Father John's Animal House

More than an Animal Shelter

Sussex County's Community Animal House


Our primary purpose is to provide love, companionship, shelter, food, socialization, and medical care for the many animals that come to us until permanent, loving homes can be found.

Our Story

Father John’s Animal House was founded in 1999, by a small and very dedicated group of people that recognized a great need in our community to help homeless and otherwise unwanted pets. The land and facility was acquired through a few large donations and the shelter was immediately able to start placing animals into loving adoptive homes. The land was originally owned by Father John, a retired member of the clergy, who took exceedingly good care of his livestock. The shelter was named after him to honor his dedication to the welfare of animals.

As the years went by, the maintenance of the facility was becoming more and more difficult. It was decided to tear down the entire shelter and rebuild it. A large fund drive and challenge grant funded the project, and the shelter was rebuilt in 2012. State of the art features have been incorporated, including floors that are impervious to liquid soaking in, ventilation systems to reduce airborne pathogens and illness, and sound absorbing panels, which reduce barking dog noise. Room layout was designed for the comfort and care of the animals, including free-roaming cat rooms and indoor kennel runs for the dogs.

The shelter now has the capacity to safely and responsibly place over 600 animals each year. Each animal is fully vetted, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to leaving for their adoptive home. Our shelter personnel work hard to match each adoptive family with the perfect animal to become their lifelong pet.

Our overall mission is not only to place animals into loving homes but to promote spay and neuter to alleviate the problem of homeless animals and overcrowded shelters. We value the bond people have with animals and strive to give each homeless animal a family that will love and care for it for a lifetime.


Father John's is all about positive outcomes!! Since we opened our doors in 1999, over 4,000 animals have found loving homes.  We've upped our game, streamlined the adoption process, and will get another 1,000 placed even faster.