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Inclement Weather Warning !!!
If you are planning to visit the shelter during the winter months, please call before leaving if snow is predicted or it is snowing. The shelter may be closed to the public at those times. Because the shelter is located in the northern end of New Jersey, it may be snowing in West Milford and not in other areas. The phone number is 973-728-2859.
H - E - L - P !!
We need more volunteers to assist in the daily operation of our shelter.
Just a few hours a week can make a tremendous difference. Experience the rewards.. Why Wait?
Want another way to help ? Please visit our Donation Page and check out our "Wish List" of Cleaning Supplies and Food Supplies that we desperately need.
If you can help, please call us today at 973-728-2859.
Interested in Volunteering to work at the shelter?
Click Here for the Agreement and Application!
The West Milford Animal Shelter is the only animal shelter in NJ that is operated completely by volunteers. All volunteers are members of the West Milford Animal Shelter Society (WMASS). WMASS volunteers donate over 1,200 hours per month at the facility and have established a trusting and caring environment for between the 600-1,000 animals that arrive at our shelter each year. Our annual adoption rate is 80% (the national average rate is roughly 40% or less). We provide educational programs for community service groups, schools and clubs.
LOW COST SPAY/ NEUTER CERTIFICATES CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE SHELTER FOR CATS ONLY. All services are provided by local veterinarians.
We also have a Sponsor-A-Pet (SAP) program, for anyone wishing to contribute funds to provide for the care of any of our animals. Sponsor-A-Pet can make a wonderful and thoughtful gift.
For more information on our facility, animals or services, please call (973)728-2859.
The WMASS volunteers work very hard to find good, permanent, loving homes for the adoptable animals in our care. Anyone interested in adopting a cat or dog from our facility is required to fill out a pre-adoption form before viewing any animals. Dogs are tested for heartworm (and treated if necessary), and cats are tested for feline leukemia and FIV. ONLY cats who test negative are placed for adoption. Both dogs and cats are de-wormed and are up to date on distemper and rabies shots. All ADULT dogs and cats are spayed or neutered before leaving our facility. Puppies and kittens require a $50.00 surgical deposit at adoption time. The deposit is returned to the new owner when proof of spay/neuter is provided by the veterinarian.
Adoption Fees are:
Surgical Deposit: For all unaltered animals, a $50.00 deposit will be returned when copy of spay/neuter certificate is presented to WMASS.
Note: Low cost spay/neuter certificates, redeemable at local veterinarians, are available for sale at the shelter for cats only. The certificate price for a female cat spay is $60. The certificate price for a male cat neuter is $35.
- Dogs or Puppies $75.00 (Most dogs benefit from crate training. Adopters needing a crate for their new canines can purchase quality crates at the shelter. Price varies with size. Please check availability.)
- Cats or Kittens $35.00 (Adopters needing safe transportation for their new felines can purchase cardboard cat carriers at the shelter for $4 each.)
|"Our Wish List"|
(Always desperately needed - we clean everything daily!)
(To avoid upset stomachs, please buy specific brands whenever listed.)
|| Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Dry Dog Food|
| Liquid Laundry Detergent
|| Pedigree Canned Dog Food (any variety)|
| Clorox Clean-Up Spray
|| Purina Cat Chow Dry Cat Food|
| Paper Towels
|| Any variety Canned Cat Food (NO Pouches)|
| Toilet Paper
|| Gerber Baby Chicken Food (Blue Label)|
| Dryer Static Control Sheets
|| Dog Biscuits (any variety)|
| Lysol Disinfectant Spray
|| Purina Kitten Chow|
| Liquid Disinfecting Hand Soap
| Mops & Brooms
| Hand-Held Scrub Brushes
|| Blankets for the Dogs|
|| Smaller blankets for the Cats|
|| CLAY Cat Litter|
Cash contributions are always appreciated!
|Canít adopt a pet but want to help a homeless pet until a new home is found?|
Then Sponsor A Pet
Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization and the key ingredient to the success of our shelter. We are always looking for good, dedicated, adult volunteers. You must be 16 to work with cats, and 18 to work with dogs. There is always cleaning, feeding and nurturing for the animals to be done. We work 7 days a week - 365 days a year.
Caring for these otherwise forgotten animals is a very rewarding and gratifying feeling. Volunteers are also needed to assist on areas that do not require direct contact with any animals, i.e, washing dishes, doing laundry or following up on paper work. Please feel free to contact us directly for more information on joining the WMASS volunteer team.
- Monday - Friday: 10 am to 1 pm
- Wednesday Evenings: 7:30 pm to 9 pm
- Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am to 3 pm
Located just off Marshall Hill Road next to the Township Recycle Center.
From Butler, Wayne, Rts 80 & 287 and surrounding areas:
Take route 23 North into West Milford to the Echo Lake Road exit (a right hand turn) and stay on this road until you come to a T. This is Macopin Road. Make a left onto Macopin Road and travel approximately 6 miles. You will automatically merge into Union Valley Road. Go straight through 2 traffic lights. In about 1/2 mile, the road will fork with a Valero Gas Station in the middle of the fork. Bear right. Travel 1/4 mile and turn right onto Lycosky Drive. Go up the hill, through the township recycle center, and turn right down the animal shelter's driveway.
Please visit our other website: www.westmilfordanimalshelter.org
You Love Animals. You Wish You Could Have One. But....
You are allergic;
Your house is too small;
Your BIG DOG would traumatize your small cat;
Your small cat would traumatize your BIG DOG;
Your Landlord says you can't have any pets;
You're too busy and never really home;
We Have the Answer!!
Please click here and print this page to Sponsor a Pet.
- For a contribution of $5 per month, $25 for 6 months or $50 per year, you can help care for the animals at the shelter
- 100% of you contribution will directly benefit the animals at our 100% volunteer-operated animal shelter.
- Individuals, schools, and organizations are welcome to join the Sponsor-A-Pet program.
- A great gift idea ! This contribution can be made in your name or can be given as a gift to a friend or family member. We will include a gift card indicating that this generous gift has come from you.