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Bureau of Animal Control 

199 Summit Avenue, D1
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Tel:  (201) 547-4888
Fax:  (201) 547-5168

Paul Bellan-Boyer
Program Analyst, ACO/ACI


The Division of Animal Control  provides a variety of services related to the well-being of animals and residents who come in contact with them: 

  • Picking up stray or abandoned animals
  • Issuing dog licenses
  • Responding to animal nuisance/cruelty complaints
  • Picking up and disposing of dead animals

For after hours complaints or calls, please contact the Jersey City Police dispatcher at (201) 547-5477 to page Animal Control.

Save On The Fee & Tag Fido For Three! Download Dog License Forms

The Department of Health & Bureau of Animal Control requires that all dogs within the City of Jersey City be licensed. Cats are not required to be licensed.

There are several licensing plans and fees, depending on whether or not you're licensing your dog for a year or three years, as well as whether or not your pet is neutered or spayed.

 The City offers a discounted license to encourage dog owners to spay or neuter. Spay-neuter reduces the number of unwanted births, reduces behavioral problems, and reduces the chances of your dog getting certain illnesses

Please download the application form here.

Summertime Pet Safety

The heat and humidity of summer can be uncomfortable and at times dangerous for pets. Dogs, cats, and many other pets do not have the same mechanisms to regulate their heat as humans do and may have a more difficult time maintaining normal temperatures in extreme heat. Check out our Summertime Pet Page.

These recommendations are drawn from the Humane Society of the U.S., whose warm weather pet page (http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_safe_heat_wave.html) contains further information and tips for helping you and your pet in the heat.

Never leave your pets in a parked car

Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels within minutes, even with windows cracked open.

If you see an animal in a car which may be subject to heat stress, the Humane Society recommends taking immediate action:
    1. Call police department immediately (201) 547-5477 to summon help.
    2. Get the vehicle’s description and license number and enter the nearest store or business to request an emergency     announcement be made about a pet left in a hot car.
    3. Go back to the vehicle and for police or Animal Control.

Provide ample shade and water

Limit pet exercise on hot and humid days

Limit exercise to cooler hours of the day. Asphalt and cement get very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.

Watch for signs of heatstroke

Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke, which may have any of the following signs: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.

If your pet is overheated, move them to a cooler area and take emergency steps:
    1. Gradually lower body temperature by applying cool (not cold) water all over their body or soaking in a cool bath.
    2. Place cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, in the armpits, and in the groin area. You may also wet the ear flaps     and paws with cool water. Direct a fan on the wet areas to speed evaporative cooling.
    3. Offer fresh, cool water if your dog is alert and wants to drink, but do not force your pet to drink.
    4. Take your pet immediately to a veterinarian—it could save their life. Call ahead, if possible, to be sure your     veterinarian is available

Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. Some breeds of dogs—like boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs and cats with short muzzles—will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.

Check out our Wildlife in Jersey City Brochure

Lost Pet Page

Found a dog or cat? Check our Lost Pet Alert page here. If the page is empty, no one has been reported missing and we can assume that all is well with the world!

Uh-Oh. I Don't Believe She ATE THAT? 

It's happened to every pet owner. You come home from work or Would A Dog Like Me Eat Something Like That? You Bet I Would!wake up from a nap to find the fridge standing open and a shredded container of something or other sheepishly hidden in a corner or tucked away in the back of Fido's crate and your pup looking peaked. Will it poison Miss Kitty? Was Peeps the parakeet in on the act? What will raisins do to him?

Don't panic. Here's a  link and a number that will give you info FAST! NJ Poison Control for Pets - 1-800-222-1222. And remember to lock the fridge next time you go out.


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