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Bergen County Animal Shelter is a county-operated shelter providing comprehensive animal control to 49 communities in Bergen and Hudson counties. Their animal control team is made up of 14 state-certified officers whose job is to enforce municipal, county, state, and federal laws concerning the care and treatment of animals while educating the public about animal safety.
The shelter can house up to 90 dogs and 350 cats at any given time.
The mission of Bergen County Animal Shelter is five-fold:
Bergen County Animal Shelter finds homes for a variety of animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, canaries, parakeets, and ferrets. Periodically, they look to re-home more exotic animals, including chinchillas, parrots, bearded dragons, hedgehogs, snakes, and hermit crabs.
Adopting a pet is a wonderful, life-changing experience for both you and your pet. The process to adopt from Bergen County Animal Shelter is simple:
Adoption application forms for Bergen County Animal Shelter can be found below:
Adoption fees at Bergen County Animal Shelter are as follows:
For more information on what your adoption fee covers, please contact Bergen County Animal Shelter directly. Remember, no matter what your fee is, it helps the shelter partially cover the costs of saving the lives of countless animals in need.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.