Animal Shelter/Animal Control

Walk in Public Hours:
  • 7 Days a week 12pm to 4pm

Contact the Animal Shelter/Animal Control:

     Animal Control Officers:
     George Flannary, Jackie Baird, Ed Dobrosky

  • Email Inquiries:
  • 732-248-7278
  • EMERGENCIES (Stray dog, Animal Bite, Animal Cruelty, Wildlife in living area) after hours or weekends please call Edison Police Dispatch at 732-248-7400

Located past the Municipal Complex, at the end of POW/MIA Blvd., the Edison Animal Shelter/Animal Control serves Metuchen, Piscataway, Dunellen, Highland Park, and Edison. If you have lost a pet or are looking for a new pet, please call or visit the shelter. Please note that the selection of dogs and cats available for adoption change on a daily basis. Visit the shelter to confirm availability of the pet you are interested in. 

The Edison Animal Shelter is an adoptions shelter.  We have a selection of dogs, cats, and small furry & feathered pets available for adoption (look at our page for a list of all current Adoptable Animals).  We do not euthanize adoptable animals.  Only those who our veterinarian deems medically unadoptable or is behaviorally unsafe are humanely euthanized by our veterinarian.

  • Fees: All of our dogs/cats are fully vetted spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped.
    Dogs/Puppies  $175.00
    Cats/Kittens    $100.00
    Small Furry & Feathered: $35.00
Forever Dog


Adopt Your Next Family Member Today!

 The process of choosing the family’s next pet is not something that should be rushed or taken lightly. Forever is a long time and our goal is to find all of the animals in our care their “Forever Homes”.  Our staff & adoption volunteers will use their skills and knowledge of the shelter animals to match you and your family with an appropriate cat or dog for your home. We encourage you to spend time with the animal of your choosing along with your whole family so that you can get to know a little more about him/her.        

 If you need a little time to consider your options we offer a courtesy one day hold. During that period the animal will be held for you. We do ask that you notify us of your decision as soon as you possibly can. Remember while an animal is on hold they could miss another chance for adoption.

 It may take several hours or even several visits to make a final adoption decision. At minimum, a cat adoption will take around an hour, and a dog adoption may require an hour and a half of your time. Please plan your visit accordingly. While not required, if you have another dog at home we strongly advise bring the dog(s) to the shelter during a second “Meet and Greet” visit to meet the potential new dog you selected on your first visit.

 If you rent, it is our policy to check with your landlord to determine the acceptability of your choice. Please bring along your landlord’s name and phone number and a copy of your lease.

 We accept cash or credit card as a method of payment for the adoption fees.

 Remember that even though we take the best possible care of animals at our shelter, we do not always know their prior medical history.  Our shelter veterinarian performs basic health exams and all animals are up to date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered prior to going to their new homes. We will pass along any medical/vaccine information that we have about the animal, whether from the previous owner or from the animal's time at the shelter. We strongly encourage you to take your new pet to a veterinarian of your choice within two weeks of adoption.  We also offer complimentary 30-day pet insurance from our pet insurance partner.

Adoption Requirements

Adopters must be 21 years old with valid photo ID.

  • We do not adopt to students.
  • Adopters must not have a history of ordinance violations, losing, giving away, selling, or having animals injured or killed by moving vehicles.
  • Adopters must provide proof of compliance with all applicable laws/regulations in their town of residence (e.g., Edison residents must prove that their cats & dogs have rabies vaccinations and they are licensed with the township).
  • All adults in the household are encouraged to visit with their new pet prior to adoption.
  • Any application for a pet may require a home inspection.
  • Declawed cats may not be kept as outdoor or indoor/outdoor animals.
  • If you do not own your home, plan to speak with your landlord and ensure pets are permitted in your home.
  • You must meet any applicable special needs requirements for the animal.

 All cats receive:


  • Rabies & Distemper Vaccination
  • Vet check-up
  • Testing for feline leukemia and FIV
  • Spaying or neutering

 All dogs receive:


  • Rabies, Distemper & Bordatella Vaccination
  • Vet check-up
  • Heartworm testing
  • Spaying or neutering

 Underage/Medical issue Spay/Neuter Policy

 *If you select a kitten or puppy too young to be spayed or neutered before it leaves the shelter, or a pet that has medical issues prior to adoption we will make arrangements to spay/neuter at a future date.

Declawing Jackson Glaaxy
Pet Surrenders:
If you must surrender your pet, please note the following: 
       * You must call first and provide pet information
          * We may be full-but can as a courtesy post your pet on our Facebook and Petfinder pages.
          * All dogs must pass a temperament test.  We cannot take in feral cats or dogs with aggressive behavior  or bite histories.
          * Veterinary Records must be provided at the time of surrender.  Your pet MUST be up to date on its rabies vaccine.
          * You must pay a surrender fee to help with the cost of care for your pet.  If your pet is not spayed/neutered the fee will be at a higher rate.
Rehome your pet

Redemption Fees:

If your pet was picked up by Animal Control, you must provide proof of ownership to redeem (dog/cat license, proof of rabies vaccine, vet records)
1st Occurrence: $25.00 plus daily boarding fee (if applicable)
2nd Occurrence: $50.00 plus daily boarding fee (if applicable)
3rd Occurrence: $100.00 plus daily boarding fee (if applicable)
Daily Boarding fee $4.00

Additional Expenses: Any expenses not specified or of an unusual nature shall be charged at cost or a reasonable estimated charge (ie Veterinary Expenses, Boarding if owner is aware animal is at shelter and fails to pick up)


Animal Control officers are available 24/7. ACOs are responsible for enforcing town ordinances pertaining to animals and investigating animal cruelty/neglect. Services provided:

  • Picking up stray dogs (either contained or running at large).  We normally do not pick up stray cats as many cats are indoor/outdoor owned cats.  We give them a few days to return home.  NEVER FEED A STRAY CAT!
  • Picking up injured/sick/stray/domestic animals (dogs/cats) and injured/sick wildlife.
  • Removing wildlife from a resident's living quarters.  Attics and walls are not considered living quarters and a local PEST CONTROL company should be contacted.
  • Investigation of animal bites and quarantining animals involved in bites.
  • Animal nuisance complaint investigations and inquiries
  • Picking up of deceased domestic animals (dogs/cats)
  • Cruelty/Neglect Investigations
  • TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) management of feral cats in Edison and participating towns.
  • Removal of deceased deer in EDISON only