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North Jersey Animal Rescues to Find Your New BFF

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We are so fortunate in New Jersey to be full of dedicated, wonderful rescues who save the lives of local dogs and cats. When adopting your next pet, it’s important to do so from a reputable rescue. There are so many animals in need right here in our area and the rescues below make it their mission to make a difference within our community. Below, we’ve got a list of 9 local dog and cat rescues in North Jersey that will help you find the perfect furry friend:

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Brick City Rescue Inc.

Brick City Rescue Inc. is a foster-based, dog rescue located in Northern New Jersey. To meet its pets, you must make an appointment. Brick City is dedicated to finding loving, stable homes for all adoptable, homeless dogs in NJ with a focus on bully breeds. The organization encourages compassionate and responsible behavior and supply training, food, shelter, and medical care for all of its animals. Brick City works hard to be a community resource, disseminating valuable information to the public by promoting responsible pet ownership and providing education regarding breed discrimination.

The majority of the dogs Brick City rescues are from inner-city, high-kill shelters in our area. The organization also takes in strays and the owner surrenders. Brick City says, “We won’t stop until we save them all,” and we love the mission.

Contact information:

Website: www.brickcityrescue.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (973) 866-9884
Facebook: /brickcityrescue
Instagram: @brick_city_rescue
Twitter: @brickcityrescue

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Chance at Life Cat Rescue

Chance at Life Cat Rescue is a foster-based, cat rescue in Northern NJ. This animal rescue is dedicated to rescuing, caring for, and placing homeless cats in the hands of caring people. It is founded on the principles of education and practices of kindness and respect for all animal life. It also promotes the importance of spaying and neutering in order to slow the nationwide trend of needless euthanasia. The cats are rescued mostly from Bergen County (Dumont, Bergenfield, Teaneck, Closter, etc.), but are also rescued from the Paterson Shelter and other local, municipal shelters. One of the rescue’s pillar quotes is, “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.―A.A. Milne.”

Contact Information:

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Website: http://chanceatlifecatrescue.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 201-982-2219
Facebook: /Chance-At-Life-Cat-Rescue
Instagram: @chanceatlifecatrescue

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CLAWS is committed to helping animals within the Northern NJ area. Its goal is to encourage and foster humane attitudes and behavior toward animals. CLAWS serves as a resource to the community and they work hard to place unwanted or abandoned pets in loving, permanent homes. The organization puts a strong emphasis on educating and encouraging the public to spay and neuter their pets in order to alleviate pet overpopulation. The animals rescued come from local shelters such as the Teterboro Animal Shelter and Bergen Protect and Rescue.

Contact Information:

Website: Clawsadopt.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 201-768-0200
Facebook: /ClosterAnimalWelfareSociety
Instagram: @clawsadopt

Halfway Hounds

Halfway Hounds’ mission is to give potentially adoptable shelter dogs a second chance to find them a forever home. Many of these adoptable dogs have run out of time and options, and all they need is a place to stay and some training. The organization provides temporary kennel housing, grooming, behavior assessments, obedience training, medical attention, and all the love a dog could need until it finds a family. Halfway Hounds’ goal is to find a home for every adoptable dog, to educate the community about dog behavior, and to provide the necessary training for the dog and its family to ensure successful adoption.

Halfway Hounds says its mission is to “visualize a community in which no adoptable pets are euthanized, all pets are wanted and considered part of the family, and Halfway Hounds is a valuable resource for education and training, to assure successful and permanent placement of shelter dogs.”

Contact information:

Website: www.halfwayhounds.org
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: /halfwayhounds
Instagram: @halfwayhounds


JerseyCats is a foster-based, cat rescue working primarily in Jersey City, Hoboken, Union City, and Weehawken. The cats can be seen online at jerseycats.org.

JerseyCats is a volunteer-run, foster-based rescue dedicated to improving the lives of homeless cats and kittens through rescue and adoption. JerseyCats strives to find homes for friendly, adoptable cats in need. The organization rescues homeless cats and kittens from unsafe or undesirable situations, predominantly in Jersey City, Hoboken, Union City, and Weehawken. The organization is a strong advocate for spaying and neutering and also encourage people to keep their pets indoors so they are safe in this urban environment. JerseyCats wants to spread the message of commitment and love for all animals.

Contact Information:

Website: www.jerseycats.org
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 201-305-3436
Facebook: /jerseycats
Instagram: @jerseycatsorg
Twitter: @jerseycatsorg

Liberty Humane Society | 235 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City

Liberty Humane Society’s mission is to foster a community of compassion and respect and provide animals in need with a chance at a lifelong, loving home. LHS cared for, treats, and finds homes for thousands of animals every year. Through its low-cost public Wellness Clinic, Humane Education program, and surrender prevention services, the goal is to reduce the number of animals who enter the shelter and provide a higher quality of care for those who stay in their homes. LHS wants to empower our community to take ownership of the way animals are treated, both in and out of the shelter system, by giving them the tools they need to make positive choices and provide independent care. All animals receive a medical assessment and vaccinations upon intake. New Jersey requires stray animals to be held for seven days before they are made available for adoption. After a behavioral assessment, adoptable dogs and cats move into main shelter housing where they will stay until adopted or transferred. All animals are spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to adoption.

Contact Information:

Website: www.libertyhumane.org
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (201) 547-4147
Facebook: @LibertyHumaneSociety
Instagram: @libertyhumanesociety
Twitter: @LibertyHumaneJC

Rescue Haven Foundation

Rescue Haven Foundation is a foster-based, dog rescue out of Caldwell, NJ. The mission of Rescue Haven Foundation is to save dogs and give them a chance at a new life. The organization does this by providing foster homes that will nurture a dog’s physical and emotional health. While the dogs are in the foster homes, the dedicated volunteers help locate ideal forever homes and provide fosters and adopters with support and training. This training and support help ensure that adopters have positive adoption experiences and, most importantly, that the dogs stay in their new homes permanently. All of the animals come from local shelters including Paterson, Newark, and NYCACC. The organization also takes in strays and the owner surrenders. The foster program was designed by dog trainers and behaviorists to ensure that they have resources, training, and behavior help available. Rescue Haven believes in “quality over quantity” and keeps the foster program small and manageable so the dogs can receive everything they need while they wait for the forever homes. Rescue Haven takes dogs of all breeds and sizes and welcomes medical cases, seniors, and special needs dogs. The rescue is partnered with the Verona Animal Hospital to ensure that the dogs have access to high-quality, modern veterinary care. Rescue Haven says it prides itself on its match-making skills and they work hard to make sure every dog and every adopter are compatible.

Contact Information:

Website: www.RescueHaven.org
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: /rescuehavenfoundation
Instagram: @rescuehaven

Secaucus Animal Shelter | 525 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus

The Secaucus Animal Shelter is dedicated to saving animals. Its mission is to rescue abandoned, abused, and injured animals; rehabilitate them, have them vaccinated, spayed, or neutered, and find them loving adoptive homes.  The shelter believes the most effective way to address the problem of abandoned animals is to raise public awareness of responsible pet ownership. As part of the adoption process, the shelter evaluates all of its rescues for behavior and physical problems prior to clearing them for adoption.

Contact Information:

Website: sasnj.org
Email: [email protected]

Second Chance Pet Adoption

Second Chance Pet Adoption League is a foster-based, dog rescue made up of a few dedicated people who work hard to find homes for deserving dogs. The rescues come mostly from local shelters/pounds that may be forced to euthanize adoptable dogs due to lack of space. The organization also rescues dogs from puppy mills where they live in cages neglected until they are no longer useful. Second Chance Pet Adoption League also accepts owner-surrendered dogs on a limited basis depending on space. The rescue puts a strong focus on saving seniors, shy dogs, dogs with special medical needs, and others who benefit from the extra care they receive in a foster environment. Second Chance Pet Adoption League says, “Seniors make the best friends! Though they may need some extra medical care to keep them happy and healthy, it’s very rewarding to open your home to an older dog in their golden years.” The organization also believes it’s very rewarding to work with the shyest dogs who come from neglect, hoarding cases, or puppy mills that have never known human kindness — to see them learn, grow, and form a special bond once they trust you.

Contact Information:

Website: www.secondchance.petfinder.com
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: /SecondChancePetAdoptionLeague
Instagram: @second.chance.nj

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Wise Animal Rescue

Wise Animal Rescue is based in Northern New Jersey but has fosters and volunteers throughout the Tri-State area that supports its mission and cause. The organization believes that without these amazing people, the rescue could not operate as it is entirely run by volunteers and fosters.

W.A.R. is dedicated to rescuing dogs of all ages and breeds from places where they are no longer wanted or are not being properly cared for. By partnering with veterinary practices that support its work, they are able to save dogs’ lives and restore them back to health. Central to the mission is to ensure that all dogs are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots, and microchipped. Prior to adoption, all of the dogs are placed into responsible, loving foster homes to be socialized and trained rather than put in a shelter environment. The majority of the dogs rescued by W.A.R. come directly from New Jersey. The organization occasionally rescues dogs from Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania but is dedicated to saving those who need them within our community as there are so many. The dogs are transferred out of local, municipal shelters, are surrendered by their owners, or are found as strays.

Contact Information:

Website: wiseanimalrescue.org
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: /wiseanimalrescue
Instagram: @wiseanimalrescue

Wizard of Paws

Wizard of Paws is a foster-based, cat and dog rescue founded right here in Hoboken that is run by fosters and volunteers all over the state. The organization is dedicated to saving every animal in need. While the organization mostly rescues cats, this rescue also takes in dogs. Wizard of Paws is a strong advocate of spay and neuter programs and actively helps with the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) of feral cats in our area. The animals come in as strays or from overpopulated shelters in the area. The organization also helps people who need to re-home their pets for various reasons. Wizard of Paws always promotes rescuing locally as there are so many animals here in NJ and the Tri-State area that need help. The organization believes adoption is key to supporting our community. Wizard of Paws says there are many ways to get involved. If you can foster, please do! If you are unable to foster, sign up to volunteer to walk dogs or clean cages at your local shelter or, help rescues spread the word about spay/neuter and TNR.

Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: /wizardofpawsrescue
Instagram: @wizardofpawsrescue

**Please note: There are more rescues, but these are some of our favorites. Feel free to comment below with other rescues you love and have found to be reputable.**

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