About AHS

Our Mission

The mission of the Associated Humane Societies, Inc., including Popcorn Park Animal Refuge, is to consistently provide the highest quality of care to all animals, domestic and wildlife, including their rescue, housing, veterinary care, placement whenever possible, and when required, a peaceful end. It is also our mission to prevent cruelty to all animals, primarily in New Jersey, but also throughout the United States. This shall be done through direct intervention as well as the promotion of humane education regarding the proper care and treatment of animals at both public and private levels, thereby advancing the humane treatment of animals everywhere.

Since 1906

Over a Century of Caring

Our History

For over a century we have offered a haven to abused and neglected animals. Founded in 1906, The Associated Humane Societies is the largest animal sheltering system in New Jersey. We operate three shelters located in Newark, Forked River, and Tinton Falls. Our Forked River facility also includes Popcorn Park. Established in 1977, Popcorn Park is a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused, or elderly — farm animals, birds, and wildlife (domestic and exotic).


The Society is a not for profit, 501 (c) 3 organization. In addition Popcorn Park is a federally licensed zoo. We take pride in our devotion to the thousands of animals that come through our doors looking for a better life.

To understand how funds are utilized to help the many animals in our care, read our form 990 for charitable organizations and our audited financials.

Rescued Animals

pets reunited

Adopted Pets


“The true duty of an animal rights/protection society is not to prolong life, but to prevent suffering.”

– Richard Calore, National Cat Protection Society

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