Frequently Asked Questions

Bandit the black and white cat 2013

Bandit, 2013

1) What does KVAS stand for? KVAS stands for the Kinnelon Volunteer Animal Shelter

2) Where are you located? The KVAS shelter is located at 118 Kinnelon Road in Kinnelon, NJ – across from the Kinnelon High School. We are only open to the public during special events, or by appointment by calling 973-283-4120. Our mailing address is: 2 Kiel Avenue #252 Kinnelon, NJ 07405

3) What do you do? As a shelter for homeless animals KVAS provides food, shelter and veterinary care to the animals in our care . We also provide compassion and comfort to these unwanted and homeless animals. The shelter originally come into existence in the 1970s and the name was changed to the Kinnelon Volunteer Animal Shelter in 2011 to more specifically focus on, and serve, the borough of Kinnelon and surrounding communities. As a non-profit, 501(c) (3), animal welfare and adoption organization, the Kinnelon Volunteer Animal Shelter exists to provide a haven for homeless and unwanted cats and dogs until their forever homes can be found. Some of our animals come to us as strays who would have not survived very long on their own. Others find their way to us through situations where their previous owner can no longer care for them. Regardless of their journey to our door…once inside they are provided with warm and wonderful care.

4) How can I volunteer? KVAS is always looking for committed volunteers who are at least 21 years of age. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas. If you are interested in finding out how you could help please call us at: 973-283-4120. Soon, the application to become a KVAS volunteer will also be available on our website at

Chrissy 2013

Chrissy, 2013

5) Do you have dogs and cats? KVAS is a small shelter with dogs and cats. On occasion, we have other domestic animals. All are available for adoption. We have been successful in finding ‘forever ‘ homes for dogs, cats, bunnies and one emu.

6) How many dogs and cats? We keep as many animals as will comfortably fit in the shelter. We also foster pets in local homes. All of our animals are available for adoption and can be seen on facebook and

7) What is the cost to adopt a dog or cat? In life in general … and most specifically when adopting an animal … YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Our cats and kittens range from $90 – $150 , depending on the age of the cat or kitten and whether it has been spayed or neutered.  Dogs average around $150-$300 depending on age and breed. All cats and kittens over 6 months of age are spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies and distemper, and screened for FIV and FELV. In addition, all felines are de-wormed and de-flea’d. To help you find the best fit for your family or situation, KVAS will advise you on considerations such as energy level, how they react to children, other cats and dogs. Dogs over 6 months of age are spayed and neutered, vaccinated against rabies and distemper, and are screened for heartworm. To help you to adopt the right dog, KVAS will advise you on a variety of factors such as energy level, leash manners and how the dog reacts to children, cats and other dogs. All adopters are given some pet food and treats to help with the transition to their new home and a booklet of coupons from Petco, our adoption partner.



8 ) What does a volunteer do? A volunteer can do many things at KVAS. Some work directly with the animals by taking dogs for walks, feeding the animals or cleaning their cages. Other volunteers support the shelter by running fund raising events, helping with Technology (e.g, website updates/maintenance). Our needs are many and we would he happy to speak with you about finding just the right fit. Call KVAS at 973-283-4120 or email us at

9) What if I am allergic to animals but want to volunteer? See above and contact KVAS at: 973-283-4120 or

10) Does NJ have an animal restraint law? What is it? New Jersey is now the only state in the country where driving with pets loose in the car is a violation of animal cruelty law. Drivers who do not secure their pet can face a ticket of $250 to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. Additionally, allowing your pet to hang his head out the window, having him riding in the back of a truck or curling up on the driver’s lap are also ticket-able offenses under the law. Restraints include; animal harnesses, animal carriers or other sanctioned restraints, based upon the type of animal. Further information can be found on line.

11) What do I do if I see a stray cat or dog? Any and all stray animals should be reported to the police at the LOCAL NON EMERGENCY number: 973-838-5400. The police will contact an Animal Control Officer and one will be dispatched. Under no circumstances should a citizen attempt to capture a stray animal of any kind. Even though you may be very well intended, that animal, or you, could be injured in the process.

Finn 2013

Finn 2013

12) What if I want/need to give up an animal? Contact KVAS at 973-283-4120. KVAS will make every effort to help any resident who can no longer care for their animal. NEVER ABANDON AN ANIMAL—it is against the law.