The Atlantic County Animal Shelter serves as an animal control shelter. Members of the public are invited to come and adopt a pet.
240 Old Turnpike Road
New Jersey
United States
  • +1 (609) 485 2345 work +1 (609) 484 0767 fax
  • Department of Human Services

    Division of Public Health

    Atlantic County Animal Shelter

    Animal Shelter

    Hours of Operation:

    The Atlantic County Animal Shelter is open for business daily 1-4pm by appointment only for adoption services and redemption of impounded strays at (609) 485-2345.
    Any incoming strays should be directed to the local Animal Control Officer for proper processing.

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    $25 Pet Adoption Fees During Heart Health Promotion

    While you may know that February is American Heart Month, are you also aware that owning a pet may help improve your heart health?

    According to the American Heart Association, pets can help you reduce stress, boost mood, get more exercise, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Dog owners in particular may benefit from additional exercise from dog walks and playtime activities.

    To celebrate American Heart Month, the shelter is reducing all adoption fees to $25 beginning Friday, February 10 through Monday, February 20. Normal adoption fees are $110 for dogs and $85 for cats.

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    Adoption Fees:

    The following fees currently apply to the adoption of animals.

    Puppies and Dogs: $110.00 The adoption fee includes mandatory sterilization, age appropriate vaccinations, diagnostic testing, a microchip and a free veterinary consultation.

    Kitten and Cats: $85.00 each additional Feline adoption $42.50 The adoption fee includes mandatory sterilization, age appropriate vaccinations, diagnostic testing, a microchip and a free veterinary consultation.

    The following are also available for an additional fee:

    Home Again Microchip: $30.00

    I.D. Tag: $6.00

    What's Happening at Your Animal Shelter

    Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics

    Rabies Clinic Sunday, February 12, 2023

    Time:  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Monthly clinic can accommodate both dogs and cats. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. Owners are encouraged to provide previous rabies vaccination records at time of appointment.

    Owners are advised to arrive promptly at their scheduled appointment time. They will then be directed to a designated area with markers to ensure and maintain social distancing. All individuals must wear masks. Those who arrive late may be asked to reschedule.

    Residents are encouraged to vaccinate their pets to not only protect the animals from the potentially fatal viral disease but to also protect family members from contracting the disease from an infected pet.

    If you have any questions regarding the clinic or your appoint please call the Animal Shelter at (609) 485-2345.

    By appointment only. 

    More information and registration.

    Free Parvo Vaccination Clinics

    There are no clinics scheduled at this time.

    Free Obedience Class for Shelter Dog Adoptees

    Call the Shelter for next available class.

    NJ Low Cost Spay/Neuter Programs

    You may be eligible to have your pet spayed or neutered at a discounted price at one of the participating veterinary hospitals. Learn more.

    Community Partner Salutes

    Thank you for your support The Leeds Avenue School Student Council and Tilton Fitness Club.

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    Protect Our Waters:

    Lake LenapeProperly Dispose of Pet Waste

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    Pet Tips

    Overweight CatIs your pet overweight?

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    Have You Lost a Pet?

    Lost Pet PosterHelpful tips from the Atlantic County Animal Shelter.

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    Do you love animals? Volunteer!

    Volunteers are always needed to help exercise and socialize the animals in the shelter.  Training is provided.  Volunteers must be over the age of 18. 

    • One-on-one time with animals
    • Reduce stress in the animals and yourself
    • Make new friends

    Volunteer Hours: Dogs 10am-1pm; Cats 1-3pm

    You can access the Atlantic County Volunteer Application on-line here.

    For more information please contact Jennifer Pagliarini, Volunteer Coordinator, or call (609) 485-2345. 

    Volunteer Testimonials

    Volunteer working at the shelter.

    Michele Rappoport, Shelter Volunteer and Student

    "I am so glad I was able to do my massage internship at Atlantic County Animal Shelter. It was a wonderfully welcoming environment..."

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    Volunteers Wanted


    to socialize and exercise
    our dogs and cats!
    More information and to apply!

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    Attention Pet Owners

    Atlantic County is required to provide you with the following information regarding the crime of animal cruelty, and how to prevent it.

    Take a Virtual Tour of the Animal Shelter

    Donations Accepted


    Rutgers Alpha Gamma Nu Sorority


    Students from the Stockton Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning

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