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This page is dedicated to all of the JSAC alumni that have found their new home! Owners can post a picture and a story about their new friend to show viewers that these pets are very happy to be in their new home.

Click the link to see a list of our Recently ADOPTED Pets.

Please do not call or e-mail the shelter about these animals, they have already found new homes. If you are interested in adopting a pet, please visit our Animals for Adoption page


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Adopted December 2014  Molly

Molly has already settled in to her forever home wonderfully. She is a delight to wake up to in the morning and she absolutely loves to be cuddled. She follows our other dog aka her big brother, Peyton, everywhere and always wants to play with him. He quickly taught her how to play fetch, how to play with squeaky toys, and showed her where all the good spots in the house are to sleep! Molly is a wonderful addition to our family and we wanted to thank the team at JSAC for helping us find our Molly. =] 



Adopted August 2014 Jake (Adam)

Jake (named Adam when he was at JSAC) continues to thrive as my better half. He enjoys long walks every day and especially loves the Thompson Dog Park in Jackson.




Adopted 11/2009 Aces 

My name is Brittany and I adopted Aces (pictured right, his rescue brother Spades on the left) when I was 13 years old, he was ten months. Since that delightful day when I brought him home in November 2009, he has been nothing but the absolutely best companion I have ever known. We call him the Cary Grant of dogs - have you ever seen a more handsome boy? He's looking forward to Santa and his 15th birthday in January! No words can describe how very much I love him and how much joy he has brought to every person he has met along the way. 


Adopted 7/2014 Randy (Chatterbug)

We wanted to thank you all for our new loving cat "RANDY"! He is a 2 year old grey domestic short hair. We came to get him on 4th of July weekend after recently losing our 10 year old black boy cat to cancer. Our remaining girl cat now needed a new friend. As you can see Randy (The BIG fella) is the perfect fit. They both love to play together and have become inseparable! Here they are pictured in one of their more favorite activities of swatting at water in the sink. (and they both know they aren't supposed to be up there!)Gotta love them! And we do so much! 



Adopted 12/21/13 Clarence (Tusurus)

We had lost our cat Elvis to old age and our other cat Hunter needed a companion. We came to your website and found at that time Tusurus. We filled out the adoption papers and Saturday 12/21/13 we adopted him. He fit into our home and life perfectly and as you can see by the attached picture his brother Hunter is watching over his new brother now named Clarence after the angle from our favorite movie its a Wonderful Life. 



Hello Jersey Shore Animal Center team:

I wanted to touch base to let you know that Dia, the small adult gray kitty I adopted from your Center this week is doing well in her new home. :-) See the two pictures attached. 

Pleased to report, there is kitty harmony in our home as Dia and our other three kitties are getting along perfectly. Our kitties were eager to check her out, which we allowed them to do slowly. To our surprise, the intros were short and sweet -nose to nose sniffing mostly, and curious observation. Before we knew it, each kitty wanted to keep her company. (curiosity, I assume) in the guest room where we made her comfy with her own space to adapt to her new surroundings. 

 She's still quite thin with a less than lush coat, but feel confident she will begin to thrive‎ as her stress levels decrease and she becomes more and more comfortable as she slowly peruses the house. Until then, treats and brushing her coat seem to be the best strategy for connecting with her. 

 Happy Holidays to all! 

 Best, Kara  



Adopted: 12/2014 Oakley

Oakley is truly our "one in a million" boy...he spends every waking moment snuggling and purring. His Daddy and I are amazed at how quickly he settled in to his forever home with us. Oakley will enjoy a permanent place in our hearts and in our home... We couldn't be more in love. Thank you JSAC!!!



 Adopted: 11/13/2014  Brody

Here is our sweet boy, Brody, in his new forever home. He likes to keep us company in the kitchen when we cook or snuggle on the living room floor for a movie. Brody has already settled in quite well with his kitty siblings (and they are slowly accepting him as an oddly behaved cat). He loves playing fetch, going for walks, and learning new tricks. We're so thankful to have found Brody!

Adopted 10/2014 Dylan 

my new baby Dylan is enjoying his freedom in his new large fenced in yard, where he can run and play as much as he wants even got house broken because he loves the out doors so much he is such a good boy we love him 


Adopted November 2014 Boo (Darren)

Hi, everyone! I've had a pretty exciting first day in my new home. I hissed at my big brothers a whole bunch just to show them who's boss. I looked out my first window, saw myself in a mirror, and found out there's a BIG toy box in the dining room. Oh, and I also got a new name. Mommy says it's just too confusing for her to have two Darrens in her life. And, besides, all of my brothers have their own last names. So she's calling me Boo Radley because that's from a movie that she and the other Darren love very much. And it also has something to do with Halloween. I kinda like it. I like my new home, too. Very much. Thanks, JSAC, for keeping me safe and warm until I found my fur-ever home. Love, Dar... I mean, Boo Radley. (It's a fine name!)


Adopted 10/2014 Q.T

We adopted QT on Sunday, October 12 and he has become a beloved member of our family. He has integrated himself nicely with our other pet, a dog named Simon. QT is cute as his name would suggest and playful. He loves to sit in his kitty condo we bought for him. We are so happy we adopted him!



Adopted 10/2014 Maxie

Hi,I adopted Maxie only a short time ago-he has made an impact on me already.Im going through a rough time in my life,and Maxie has brought me happiness.He is so playful,I cant help put a smile on my face every morning.No more cages-he already has the run of the whole place inside and out,and enjoys every minute of it.A few accidents here and there,but he is learning and getting better.Loves car rides and just sitting on my lap watching TV.Maxie has a forever home with me,he grew on me so much already,Thank you guys so much--I tell anyone who will listen to ADOPT a pet!!!


Adopted September 2014 Petey

Petey, (pictured left with his two big brothers) is a wonderful addition to our family. He is full of love. He enjoys playing, going on walks/runs, watching TV, getting a bath, taking rides in the car, is learning new tricks and takes turns sleeping in each family members bed. He is a 55lb lap dog, so he thinks :) Movie night here is hysterical...squeezing four people and three dogs that think they're people on one couch. WE LOVE IT! So thankful that we could give Petey a forever home! 



Adopted August 2014 Molly

We were so honored to get the chance to adopt this wonderful dog Molly. We have nothing bad to say about her. She is the most wonderfully trained, well mannered dog. We talk to her as if she is a human and we swear she understands what we are saying when we talk to her. We cannot thank you guys enough over at JSAC for giving us this opportunity! 


Adopted May 2013 Bailey (Pal)

It had been a year since we had lost our beloved Aussie mix (18 yrs old). One day, my friend and I were driving by the JSAC, and I just had an urge to go in - and there was Pal/Bailey - love at first sight. He adores everyone and is so well behaved now that when we visit my godmother at her Memory Care facility, he is Mr. Popular. He loves the beach in NJ and the park in VA. He has enormous energy so he races the waves, and then loves to lie on the couch and pretend he's a lap dog. We discovered he enjoys tv! (was glued to the PBS Penguin special). He is a beautiful, loving friend and member of my family. THANK YOU JSAC



Adopted March 2012 Louie (Ping)

I adopted Ping back in 2012 his name is Louie and I wanted to give you an update he is doing wonderful here is a updated picture of him from the one I gave you 2 years ago ..Louie loves car rides and walks and loves to play with his toys thank you again :)

Adopted: 8/20/2014 Jake (Adam)

Jake (formerly known as Adam at Jersey Shore Animal Center) is doing quite well. He's joining me for several walks a day and is proving to be a perfect companion, adding much joy to my life.


Adopted July 2014  Miss Charleston AKA 'Charlie' (Wen)

Charlie is such a wonderful addition to our family! She is enjoying many long walks everyday - many of our walks go around two lakes where she likes to visit the ducks. We also joined the Ocean County Dog park and Charlie loves to run with all the dogs there. Charlie is so sweet and gentle too so she is the perfect dog to take to visit my homebound mother. We place her on my mom's bed and Charlie snuggles next to her and gives her lots of kisses; it's the best medicine ever! We are so happy that we adopted Charlie. She is the perfect dog for us! 


August 2014 Jaydee and Jaxee (Raindrop and Carasaljo)

I walked in knowing I wanted to adopt a kitten and I instantly fell I love with these two! There both wonderful energetic kittens there a great addition to our new home!


Adopted 8/4/14  Commodore

Happy to say that Mr. Commodore is doing just wonderful adjusting to his new home and new life. He loves to run up and down the stairs, and he is always curious to sneak down into the basement to check it out. The whole house is his play ground, but when it's bed time he follows me and sleeps w me through out the whole night. He's my best friend, and my lil shadow who follows me everywhere I go. Just one more week until his cone comes off!!!! Thanks JSAC for caring for him and helping him heal, and for rescuing him so we could finally meet. He is part of the family.

Adopted 8/3/14  Trixie

Trixie came into our lives and made herself at home right away. The very first night she slept at the bottom of our bed. She is 8 years old and I thought it would take her time to acclamate. She roams around the house like she was meant to be here all along. She purrs and rolls over to have her belly rubbed all the time. We are so happy she came to us. 


Just stopping by to say hello and Zipper says "Ruff Ruff". He is doing well. He's become over protective of the family and household. Sorry to say he does not like other neighborhood dogs so he doesn't have playmates. Also he doesn't play with any toys. He just follows everyone around, loves to be held, eats everything you put in front of him and is very obedient when it comes time to go out and do his deed......


Hello from Cole. As we call him Mar-Coal Polo because he explores. Karen 


Dear Jersey Shore team,

I just want to let you know that today is 3 months that I adopted tinky, Sissy.

And I can?t imagine my life without them,

 They are my morning and nights. They are adorable.

 Adopted: March 2013 Teddy (Tigger)

Teddy was picked up as a stray in Newark, when I first saw him he was so afraid of everything but got along with other dogs. My dogs Otis and Casey liked him right away and they are one happy pack today. Teddy still has a fear of most men, but loves and listens to his mommy


Adopted: 7/16/2014 Kaylee (Zebra)


Adopted: October 2013Ollie (Homer) Homer

Hello, After super storm sandy we began looking for a puppy. The first place we wanted to look was the jersey shore animal shelter. After searching continuously on the website we came across Homer, now Oliver, and absolutely fell in love. He was such a sweet heart and opened up immediately to my girlfriend. Olive now loves playing in the backyard, playing fetch and as you can see is really apart of the family. He believes he is able to do everything that we do, including sitting in the kitchen chairs. He loves to be outside but especially loves snuggling up with mommy on the couch. He was the perfect dog for us and we are so blessed to have him in our lives. Thank you, Jersey shore animal shelter for everything you do and liking great pets with great family's. 



Our Princess of Everyone's Heart.

My sweet baby girl Princess, was adopted in 2006 from Jersey Shore Animal Center. Grandma and I walked in just as she arrived. Her name was Sadie, and due to an abusive situation, she was so very ill. JSAC was so caring and wonderful. Ryan would work while carrying her in a papoose. Mom and I came daily to relieve the staff and hold Princess in her blanket.We came at the perfect time as now our Princess Lexi was brought in a short while earlier. She was definitely Mommy's girl from the moment we laid eye on her. She was so loved and gavbbc.coe so much love in return.Princess would lead the POAC. Walk with her shirt. The children loved interacting with her as much as as she loved them. Princess was loved by the folks at Laurelton Village. She wore a different bow with her matching dress and of course, het diaper. Princess was a special guest at Riccio Pick me up benefits for families with financial medical necessities. My Princess was one Heaven sent Angel which will always be in grandma and my hearts. We love you and miss you baby girl. Thank you JSAC . She Was Princess of everything and gave everyone a joyful heart. You are now happy and healthy again playing are the Rainbow Bridge. We will meet you with all the cuddles and hugs!




Adopted: Cole

The most curious cat ever lounging in the sun. He follows me like a dog and insists on laying on me even at night. Karen 

 Adopted: 5/17/2014 Shorty

Shorty has found his forever home with his boy Liam. He loves to play fetch and herd his human friends for fun. He likes to go on walks around the neighborhood and make friends with all the humans and dogs he meets. Shorty will always remember all his friends at JSAC and will come back to visit soon.


Adopted: 5/8/2014  Hitch

When I visited the shelter in search of my new snuggle kitty Hitch was right there rubbing against my ear. He was a keeper for sure. He has made himself at home no teeth and all!!! We have become fast friends and every day is a joy with him in it!!! 



Adopted: May 2014 Skyler

Skyler is happy in her new home.


Adopted: April 2014 Sissy and Tink


Dear Jersey Shore Center, 
"let me introduce you to my party people in the floor!!"
that's not JLO's song , They are the  "tink- sissy sisters"!!
10yrs old adopted from Jersey shore animal shelter in Brick, NJ.  They are beautiful , healthy and smart 10yrs old Chihuahua, and mini-pincher. they Love treats , play and watch 'novelas' with us. They went to the vet on tue the 29th, and they passed with flying colors. I'm so grateful that they had a dental cleaning done before the adoption. I would love to participate in any event that tink, sissy can come and "be happy" (like the song).
Ibis & Jose.


Date Adopted: 4/26/2014 Blueberry

Blueberry is adjusting wonderfully to her new home. She is sweet, gentle, and loves to cuddle! The fact that she only has 3 legs does not stop her from doing anything. She runs, climbs, and chases her laser (courtesy of JSAC). She loves her greenies too! We really picked a winner. Blueberry found her forever home. 



Adopted Septemeber 2013 Zola (Lola)

Hi guys! I got adopted by a great family about 7 months ago and i've been having so much fun! My new family absolutely adores me and i'm really happy with them too. I get to go on hikes and play at the beach and I have a whole toy box full of my very own toys! My family wants me to tell everyone at JSAC how thankful they are for helping them find the perfect new addition to their family =)



Adopted: March 2014 Logan

The first time I laid eyes on this adorable baby dog i could not resist, I needed him as my pet. The day I adopted him was one of the happiest day of my life. Once I saw him run around I was amazed. He was the fastest dog i've ever seen! That's when I decided to name him Lightning because he was as fast as Lightning. I could tell it was the perfect name for him. I hope i have an amazingly happy life with him. And I will.



Adopted: March 2014 Puzzle


Adopted: March 2014

Just wanted to reach out and thank you for allowing my parents to adopt Phoebe approx 2 weeks ago from the shelter.  We traveled from Clifton and brought Phoebe home the same day. She has brought sunshine to my parents home and my mom just adores her. She has definitely found herself a good home. She sleeps on the bed, looks out the siding glass door and plays with toys, she made herself right at home. Thanks again from me and my parents, Hanna Masse & Eugenia 


Adopted: March 2014
Hi, j
ust an update on Sampson.

What a great dog! So loving & friendly, & great with our kids.  ( He follows my wife around like her shadow )

He has had his check-up with the vet... All ok! Thursday was his first obedience training, it went very well. 

It took a few weeks, now he really knows this is his home. Did you know he chases squirrels? Yep, he is strong. I’m most likely going to need rotator cuff surgery from him pulling my arm socket out... Ha just kidding. We did get him a harness & it really helped in walking him, plus he likes it better. 

Anyway, Thanks again. We’ll keep in touch.  


Adopted: March 2014 Jackson Brown (Taz)

 Jackson Brown, his new name, is doing very well.  He is so happy in his new home.  Jackson or should I say my shadow follows me everywhere and cries when I leave the house.  He is just so loving and a good boy.  I am thrilled that we found each other. I took him to the vet yesterday and she said that his ears look very good and that I should finish up the meds. Here are two pictures of him on his  first morning.



 Adopted: January 2012 Lori

I adopted Lori in January 2012. I wasn't planning on adopting that day, but when I saw her face, I could not resist. She is the sweetest dog ever. I am so lucky to have found a dog who is perfect for me. She is still very afraid of men, but I am convinced one day, she will conquer her fears! I could not have asked for a better best friend!

Adopted: March 2014 Kipp

Kipp is phenomenal, he has a great personality and has made himself right at home. He is very playful, loves his toys, and yet he is very comfortable and cuddly. I am so happy to have him and I hope more people adopt the beautiful cats and dogs from Jersey Shore Animal Center. Thanks so much to the staff. Kipp has a new home!!!! John and Kipp


 Adopted: 4/2012 Stella

Our crazy upside down puppy just wanted to drop by and say hi!! Stella is doing great and we couldn't have asked for a more loving and loyal dog. Thank you JSAC for our little girl!! 

 Adopted: 2/4/2012 Betty Boots

Boots is a great dog and a member of our family. She loves walks to the parks. Best friends with our kids. We could not of asked for a better friend. 

 Adopted: 3/6/2014 Sampson

Sampson had a very good day yesterday. He seemed to fit in right away. Our kids played with him for hours. By 10Pm he was out cold. slept like baby till morning. He is a very happy dog & a great addition to our family. Thanks very much. We will keep in touch! 

Adopted: 8/30/2013  Kwalei (Kiki)

Hi my name is Kwalei, although you may remember me as Kiki. I was adopted from JSAC by my new family on August 30th 2013 and I love my new home! I’m learning to be a good doggie in obedience classes and I might even get to try some agility and maybe be a therapy dog and get to make people smile! My best friend is a puppy named Huck. We've had many adventures already – hiking, the beach, and LOTS of play dates! Thank you so much to the staff and volunteers for rescuing me, bringing me to JSAC, and giving me the chance to meet my new family. They also wanted me to tell you thank you. They had lost a very special dog to cancer about a month before they adopted me. They tell me I’m helping them heal (see I’m already practicing to be a therapy dog!) and that they love me very much. I’m a very lucky doggie! Thank you for all you do to help other dogs like me find their forever homes! 



On February 12th I brought Harry into my family.  I am completely and totally in love with this boy. I was looking for a female cat but something about him convinced me he was my cat. He is wonderful.  I cannot imagine why he spent all that time in the shelter.
He adjusted completely in less than a week.  He eats well, learned immediately to drink from his fountain, had no issue with the litter box and even comes when called. He immediately connected with his big brother, Spirit, who is a Golden/Setter mix and not small.  They nuzzle each other anytime they see each other.  Harry is very playful and has brought many laughs already.  He often runs across the room to hop on my lap, cuddle and purr.
Thank you so much for caring for this great little boy until I managed to find him!  He is purrrrfect.
- Pat 


Adopted 1997 Lexi


 Thank you. Its sounds strange but she is the first animal that I have felt like there was a connection. I remember walking into the backroom of the BRICK Animal Shelter where the kittens were. I had a hard time deciding until I was about to walk out I heard the attendant ask for help. I turned around and Lexi had her head caught between the bars of the cage she was in. I told my wife, She's the one! The attendant said, she obviously wanted to get out. I held her in front of me and she didn't meow but sniffed and wanted to snuggle. For what it is worth, my prayers go out to your animals. SEE HER IN THE BED WITH A HEATING PAD. We were living South Belmar at the time. she used to sit on the front porch for hours just staring out over Lake Como at the ducks and birds. She loved cold weather.


R.I.P Rosie

We adopted Rosie in April of 2000 from the Jersey Shore Animal Center, after she had been run over by a car and left for dead by the side of the road. Her spine was broken, but through sheer will and determination she learned to walk again, albeit with a noticeable limp. She never regained full strength in her hindquarters, but it didn't slow down her resolve not to live a dog's life. Refusing to use her doggie-wheel-chair, she maintained an "I can do it by myself!" attitude and kept her sense of independence over the next 12 years. Cancer finally took my pound-puppy-pitbull-mix down in August of 2012, but not without a fight. She was a beautiful girl with a mild mannered temperament; the only aggression she ever displayed was used to overcome the difficult hurdles that life had thrown in her path. She was an inspiration to all who met her.


Thank you so much Jersey Shore Animal Center for bringing this adorable, tenacious, loving little girl into our lives! We will always remember her fondly.


Michele and Bill Hampel

Adopted: Jan 15 2014 Scout (Jax)

Hey everyone! I just wanted to share that Jax (aka Scout) is loving his new home. The moment I scooped him up and put him in my jeep I knew he would forever be my little shadow! "It's just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn't it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal." -John Grogan ...Jax is crazy about having a huge yard to run around in, and a full size bed to curl up in at night. Oh, and there's no question of who saved who, he saved me! :) 

Madison and Jax (Lil Steve)


Adopted: Jan 2014 Sadie (Natasha)

 Hi Everyone!

  Jerry and I just wanted to give you an update as to how Sadie (aka Natasha) is doing. She seems to love her new home and family/pack. Sadie has been doing great with potty training. Since taking her home Friday, she has been going potty outside in her new backyard, which she loves to run around and follow the other pups. After running around the house (getting all her puppy energy out) and playing with all her toys, she cuddles right up on the couch with all of us. We have her first vet appointment on Wednesday to make sure all is well.  Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to give Sadie a loving and forever home :)

 Ps- We also attached some pics for you of Sadie's first couple days at home. 


Adopted Jan 2014: Breeze (Mitzi)


Just wanted to say thanks again and let you all know Mitzi is doing great !!! She is fine with my cat, adores my kids, is an awesome rider and goes everywhere with me, and has slept through both nights. She is an absolute love and we 're thrilled to have her. She and Boz are completely fine together too. She's definitely the alpha but he couldn't care less! We named her Breeze since she didn't respond much to Mitzi. Thanks! 


Adopted Jan 2014: Lily (Laverne)

Hello! I just wanted to up-date you on how Laverne is doing. I renamed her Lily and I am 100% in LOVE with her. She is so sweet and loves to cuddle. I knew when she started purring that she was the one and I cannot imagine my life without her! She hates when I am on my iPad or phone, only because it means that I am not paying attention to her lol. She loves nuzzling up to me at night and sleeps on my stomach when I go to sleep. Lily loves her cat tree so much that I am buying another one! She is getting used to my dogs and loves playfully batting my chihuahua in the head! She went to the vet last night and had a clean bill of health! Once she was in there she even started purring! I will attach some pictures! Thanks so much for letting my adopt this special kitty... She is loved so much! Annie and Lily 

Adopted Jan 2014: Greta (Alice)


I just wanted to send you some pictures of Alice (now Greta) from her first couple days with my parents. We were so excited to meet her! I got a couple cute ones while over there (one with my son, their grandson?she loves him!) and thought you?d like to see them!  She is a lovely little dog and already made herself a part of the family.  My parents are in love and she is in love with them already.  My mom says she follows my dad around the house all day :)  Thank you for giving her a place to stay until she found my parents and her forever home.  She will be loved for life.

Best wishes,
Mary Beth


 Adopted: 12/28/2013 December

December spent a lot of time exploring her new home, both inside and outside on her first day. She watched TV with her new dad and mom, not quite understanding where the dog that was barking was. Thanks so much to the JSAC staff for taking such good care of her and nursing her back to health. She misses you but is so happy to find her forever home!! She is well behaved and very lovable!! We are so glad we found her!! Susan and Vinnie Loveland


 Adopted: 12/14/2008  Oliver

One fateful night in December of 2008 on the way home from dinner, we decided to make a quick stop at the Jersey Shore Animal Center on a whim. We had never been there before, and we ended up taking a tour. That’s where we found Oliver, who had just been dropped off that day. As soon as we saw this shy little dog, we knew he was meant to join our family – we already had a schnauzer named Otto that looked just like him! After a painfully long week of waiting for him to be neutered, he finally came to join us on December 14, 2008. It took Oliver quite some time to break out of his shell. He came to us shy and timid – but he is a different dog today! We finally got to know the real Oliver, and he is sweet, gentle, loving, affectionate, playful and hilarious! He absolutely loves his brother Otto, and he also loves spending time with his Chihuahua cousins Bambam and Lucy. His favorite hobbies include sleeping bundled up in more blankets than is necessary for one dog, chasing squirrels with Otto and Lucy, and cuddling with us every single day. We cannot imagine our lives without Oliver, and we are so thankful to JSAC for bringing such great joy to us. He was our greatest Christmas present! (Oliver is the "devil" in the picture attached, and Otto is the "angel"!) 

 Adopted: 10/28/2013 Clarissa

After seeing Clarissa's picture and reading her bio I knew I had to adopt her. After hearing you accepted my app I was so thrilled and couldn't wait to take her home. Her picture doesn't do her justice she's just lovey and sweet girl. She fits in our hous like she belongs with us. 



As you can see, Daisy a/k/a Faith, is growing and doing well.. she is very  playful and loves her walks and running in the back yard...afterwhich, she needs a nap :)  Thank you for all the great work you do in rescuing these animals!


Adopted: 10/14/2013 Dakota (Tiny)

(Tiny) now Dakota joins her other adopted Brother Zayden,Blaze and Chloe....she may be the littlest but she is a character and is a welcome addition!!! So glad she came home with us. Jody and Roger

 Adopted: 6/16/2013 Laynee (Jerzie) 

High Energy with a heart of Gold describes Laynee perfectly. She can be a bit spiteful and a handful, but one look into those eyes and she melts your heart. She loves to lay in her bed and bathe in the sun. She loves her big brother Leo and he has been slowly but surely adjusting to her wild personality. The frequently sit together chewing their bones and love to wrestle each night before settling down to sleep. She loves to play with her toys, our cats, Dexter and Delphinium and most of all Leo! She is a total snuggle bug and loves to keep your lap warm. Wherever we are she wants to be... We are so happy she joined our family!! 


Adopted: 8/9/2013 Cassie

Cassie came home with me on a Friday afternoon in early August. Of course, I didn't know how she would initially react to her new surroundings. Rather than confine her to one room, I opened her carrier and released her to roam freely throughout the house. I led her to her litter box, and then to her food and water bowls. She was quite inquisitive but not at all fearful. Within two hours, she had successfully used her litter box, filled her tummy with food, and snuggled up to a pillow on the couch to sleep. In one month, Cassie has become my new best friend. She may only be six pounds, but she's a super companion with a super personality. We play together and cuddle often. We're even learning each other's language. Thank you, JSAC, for a happy ending. You have made it possible for my Cassie to find her new 'furever' home with me.



The calico is Cara.

Adopted August 2013 Ezmeralda

Ezmeralda was living at the shelter for about a 1 1/2 years. She is such a beautiful cat that I just couldn't believe she wasn't adopted sooner. On the day I took her home she was terrified and meowed and clawed at her carrying case all the way home... Once home she seemed to immediately take to her new home with exploring every nook and cranny. From rolling in her own litter box to making her bed her own. Ezmeralda is slowly warming up to me as she allows me to pet her and she will walk across me to lay at my feet when siting on the couch. In time I think she will cuddle. She purrs a lot and she is happy. She is such a pleasure to have at home.. and its a nice to have her come running when I return home from work to greet and meet me with an Hello. She is a hearty eater. The trip to the vet has given her a clean bill of health and she is at her ideal weight. Ezmeralda has found her forever home.


Adopted August 2013 Biggie Smalls (Mr,Toad)

I cannot begin to express the gratitude I have to Hollow Creek Farm ( for coordinating Mr.Toad's -- now known as Biggie Smalls (to be called Biggie) -- journey to Florida.  And, I am equally thankful to Jersey Shore Animal Center ( for "saving him" for me and allowing him to travel from the great Garden State of NJ back to South Carolina; and, eventually, to Florida.

As I type this note with tears of happiness, I have an enormous place in my heart to those who drove him from NJ to SC (I understand Toad/Biggie rode shotgun the entire way); to those who flew him from SC to GA; and, to George and Diane who flew him from GA to Florida this morning.  Biggie is snoring under my feet while Cece snoozes in the window ... I guess today's journey, and making new friends, has everyone pooped!

Biggie's journey to Florida began back in April (even though we didn't know it at the time), after my dear dear Opie made his way to Rainbow Bridge.   Opie is, once again, happy and healthy as he runs around the lush green meadows with Daisy and Samson (and feline "frenemy," Jezabelle); but, I do miss him -- very much -- every day.  I met Biggie, then known as Mr. Toad, while making a donation at the Jersey Shore Animal Center after Opie died.  At that time, I had taken a new position within my company, Lenovo, to relocate to Florida ... yet hadn't determined exactly when I would move to the Sunshine State. 

The day came -- Cece and I drove to Florida over the July 4th holiday weekend -- but while I was finalizing the contract on my "forever home," the "foster home" I was staying in was breed restricted .... meaning, no Pit Bulls. (I could go on and on about breed restrictions, but this is not the venue for that discussion). So, for the month of July, Cece and I hung out in our "foster home" in North Tampa while I went through the process of buying our "forever home" in St. Petersburg, FL. I am so thankful Cece was with me as buying a house is exciting, aggravating and emotional ... all at the same time.  She kept me grounded with her kisses and tail wagging; and, helped me drop a few pounds during our humid Florida evening walks :o)

July 30th:  We closed on our "forever home" in St. Pete! 
August 1st:  We moved into our "forever home" in St. Pete!!
August 25:  We picked up Mr. Toad -- Biggie Smalls -- at a lovely small airport, Albert Whitted Airport (, in downtown St. Peterburg!!!

I had only met Mr. Toad / Biggie Smalls once (back in April); but, Cece and he had met a few times thanks to my wonderful friend (and pet sitter and vet tech), Nikki.  They were excited to see each other today; and, I knew I made the right choice in welcoming Biggie Smalls to his new "forever home" in Florida.  They did great in the car, although Biggie was relegated to the back seat (Cece rode shotgun); and, as soon as I let them out of the car at the house, Biggie raced Cece to the front door ... off leash!

Biggie investigated the entire house -- downstairs and upstairs -- twice; and, then the backyard.  He was so excited, his tail was wagging the whole time ... which is the first time I will have two dogs that each have a tail :o) :o)  He had his first meal in his "forever home;" and, unlike Cece who inhales her food, he is very gentlemanly while he eats.  (I need for him to teach Cece some "eating manners" as not only does she inhale her food, she is sloppy eater ... crumbs EVERYWHERE!) :o) 

We then went for our first walk as a family.  We saw Mike and Rocky --  a very tall Boxer -- along the way; and, boy oh boy, Biggie is STRONG!  He packs a lot of strength in his little body.  They investigated each other a bit; and, then we went our separate ways.  A good boy, he peed -- and marked a few other things along the way -- and pooped!!  Then we went in the back yard again ... and, Biggie got wet.  Why?  He fell into the pool!  He went all the way under ... scrambled a bit ... but was able to pull himself out even though I was right there to lend a helping hand.  I couldn't help but laugh.  It reminded me of when Cece fell into the pool (in NJ) last year when I had it opened.  At least he didn't fall in twice ... like Cece did :o)

So, as I continue to unpack box after box after box to make our "forever home" homey, fun and wecloming to family, friends and furry friends, I am thankful that Biggie Smalls will be part of my new personal and professional adventures in Florida.  Cece is thrilled to have a new "brother" and playmate; and, I am thrilled for her.  I hope, one day, you can all visit me in my new "forever home" in St. Petersburg; and, meet my furry family -- Cece and Biggie.  In case you can't make the trip, attached are a few pictures, so you can meet them "virtually." 

I close out this note with people hugs and kisses; and, doggie kisses and tail wags - Jennifer

 XO xoxo



Adopted October 2007 Scooter (Curly)

I adopted Scooter almost 6 years ago and it was one of the best decisions of my life. This fluff ball has already given me so many memories! Every day I come home he runs to the door to greet me hello, and every night he sleeps by my feet. Scooter is a happy and healthy cat who loves watching birds from his special window seat. He also will only drink from the bathroom faucet..what a nut! Thanks for bringing such a doll into my home!!


Adopted: July 2013 Bungee (Dilly)



Adopted: June 2013 Lily (Lady)

I adopted Lily, formerly known as Lady, from JSAC about a month ago. It had only been a few weeks after my loyal companion/cocker spaniel of thirteen years, Sly, met his unfortunate end and I lost my best friend. For anyone who has ever loved and lost a dog, you can only imagine the heartache and devastation I felt after my fur child was gone. But the second I saw Lily (Lady) my heart melted. Three days later and I was signing the adoption papers and taking her home! She has given me so much joy in a time where I've felt so much sadness, and has helped my heart to heal from the loss of my pal Sly. Words cannot describe how wonderful she is; she's the sweetest girl ever, all of my friends and family absolutely adore her, and I am in puppy love all over again. She sleeps by my side every single night and I genuinely enjoy treating her like the little princess she is. I cannot thank JSAC enough for Lily (Lady), she truly is such a blessing and I am so happy to have given her a forever home!

Adopted : July 2012 Lily

We are sooo happy we adopted Lily she loves her brother Eli. Here's a great pictures of them running in the snow. Thank you again Donna 


Adopted: January 2013 Chloe

I just want to thank you for Chloe. She fit right in my home. She walked into my house as if she had always been there. She is my shadow and follows me everywhere. Chloe loves to sit in the sun by the door and is enjoying her second chance in her new home. Chloe has warmed my heart and my families as well. Chloe is in her forever home. 



Adopted: June 2013 Gizmo

Hello all!  On June 23, 2013, my husband and I were fortunate enough to adopt Gizmo.  In less than 3 short weeks, he has stolen his way into our hearts.  

We can't imagine when he wasn't a part of our family.  He is a doll and it's obvious that he was treated with love and care while with you at Jersey Shore Animal Shelter.  Thank you so much for letting him become a part of our family.  He's THE BEST!!!!! 

Sincerely, The Neary Family

 Adopted: Jan 2002 Chloe (Babs)

We adopted Chloe in 2002. She fit right in with our other two cats and cockapoo. Ten years later they all sleep together and play together. Chloe is the most amazingly sweet cat I have ever had. We had gong looking for a kitten and found her in the adult cat room. She had been there for months. I have decided she was waiting for us! I cannot tell you the joy and love she brings to our lives every day. As long as you are holding her, snuggling with her or petting her she is happy. Thank you taking such great care of her, and for such an amazing gift! Cindy Meldrum

  Aopted Feb 2013 Brew (Bruiser)

We adopted Bruiser into our family a little over a year after loosing our beloved Dude to cancer who was also a JSAC adoptee. Brew is a pleasure, a goofball and a love!! He fits in so well with his rat terrier brother (Beau) who is also a JSAC adoptee and sister (Sadie). He brings us such joy and many laughs with his antics!! He's now a basic obedience graduate of Kindred Souls and when he calms down a bit (still very much a puppy) he will be continuing his education to become a canine good citizen and possibly get him involved in agility. He enjoys his walks around the Brick Resevior and loves to tackle his brother and follows his "big" sister around learning the ways of the pack! Thank you JSAC for introducing Brew to us he's a wonderful addition to our fur family!! 


 Adopted May 2012 & May 2013 Shelby & Flip (Schmoocher & Ryder)

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know how both Shelby and Ryder are doing since they were adopted. Shelby fit right into our home as soon as we brought her in. She is the cutest little snuggle bug you will ever meet! She warmed up very quickly and is so sweet. She loves to cuddle and get as close to you as she can. One year later, we felt that Shelby needed a brother so we also adopted Ryder from your facility. Ryder is still a puppy and has a lot of growing to do! He is super playful and loving and already knows how to sit, lie down, and give paw. The two have become best friends and we could not have asked for better dogs. They do everything together! They love to chase each other around all day and play with all of their toys. These two are the most amazing dogs and bring a smile to our faces every day. . Thank you JSAC for all that you do! =)

From, Sarah and TJ

 Adopted May 2013 King


On May 16th 2013 we had to give my dog Cosmo to God. He was very cared and loved for, my family and I lost a great part of our family that day I let him outside with our other dog Abbey for a little while before I had to go to work. I called Abbey and Cosmo to come in but Cosmo didn't get up he was back side of the house and I picked him up and tried to see if he would walk, which he couldn't and would just fall, then I picked him up again brought him inside and the same thing. My father and I were so upset because I knew it was time. So then I called into work and told them that I had to take my dog to the vet and I won't be in I could hardly get those words out he was everything to us so then we put him in the car and we headed to the vet we got to the vet and they took us in right away to a room all the way in the back and we said our goodbyes, then well you know the rest he will always be in our thoughts and hearts.

Abbey our yellow Labrador Retriever missed him too.  3 weeks ago I took a ride to the bank and I heard across the street at Jersey Shore Animal Center, all the dogs barking and playing and I always wanted to go there and check it out, not thinking that I would adopt anyone but I get out of the truck and go in and there is a man there John I asked him if he does the tour and he said “Yes you sign in and I will take you on a tour for the dogs.” I said okay and we went back and he explained their histories and backgrounds stories to me and showed me around crate by crate these beautiful dogs so well taken care of and loved I saw just about all the dogs and I look to my left and there he was, King he was a stud. Our eyes locked for a minute I fell in love with him what a handsome boy I had to have him .John and I walked up front and gave me an application he said to fill it out and let the board look it over you can meet the dog if you get approved I filled it out and the only thing I left out was my dad's dog Abby's vets name and number and history. Let me say that you guys over there at the shelter are very good and that is very good for business and you're looking out for your babies and do not want them leaving with some sicko.

Well back to what I was saying that I got the info faxed it back to the lady from jersey shore  she then called me back and said that I was approved for an interview with King and me to bring my father and Abbey along so everyone could meet. We set it up for Thursday May 30th 2013, my new favorite day, I arrived first 2 meet up with King and dad followed with Abbey, the two wonderful girls who work there took us for a walk with Abbey and King round the property. The two girls were very professional and the interview went well the two dogs got along I was then approved to adopt King and it was a go for me and Dad the staff was very sad to see him go that's because they did take very good care and love their animals. King is living proof of that. I was then about to leave with King but couldn't leave without saying goodbye to his good buddy Jimmy. Then I took King to the truck and he was on his way to his new home and life I am very proud of all the staff and volunteers at the Jersey Shore Animal Center they have loved cared and trained King into a true companion I would like to thank you all King is a dog with a lot of character, love and affection he is so important and a blessing to this family even though goofy and a snuggle bug King loves his walks around the neighborhood and his running around with Abby in the back yard playing with his football and jumping into his pool, King loves his  Lounge chair, he's like a person. King went to his vet the other day to get a checkup and paperwork established and all checked out great they said that he is very handsome and well trained thank you again Jersey Shore Animal Center hope to see you soon    


Sincerely Chris Hundhausen

Adopted: August 2012 Lily

We absolutely love our Lily (Lab) she gets along well with our Border collie mix "Eli" We are so lucky to get her, thank you again. Donna & Steve

Adopted Feb 2013 Dallas 

Just wanted to send an update about "Dallas" There are so many words we could use to describe Dallas Now that she is HOME with us.... but the best way to sum up Dallas is With the following words "DALLAS IS TRUELY A BLESSING" From the day we brought her home she has been such a well mannered and loving girl! Everyday with her in our home is better then the previous day. She is protective yet kind to all she meets! She is always looks forward to her playtime and will greet you at the door with wags and kisses! :) She is always "on guard duty" in the yard keeping any pesky critters off her turf! She has made a couple doggy friends on the block and loves to go for her daily walks . ( she always wants walk herself with her leash) We cannot thank you guys enough for allowing us to give Dallas A HOME that she deserved so desperately. She is TRUELY the best Dog we have ever encountered, and we are blessed to have her in our family.

 Scott , Kristen & "Miss Dallas" 

Adopted March 2012 Lily (Karen)

Lily came to us as a puppy now she is about to be two in a few months. She is a very special girl. She is very spoiled but loved more than anything. She is so pretty and smart. she is also very funny. She likes to wake us up in the morning and is excited when each of us gets up. I play with her on the futon and she actually tries to stand on her head. She is a very good guard dog and lets people know if they shouldn't be around our house. Then goes nuts if you say the words :car: and "walk" we love her so much.

Thanks again Jersey Shore Animal Center 

Adopted: 4/2013 Froto

Hi, my name is Froto. I was adopted on April 19th 2013. My new family is so happy that I am here with them. I have a new little sister, she is so playful. We go outside when ever we want. Mommy said I cant sleep on her bed, but that's ok I have my own bed to sleep on. Mommy says I am such a good boy, but I do have to learn not to grab my little sister's neck when we play. There's this fun green thing that covers half the yard, mommy tells me that when the summer gets here the green thing opens up and there is water under it that I will ne able to go swimming in to stay cool in the hot dog days of summer. I hope all my friends at Jersey Shore animal shelter get to go to there forever homes soon.

Love you all, Froto. 

 Adopted Feb 2012 Portia

Dear Jersey Shore Animal Shelter,

Do you remember me? I was rescued from a closed pet shop in Brick. I'm Portia, a maltese. I was a tiny bit of fluff when Mommy adopted me, only 3 mos. old and about 3 lbs. Now I'm a big little girl but only 6 lbs. I LOVE where I live with my sister, Tasha. She and Mommy taught me everything I know. I love them both very, very much. I'm a good girl but sometimes act like a brat when wrestling with Tasha but Mommy steps in and sets me straight! I'm a perfect little girl when out and about and Mommy takes us everywhere with her when she can. I know I'm a lucky puppy and thank you for all you did for me. 


Adopted July 2012 Molly

Hello all at JSAC! I'm writing to tell you what amazing progress Molly has made since we brought her home. As you can see from the picture, she has decided to take over- our hearts. She and Sean fell in love when they first met. But she wasn't so sure about me and I wasn't about her either. Boy has that changed. She has warmed up to me and is always wanting attention from me. I get lots of slobbery kisses whether I want them or not. She passed obedience school. She barely pulls on her leash when out for a walk. (You might remember her pulling quite a bit on the leash.) She doesn't flinch as much as she used to. I think she knows that she is loved and she is treated very well. Everyone who meets her loves her. My brother would take her from me if he could. She visits at my family's house when we go away and she always is a good dog when she's there. We still have some work to do when it comes to meeting other dogs. But I have no doubt she will make more progress. Molly has made us very happy and we have given her a home full of love.


Adopted: August 2010 Josie (Joelle)

Josie is one of the 8 dogs rescued by JSAC after the oil spill in the Gulf. My Louisiana girl loves playing in the snow, especially with her labrador brother Buddy. Kathy & Ralph Caprio Hazlet NJ

Adopted: March 13, 2009 Precious (Ginny)

Just looking at the site and coming across the last update, I realized that it has been almost 2 years since I sent you an update and almost 4 years since I brought my baby girl home. Precious (Ginny to you) is doing fine and has grown into quite a little lady. She is quite the little cuddler when she is in the mood and the crazy little girl I fell in love with that day at the shelter. She gets along really well with her big brother most of the time but they have their moments. I have attached a couple of pictures for you to see the lady she has become. Precious wants to add thanks for letting me come to live here. I love my family. Beth Lane


 Adopted: Jan 3013 Sandy (Mitzie)

To all my friends at JSAC..... I just wanted to say Hi and tell you a little about my new family......I am really happy at my new home....Mom and Dad took me to Petco and I got a new bed, crate, toys, food, coat, etc....Next week I have my first appointment at my vet. I show my new family how much I love them by being a very good girl and give them tons of kisses to let them know how much I appreciate them....But my Mom says I bring the whole family joy everyday because of how great a puppy I am......Mom says dogs are special because dog is God spelled backwards.....well I will keep you guys posted and my Mom justed wanted me to tell you that....Your the best!!!


  Adopted: May 2012 Violet 

Happy New Year from Violet and Family! Our little one-ear bandit is beyond cute! She will be turning one in January and we think she may need a little friend to keep her out of trouble! Loving every second of it. Thanks JSAC!

Allen, Sally & Chris Michaels

Adopted: May 2012 Boomer (Ollie)

My husband and I adopted Ollie, now affectionately known as Boomer or "Kit-Man" in May of 2012. After having him in the house for 15 minutes, he was completely acclimated and it was like he had been there all along! He is a very affectionate and vocal kitty, who waits for you at the door whenever you come home and cuddles with you on the couch as soon as you sit down. Boomer's daily antics have added so much humor to our daily lives. We love him so much and can't imagine our family without him! 

Tina and Joe

Adopted : April 2012 Stella

Stella wanted to say hi to everyone at JSAC. She is such a little cuddle bug and we lover her more and more every day !! Thank you again for giving us this wonderful little girl!!



Adopted November 2012  Adam



Recently I adopted a wonderful dog from your shelter. His name is Adam, and he is a welcome addition to my family. He is such a sweet little boy who loves to give kisses and hugs and have his belly rubbed. He also loves to run in the car in the yard and go for car rides, and nap on his little couch. He is the third dog I’ve adopted and all 3 were wonderful. I hope that anyone who wants a pet goes to a shelter because there are terrific animals waiting for loving homes.



Adopted: June 2012 Harper Emery (Neil)

Harper is a pure joy. I am so happy that I have been blessed with his adoption. My other dog Wallace is so happy to have a loving and snuggly new little brother. From the moment he came home he became an irreplaceable member of the family. I cannot imagine our lives without Harper. Thank you to the JSAC for all their good works and for helping families to adopt such wonderful and loving pets. I love Harper so much. When the time comes, I will certainly be coming back to Jersey Shore to adopt. 



Adopted: August 2012 -Emma


I adopted Emma in August and it was the best thing I've ever done. She is an absolutely amazing dog and she has undoubtedly made my life so much richer. I hope she can say the same about me!
- Caitlin MacDonald


 Adopted: Jan 2012 - Mindy (Muffin)

Just wanted to give you an update on Mindy, fka, Muffin. I adopted her last January and sent you a picture of her as a kitten back then. She just turned one year old and is absolutely beautiful and such a joy. We visited Dr. Christman today because she had an eye irritation and she also got her one year booster shot. He mentioned that Nancy was asking about her and it's funny because I was going to send her one year old picture anyway. She is such an amazing cat, very affectionate and loving and she just adores my dogs and my other cat Amanda. Mindy is always playng and sleeping with them and is such an important part of our home. Love and Kises from Mindy. Take care, Linda Germann

Adopted: August 2012 - Luna (Dorothy)

Luna came in as a stray over 2 years ago and the moment I saw her it was love at first sight. She was still too little to officially be adopted, but I knew she was coming home with me. She also was very scared to have been in the shelter all by herself, so I helped bring her out of her shell. When I officially signed those papers to bring her home with me, I was nervous because I haven't had a kitten in a very long time and was nervous how my other 2 would take to her. It took some time for the other 2 to trust and accept her, but now she is part of the kitty family. She is now a beautiful cat that has the personality that I wouldn't trade for anything. She loves to cuddle and get pet and she is quite the talker, especially for that wet food. I am so happy to have been there when she came in through those doors 2 years ago!


Adopted October 2011 - Buster


From the very first time we laid eyes on Buster we knew he was the next member of our family. He is so loving, kind, well behaved and smart. He loves playing, eating and sleeping. We are so lucky to have adopted such a perfect pup. He was around 15 lbs when we adopted him and he is now around 60 lbs. He just celebrated his 1st birthday by spending some time at the bark park then having some dog cookies and cake. Thanks so much for the perfect pet JSAC.
Sincerely, Jim, Norine, Leah and Buster Lund

Adopted Novemeber 2011 - Pedro

November 11, 2011 was when it all started; my family and I had just adopted the best dog in the world. His name is Pedro. Pedro was from Virginia and when we found him no one wanted him because he had Mange. When I saw him for the first time I knew that he was the dog for me. Even though he had the Mange; I didn't care he was the cutest dog ever. Now Pedro is a cured and happy dog. He is the best thing that has ever happened to my family. He loves going on long walks. Pedro also loves his toys very much. When it is time for bed he comes right up the steps and cuddles with us. I am so blessed to have found this amazing dog. I will love Pedro till the day that I die. Love you Pedro


Adopted July 2012 - Scarlet (formerly known as Jasmine)


On July 25, I adopted Jasmine from your shelter. I just thought you'd like to see an update on how she is settling in with her new family. I have named her Scarlet after my favorite board game, Clue. She is full of energy, loves to play, gives great snuggles and is our dog, Cheyennes, new best friend. Cheyenne even shares her water dish with Scarlet. She's the perfect addition to my family. Thank you so much for this love bug. Sincerely, Stacey


Adopted May 2012 - Butchie (formerly known as Gucci)

Butchie is a perfect dog and awesome pet. His uncanny enthusiasm and zest for life keeps me on the go and running, largely fueled by his effective ability to invoke parental guilt on me. But then, I don't mind. I simply adore him. His intelligence is to be admired. He looks exquisite. His enormous appetite doesn't make him go for my food. His manners are impeccable. Butchie has never caused any damage to any of my possessions, except for my car, all hairy and muddy...but this is to be expected. His devoted, tender and sweet affections returned without questions. In the morning, since he sleeps in my bed, his magnificent body snuggles with me, to me, and always finds its way to my pillow, neck or face and he showers me with generous, joyous kisses. After a particularly exciting day he dreams of running and has a vast and very colorful vocabulary of sounds. His sandpipery and strong feet somehow always find its way to some parts of my body leaving me on the edge of my bed. He has a mischievous sense of humor, his dynamic personality often comical. We love his smiles! As for me, everyone should love me like my boy does - he is a real treat!




Adopted July 2012 - Sherman (formerly known as Simon)

We adopted Sherman (formerly known as Simon) on July 8th 2012. He is a wonderful seven and a half year old Cocker Spaniel. He is happy and a joy to have with me. He enjoys chasing squirrels, taking long walks and going for rides in the car. Its been a great match- He needed a home - i had a home and needed him! Thank you to the great folks at the shelter.


Adopted March 2009 - Kiwi (formerly known as Blossom)

We would just like to update everyone on Kiwi...after my husband suffered a dog attack and lost 1/3 of his upper lip which required plastic surgery, we were not sure we could ever be comfortable with a dog in the house with our three kids again. JSAC turned this around for all of us. We adopted of the 12 from Kilani's pups. The staff helped us decide on her and her disposition for us and our 3 children...the youngest was 7 at the time. Kiwi wound up "adopting" us as we all feel in love immediately. She loves everyone she meets but is especially connected to our youngest. We can't say enough about the Pitt Bull's. She has turned us around and we are in love with dogs for life. She has shown us that trust can be earned and love can be unconditional. Even our oldest child who was indifferent about dogs in general now wants one, (a Pitt Bull no less!) when he has a home of his own....we know where he can get one...from JSAC!!! Thank you...we love our Kiwi!!!!!


Adopted February 2012 - Matty

Hi - wanted to send you a couple of pictures of Matty Chance.  He is so adorable and sometimes forgets he's a big boy and  hangs off furniture.  He is always making me smile!  Ginny











Adopted March 2012 - CeCe (formerly known as Crystal)

Crystal and Opie came and made a visit to all of her staff friends at the JSAC in August 2012.




Adopted November 2010 - Biddy

Biddy is very happy and has lots of energy. I mentioned in the 2011 update Biddy had the energy of a kitten. I happen to foster Simba in July through October (the orange kitty in the picture). Biddy and Simba are about the same age and they immediately became best friends. They play wrestle like kittens with each other and follow each other around the house. Lilly the kitty with Biddy in the 2011 picture are still friends. But Biddy and Simba act like they came from the same litter. They all continue to bring a lot of joy to our house :)

Adopted August 2012 - Rocky (formerly known as Meatball)

To all of Meatball's friends at the Jersey Shore Animal Shelter
I just wanted to let you all know how wonderful Meatball is doing and how much we all just love him!  All of our friends and family who have met him all love him too, but I dont know how any couldnt love this dog.  He is so sweet and gentle.  If we leave the house he gets so excited when we get home, and he follows me around the house all day and when I sit down he sits right at my feet.  He plays so good with my children and when my infant is in his bouncer seat he lays down right next to him.  We did change Meatball's name to Rocky, we thought that name fit him well, and he already answers to it.  He and my german shepard Tasha are already buddies, they chase each other outside then come in and lay side by side.  
I just wanted to let you all know how great he is doing and how much love he is giving and receiving!! I attached a few pictures for you too!!!!  Thank you so much for all you do for these wonderful animals who just need a chance to be loved.  I wish I could give them all a home.



Adopted March 2012 - Louie (formerly known as Ping)

Ping is very happy in his new home. His new name is Louie and he loves the pool and food...LOL Thank you everyone for Ping, know Louie!!










Adopted September 2011 & May 2012 - Benny and Kona (formerly known as Lucky and Ziva)

We adopted Benny (aka Lucky) in September 2011. He adapted very well at his new home. He loves to go for walks and play with his stuffed piggy and reindeer. We wanted Benny to have a friend and in May of 2012 adopted Kona (aka Ziva). She is a bit younger than Benny and gives him a good run by chasing one another and doing laps around the pool. They love to play and wrestle around with each other. True brother and sister love! They bring such a joy to our home and in our lives. I couldn't imagine a life without them.




Adopted December 2011 - "B" (formerly known as Burrows)

Hi everyone! Just wanted to send in an updated picture of B! All the girls at the shelter have seen many, MANY pictures of him since he came home with me, but I thought it'd be nice to share one with the website as well!






Adopted June 2008 - Beau

Beau has been with us since June 30, 2008 and he's such a great dog, he has his yard and his dog house in which he climbs on the roof to see what's going on in the neighborhood. I was told that he had been adopted a few times but was brought back, well they gave up on a very smart dog. Charlie Emanueli



Adopted February 2012 - Matty

Matty will soon be 2 and we love him tons. He is the sweetest cat ever and an Angel and I love him. I can't believe we have had him for 5 months already. He loves his screen room where he sits for hours watching birds and butterflies, Matty sends you all his love, Ginny









Adopted February 2011 - Kramer

Hello from Liz & Charlie! We just wanted to give an update and couple of new pictures of the boys. All three boys are doing great and get along well with each other.

Kramer, our newest addition from JSAC, has been with us now for over a year and has really settled in well. He is also one of the smartest cats we have ever met. One of his favorite games is “magic watch” – he loves to chase the ray of sunlight reflected from my large wristwatch crystal. He follows it all over the kitchen, even though he knows it’s coming from my watch. In fact, he’ll paw at my watch when he wants to play. He hasn’t figured out, though, why I won’t play the game with him on a cloudy day – but he settles for chasing a laser toy on those occasions.
Kramer still enjoys snuggling up with the other boys for a nap, but he waits until they’re asleep then sneaks up on them. One of his (and the others’) favorite pastimes is to sit by the back patio door and watch the birds enjoying the bird bath outside. When he is not doing that, he keeps me company as I do my computer work at a kitchen table. There are lots of kitchen windows to look out of, too.
A few weeks ago we discovered another of Kramer’s many talents – at about 6:00 a.m. he determined that our bed had been infested with invisible mice and proceeded to pounce on each and every one of them, saving us from almost certain doom. (Whew!)
So thank you all for taking such good care of Kramer (and Mooch, too). Kramer waited so long for his forever home and now he has it and is enjoying it.

Adopted April 2012 - Gunther

Gunther came to us about a month ago and is doing fantastic! He fell in love with our pom, Gwen who licks and cleans his face on a regular basis. Gunther is a little nervous when it comes to men, but he follows me around without any reservation! On top of having a new girlfriend in Gwen, Gunther makes regular visits to the dog park in LBI where he has already made friends with a much larger poodle! Last week, I organized a charity football game at the school I teach in, and we did it all in Gunther and JSAC's name! Gunther will never have another moment of sadness for the rest of his life!

Adopted May 2012 - Baloo and Sugar Plum

We are so happy to have Baloo! He is an awesome addition to our family. He loves to run around and play with his playmate and former shelter mate Sugar Plum. He is so lovable and loves to follow me around and lay on the couch with me.



Having Sugar Plum is great. She is so playful and lovable. She loves to play with us and her playmate Baloo. She also loves to lay in her window bed and watch the birds.







Adopted March 2012 - Nala (formerly known as Zarah)

I had fell in love with Nala the moment I saw her. MY mom, dad, and sister were unsure about a new dog though. I begged enough for them to get her. My other dog Crystal took a little of convincing too. However, in the end we got Nala. As you can see she has grown from the last update! She is 56 pounds now! She is adorable and since her ears stick straight up we call her "Big Ears"! She is 56 pounds of exitment, joy, love, energy, and play! All of us Joe (dad), Pam (mom), Heather(sister), and Jess (me) love her so much. They all call me her mom because I was the one who got her in to this family, and will never bring her out!

Adopted May 2012 - Violet

Just an update!  Our Violet is happy, healthy and running the house!  We love her so much.  She's right at home and sleeps with my husband and I every night on her back under the covers.  We don't need an alarm clock because at 6:30am she attacks our feet until we get up to play!

Thanks and we will update you soon with more pictures to follow. 
Off to our first vet visit now!
Sally, Allen & Christopher Michaels

Adopted October 2011 - Charlie (formerly known as Carmel)

We adopted Charlie back in October of 2011. It's amazing how quickly time passes when you're having fun with your new pet! We moved to our new home in early October, and were both missing our pets from our parent's homes. Adopting Charlie was the best thing we could have done. She fit right in and made herself right at home in our new space. She has brought so much joy and entertainment into our lives that we're thankful every day that we found her at JSAC! Charlie's favorite thing to do is cuddle, she doesn't leave your side and she always seems to know when you're having a bad day and need a little extra love. We can't thank Jersey Shore Animal Center enough for allowing us to bring this little bundle of joy into our lives!

 Adopted December 2011 - Harry

We adopted Harry in December and we can't imagine our lives without him. My husband, myself and my son adore him and can't get enough play time with him. He is truly part of our family. He has been easy to train to do trick and loves people. We are so thankful for JSAC for taking good care of him until he became ours.

Adopted October 2010 - Dominic (formerly known as Orton)
Hey everyone, remember me? It's Dominic also known as Orton, one of Kalani’s puppies. I heard that my mom was adopted a while after my siblings and I went home. I'm loving it here in North Carolina, I have two girlfriends, Tara the Pit and Capricorn the Old English Sheepdog. I love them a lot. I'm a very happy boy and I want you all to know how much I appreciate what you guys did for me. 
- Love Always, Dominic

Adopted March 2012 - CeCe (formerly known as Crystal)
I thought you might like to see some recent pictures of Cece and Opie. Cece and Opie are getting along really really well, they play rough and tough, but all in good fun. I am still working on breaking Cece of jumping on me and others when she greets you, more mommy error then Cece error. Good news! I have not had any issues with her interacting with men, she really just loves everyone!
Cece likes pillows, she has gone through a few of them already and since she is pretty much ripping through all the stuffed dog toys, yes, you warned me of this, you will most likely be receiving a donation from me soo. Don't Worry, I will bring Cece and Opie with me.


 Take care and see you soon, Jennifer, Opie and Cece

Adopted February 2012 - Buddy
Hi everyone this is Buddy! He is doing great! He loves cuddling when we are watching tv and going to the park to play ball. We absolutely adore him. Thank you so much for letting us bring this boy into our home - he brings in so much happiness!

Adopted March 2012 - Sadie (formerly known as Tuna)

We rescued Sadie (formerly known as Tuna) back in March. She is loving her new home and we are so glad she picked us!! This picture is from her first camping trip, where she had a great time!!




Adopted April 2012 - Stella

Hi, We just wanted to update you on Miss Stella. She is doing wonderful in her new home!! She is still learning her surroundings but adapting very well and is very playful. She is quickly stealing everyone’s heart! In Stella’s first few weeks we have found… She loves riding in the car… She loves to cuddle…. She found out sliding across the floor is much easier then walking (she actually runs then slides!!) She loves socks!! She’s a very good eater!! She loves lounging on the couch and has found her perfect spot! She loves jumping on her bed!! This is from Stella's first trip to the beach... She loved it!!! Although she thought the water was a little cold!! We would like to thank Jersey Shore Animal Center for letting us give Stella a home!


Adopted March 2012 - Lili - (formerly known as Karen)

From the first day we saw her we fell in love with Lily!!! She is a loving, smart and very funny little girl! She brings joy to everyone who sees her. And everyone who sees her falls in love with her too!!! We can’t thank Jersey Shore Animal Center enough for bringing this little girl into our lives forever!!!!




 Adopted April 2011 - Penelope (formerly known as Jacenta)

We brought Penelope home a year ago today and we're so glad she chose us! There is nothing like the greeting she gives us when we come home. We love taking Penelope for walks in the woods and jaunts on the beach and she loves giving kisses. With such a sweet girl, it's hard not to spoil her. We're so grateful to JSAC for bringing us together.


 Adopted September 2011 - Nigel (formerly known as Daytona)

We love Nigel/ Daytona and we are so happy to see that his brother Nascar was adopted and is happy and well. He is a loving, adored pet who enjoys a game of soccer. *This picture was taken shortly after we got him.. he is now MUCH bigger







Adopted November 2011 - Rocky (formerly known as Griffey)

Hi, I'm Rocky previously known as Girffey. I will be 2 in May and I was adopted after my owner passed away and I was found all alone. I love my new family of 5. I especially love my primary caretaker Jessica. She takes me to the dog park, beach, Manasquan Reservoir, and friends houses. We go somewhere almost everyday. I get so excited when she comes home from class and takes me somewhere. I made a couple of friends named Rufus, Jack and Tootsie. I am loving life and feel very loved and special.




Adopted March 2012 - CeCe (Formerly known as Crystal)

Yesterday was my official adoption day! As much as I miss all my human and animal friends from JSAC, I am so excited to be in my Forever Home with my new Mom and my new "brother," Opie. Mom told me she changed my name to Cece because her very good friend, Corine, gave her a book (oogy, by Larry Levin) about a Dogo Argentino that was rescued ... just like me! So, Mom combined our two names and came up with Cece. I am very inquisitive about my new surroundings; and, just love taking walks with Opie. I give Mom lots of kisses and hugs; and, she gives me lots of kisses and scratches behind my ears ... my wagging tail shows her how much I like it when she does that. I am really looking forward to running on the beach at IBSP with Opie. xoxo

Adopted May 2002 - Belle (formerly known as Tonya)

Back in 2002 before our first child was born, we decided to adopt a dog and visited the Jersey Shore Animal Center. Our lives changed forever when we adopted a 1-yr old lab mix named "Tonya" that we renamed "Belle". It was love at first sight when she plastered us with licks and kisses at the shelter. She even finished in 3rd place at obedience school in the summer of 2002. Belle, affectionately known as our "fluffy puppy", has brought our kids so much love and joy through the years. She likes to bark with her neighborhood dog friends, chew on bones, take walks, and lick empty ice cream bowls. She has been the perfect family dog, and we couldn't imagine having another dog as our kids have grown up. Thanks to JSAC for this wonderful blessing in our lives!

Adopted July 2011 - Ranger (formerly known as Lemur)

Hi my name was Lemur I was adopted on 7/1/11 to a loving family.  They changed my name to Ranger. I go on long walks, play ball, chase birds, and have a great time with Kris  I wait for his bus every day so we can play...I am 1 year old now I am 18" long, 17" tall and weigh 18lbs.  Thanks for all you did for me until I was adopted out....Always, Ranger  (aka: Lemur)

Adopted February 2012 - Mia (formerly known as Pia)



My parents adopted 'Pia' (now Mia) last weekend. Since they are not the most computer savy people, I figured I would email you to give you a little update.


Mia has adjusted extremely well in a short amount of time. She not only gets along great with my 2 dogs (corgi's as well) but LOVES hanging out with them and following their every move! If they drink, she drinks - if they run, she runs - if they bark, her little pipsqueak bark is very comical. They have formed quite a corgi team.


My parents have been watching my 2 corgis the past few days while I am at work so they can really bond with each other. Mia loves chasing them and jumping on them and even sharing all her toys! Being around them alone has already broken any toy/food aggression issues (I presume since she realizes they are both 4x her size). Thankfully they have both been extremely patient and gentle with her as I had expected they would.


Mia is also picking up housetraining from them - she sees them 'potty' outside and follows suit. She has been such a pleasure and great addition to our family. My parents are just thrilled to have her around and I have been and will continue to help them along the way.


I tried to snap some photos but the 3 of them are always on the move to it's hard to get a good one - but will send some soon!


Thank you!




Andrea Bianco



Adopted October 2002 - Daisy

Daisy is smiling, she is ten years old this month and healthy and happy retired in Florida. She says hello to her friends at Jersey Shore Animal Center.





Adopted January 2012 - Fresno

Hello all, Just thought I should send an update to you about Fresno. He was at the shelter with you in mid-January when I found him and took him home. He just got a haircut yesterday and got a spiffy St. Patrick's Day bandana. We play at the dog park at least twice a week and he gets along great with the other dogs. He also gets along well with Rosa, my mom's dog, who came to us from your shelter about 6 years ago! Thank you for helping me find a fantastic friend to share my condo with!

Alissa Burneyko (and Fresno)




Adopted February 2012 - Ringo (formerly known as Spot)

Dear Kind People at Jersey Shore Animal Center,
Thank you so very much for letting me adopt my new family! We're all having a wonderful time together. I have a big yard, lots of bonies, and I get to walk my mother everyday! Here are a few pictures of me in my new abode. I have the run of the house! My new sister, Bailey, even let me have her old bed (she out grew it!). I tried to get a picture with her, but she was camera shy....maybe she'll be more cooperative next time.
When I was staying with you, my name was SPOT. However, the family I adopted changed my name to RINGO (like Ringo Starr) because my daddy plays the drums.
My mom took me to Bailey's doctor for a WELLNESS EXAM. I think the doctor's name is "The Vet". Anyway, The Vet said I'm doing well and gave me more Heart worm and flea medicine (Frontline) and stuck me with a needle so I won't get Lyme Disease. I will see you all in May for my Heart worm Test, which I expect to pass with flying colors  (I've been studying).
See you soon,
Ringo (the Dal/mix formerly known as Spot) Donegan
(with a little help from my mom, Dodie)

Adopted November 2011; Gracie (formerly known as Lucy)

Hello to our friends at the JSAC. 

Since adopting Gracie (aka Lucy) in November 2011, I am proud to announce that she graduated from Kindred Soul's Basic Obedience class. Gracie hasn't lost her fun loving spirit but now has manners at home and socializing. The training at Kindred Souls was the best experience in all the years of dog ownership. I learned so much. 

Thanks JSAC for bringing Gracie into my life- we are best friends forever!

Donna Knight


Adopted January 2012; Roo (Formerly known as Batman) and Winnie (formerly known as Windstar)

After losing our 14 year old cat in the fall, it took a few months before we were ready to bring a new pet into our home. We are thrilled that these two kittens are now a part of our family. Though not sibings, they get along like brother and sister. Roo is calm and easy going. Winnie is affectionate and curious; she is the boss. Both kittens are special in their own way, and we look forward to the new adventures and memories made each day.




Adopted January 2012; Preston (formerly known as Pollux)

Thanks so much for our new kitten Preston! He is so affectionate, playful, & quite the cuddler. We adopted him on 1/29/12 and he has adjusted really well to his new home. Preston & our other cat, Pixie became fast friends. Preston is even starting to like his boxer friend, Penny too. Preston is such a great addition to our family!



Adopted January 2012; Ziggy (formerly known as Jeeves)

After the passing of Alex P. Kitty in December who was my main man for 18years my heart was broken. I began looking online for a cat or kitten.I came to JSAC site & was immediately drawn to Ziggy - formally known as Jeeves. So on January 7th I decided it was time & went to the shelter to bring Ziggy home. They say it takes them time to adjust, well not Ziggy he hit the ground running he was so happy to be free & zoomed around the house the entire 1st day. Miss Meow his new sister wasn't thrilled in the least but at last she has accepted him & they are starting to play together. Its been such a joy to watch him figure out how things work in a house, the world is a cat toy according to Ziggy & that's just fine with us! We love him so much & have recommended JSAC to many of our friends

Adopted December 2011; Hope Noel (formerly known as Hope)

THIS IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE! Hope was the perfect choice and is a lovable, gentle lap cat. She has a baby stuffed mouse that she loves to retrieve at least a dozen times bringing to your feet to throw again. Thank you for this lovely gift and the foster mom who lovingly cared for her



Adopted May 2011: Abby (formerly known as Smokey)

After the loss of our beloved basset hound Daisy, our family was not the same. My family and I went to JSAC searching for a new member for our family. We visited the shelter on a few occasions. Then came the day we met Abby. LOVE at first sight. Abby was rescued by JSAC from euthanization. WE are so grateful. During the summer she floats in the pool with a tennis ball in her mouth. After the pool closed for winter she goes to the beach and takes long walks with her family. We believe in sharing Abby with others that need her as much as we do. In the near future Abby will be taking classes to be certified as a pet therapy dog. Thank you JSAC, we can never repay you for saving Abby and the countless other beautiful animals.

Sincerely, The Keenan Family

Adopted January 2012; Edgar

Dear JSAC,
    When looking for a cat we knew we wanted Edgar from the beginning. There was just something about his face that we just fell in love with. He has been nothing but the sweetest and most loving pet anyone could ask for. He jumps up when he wants love or just to snuggle and take a nap with you. He is full of energy and is the perfect little buddy! We love him and he makes our life complete. Thank you for giving us Edgar

Adopted January 2012; Mindi (formerly known as Muffin)

Just wanted to give you an update on Mindi (aka Muffin) the medium coat tabby kitten I adopted 11 days ago.  Mindi saw Dr. Christman on Monday for her second vaccination and health check.  He thought she looked wonderful and loved her personality.  She is so affectionate and sweet, she follows me around like a puppy and gives me kisses on my nose and chin with her little sandpaper tongue.  She’s eating well (Wellness dry & canned kitten) and has lots of toys and two cat trees.  Her favorite things are, me first, and her feather toys.  At first she hissed and spit at the dogs through the gate, but it took only two days before she got used to them.  Now she walks around them with her tail held high, purrs, and plays hide and seek.
Mindi and my other cat Amanda are still feeling each other out.  They see each other through a gate and now only hiss a little.  At first there was growling and arching backs and spitting.  It’s getting better each day. 
Here are some pictures of Mindi in her new home.  Thank you so much for this precious little furbaby.  I love her and I think she loves it here too!
Take care.
Linda Germann

Adopted May 2011; Ophelia and Patriot

Hi, sorry it has taken so long to write to you, but wanted to update you on our babies Ophelia and Patriot. Both are sweet, loving cats who love to explore and play and be with us. They are both doing very well. We are so glad that we adopted them together. Patriot takes care of Ophelia and for the first few days we had them, he would "hug" Ophelia in her sleep and looked as if he was keeping her safe. He is our "watch cat" and takes care of us now. They have the run of the house and a tree in the dining room so that they can see the whole yard. Ophelia greats us at the door with hugs and meows when we get home and Patriot loves to talk and tell us about his day. Thank you for taking such good care of them until we could find our forever friends.


Adopted August 2011: Bubbles

Hello everyone its Bubbles, Wanted to let you know how happy I am in my new home. My family has bought me so many fun toys and I am receiving so much love. I love to run after squirrels in the big yard and play catch with the kids. I found my forever home and I love it here. My new owners love me so much and we are all very happy.
Lisa, Michael, Madison & Brianna Czochanski



Adopted July 2011; (from top to bottom) Riley (formerly known as Raja), Keisha (formerly known as Daisi), and Lulu (formerly known as Mary)

Riley (Raja) is a very playful kitty. She loves her two sisters, Keisha(Daisi) and Lulu(Mary). They are truly best friends. She is a little piggy when she eats, and we have to watch that she doesn't push her sisters away from their bowls. Her favorite toy is the Cat dancer which is a wire, with pieces of brown paper bag rolled up on either end. She is obsessed with it.


Keisha (aka-Daisi) is the sweetest girl. She loves her fake furry mouses, and a furry black spider toy. Her favorite thing to do is to lift up the rug in our hallway, and put her toys under it. She loves to be loved, and has the biggest brightest eyes. She loves her sisters Lulu(Mary) and Riley(Raja)They are truly best friends!


Lulu (Mary) is our water cat! She loves water, and we had a problem with her jumping up on the counter to the sink, but we bought her a water fountain to drink from, and it worked. She still helps me fill the dishwasher!! She is the biggest mushball, and loves everybody. She is super friendly, and demands attention!! We call her the big sister to Riley (Raja) and Keisha (Daisi). She loves toys with feathers, and can make a toy out of anything she finds (piece of paper, leaf from a plant ect..)They all make our home a happier place!!!  

Adopted September 2011; Nascar (Nas)

Nas, with his sister Marley during their first Thanksgiving and he is now bigger than sister.
The Scott Family







Adopted May 2011; Nacho Batman Del Prete (formerly known as Nacho)

Dear People at the Shelter-
HI! It’s Nacho!! I wanted to write to you while I had a moment away from playing! I got adopted by great parents! I love my new mommy and daddy! I have a bunch of great new toys-my favorite is a blue rubber gummy bear! Well it used to be a rubber duck –but I bit his nose off and my mommy took it away! Anyway I just wanted to say I love my new home! I have a big new bed-a Winnie the pooh blanket-I have a great view from the front window and I get to chase squirrels all day! I also love their backyard. I also get A TON of cuddle time with my mommy! Plus she thinks I look like Batman! Well back to the gummy bear! Love- Nacho Batman Del Prete Dear Jersey Shore Animal Center- Thank you so much for our little man! He is the best thing in our lives. He never runs out of kisses and cuddles! He is just a fantastic dog! He had some issues with being house trained when we first got him home-but he is doing much better. He is our world and we just adore him. Thank you for this amazing gift!

Love- Jessica and Robert Del Prete 



 Adopted September 2011; Nutmeg

Hey guys!

It's me Nutmeg! I miss you all and I know you probably miss me too. I figured I would contact you just to let you know I'm doing great! I love my new family and I'm pretty sure they love me just as much (maybe even a little more). I also love my new backyard I get to run around in all day. They nicknamed me Nutty which I think suits me well, you all know how I can be a little crazy some times. I still haven't really managed the whole leash thing yet but I'll get there eventually. Look at the photos I attached to see how much fun I'm having! Thanks for taking care of me and finding me a good family. Love you all! - Nutmeg

Adopted September 2011; Miley (formerly known as Carman)

We adapted Max in August 2008 from JSAC and a few months ago we decided he needed a play buddy so we adapted little Miley girl (Carmen). She is a great addition to our family and her and Max get along very well and we love her more then anything.


The Cook Family






Adopted April 2011; Dallas (formerly known as Wendell)

Our little basketball star, Dallas (formerly Wendell), is enjoying his first Halloween! He's such an intelligent, affectionate, and energetic little guy. We couldnt have asked for a better dog. We cant wait to share his first Christmas and experience with snow! Thank you for allowing us to make him a huge part of our lives!

Anthony Hagaman and Anna Lichnowski



Adopted October 2011; Kahana (formerly known as Bonnie)

I just wanted to thank the JSAC team for bringing such an amount of joy to my life.The staff took alot of care to make sure that we were a good match, and we are.Kahana is an amazing puppy.We have stopped by to visit and she is just as excited to see the staff as they are to see her.There are no better friends ther a pup and its master.Thank you for bringing us togather.
Rob Ferguson



Adopted October 2011; Teddy (formerly known as Ted)

Here are some pics of Ted, we nick named him Teddy! :) He is so funny, cute, and precious! I'm so glad we have him!
Thank you for all you do for these precious animals.

Lisa Cassarino





Adopted December 2010; Samuel

Hi everyone,

It's Samuel. I just wanted to check in and let you know how I was doing. I have a great family that loves me. I have lots of toys that I love to chew on. I also have a great yard to run around in. My daddy takes me for lots of walks. My mommy likes to snuggle with me at night. James plays with me nonstop. Oh, and sometimes at night I get doggy ice cream. I hope everyone at the shelter is doing well. Thank you again for finding me my new family. Love, Samuel

Adopted August 2010; Charlotte

It's been a year since we got Charlotte from JSAC - the staff made a perfect match - she is very loving, and we are fortunate to have her - thank you JSAC for bringing Charlotte to us, and for all the generosity you provide for all the animals that find their way to you.

Adopted August 2010; Jackson (Formally known as Spiderman):

We brought Jackson home exactly 1 year ago today.  He's been a perfect addition to our family.  Thanks so much!
Alex & Jamie 

Adopted July 2011; Buddy (formerly known as Jerome)


To Whom It May Concern:
Buddy is feeling much better and it appears his gastrointestinal issues are over after having finished his medication.  He is doing very well.  He went to the dog beach yesterday and loved it!  His favorite things seem to be dogs, swimming and food, so far.  Here is a picture of him lounging on a glider chair in his yard.  Yes, he is spoiled but he is also being trained.  He's learning come, sit, stay, drop it, leave it, do your business, and lay down.  I love him!  Thank you!
-Natalie Hooper

Adopted October 2010; My Girl, Midnight and Zibbie (formerly known as Exhibit A)

Everyone at Jersey Shore Animal Center:

It’s been almost a year since I adopted my three beautiful girls. They have done so well and are so happy. They give me such joy every time I look at them. They love to be near me and get so excited when they hear my voice. I believe that the love from an animal is one of God’s gifts to us, which is wonderful, and that is what My Girl, Midnight and Zibbie give me every day. I thank everyone at Jersey Shore for allowing me to bring my three girls into my life and my home and giving them their “Forever Home”.


 Adopted April 2011; Duke (formerly known as Atlas)

I wanted to give you all an update on Duke, who was formerly known as Atlas and came up from SC with his brother Apollo.  Duke was originally the shyer of the two, but four months later he has definitely jumped out of his shell! Duke remained timid in the first couple of months, and seemed to be scared of everything from the patio umbrella to the couch pillows! He is SUCH an amazing dog and he has brought so much joy and happiness into our lives.  Countless people have told us how much of a delight he is to be around, and we agree.  He is very calm and reserved, but also likes to romp and play whenever he can. He couldn’t be any more friendlier and he really enjoys his other dog friends.  Every Monday morning he is wiped out from his busy weekends with his dog cousins Kona & Emma (also rescues) and we can’t get him off his bed!  He really seems to love his new home and has only responded to us with adoration.  He loves long walks, to splash in the water at the creek, playing with his stuffed animals, eating treats and staring out the glass door at everyone outside.  Duke means the world to us as he was named after Duke University Children’s Hospital in NC, who saved the life of my 1-year old niece. 
Thank you for everything!!
Maggie (Fogarty), Shawn & Duke Conti

 Adopted May 20, 2011 - Zoe (formerly Annie)

I got Zoe (formerly known as Annie) in May. She has been quite a blessing. She gets along well with our other dog Buster (13 yr old Jack Russell) and overall behaves very well at home. I love her so much and so do my friends and family. She loves to run around the backyard and chase any animal she sees including butterflies. The pictures attached are of her and Buster in our yard and our first dog park trip. Thank you for making my adoption process so quick and smooth. 

Beverly M. Nataniel, MBA

Adopted March 2011 - Nala (formerly known as Zarah)

Hey, I want to give you an update on our dog, Zarah. When we got home we decided that she looked sooo much like a lion that we decided to name her Nala after the girl lion in the Lion King Movie. She took to the name fast. Anyway she is super energetic. When we got her you could see her ribs, now she is a healthy and big dog. I love her soo much. My sister calls her big ears because when she was little she had huge ears. Adorable. she and my other dog Crystal are not the best of friends but you can tell they love each other. Now she so big she does not have as big of ears any more. She loves to kiss you if you put you face in front of her mouth she will kiss you. I love her and so does the rest of the family. We found a great dog!!!

Thank you
Jessica Lago and Family

Adopted May 2007 - Joey and MooCow


It's been 2 years since I adopted Joey and Moocow. They are such great cats and I love them to death. They have such great personalities. Joey is so playful and so loving. Even when we are sleeping he needs to be touching me. And in the morning, he climbs on my back and starts kneading to wake me up! Unfortunately this includes weekends when I want to sleep in =). Moocow is great too! He likes to play Ninja and sneak up on me when he thinks I am not looking. And boy are they playful! It's so funny to see Joey chase Moocow up the stairs, and then see Moocow chase Joey back down the stairs! I am so grateful they are in my life and I know they are happy that I am in theirs. I enclosed a picture of me waking them up from their nap; I thought I would turn the tables. However, you can tell by the photo that they weren't too happy about that. All is fair in love and war =)
Thanks again for bringing us together, and sorry it took so long for me to submit a happy ending!



Adopted March 2009 - Precious (formerly known as Ginny)

Hi All,
It is me Precious formerly known to all of you as Ginny. It has been two years this past March since I came to live with my mom and brother. I just had my second birthday and mom thought it would be nice to send you a note on how  I am doing. Well, I am fine. I am a healthy happy little girl who likes to play and pick on my big brother as well as be with my mom when I am in the mood. I like to play with mom too so when she wants to pick me up I like to run just to make her chase me. I really love it here and want to say thank you to all of you for letting me come to a great home. I can't believe it has been two years already. Seems just like yesterday that mom came in to the shelter to see me. We have attached four pictures of me taken today laying on top of mom's computer monitor (one of my favorite places to sleep) when I am not looking out one of my window sills. 
Won't ramble anymore. Again thanks for letting me come to a great home. 
Precious (formerly known as Ginny)
PS Just a note from me Beth to say she is quite a little character. Especially when she is playing by herself. 
Beth Lane 



Adopted March 21, 2011 - Jasper

Just wanted to drop a quick note and let you all know how well Jasper is doing!  He's getting big, already 40 lbs and has just graduated at the top of his class from Kindred Souls training center in Howell, NJ.  Pete worked with Jasper during his stay at your facility and we didn't hesitate to work with him again for more training.

Jasper was a great student and the training he has gained through Kindred Souls is invaluable.  We all enjoyed the class so much we signed up for the intermediate class immediately!

Again, just wanted to offer some good news and let you all know how well Jasper is doing!  Attached is a photo of Pete and his star student Jasper on Graduation night!

Thanks again, 
Michelle Prinston



 Adopted April 2010 - Sage

Hello all.  Today is the one year anniversary of our adoption of Sage from your facility, so I felt is was an appropriate time to drop you a note of thanks and let you know how she is doing.  We've had our hurdles to overcome, but we couldn't do without our little girl.  She has really come out of her shell.  She loves making friends, and if you scratch her head, she'll try to climb in your lap, even if you're standing.  She didn't play with toys when we first brought her home, but now her favorite toys are never put away.  We've done lots of training with with Kindred Souls, and with Pete's help, Sage earned her Canine Good Citizen award.  She attends day care where she has made several friends with both 2 and 4 legs.  She loves to run around and be silly for a couple minutes, then crash for a quick nap.  She has even begun sleeping in her crate that she was afraid of at first.  We love our girl and really appreciate JSAC for rescuing her and bringing her into our lives. 

Tom and Margy Koping



 Adopted November 2010 - Rookie












We adopted Rookie on 11/24/10; the Wed. afternoon before Thanksgiving. And boy, are we thankful for him! He immediately became a part of our family; making himself at home right away. The one photo attached shows him with his dog sister Molly just fours days after adopting him. As you can see, he felt right at home, getting comfortable on the back of the couch with Molly. We LOVE him to pieces and can't imagine life without him. You would never know that he's 11 years old. He has so much energy; he bounces along like a bunny. And he loves playing with his kong. If we put a piece of dog biscuit in one, he will entertain himself for hours tossing it up in the air in hopes that the cookie will fly out when it bounces to the ground. He has brought us all so much joy!

Love, Wags, and Licks, 
Sally, Bryan, Christopher, and Molly



Adopted November 2009 - Harvey


Hello Hello Hello!!

I just wanted to say thank you so much for nursing Harvey back to health so he could become a part of our family! We adopted him in Nov. of 2009 (sorry for the delayed update). He is such a love bug that loves sitting on the back of the couch watching squirrels or birds. Harvey loves causing mischief and I love that--keeping us on our toes! He is a water fiend who is constantly knocking over my flower vases to get to the water or a cup full of water to drink! He makes the perfect addition to our family! He loves his sister cat, Bella, and plays hide-and-seek with her all the time! We can't imagine our life without our handsome kitty. Thank you so much for taking care of him and for everything else you do for all those animals in need!! 

With Love,
Rachel, Rich, Harvey and Bella! =)

Adopted February 2011 - Kramer

Dear JSAC staff,

In February of 2011 we adopted Kramer, a beautiful nearly all black cat from you. As with all multi-cat households, there was a period of adjustment while everyone got used to one another. We’re happy to say that everyone has adjusted very well gets along fine. It appears that the fur on the backs of his legs is growing back (not that it matters – we

Kramer has taken a special shine to Mooch (formerly Mander), who is a 2005 JSAC alumnus. I’ve included a picture of them enjoying some late afternoon sun together.

I also am passing along Kramer’s "Top Ten Reasons I Love My New Home":

10. Running up and down the stairs is fun!

9. Human toes sticking out from under bed covers are just as tasty as fingers.

8. Two humans who love me and take care of me.

7. I can open all the kitchen cabinets. (Locks to be installed soon.)

6. Going to the vet is scary, but my humans hold me so I don’t tremble.

5. Four cat trees and lots of toys.

4. Most excellent window views of birds, bunnies, squirrels and chipmunks outside.

3. Sinks everywhere!

2. Two great cat brothers: Mooch and Dillinger.

And the number one reason I love my new home:

1. I found my Forever Home!

Thank you, JSAC, for taking care of Kramer for so long and having the faith that he would find a good home. We couldn’t be happier.

Liz & Charlie

Adopted April 3rd, 2011 - Tippy

Hello, I adopted tippy April 3, 2011 and I just wanted to give an update...we love her! She is so smart and sweet she easily got attached to me and my boyfriend and even our dog lucky and we got just as attached right back! Lucky is 10 yrs old and didn’t really ever play and now they play nonstop and are best friends. At first she’s hesitant meeting new people but eventually warms up to them and is just as loveable as she is with us. She loves ours walks everyday and is amazing on car rides; she just sits next to you in the passenger seat and looks out the window. She for some reason is a bed wetter (not her bed, our bed!) but we are working on it, she's still adapting to her new home! She is the love of my life now; I don’t know what I would do without her! Thanks so much!

Kara Curcio

Adopted January 2011 - Shelby (formally known as Apache)

To the fabulous caretakers at JSAC:

Just wanted to update you on Shelby. We adopted her in January 2011 and she is doing great! We were so lost after Xena passed away and while I still miss her everyday, Shelby has wormed her way into our hearts. We took her for training at Kindred Souls and while we missed graduation Pete told us she would graduate with honors! We were on vacation for graduation and I'm enclosing a few pictures from Shelby's first vacation - boy did she have fun! And she gets along great with other dogs now, she's got a couple new best friends.

Thank you for all the care you provide these animals while they are waiting for their forever home. We'll stop in to visit soon.

Danette and David

Adopted November 2010 - Biddy


Sending another update on Biddy. She is doing quite well and is a bundle of energy. She has the energy of a 10 month old kitten! She is getting along with her playmate Lilly; seen on the towel rack in the attached photo. It seems that Lilly has some competition for Biddy's attention. Biddy really loves the stuffed tiger pillow it is her spot for naps. She frequently kneads the tiger pillow while purring contently before falling asleep on it :)
It has become part of Biddy's daily routine


Adopted February 2011 - Bootleg (formally known as Thomas)

Dear Jersey Shore Animal Center,

Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

We recently adopted a puppy named "Thomas" from you. We renamed him "Bootleg" and he is the absolute best puppy ever. We love him immensely!! He loves everyone and is quickly becoming the little mascot to both of our son's soccer teams. 

Last year we had to put down our sweet Indy, she was 13 years old. Our house was not the same. We were missing the companionship, love and laughter. Bootleg has filled that void tremendously. He has made our home a home again.

Upon entering his new home, he adjusted quite well. He was quick to learn. He enjoys his crate, can fetch, give paw, sit, stay and walks very nicely on a leash. I believe that there will be more he will show us in the coming months. His most favorite game to play is hide and seek - and no matter where we hide he always finds us!!

From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for this opportunity. We feel truly blessed that Bootleg has become a part of our lives.

We promise to visit soon!!

Kris, Chris and Boys

Adopted January 2011 - Toby

Dear Jersey Shore Staff,

We adopted Toby from your facility approximately 3 months ago, and we both could not be happier. He is a sweet and friendly dog, with a great personality and a fun loving nature. The first few weeks took some getting used to for him (and for us), as is always the case with a new family member. He immediately got along with Max, a Yorkshire Terrier that he sees on occasion. Being inside a house was definitely a new experience for him since he was chained up outside all the time before he was rescued, but he has adjusted beautifully. He loves going to the dog park (we are regulars at the Ocean County dog park and have visited dog parks in NYC and North Jersey). He slept in a crate every night for the first two months or so, but has proven himself to be trustworthy and sleeps on our bed every night now. He was also in the crate while we were out in the beginning, but now free ranges in the house with no incidents during the few times that he is left alone each day.

Everyone Toby has come in contact with has absolutely adored him. He decided right from the beginning that he is a 48 pound lap dog! Both of our families enjoys visits from Toby and he is generally well behaved everywhere we take him. We gave him the nickname “Jaws” because he greets people and other dogs with his mouth open and enjoys grabbing anything and everything that comes close enough, (albeit gently). He is such a good dog through, and even enjoys going to the vet. He really seems to enjoy our training sessions and is eager to learn, as long as there are not too many distractions, hahaha. He thrives on positive re-enforcement training regimen.

Please find some pictures of Toby being Toby. Melissa and I both wanted you folks to know that we have recommended your rescue to everyone we have come in contact with that is interested, and will continue to do so. Your organization is very professional and one of the most caring Rescues I have personally encountered!

Sincere Regards,
Ian and Melissa

Adopted March 12th 2011 - Cleveland (formally known as Guni)

Hi Jersey Shore Animal Center,

I wanted to give you an update on Guni. He is adjusting well to his new Surrounding and new name : Cleveland!! :)

I can't tell you how much he has helped to bring happiness and smiles to me and my entire family.
Each morning he goes to Puppy day care at my moms house, plays with his cousins, Annie and Zoe (both Jersey Shore adoptees) and in the afternoon enjoys his beach & nature trail runs. The cold hasn't seemed to phases him one bit.. it is only a matter of time before he is swimming in the ocean.

He is as calm, sweet natured, as he was the first day he arrived home. I am starting to believe that he defies all expected puppisms such as chewing, accidents and jumping. Crate trained and absolutely perfect already. (friends and family can't believe how good he is!) He has gained almost 16 pounds in two weeks.

Thanks for all that you do and for my new wonderful friend.

Cleveland couldn't have come into my life at any better time. He is a daily reminder of my dad's life, passion, cedars vet. hospital and the power of animals.

Meredith Hudson

Adopted March 2011 - Jasper

Dear Staff at JSAC,

We adopted Jasper on Monday and he immediately became an instant part of the family! He's adjusting phenomonally well to his new environment and is a total snuggler and definitely loves to be on camera! Every time he sees the camera come out he knows its "show time" and he strikes a special pose, or does something amazingly cute for the video. He likes to play fetch and has an adorable run/hop/skip approach to retrieving his toys. I think he may be part kangaroo! I have some video of him playing that I'll try to upload and send as well later on. He likes to ride in the car, but prefers to be close to someone, even on their lap! He's a true baby in that by the time we're at the end of the street, he's asleep! Car rides definitely make him sleepy!

I can't say enough great things about this lil guy. Your facility did an incredible job with him and the training he had has definitely helped us out. He knows his commands and listens well. He loves his crate and has been sleeping through the night in it, without any "accidents". 

Jasper had his first check up yesterday and the vet was very impressed with him and how well behaved he is. He's up to 19.6 lbs! Everywhere we go people comment on what a sharp looking dog he is!! I'm such a proud mama and sort of like that his true heritage is unknown. I may give in and do a doggie DNA test to find out if he truly is a Shiba Inu/Lab mix, but for now, we're just enjoying him! The vet said he definitely had some Chinese in him! haha Even though I think Shiba's are Japanese, we'll take it!

My beautiful boy has been home all day with Daddy so I'm sure he'll be all tuckered out when I get home from work.

Thank you again and I will always recommend your facility!

Michelle Prinston

 Adopted January 2011- Espeon

Dear JSAC,

I finally got my digital camera working and as promised am sending a few pics of Espeon.
She sure is a cutie,and a super lovable kitty.I got her the 3rd week of January.Thank you all for all the great work you do!!!


Rob Miles

Adopted March 2, 2011 - Daisy

I like my new home!
Love, Daisy Casatelli 




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