About Animal Shelter & Adoption Center

The Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is open for adoptions. You can print out an application here (https://www.co.bergen.nj.us/animal-shelter-adoption-center/pet-adoption-application) and send it to us for approval prior to coming in  All of our available dogs can be found on the Shelter’s Petfinder page or by clicking here (https://www.co.bergen.nj.us/animal-shelter-adoption-center/animals-for-adoption).  Completed dog applications can be submitted for a specific dog to petadoptions@co.bergen.nj.us.   We have many more cats and kittens than are listed on Petfinder.  You are welcome to come into the Shelter and view our available felines and canines.

Regarding Surrenders:  If you reside in one of the contracted municipalities with the Animal Shelter and would like information regarding the surrender of your pet,  please contact the shelter at 201-229-4601. Please be advised all surrenders will be by appointment after the phone interview.

Strays/Reclaims: If you have a lost/stray pet situation, please contact the shelter at 201-229-4600 to complete a lost pet form over the phone. If there is a stray pet in the building that meets your description, we can provide a picture and will discuss reclaim procedures over the phone.  We will then make an appointment for you to reclaim your pet. Please be advised that one of our missions is reuniting lost pets with their owners and we will continue to uphold that mission.

Please note the Shelter is under 24/7 surveillance and security patrol and under no circumstances should the public leave any animal unattended.

Who We Are

Opened in 1979, the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center (BCAS) is responsible for Animal Control and related services for 49 towns in Bergen and Hudson Counties.  Located at 100 United Lane in Teterboro, NJ, BCAS has an active network of Rescues, Volunteers, Kitten Foster Families, and Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) colonies to support the employees and animals in our care.  The Shelter earned its No-Kill designation under the guidelines of the Asilmar Accords in 2015.

The mission of BCAS is to:

  • 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 (TNR) and education of the public in animal welfare
  • Support the community in responsible pet ownership

The Shelter has the capacity to house up to 90 dogs and 350 cats at any given time. 

Please visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BCAnimalShelter/) for current photos of available and adopted pets as well as updates on events going on at the Shelter. 

Adopt A Pet:

BCAS finds homes for a variety of animals, including cats, kittens, dogs, young adult dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, canaries, parakeets and ferrets.  It will periodically receive more exotic-type animals, including chinchillas, parrots, bearded dragons, hedgehogs, snakes and hermit crabs, among others.

For a list of animals currently available for adoption, visit our Animals For Adoption page here.

Adoption Hours

Monday Closed for adoptions
Tuesday  1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday 1 pm - 4 pm
Thursday 1 pm - 4 pm
Friday 1 pm - 4 pm
Saturday 1 pm - 4 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm

*The Shelter is closed for all major holidays

The Shelter is open to turn in strays and reclaim lost pets from 9am-12pm then 1pm-5pm, every day.

The Shelter does not accept owner surrendered pets on Saturday or Sunday.

Current Events and Promotions

All events and promotions have been postponed until further notice.


Donations to the Shelter

If you wish to make a donation to the Shelter, we greatly appreciate your help. 

Our wish list can be found here, or check out our Amazon wishlist here

The Shelter gladly accepts donations of the following items:

  • Clean sheets, towels, blankets or comforters
  • Newspapers
  • Clean pet carriers
  • Dog crates
  • Dog leashes
  • Adjustable Martingale collars (medium and large)
  • Heating pads
  • Wet or dry cat or kitten food
  • Pill Pockets
  • Shoe boxes or small boxes for cat or kitten beds or litter boxes
  • Dog treats
  • Durable, rugged dog toys and rope toys for our tough chewers
  • Unscented baby wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Chicken or Beef broth, low sodium
  • Peanut Butter (please check that is does NOT contain Xylitol)
  • Rabbit, guinea pig, or hamster supplies (treats, fresh veggies, Care Fresh bedding)

If you would like to make a monetary donation in memoriam, please mail your check payable to Bergen County to 100 United Lane, Teterboro, NJ 07608 and include the name of the person you wish to be remembered as well as the address where you would like a letter sent.

Contact Us

Thomas Longo

Interim Director


Robert Bergamini

Animal Shelter Manager


Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center

100 United Lane • Teterboro, NJ 07608

Animal Shelter & Adoption Center: 201-229-4600

Animal Control Phone: 201-229-4616

Email: shelter@co.bergen.nj.us

For Directions to the Shelter, please click here