Animal Control and Wildlife Management
The Health Department provides an animal control and disease surveillance program. Free rabies inoculations are provided to dogs and cats once a year in the fall. Companion, domestic and wild animal complaints are investigated by the Township's full-time Animal Control Officer. Animal bites to humans or pets are followed up in accordance with applicable state regulations and potentially rabid animals are delivered to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services' biological laboratory for prompt testing. The Health Department also provides the Township of West Caldwell's residents and businesses with important information about animal risks and behaviors, pest control, and the insect and rodent disease vectors present in our area.
Animal Control Services Provided To West Caldwell Residents
Rabies Vaccination Clinics
License, When Required
Services Not Provided
Wildlife Disease Information
The Township of West Caldwell Health Department strives to provide the best public health services to its citizens to improve the well-being of the public, including animals. The Animal Control Officers of the Montville Township Health Department (our Township’s Shared Service Provider) are compassionate animal welfare professionals. Animal Control Officers enforce local and regional laws concerning the care and treatment of animals and educate the public about animal control safety. Officers often respond to calls from citizens about stray animals and suspected animal cruelty. Sometimes, officers have to capture or rescue animals, but other times administer warnings or citations to citizens suspected of animal cruelty and mistreatment. Montville’s Animal Control Officers possess superior attention to detail and knowledge of New Jersey sheltering, animal control laws and regulations, animal health, animal well-being, including nutritional needs, resources for information, knowledge of common animal disease and treatments, skills in animal first-aid, and CPR.
The West Caldwell Health Department offers free rabies clinics for dogs/cats once a year (fall). The schedule for the West Caldwell Health Department Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics is:
(Please have cats in carriers and dogs on leashes)
900 am to 11:00 am
Public Works Garage
21 Clinton Rd. (behind the Police Station)
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Public Works Garage
230 Fairfield Rd.
The Township of West Caldwell requires that all dogs of licensing age be licensed and inoculated with rabies vaccine. Under local ordinance 9-2.1 - License, When Required, Licenses shall be required for the following dogs of licensing age:
a) Any dog owned or kept within the township by a resident of the township on the first day of January of any calendar year.
b) Any dog acquired by any person during the course of any calendar year and kept within the township for more than ten (10) days after acquisition.
c) Any dog attaining licensing age during the course of the calendar year.
d) Any unlicensed dog brought into the township by any person and kept within the township for more than ten (10) days.
e) Any dog licensed by another state brought into the township by any person and kept within the township for more than ninety (90) days. (1993 Code § 86-2A)
The person applying for a license shall pay a fee of sixteen dollars and twenty ($16.20) cents for each dog. He shall also pay a fee of three ($3.00) dollars for each non-altered dog. The person shall receive a license tag for each dog. The replacement fee for a lost tag will be one ($1.00) dollar. The same fees shall be charged for the annual renewal of each license and registration tag. License must be renewed annually by January 31 each year. (1993 Code § 83-4; Ord. No. 1566 § 1)
The following are services that Montville Township Animal Control offers to Township residents.
- They will trap ONLY for suspected rabid animals.
- They accept animals at the Montville Animal Shelter, located at 7 Church Lane in Montville, our phone number is 973-334-6410. We are open for adoptions Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 11:00am and 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 p,m. and by appointment on Sundays.
The Montville Township Animal Shelter has a wide variety of dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens that are all patiently awaiting a happy and loving home. Please come meet them! A full list of their adoptable pets on Petfinder can be found on the following link: Petfinder.
The Montville Township Animal Control Officer is unable to do the following:
- We do not trap for nuisance wildlife (ex. groundhogs eating vegetables, foxes, deer, coyotes)
- We do not pick up dead animals on private property
For deceased animals on Township roadways, please call the West Caldwell Department of Public Works at 973-226-2300 during regular business hours. After hours, holidays, or weekends, please call 973-226-4114.
For deceased animals on County roadways, please call the County of Essex Department of Public Works at 973.226.8500 during regular business hours. After hours, holidays, or weekends, please call 973-226-4114.
Prior to calling Animal Control Officers, please look for the following signs if you suspect an animal is in danger.
How to recognize the Physical Signs of Animal Cruelty/ASPCA:
• Collar so tight that it causes a neck wound
• Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds
• Extreme thinness or emaciation-bones may be visible
• Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat
• An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
How to recognize the Environmental Signs of Animal Cruelty/ASPCA:
• Pets are tied up alone outside for long periods of time without food or water
• Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter
• Pets are kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them
• If you believe you have witnessed animal abuse in the State of New Jersey and would like to report it, please call NJSPCA at 800-582-5979.
Despite being the most densely populated state in the nation, and the fifth smallest in area, New Jersey provides habitat for an incredible number and diversity of wildlife species. There are more than 400 species of vertebrate wildlife which can be found within the state, due in large part to the state's geographic position within North America, as well as 134 freshwater fish and 336 marine finfish.