Animal Control & Services

Animal Facility

Coronavirus Update

Effective immediately, the Toms River Animal Shelter is doing adoptions by appointment only. If you see an animal you are interested in, please call the Shelter at 732-341-1000 Ext. 7300. We are suspending all donations of towels, sheets, blankets, etc. until further notice.


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, a non-refundable fee of $100.00 for dogs and $60.00 for cats will be charged for the adoption. This includes the spay or neuter of the dog or cat as well as rabies and distemper vaccines and a microchip. Cash or check only, no credit or debit cards can be accepted. 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.

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.