North Jersey Community Animal Shelter
Ph.973 850-6767 f. 973 850-6768
Look for Your Lost Pet
Call your local and nearby animal shelters as soon as you notice that your pet is lost. Don’t wait to see if the pet returns on its own.
Notify friends and neighbors that your pet is lost.
Post fliers in the area where you lost your pet.
Contact veterinary facilities in your area.
Visit your local animal shelters with photos of your pet.
Don’t give up! Lost pets have been reunited with their owners after weeks and even months.
When pets are found
If you have found a stray pet, please notify Animal Control or your local police department immediately. The owner may already have filed a lost pet report.
Upon arrival all animals are scanned for a microchip.
Pets found without identification are held as stray for at least seven days to give the owner time to reclaim.
Pets not claimed by owners will be evaluated and will likely be put up for adoption.
Reclaiming Your Lost Pet
You may reclaim your pet by coming to the shelter.
The shelter is open 7 days a week from 4-6pm.
Appointments may be arranged if you are unable to come during shelter hours.
A driver’s license or other form of ID is necessary to reclaim your pet.
There is a $30.00 reclaim fee for the first day and an additional $5.00 fee per day.
Unfortunately at this time we can only accept cash or check Payable to the Borough of Bloomingdale.
Don’t leave your pet outside when you’re not at home; dogs can jump over or dig under fences, and gates are sometimes left open by accident.
We strongly recommend keeping cats indoors at all times for their safety.
A pet may stray from home if it isn’t spayed or neutered. Spaying or neutering eliminates an animal’s reproductive instincts and decreases the chances of its straying.
Make Sure Your Pet Gets Back Home
Keeping your pet properly identified with a current rabies, license, or identification tag will assist us in reuniting you with your pet. Make sure that your address and phone numbers are current.
Surrendering your Pet
Please make every effort to keep your pet or place your pet with a trusted family member or friend, who will love and care for your pet properly. Be sure they understand the commitment of time and resources your pet requires. The Shelter receives many pets from people who knew the previous owner and wanted to help them by taking in the pet, without realizing the efforts involved in keeping the animal.
If you have exhausted all other possibilities and you need to surrender your pet to the NJCAS, you will be asked to sign a release form giving the shelter legal ownership of the animal. In addition, there is a small fee associated with the surrender. Once the release form is signed you no longer have any legal right to that pet. However, you are welcome to call the shelter to check on the pet’s status.
Please bring any medical records you have for your pet. If you don’t have records, provide us with the name of any Veterinarians/animal hospitals you have used so that we can request the animal’s records.
You will be asked to fill out a “personality profile” about your pet. Please be honest when answering these questions. Information about its health and diet, behavior, habits, likes, and dislikes are really helpful when determining what type of home environment would be best. It is unfair to omit information of chronic medical issues, bite history, litter box issues, or any other problems.
Many people are afraid that if they bring a pet to the shelter it will automatically be put to sleep. There are cases where animals must be put to sleep, however it is usually due to a serious health or behavior problem; this is done on a case-by-case basis.
Please feel free to ask questions.