Established in 1906 from humble beginnings in Newark, NJ, the Society has grown and expanded to include two other shelters in Tinton Falls and Forked River, which is also the location of Popcorn Park. Literally millions of pets, wildlife, farm and exotic animals have called us home since that time. Some have stayed, many have been adopted, yet all have been taken under our wing with increasingly competent and compassionate care with each passing year. We’re proud to still be serving the thousands of animals that need our help day after day, year after year. Read on to learn more about our many services and programs.
A fleet of radio-dispatched ambulances is available 24 hours a day to assist or pick up stray, sick, injured, or trapped domestic animals or wildlife in municipalities served by the Society and parks. Staff operating AHS ambulances are Certified Animal Control Officers, trained and experienced in handling all kinds of animals.
Two comprehensive Medical Departments are located in our Newark and Forked River facilities, providing complete medical and surgical services to both privately owned and shelter animals. Spay and neuter procedures are offered at both hospitals. At Tinton Falls, a small medical department handles the neutering and treatment of shelter dogs and cats.
Animal Care Facilities
Dogs, cats, kittens, puppies and small animals are accepted and adopted out seven days a week at our three shelters. Adopted pets are microchipped, spayed/neutered, they receive all inoculations, de-worming, flea and tick preventative, heartworm preventative, FIV/FELV testing is performed in cats, and a health guarantee is provided for each adoption. To adopt or surrender a pet, please contact our facility closest to your home.
Animal Welfare Legislation
AHS prides itself on being key to Animal Welfare Legislation over the years. We promote legislation that is made to protect animals in NJ and beyond in our publication, The Humane News, as well as on our social media pages.
The Society continues to be actively involved in legislative efforts to curtail, and ultimately end, some of the many cruel practices in NJ and beyond regarding dog fighting, guard dogs, tethering, hunting, trapping, and more. Please stay in tune with our efforts to protect animals by following us in all of our media outlets.
Understanding the joy and wonder of animals and their place in our lives is facilitated through many different Society efforts. A variety of publications help provide information and enjoyment. Visits to schools and organizations conducted by informed Society personnel help foster an increased appreciation of the creatures with whom we share our planet. To learn more, please contact any of our shelters or Popcorn Park at our Forked River facility and inquire about the possibility of a visit with your school or organization, or a visit to one of our facilities. Thank you for your interest in animals and AHS/Popcorn Park!
Popcorn Park had its humble beginnings in 1977, with the acceptance and treatment of a raccoon whose leg was crushed in a steel leg-hold trap, and who could never be released. Since that time the park has grown into a facility serving over 200 exotic and farm animals, wildlife and birds. The uniqueness of Popcorn Park’s residents lies in the fact that each one was either injured, abandoned, abused, exploited, handicapped, elderly or ill. Those injured or ill animals that can be treated and safely released enjoy the opportunity to return into their natural environment.
Residents include lions, tigers, black bears, deer, caiman, monkeys, bobcats, baboons, equines, sheep, goats, cougars and many, many more. Improvements are constantly being made for our animals’ comfort. New barns, new sheds, new compounds for the big cats – these are but a few of the ways we can give them a better life. Veterinary care is a constant – whether routine deworming, root canals, or back adjustments; we want those who’ve come to us in need to want for nothing. Come visit — Popcorn Park is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day with early closings on holidays. A small admission fee helps care for the animals.
Please visit Popcorn Park for details about our many wonderful residents, the growth and evolution of the park, and much, much more!
Garden of Memories – Cremation Services
Our beloved pets deserve a final resting place that is reflective of the love and devotion they gave us their entire lives. At our Forked River facility, the Society maintains the Animal Haven Farm Cemetery and the Garden of Memories. While we will continue to maintain all existing plots, there is currently no more land available and we regret that we can no longer provide interment for owned pets. However, the Society does offer private cremations for your beloved animals. Please contact us at 609-693-1900 for details about these services. The Animal Haven Farm Cemetery and the Garden of Memories are where we also provide interment and cremation services for our Share-A-Pets who have spent their final year in our care.
The Society publishes a nationwide magazine, the HUMANE NEWS, which reaches a broad audience with animal welfare information on local, national and international levels. It also publishes ZoonooZ, a newsletter about Popcorn Park and wildlife in general. New and informative brochures are being developed constantly to educate the animal lover about topics of interest, and currently cover allergies, toxoplasmosis, wills and bequests, etc. as well as humane coloring books! You can find these in our Publications section of the website. Ready to learn more? Sign up as a member, or help support the Society’s efforts and receive the entire HUMANE NEWS via e-mail, or join the Zoological Society to receive ZoonooZ. You can also visit our publications section to see what’s available.