Old Bridge Township

Middlesex County, NJ

1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge, NJ 08857
Phone: 732-721-5600     Fax: 732-607-7900

Animal Adoptions

Those wishing to adopt a pet are all carefully screened to insure the animals will be well treated. The shelter is open for adoptions daily from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Please note the Animal Shelter will only accept CASH or CHECK as payment.

Available Animals

Various types and breeds of animals are available for adoption at the shelter. If you don’t see what you are looking for on our pet list, please feel free to stop by during adoption hours. We always have more animals than are listed on the site. We have a huge demand for kittens, so we cannot notify you when one is available. They are usually adopted within hours of becoming available. Highly desirable animals are often adopted within hours of the shelter opening the day after they are posted. If you take the time to email and wait for response, the animal will usually be gone.

If you see the animal on the list, please do not call the shelter asking for more information. You must come to the shelter in person to adopt. We do not ship animals.
Please be aware, while we try to keep our pet list as up to date as possible, we cannot guarantee an animal will still be available when you arrive. The shelter reserves the right to refuse an adoption.
Proof of residence must be shown. Please bring in the entire family to meet the prospective pet. If you are considering adopting a dog and have one already, we ask that you bring it to the shelter for an introduction in one of our outdoor parks. If you rent, we need to contact your landlord or see a lease that states you may have a pet.


What questions will I be asked before adopting?

Shelter require adopters to complete an application. In addition to basic contact information, the application is likely to include questions about the following areas:

  • Your housing situation (renting vs. owning)
  • The number and ages of any children in your househol
  • The number and type of other pets you may own
  • The name and contact information of your veterinarian
  • Your previous experience with pets
  • Your activity level, lifestyle, and expectations for a new animal


Shelters have their own particular approach to re-homing animals, and vary widely in the amount of detail shelters request in adoption applications. Ideally, the adoption process is structured more like an open conversation than a series of yes-or-no, right-or-wrong questions. The goal is to balance the interests of two different sets of customers: the animals and the adopters.

Why do shelters ask adopters so many questions?

Consider why pets are surrendered in the first place. Among the top five reasons that people give up their pets, three are common to both dogs and cats: landlord issues, moving, allergy, having new family member and the cost of pet care. For dogs, the other most common reasons include lack of time and inadequate facilities. For cats, it's allergies and having too many cats to care for.

Many animals lose their homes because their owners weren't prepared to invest the necessary money and time to care for a pet. In other cases, families and pets are mismatched. Consider these all-too-common scenarios:

  • A high-energy dog is adopted by a family that doesn't have time for extensive daily exercise
  • A skittish kitten is chosen by rambunctious children whose parents aren't inclined to actively supervise their kids

To prevent such painful situations for both the pets and people involved, shelter carefully evaluate adopters in the hope of avoiding these mismatched relationships.

How can I prepare myself to adopt a pet?

This is a long term commitment and relationship with your pet for many years. Before you head to the shelter, ask yourself some questions that will help you figure out exactly what kind of pet will be best fit to your lifestyle and personality, it’s worth being patient and asking yourself some questions and check with your own plan for your next 10 years that will help you figure out exactly what kind of pet suitable to your needs.

Dog Adoption Application

Cat Adoption Application