Clear The Shelters Adoption Event

JACKSON – Ocean County Animal Facilities is making it easier than ever to adopt a new furry friend on Saturday, August 19, by waiving their adopting fees for dogs and cats during a special “Clear the Shelters” event.

This is the third time that both the Northern and Southern shelter locations are taking part in the national adoption event, which will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Hundreds of animal shelters across the United States will be joining in the effort in hopes to clear out their own shelters. In 2016, more than 20,000 dogs and cats in need of homes were adopted across the nation.

“Last year we came so close to clearing both of our animal facilities of all cats and dogs and this year we hope to do even better,” said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “If you or someone you know have been thinking about adding a dog or cat to the family, now is the perfect time,” added Freeholder Little.

During last year’s event in Ocean County, 47 pets found their forever homes and dozens more were adopted in the days leading up to Clear the Shelters, according to Ocean County Health Department spokesperson Brian Lippai.

It’s been a busy summer for the Health Department, which assures the community there will be plenty of kittens, cats, puppies and dogs to choose from. “Our goal is to find homes for as many dogs and cats as possible during this special one day adoption event,” said Daniel Regenye, Health Department Coordinator.

Ocean County Animal Facilities operates under the eye of the Ocean County Health Department. The Southern Facility is located at 360 Haywood Road in Manahawkin, and the Northern Facility is located at 615 Freemont Avenue in Jackson.

For more information on the Clear the Shelters event or how to adopt a pet, call 732-657-8086 or 609-978-0127. Visit the Ocean County Health Department website at