Sunday, December 28, 2008

About Us

The John A Bukowski Shelter for Animals is located in Bloomfield, NJ. Managed by the township of Bloomfield, the shelter’s animal control serves the towns of Bloomfield and Caldwell. The town, along with the shelter’s volunteers, socialize the animals in residence as well as help potential adopters find the perfect addition to their family.


Skye was brought into Bukowski Animal Shelter as a puppy with her mouth wired shut (which has left a scar around her muzzle). She was adopted however this was not a successful match and she was returned in April. My husband and I met her the same week she was returned and immediately fell in love with her. She immediately stroke a friendship with our dog, Maya, and they have a very close bond. On weekends in the winter she goes to the local dog parks and in the summer she goes up to the lake. We have been blessed to have her as an addition to our home.

Monica & Ben

Many volunteers are using Gentle Leaders to walk the dogs in residence. These face harnesses (much like a horse bridle) help control where the dogs are looking and allow people to walk dogs that normally pull with much ease. These headcollars are not muzzles--the dogs still have the ability to fully open their mouths--and it takes a couple walks before the dogs are fully comfortable with them. We do recommend their use and will happily show all potential adopters how to use and put them on. They make wonderful training tools. To learn more, visit:

Donations are always appreciated!

Wish List: The animals at the shelter could use the items listed are on our Wish List (see list on right hand side).

iGive: We're now on iGive. Sign up and choose us as your charity then go shopping. For every dollar you spend, we get a percentage! So visit today and help the homeless pets at the shelter live more comfortably.

Mandy's Pet Grooming offers a free first-visit grooming to any dog adopted from the shelter. The groomer also generously donates grooming services to needy animals in the Bukowski Shelter and for this we must say a million thank you's!!!!

Mandy's is located at 90 Union Ave., Nutley. 973-284-1661.

The town of Bloomfield manages the shelter and new volunteers are always being welcomed.

Stop by to fill out an application and we'll contact you about the next volunteer orientation.


Dog adoptions are $95
Cat adoptions are $55

All applicants must fill out a pre-adoption form that will be looked over by the adoption committee who will verify references and approve the adoption (we reserve the right to deny any application).

Home visits are required and are performed by trained shelter volunteers or an Animal Control Officer.

No animal is eligible for adoption until it is spayed or neutered by the shelter but applications will be accepted.

Please Note: Potential adoptors should realize that there are a lot of bully breed mixes out there. These breeds, while they do have their quirks, also have a bad rap. It is a well-known fact that well-managed, responsibly owned pit bulls are some of the best family dogs. The American Temperament Test Society lists this breed as one of the most stable temperaments of any of the purebreds, right up there with golden retrievers. The American Pit Bull Terrier especially likes to lick children's faces and wag their tail. They often tolerate the rough-and-tumble play of children and are easily trained due to their eagerness to please. Visit to find out more about the breed.

We are located at:

61 Bukowski Place
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-748-0194

Click here for directions.

The shelter is located on Bukowski Place off of Hoover Ave next to the Garden Apts. and Glendale Cemetery. The shelter is right off of GSP North exit 150.

Come Visit Us!

We're open 7 days from 1-4pm.