Animal Shelter

Under the direction of the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and with guidance from the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee and the County Health Department, the Gloucester County Animal Shelter (GCAS) became operational in July 1990 with the completion of the Animal Shelter building in Clayton. With an addition to the building in 2002 to bring a total of over 9,500 square feet of floor space, the shelter has 64 kennel runs for dogs and 200 cat cages. The GCAS operated as a division of the Gloucester County Health Department, utilizing both services to address the growing rabies problems in the early 1990's until 1994 when the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders designated the shelter and its services as the Department of Animal Shelter, operating independently of other departments.

The shelter staffs 29 employees providing services in two ways: animal control services and animal shelter services. The Animal Control Unit, with 10 Animal Control Officers, certified by the New Jersey State Department of Health, perform animal control duties for the 24 municipalities of the County. The Animal Shelter functions as an impoundment and adoption facility for the public, handling over 8,000 animals per year and provides educational programs for schools and other interested groups, promoting responsible pet ownership and spay / neuter. The shelter also works with the New Jersey State SPCA Bill Lombardi, Animal Shelterand other local animal shelters and animal control units to help out-of-county residents in contacting the proper departments for help. In addition, the GCAS has a Rabies Control program which is responsible for animal bite surveillance, animal quarantine and specimen preparation for testing.

Several times a year the shelter presents functions that we invite the public to attend including an Open House and Bring Your Child To Work Day. Check the Upcoming Events page for dates and times.

The GCAS also operates 2 off-site adoption centers at Petsmart Stores located in Mantua Twp and Turnersville. We hope you enjoy your visit here and will come to see us soon!

"Love, License, and Leash your pet!"

Adoption Hours

Monday & Friday
12 Noon to 4 PM

Tuesday through Thursday
12 Noon to 7 PM

(for viewing only)
12 Noon to 4 PM

Business Hours

Monday, Friday and Saturday
8 AM to 4 PM

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
8 AM to 7 PM

Closed Sundays & Holidays

IMPORTANT! Please do NOT leave animals at the shelter after business hours. Please contact an Animal Control Officer after-hours through the Emergency option and we can discuss your problem. Again, please do NOT leave animals at the shelter after the doors are closed.

To Contact the shelter:


Freeholder Director - Robert M. Damminger

Freeholder Liaison - Daniel Christy