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Public Notification:  Animal Control – January 16, 2020

Wildlife notification:  Two incidents between household pets and wildlife were reported in the Borough during the evening of January 15, 2020.  It is mating season for some species of animals common to our area which may lead to a rise in sightings of foxes and coyotes.  Please remember to be aware of your surroundings when walking pets and keep them on leashes.  Also keep an eye on your pets when letting them outdoors, even in yards.  Traps have been placed where permitted by the NJDEP Department of Forestry and Wildlife.  North Caldwell Animal Control is on constant canvass in the Borough.  Please refer to the Animal Control Notice regarding Wildlife for more information.  Please call Animal Control at (973) 228-6410, x-132 or x-100 with any questions or concerns.

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT - Posted June 14, 2019

Dog/Cat Licensing

Pet licenses are due every year in the month of January and may be obtained at the North Caldwell Borough Hall. Any dog over the age of six months should be licensed. The only requirement is that the animal have a valid rabies vaccine, as defined by the State of NJ.

Free Rabies Clinics are held once per year. Please contact the Borough Hall for dates and locations.

Summonses will be issued for unlicensed pets. Pet licenses are due every year in the month of January and may be obtained at the North Caldwell Borough Hall. Any dog or cat over the age of six (6) months should be licensed. The only requirement is that the animal have a valid rabies vaccine, as defined by the State of New Jersey.


The application can be mailed to the Municipal Clerk’s Office or dropped off through the mail slot at the front door of Borough Hall.  The license will be mailed to your home address.


Dog/Cat Licenses are required for all animals in the Borough of North Caldwell. Licenses are valid from January 1st—December 31st. The deadline for licensing before a late fee is imposed January 31st  on renewals after which a $10.00 late fee will be added.

 DOGS - $20.00 Spayed/Neutered
             $23.00 Un-spayed/Un-neutered
             *Add $10.00 late fee if you renew license after January 31st

 CATS - $20.00 for Spayed/Neutered
            $23.00 for un-spayed /un-neutered
            *Add $10.00 late fee if you renew license after January 31st

• Proof of Spay/Neuter must be supplied at time of registering (one time only), it will be your pet’s permanent record
• A copy of current rabies certificate
• Owner information such as: Name, Address, Telephone Number, Name of animal, age of animal, type of hair (i.e. short/medium/long)

When renewing your animal license, it is required that the current rabies vaccine for ten (10) months of the licensing period.

N.J.A.C. 8:23A 4.1 “No Municipal Clerk or other Official designated to license dogs shall grant any such license and official metal registration tag for any dog unless the dog owner provides evidence that the dog to be licensed and registered has been inoculated against rabies with a vaccine having duration of immunity which extends throughout at least ten of the 12 months of the licensing period. Dogs with a duration of immunity against rabies that expires prior to the tenth month of the licensing period shall be revaccinated prior to issuance of a license.

N.J.A.C. 8:23A 4.3 “Municipal dog licensing officials shall grant an exemption to the rabies inoculation requirement for any dog that a duly licensed veterinarian certifies in writing to be incapable of being inoculated because of an infirmity, other physical condition, or regimen of therapy.”



**Vaccine must be good through October 31 of the current year**

Dogs are not allowed to run at large. Owners whose dogs run loose are subject to receiving a summons and possible fine.

Animals picked up as strays are taken to the West Orange Animal Control Facility 311 Watchung Avenue West Orange, NJ 07052.  All Animals can be claimed Monday-Friday; 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. There is a $30.00 reclaim fee with an $15.00 additional charge for every day the animal is held. There will be an $85.00 pick-up fee for other hours,weekends and holidays and a $7.00 boarding fee for each day the animal has been impounded. Owners have 7 days to reclaim their animal, after which the the animal becomes property of the shelter and may be placed for adoption.

Individuals with pets who need to relinquish ownership of their animal can contact Animal Control to make arrangements. There is a fee involved.

Abandonment charges will be filed on any and all animals left unclaimed or abandoned on shelter property under the Abandonment statute 4:22-20b. State law prohibits abandonment of any domestic animal and provides for penalties to $1,000.

Animal Control also investigates calls of abuse and neglect, animal bites and quarantines, rabies control, feral cat issues and animal complaints.

For more information or to request service please contact the Borough Clerk during normal business hours at 973-228-6410 Ext 100.

To request service or make a report after hours please contact the police department non-emergency number at 973-226-0800. 


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