BARKS (Byram Animal Rescue Kindness Squad) is a non-profit, all volunteer, animal rescue organization founded in 1973 to provide veterinary care, housing and permanent placement of stray and abandoned cats and dogs.
BARKS works in association with the Byram Pound located on Mansfield Drive in Byram Township, N.J. In addition to the pets that can be seen at the Byram Pound, we also have many cats in foster homes and several dogs in local kennels. These pets can be seen by appointment and at our regularly scheduled adoption days.
Come Meet Our Pets...
Adoption days are held 2 Saturdays per month from 11-3 at various locations in Sussex and Morris Counties. See website for updated adoption day locations. Animals can also be seen by appointment by contacting 973-300-3185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Adoption Process...
Our Adoption Policy BARKS has many wonderful pets available for adoption. All our pets are spayed and neutered and have a current rabies and distemper vaccine. In addition, all cats are tested for feline aids and feline leukemia and all dogs are heartworm tested. BARKS prohibits the declawing of our cats but check our website for cats found already declawed. They are identified by a black pawprint on the petfinder listing.
Our screening and adoption process: Our screening process consists of a written application, including a veterinary reference where applicable, and a personal interview. At our discretion, a visit to the prospective home may be required.
All pets are accepted for return if the pet is not adjusting well at the home. We encourage adoptive homes to make this decision within 30 days but will accept the pet back at any later date with reasonable advance notice.
We request an adoption donation per pet. Adoption fees: The adoption fee is $150.00 for dogs. For cats, there is a discount for adopting two cats at the same time: Kittens 0-8 months: $120 ($195 for 2) Adults 8 months - 7 yrs: $95 ($160 for 2) Seniors 7+ yrs: $50 ($75 for 2) (fee for adopting multiple cats/mixed ages will be determined on a case by case basis)
You'll receive a copy, too, at
to help you keep track of which pets you've inquired about, and which shelters and rescues you've emailed.
NOTE: Some shelters have physical locations you can visit; some of these shelters may only have pets for a limited time, so please do not wait for a reply—just go visit the shelter!
Other organizations are rescue groups run by busy volunteers who may take a while to reply. You can find information about the shelter or rescue group caring for this pet, and their adoption procedures,
on the pet's details page on Adopt-a-Pet.com.