-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) animal shelter. They have successfully rehomed hundreds of animals annually of various breeds, ages and temperaments to happy homes. However, the very small size of the shelter had prompted a need to expand. And so, North Jersey Humane Society, a subsidiary of BCP&R, was born. NJHS is dedicated to rescuing animals from the North Jersey area and beyond.

Please check out the Bergen County Protect & Rescue site for information on our animals.