Animal shelters and some humane society chapters usually conduct fee-waived adoption events where the adoption fees for participating animals are waived. Not many agencies, however, offer free puppies for adoption in New Jersey, but some may discount the adoption fees for puppies during special adoption events or in the event where the puppies require special needs.
Many animal shelters in New Jersey, such as the Animal Welfare Association, conduct fee-waived adoption events on certain days or weeks throughout a year. The AWA may reduce or waive the fees of puppies for several reasons, such as puppies that require special attention and care. Veterans and senior citizens may also adopt dogs for free.
The Camden County Animal Shelter in New Jersey also waives the adoption fees of participating animals for veterans, active militarist and reservists. The county is also one of the locations of the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, a special adoption event where all the animals cared for by participating animal shelters have reduced or waived adoption fees.
If many local animal shelters, the adoption fees for pit bull type of dogs are often waived or reduced. In 2015, the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend waived adoption fees for pit bulls, while the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter offered adult pit bulls for adoption without charge.