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Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City, New Jersey is an open-admission shelter whose mission is to foster a community of compassion and respect and provide animals in need with a chance at a lifelong, loving home.
They contract with Jersey City, Bayonne, and Hoboken, meaning every stray animal found in those cities is brought to Liberty Humane Society, day or night.
Liberty Humane Society cares for, treats, and finds homes for thousands of animals every year. Re-homing animals who have nowhere else to go is one of the most essential aspects of their mission, but their long-term goal is to build a community in which those services are no longer needed. They believe homeless animals in shelters are a symptom of more substantial community issues, including the lack of four key needs:
In Hudson County, 17% of households live below the poverty line. That doesn’t stop these families from having pets, and Liberty Humane Society doesn’t believe it should!
However, pet care is daunting for owners with few resources. Liberty Humane Society understands that pets are an essential component of many modern families and tries to help their community access affordable resources so their pets can stay happy and healthy.
Through their low-cost public Wellness Clinic, Humane Education Program, and surrender prevention services, their goal is to reduce the number of animals who enter the shelter while providing a higher quality of care for all animals.
Considering adoption from Liberty Humane Society? Read below for more info on their adoption process and fees.
Adopting an animal in need is one of the kindest things you can do. When you adopt from Liberty Humane Society, you enable them to help more community animals and work toward a day when every pet has a home.
Here’s how their adoption process works:
You'll need to provide a few items when completing your application, so gather the following documentation before visiting:
Application forms for Liberty Humane Society can be found below:
Adoption fees at Liberty Humane Society are as follows:
For more information on what your adoption fee includes, contact Liberty Humane Society directly. Remember, your fee helps Liberty Humane Society partially cover the many costs they incur caring for each animal before they find their forever homes.
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.
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.
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.
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.