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Founded in 1939, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center (St. Hubert’s Giralda, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. Its services to the community include pet adoption and animal rescue, animal assisted therapy, humane education, dog training, and pet loss support. The Center operates animal shelters in Madison and North Branch, N.J. and a Dog Training and Behavior School in Madison, N.J.   Many of our innovative programs for animals and people serve as models for other organizations across the country. 

Mission Statement

St. Hubert’s Giralda is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. The organization believes in and provides services that support the human-animal bond and seeks to foster an environment in which people respect all living creatures.

Contact US                                                     

Madison Adoption Center & Admin Offices
P.O. Box 159
575 Woodland Ave.
Madison, NJ 07940
(973) 377-2295
Fax (973) 377-5012

Adoptions 7 day per week

Sunday-Tuesday 12pm to 4pm

Wednesday-Saturday 12pm to 6pm

North Branch Adoption Center
P.O. Box 5281
3201 Route 22 East
North Branch, NJ 08876
(908) 526-3330
Fax (908) 526-0056

Adoptions 7 day per week

Sunday-Tuesday 12pm to 4pm
Wednesday-Saturday 12pm to 6pm


Training and Behavior Center
575 Woodland Ave.
Madison, NJ 07940
(973) 377-0116

Adoptions 7 day per week

Sunday-Tuesday 12pm to 4pm

Wednesday-Saturday 12pm to 6pm

Administrative Offices
(973) 377-7094

Humane Education
(973) 377-8877

Doggy Day Camp
(973) 377-4524

Special Events Hotline
(973) 377-7094 ex 229
Membership Information
(973) 377-4962

Pet Loss Support Group
(973) 377-7094

Volunteer/Community Service Office
(973) 514-5920



What is St. Hubert’s?

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of companion animals.  It operates animal shelters in Madison and North Branch, New Jersey and one of the largest professional dog training and behavior centers in the country.   Humane Education and Pet Therapy Visitation are among its programs offered to the community.   St. Hubert’s also provides animal control services by contract in several municipalities in proximity to the shelters.

What kind of animals does St. Hubert’s have?

St. Hubert’s always has a large variety of beautiful dogs and cats of all types, sizes and ages available for adoption.  In addition, we offer small and furry pets like hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits and the like who are in need of new homes.  Small birds are sometimes available.   Visit to see our current pets.

How do I adopt an animal at St. Hubert’s?

Our adoption process is an open, friendly one.  Visit our shelters 7 days a week noon-4; until 6 on Wednesdays.  Our adoption counselors will help you select the best match for you and your family.   All dogs and cats, puppies and kittens are fully vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped and spayed/neutered prior to placement.   Adoption fee:

Puppies--$300    Dogs--$275   Kittens--$175   Cats--$150    Small furries—Donation

Where do the animals come from?

St. Hubert’s provides community animal control service to a number of municipalities in proximity to our shelters, offering rescue and safe refuge for lost, stray, abandoned or surrendered pets.  Our lifesaving, four-tiered outreach program enables us expand  our local, regional and national reach, working in collaboration with other organizations at all levels.  We participate in organized programs which invest in the source communities toward solutions to the overpopulation of dogs and cats in their areas.  Any animals transported from other areas of the country to St. Hubert’s have been fully vetted and vaccinated prior to arrival and no local animals in our care are displaced to accommodate them.  

Is St. Hubert’s A “No Kill” Shelter?

St. Hubert’s does not like the use of the term “no kill” when referring to a shelter or rescue.  We find it to be divisive among animal welfare professionals and often misconstrued by the public because people define “no kill” in different ways.  While St. Hubert’s meets the definition when applied to shelters that do not euthanize for space, we prefer to explain what we do and how we do it in clear terms rather than apply a label.  We do not limit our intake to falsely post favorable statistics.  Our certified behavior counselors are able to address and properly modify a variety of behaviors and only animals whose level of aggression makes them too dangerous to offer for placement or those so badly injured or ill that management affording a comfortable quality of life cannot be achieved are humanely euthanized.  Our staff provides tender loving care to every animal regardless of age, health or behavior.  

If I find an animal can I bring it to St. Hubert’s?  

Lost animals need to be relinquished to the agency that provides animal control service to the municipality in which they were found in order to optimize the chances for reuniting them with their guardians.  No matter the circumstances in which you find an animal you can never be absolutely certain that it has been abandoned so it is important to follow procedure for a lost pet before taking any further action.  Local police and health departments can direct you to the proper agency; personnel at either of our shelters can offer guidance as well.   

If I have an animal I can’t keep can I bring it to St. Hubert’s?

Unfortunately situations arise that make it necessary for guardians to seek new homes for pets.  At other times there is an issue that can be resolved with a little help, allowing the pet to remain in its home.  If you have a pet in need of a new home please call your local shelter or either of St. Hubert’s shelters for information and advice regarding your particular situation and needs.    

How is St. Hubert’s supported?

St. Hubert’s does not receive government funding and is not, as many people assume due to our shared founder, funded by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.   We rely on the generosity of private donors, foundations and grantors who share our compassion and commitment to the mission.  A small endowment provides limited income to supplement operating expenses.



St. Hubert’s believes that all animals should be treated humanely and with compassion throughout their lives. St. Hubert’s supports the five freedoms for any animal kept by man – from homes to farms: Freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury or disease; freedom to express normal behavior and freedom from fear and distress.

Animal agriculture has changed drastically over the last 70 years. Intensive confinement systems that deny animals from engaging in natural behaviors and fail to meet their most basic behavior needs, inhumane transport and billions of animals slaughtered have become commonplace as has the genetic manipulation of animals that causes rapid growth, pain and suffering.

St. Hubert’s recognizes its responsibility to raise awareness of welfare issues related to raising, housing, care, transportation and slaughter of animals raised or caught for food as part of its animal welfare advocacy work and shall encourage welfare conscious consumerism, reduced animal product consumption and shall advocate for more humane farming methods.

Consistent with mission St. Hubert’s events shall be vegetarian.

July 30, 2013


Toward its goal of combating companion animal overpopulation, St Hubert’s Giralda advocates the spaying/neutering of dogs and cats at the earliest age deemed to be reasonable safe.
June 27, 1996


St. Hubert’s is committed to eliminating the euthanasia of companion animals it deems to be adoptable.

St. Hubert’s believes that euthanasia should be employed only as a last resort when all reasonable efforts to place an adoptable companion animal have been exhausted.

However, if a companion animal is deemed unadoptable, St. Hubert’s may perform euthanasia.

All euthanasia, whether on domestic or wild animals, is performed by certified personnel in accordance with accepted veterinary practice and New Jersey State law.

Any animal euthanized by St. Hubert’s is cremated off-site at a state licensed animal crematory.

July 24, 2003

St. Hubert’s Giralda Policy on Cats

Socialized Cats

St. Hubert’s believes that all healthy, treatable cats should be placed in responsible homes and receive the benefits of proper housing, food, veterinary care and human companionship. We also believe that cat owners/guardians should comply with state and local animal welfare and control ordinances.

All cats entering the shelter will be held for the period of time required by law prior to placement unless surrendered by their owners. St. Hubert’s makes every effort to return cats to their homes and offers healthy, social cats and kittens for adoption to people who meet the organization’s criteria for adoption.

Feral Cats

St. Hubert’s is working towards the day when no healthy feral cat will be euthanized.

St. Hubert’s considers a cat to be feral if it cannot be safely handled in order to receive proper care, such as a physical exam, medication and grooming. St. Hubert’s makes every effort to promote Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) for feral cats, and return feral cats that are ear tipped and micro-chipped to the originating location when possible, and promote caregiver volunteerism and guardianship. St. Hubert’s will work with contracted municipalities and the community to encourage TNR as the preferred method of dealing with feral cats. 

Only when TNR is not an option and there are no alternatives will a cat be considered for euthanasia.

Feral kittens will be removed from their mothers when it is determined to be medically safe in order to begin socializing. Once socialized, these kittens will be offered for adoption.

Outdoor Cat Colonies

St. Hubert’s recognizes that there are feral cat colonies managed according to specific guidelines (such as those published by Best Friends, Alley Cat Allies, HSUS, Neighborhood Cats and other organizations). St. Hubert’s will assist with trapping, transportation, and re-release in order to facilitate the procurement of neutering and/or vaccinations for cats being maintained in said colonies.

Drafted February 2009


St. Hubert’s believes that proper food and water, health care, housing and human companionship are essential to the well-being of dogs.

St. Hubert’s is committed to placing dogs in responsible homes where they will live indoors as house pets.

St. Hubert’s recognizes that there are occasions when an adult dog’s history indicates that adequate outdoor housing, together with proper food and water, health care and human companionship, creates an environment that the dog is comfortable with and will increase its chances for a successful adoption.  St. Hubert’s will make such placements when warranted.

October 22, 1998



St. Hubert’s believes that breed specific legislation and regulations are both unnecessary and unfair.  We believe that a dog should be judged on its own actions rather than its genetics and responsible owners of any breed should not be penalized for simply owning that particular breed.

While St. Hubert’s firmly believes that there should be serious consequences when a dog is dangerous or vicious and poses a threat to humans or animals, we also believe that New Jersey’s current dangerous/vicious dog law satisfactorily addresses those issues.

July 24, 2003


St. Hubert’s believes that the inherent temperament and unpredictable behaviors of the wolf hybrid make it unsuitable as a pet.

St. Hubert’s does not offer for adoption animals known or suspected to be wolf hybrids.

St. Hubert’s does not permit the enrollment of animals known or suspected to be wolf hybrids in its dog training classes.

St. Hubert’s may release a wolf hybrid to an individual or organization qualified to harbor it when such individual or organization provides rescue, housing and does not breed or promote wolf hybrids as pets.

October 22, 1998



St. Hubert’s believes that people should co-exist in harmony with wildlife.  St. Hubert’s recognizes that intervention is sometimes necessary to ensure public health and safety, and to provide humane assistance to injured, sick or orphaned wildlife in the community.

St. Hubert’s provides humane assistance to sick, injured or orphaned wildlife under the terms of its municipal animal control service contracts.  The organization also assists residents within these service areas with the humane removal of wildlife which has gained access to residential or commercial establishments in certain situations.  All such assistance is provided by certified animal control officers in the manner most appropriate to ensure public safety and humane handling of the animal.

October 1996



Privacy and personal information security is very important to us and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center fully respects the privacy of our adopters, donors and volunteers.  St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center collects personal information on the online donation pages to properly acknowledge gifts, enable donation transaction processing and send future correspondence. St. Hubert’s also provides the option make an anonymous donation.  St. Hubert’s does not sell, trade or share donor information to any outside agencies, nor does it send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. 

Anyone that participates in our adoption, education, behavior courses or other services or attends one of our events will be placed on our mailing list to be kept abreast of activities and ways to continue supporting St. Hubert’s.

July 2014


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Madison Shelter
575 Woodland Ave.
P.O. Box 159
Madison, NJ  07940
(973) 377-2295  

North Branch Shelter
3201 Route 22 East
P.O. Box 5281
North Branch, NJ  08876
(908) 526-3330

St. Hubert's Training and Behavior Center
575 Woodland Ave.
P.O. Box 159
Madison, NJ  07940
(973) 377-0116


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