Animal Control & Services

Animal Facility

Coronavirus Update/ Rabies Clinic Update

As of now we are open to the public for adoptions by appointment only everyday from 1pm-4pm. We highly suggest you check out our available animals on to see if there is anything you are interested in. Please wear a face mask upon entering the building. 

Our vestibule will be open from 1pm-4pm to drop off donations. Donations may also be left outside, we will be monitoring and bringing them in.

if the door is locked and you need further assistance please call us at 732-341-1000 ext 8450.

After much consideration we have decided to postpone the Rabies Clinic until January of 2022. We apologize for the inconvenience but feel this is the safest course of action due to the pandemic.

Thank you for your understanding during these trying times and we hope all stay well.


The Toms River Animal Control and Services is a municipal shelter serving Toms River Township. We are one of only four remaining municipally-run shelters in New Jersey. The staff at the facility are responsible for all daily operations including

  • Administrative
  • Adoptions
  • Animal control
  • Cleaning/feeding all animals
  • Owner relinquishment’s
  • Reclaims

Wild Turkey**Please see informational pamphlet from the Animal Protection League of New Jersey regarding wild turkeys. 

What to do about wild turkeys

Adoptable Pets


If you are interested in adopting an animal, please contact the shelter directly. Emails may not be answered on a daily basis. Applications are required when adopting a pet. Applications are held for 24 to 48 hours for screening.

If approved there is an adoption fee payable in cash or check. This fee includes the spay or neuter of the dog or cat as well as rabies and distemper vaccines and a microchip. Also included is a heartworm test for dogs.  If a resident application is approved, a representative will contact applicant and make arrangements to finalize the adoption. We reserve the right to deny any applications for any reason.

The fees are as follows-

Dogs -$150.00

Dogs seven years or older-$100.00


Cats seven years or older $50.00

Every adopted animal is always returnable should there be any problem with the adoption. View a list of our adoptable pets. If you are interested in any of our animals, please fill out an adoption application.

Spaying & Neutering

In the rare instance that an animal is adopted out not spayed or neutered, it will be the owners responsibility to have this done.