About Us

The members of the Bergen County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) would like to thank you for your support throughout our more than 85 years of service to the Bergen County community.

Chartered in 1927, the Bergen County SPCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all volunteer, humane law enforcement agency authorized to investigate and prosecute alleged acts of animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Throughout the organizations history, the Bergen County SPCA has always embodied the motto of “helping those who cannot help themselves” through the use of successful enforcement and corrective actions. The Bergen County SPCA is also tasked with educating the public on the humane handling of pets and companion animals as well as the various animal cruelty Statutes contained in Title 4 of the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice.

Animal neglect or abuse can take many forms including, but not limited to:

Community Engagement and Funding Support

In addition to our enforcement and educational activities, the Bergen County SPCA also participates in various community outreach events, including street fairs and town day events around the County, as well as public events hosted at the Meadowlands sports complex.

To carry out this mission effectively, the Bergen County SPCA relies solely on generous private donations and periodic fundraising activities. It's important to note that the BCSPCA receives NO funding from state, county, or local government sources.

Furthermore, it's crucial to clarify that we have no affiliation with the ASPCA in New York or the New Jersey State SPCA. We operate as a completely separate entity under the supervision and direction of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. Additionally, it's important to note that we do not run a shelter.

Although not part of our primary mission, when possible, the BCSPCA does assist with:

The BCSPCA does NOT

  • Operate or provide a pet adoption service.
  • Run a government subsidized organization.
  • Run a veterinarian's office.
  • Run an operation with salaried employees.