Adopt an Animal

Adoption Process

You may be surprised to find that adopting an animal is a more involved process than you expected, or that it means you can't have immediate access to an animal you are interested in. Therefore its important to understand two things: 1) the process is the same for everyone, and 2) it's not our intention to frustrate you. Rather, everything we do is for the best interests of the animals in our care, and is aimed at giving them the best possible chance of finding a permanent home.

Here are the steps you'll go through in the Adoption Process:

Before you can interact (that is, pet, cuddle, walk, and get to know) any animal that you've seen in our kennel, we'll ask you to complete some paperwork. This paperwork must be completed first in order to minimize stress for you and the animals. Our process includes asking questions, asking to see proof of identity and, frequently, asking for veterinary references, particularly when you have other animals at home. This is simply to protect the health of adoption candidates and the pets you already have.

Once you have been approved for adoption, you may handle and visit the animal you're interested in. You will have a counseling session with a knowledgeable member of our staff who will fill you in on the history and needs of that animal. You can ask your counselor any questions about spaying and neutering, housetraining, scratching (in cats), veterinary care, how to deal with fleas and ticks, and anything else you can think of.

You will be asked to sign an adoption contract and pay a fee for adoption. The fees are split for dogs and cats.

  • DOGS = $125.00
  • CATS = $95.00
  • DISCOUNTED FEE For SENIOR CITIZENS  = $35.00 (this reflects a $35.00 fee for Spay/Neuter and no adoption fee)
  • DISCOUNTED FEE for MILITARY VETERANS = $35.00 (residents can contact the Animal Shelter for qualifications)

Fees include the following for each animal:

DOGS: Includes Spay/Neuter, Antigen Heartworm test, nasal Bordetella, worming, all age appropriate vaccinations, collar, leash and an identification tag from Gloucester County Animal Shelter

CATS: Includes Spay/Neuter, Feline Leukemia/AIDS combination test, all age appropriate vaccinations, worming, disposable cat carrier and an identification tag and collar from Gloucester County Animal Shelter.

If the animal is not Spayed/ Neutered at the time of adoption, an appointment will be made for surgery and the animal will be delivered to the veterinarian where the new owner can pick up their pet after surgery.

PLEASE NOTE: As a general rule, we cannot hold animals for anyone. Unfortunately, because of tremendous demands on our kennel space, all adoptions must be done on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the first good, properly-qualified prospective home will get the pet. 

LET US REPEAT: We don't ever mean to be frustrating to or evasive with you. We want you to understand that it's stressful and upsetting - in fact, downright devastating - for the animals, for our staff, and most importantly, for you when adoptions don't work out and pets have to come back to us. And a bad adoption experience can sour some people on dogs or cats - or on shelter animals - for life. So try to bear with us and be patient. And understand that going through the process the way we do really is the best policy - for all of us.


To help your new dog adjust to his/her new home and your family adjust to your new dog, we offer a 1 hour class with Carl Johnson of CNI Obedience Training, free for any dog adopted from the animal shelter. . The class is held every two weeks at 10am at the Gloucester County Animal Shelter. If you have adopted from Gloucester County Animal Shelter, please call 856-881-2828 extension #1 to register for the class.

Thank you and Come Visit Us Soon! 

Hours of Operation: The GCAS is open 6 days a week, except Sundays and holidays. Adoption hours are Mondays and Fridays from 12pm to 4pm and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 12pm to 7pm. Saturdays are open from 12pm to 4pm for looking at the animals available for adoptions. We can not do any adoptions at this time but potential pet owners can ask for an application to take with them and then return during regular adoption hours. Our staff uses the morning hours to clean, feed and exercise the animals before the public can look. Animal surrenders, animal redemption and any other related business is conducted from the hours of 8am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Animal control services for the county are from 8am to 6pm for non-emergencies and 24 hours a day for animal emergencies.

OffSite Adoption: The GCAS has two off-site adoption centers at the PetSmart stores in Mantua and Washington Townships. Staffed by volunteers for GCAS, adoption hours are from 6pm to 9pm, Monday through Friday and from 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. The adoption process is the same as at the shelter.

The PetsMart Store in Mantua, located at the new Lowes/PetSmart Complex, 637 Woodbury-Glassboro Rd, (near Rt 55) will serve as an off-site adoption center and will have cats and kittens available for adoption. Volunteers are needed. The adoption process is the same as at the shelter. Phone: 856-415-7930

The PetsMart Store in Turnersville, Washington Twp., located at Kohl's Plaza - 5857 Rt. 42 and Greentree Rd, will serve as a second off-site adoption center and will have cats and kittens available for adoption. Volunteers are needed. The adoption process is the same as at the shelter. Phone: 856-227-0376

Animals available for Adoption can be viewed on the web at the Petfinder website. Gloucester County Animal Shelter on Petfinder


To complete an application please click on the link below, print application and either fax or hand deliver to the shelter. You will need Adobe Reader 6.0 to open link. Please use the fax number below or check the shelter address on the Animal Shelter page. Click for Pre-Adoption Application (mail in version).  Click here for the electronic submission version.

The shelter can be contacted by either of the following:
Voice: 856-881-2828
Fax: 856-881-0538
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