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We’re Open!

...but you need an APPOINTMENT for some services.

YES! We're still handling adoptions at our shelter by appointment only for approved applications. Before you can adopt, you need to choose one or more animals you're interested in and then fill out an application on our website by clicking the pink ADOPT ME button. Once your application is approved, we will contact you to make an appointment to meet the available animal(s) you are interested in.

YES! We are accepting donations to help the animals at our shelter. Donations can be dropped off daily, without appointment and can be left in the green labeled bins located directly outside the main shelter door. A list of items we can/cannot accept can be found in the donation drop area. You can also learn more about how to support us by clicking here to visit our wish list.

YES! We are still accepting volunteers for select positions! To read more about our program and needs, please click here to visit our volunteer page.

Visitors must wear a CDC-approved face mask at all times while they are in the shelter.

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Community Dogs Program

Can we count you in? In neighboring communities, pit bull puppies are handed out on the street or sold.  Many end up in animal control, and many more end up on the streets, tied in yards, breeding or involved in dog fighting. It has been our experience that very few are spayed or neutered. Many residents are open to spay / neuter options but are not actively seeking these options. That is where WE come in. Our Community Dogs Program is a free spay / neuter program, with a focus on pit bulls. It is free for pit bulls, but low cost for other breeds or cases.

With your help, we can offer the support needed to provide essential medical care to dogs like Salem and Casper as we continue to build our relationship with the community. Please consider a donation to help directly cover the cost of a spay / neuter surgery or essential vaccinations and care. We are counting on your support to break the cycle and as we spay / neuter more dogs in need together.

If you are needing assistance or having financial difficulty spaying and or neutering your dog, please email

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge
2 Shelter Lane
Oakland, NJ 07436

Tax ID (EIN): 22-6094179


Monday: Appointment Only
Tuesday: Appointment Only
Wednesday: Appointment Only
Thursday: Appointment Only
Friday: Appointment Only
Saturday: Appointment Only
Sunday: Appointment Only