Bergen County Animal Shelter


Teterboro, New Jersey

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About Bergen County Animal Shelter

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:

  • Promote the humane treatment of all animals
  • Reunite lost pets with owners
  • Encourage adoption, foster care, and wildlife rehabilitation
  • Reduce animal populations through spay/neuter services and public education about animal welfare
  • Support the community in responsible pet ownership

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.

Contact Info

Address:
100 United Ln
,
Teterboro
,
NJ
07608
Phone:
(201) 229-4600
Email:
shelter@co.bergen.nj.us

Hours of Operation

Mon: Closed
Tue - Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Adoption Process

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:

  1. View their website for a list of animals currently available for adoption. You can also visit the shelter during business hours to meet the animals.
  2. Complete an adoption application at the shelter, or you can find a link to the online forms below.
  3. Chat with their amazing staff about what you're looking for in a pet. They'll help you find one just right for your lifestyle.
  4. Spend some time getting to know the animals. It's always advisable to bring any dogs you currently have for a meet-and-greet at the shelter if you're adopting a dog.
  5. Pay the adoption fee and finalize the paperwork.
  6. Time to show your pet their new furrever home!

Adoption application forms for Bergen County Animal Shelter can be found below:

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Bergen County Animal Shelter are as follows:

Dogs

  • Puppies (up to 6 months): $200
  • Adults (6+ months): $150
  • Seniors (6+ years): $100

Cats

  • Kittens (up to 6 months): $100
  • Adults (6+ months): $75
  • Seniors (6+ years): $50

Small Animals

  • Guinea pigs and hamsters: $10
  • Rabbits: $35
  • Ferrets: $35

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.

Adoption Process & Fees

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, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

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:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.

Rescues

  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

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.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Bergen County Animal Shelter
in
Teterboro
,
New Jersey
directly using the contact info above.

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