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Animal Shelter

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The Township of Montclair Animal Shelter-Animal Control and Humane Law Enforcement Department is committed to providing assistance to the residents and animals of Montclair. Our goals are education, enforcement, rescue and rehabilitation.

Nicole Dawson
Montclair Animal Shelter
77 Willow Street
Montclair, New Jersey 07042

Phone: 973-744-8600

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For animal control issues please call the following numbers during hours indicated:

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. call the Montclair Animal Shelter: 973-744-8600

For emergencies, weekends, holidays and after office hours call the Police Department: 973-744-1234

Public Hours:
Monday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Also available by appointment during non-public hours. Please Call 973-744-8600.

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Montclair Animal Shelter 2016 Volunteer Orientation Schedule PDF Print E-mail

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter has scheduled orientation sessions for people who would like to volunteer at the shelter:

Saturday, February 6 at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 2, at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.

For questions about volunteer opportunities at the shelter, please call 973-744-8600.

Volunteers lending a helping hand at the Montclair Animal Shelter

Rats! Who Needs Them? PDF Print E-mail

Rodent Control
Controlling rat populations, not individual rats, is the key to a successful rodent control program in a community. The most important fact in rodent population control is that each environment can support only a certain number of animals. When the growing population of rats reaches this capacity, then the population ceases to grow. If the environment is changed to reduce food, water or harborage, a permanent reduction in the rodent population will result.

What Can You Do?
Correct problems contributing to rodents. Do this as soon as you are made aware of them either by the Health Department official or through your own survey of your home.

  •  Starve them out.
    Keep garbage and refuse in tightly covered metal containers. Rats eat through plastic bags and garbage containers. Avoid feeding birds or other wild animals. If feeding pets outside, remove food and water once your pet has finished eating. Do not place food scraps in compost piles. Discard fallen fruit or vegetables from trees and gardens. Empty containers which have collected rain water. Keep entire premises clean!
  • Remove their shelter.
    Inside the home – keep basement clean and free from clutter. Store materials 10 to 12 inches above the floor. Keep sewer lines properly repaired and closed.
    Outside the home – do not pile wood, garden debris, building materials, etc. near or against the wall. Store materials 12 to 18 inches off the ground. Keep garage free of clutter.
  • Build them out.
    Close necessary openings like windows, doors and sources of ventilation with ¼ inch wire mesh (hardware cloth). Keep doors closed when not in use. Use a good spring to make sure door closes and a spring lock to make sure it stays shut. Cover all edges subject to gnawing with sheet metal or hardware cloth.
    Close unnecessary openings with concrete or sheet metal. Fit pieces of sheet metal around pipes to make a collar through which rodents cannot gnaw.
    Keep floor drains tightly fastened to stop entry from sewers.

Community Action
The success of the rodent control program is dependent upon cooperation of you as an individual and as a community member. Since rats move from one place to another it is essential each and every community member correct physical conditions contributing to rodent problems and be alert for signs of rodents, such as burrows, droppings, or dead rodents. If you find dead rodents on your property, they should be double bagged in plastic and discarded in your regular trash. If you have any questions or specific problems in your home with regard to rodents, please contact your local health department and/or certified Pest Control Operator

Rabies Information PDF Print E-mail

What is rabies?

Rabies (ray-beez), is a deadly disease caused by a viru s. The virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal  and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by saliva  contamination of an open cut or the eyes. Left  untreated, rabies attacks the nervous system and causes death.

What animals get rabies?

Only mammals, including people, can get rabies. Ra bies occurs most often in wildlife, particularly  raccoons, bats, skunks, groundhogs, and foxes. Thes e animals represent 95% of the cases in the United  States. In New Jersey (NJ), cats account for the vast majority of domestic animal rabies cases. Farm  animals, dogs, and other domestic pets can also become infected so take measures to keep wild animals  from entering houses, barns and garages. Small rodent s such as rats, mice, chipmunks, and squirrels are  rarely infected. (NOTE—It is illegal in NJ to keep wildlife as pets)  Rabid animals are usually either vicious and aggressi ve, or may appear to be drunk and have trouble  walking. Some animals may be rabid even though they appear to be normal. People should stay away  from all wild and stray animals which are aggressive or appear to be sick.

What should I do if I am bitten by an animal?

• Clean the wound immediately with soap and water.

• Seek prompt medical attention from a physician or hospital emergency department.

• Report the bite to the local health department.

If you are bitten by a wild animal:

• Try to contain the animal while taking care to preven t additional bites and exposure to saliva. Contact  the animal control officer or local police for assistance . In the event the animal is euthanized (put to  sleep), care should be taken to avoid damage to the brain, which should be submitted to the state  rabies laboratory for testing.

• Human treatment to prevent rabies may be started immediately or delayed until the testing results are known.

• If the animal is not available for testing, the decision to start human treatment will be made by the bite victim and his/her physician based on recommendations by the local health department. If you are bitten by a dog, cat, or other domestic animal:

• Obtain information about the pet including owner’s name, phone, address, description of the animal, and its vaccination status.

• Biting animals should be ordered observed for 10 days by the local health department to ensure that they are free of rabies. If showing signs of rabies, the animal should be euthanized immediately and tested. If the animal dies during the observation period, it must be submitted for testing.

• Bites from other domestic animals (such as horses, cows, goats, and sheep) will be evaluated by your local health department. The animals can usually be observed for 10 days to rule out the possibility of rabies.

How can I protect my pets?

Vaccination and animal control programs have helped to prevent rabies in most pets. It is important to keep your dog or cat up-to-date on rabies vaccinations. Cats and dogs that spend time outdoors may have more risk of coming into contact with a rabid wild animal, but it is important to also vaccinate pets that stay indoors. In the United States, there have been more cases of rabies in cats than in dogs in recent years. Therefore, rabies vaccination is especially important for cats. See your veterinarian for more information on rabies vaccination or take your pets to state/municipal-sponsored rabies clinics.

What do I do if my pet has bitten someone?

• Urge the victim to seek medical care immediately.

• Check with your veterinarian to see if your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date.

• Report the bite to your local health department.

• Report any unusual illness or behavior from your pet to the local health department and veterinarian.

• Don’t let your pet free-roam and don’t give your pet away. The animal must be available for observation.

• After the recommended observation period, have your pet vaccinated for rabies if it is overdue.

What should I do if my pet has been bitten by a potentially rabid animal?

• Call your veterinarian immediately.

• Even if your pet is currently vaccinated against rabies, it will need to be vaccinated again.

• Unvaccinated pets exposed to a rabid animal may need to be euthanized immediately, or placed in strict isolation for six months and then vaccinated prior to release.

How can rabies be prevented?

• Vaccinate your pets against rabies and keep vaccinations up-to-date.

• Do not feed or touch wild animals.

• Avoid contact with strays or pets other than your own.

• Report unusual behavior in stray or wild animals to municipal animal control.

• Report all animal bites immediately to your local health department.

What about bats?

• Fewer than 1% of bats carry rabies and human attacks by bats are extremely rare.

• Unusual behavior, such as a bat fluttering on the floor, or a bat flying at midday, may be signs of rabies and is reason for particular care to avoid the bat. Whenever a bat is found in a home or business, it should be contained in a room until removal by the animal control officer.

• Whenever a bat is found in a home or business, it should be contained in a room until removal by the animal control officer.

• Take measures to keep bats out of your home.

• Contact your veterinarian if your pet has been bitten by a bat.

Where can I get more information on rabies?

• Your health care provider

• Your local health department

• NJ Department of Health

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace consultation with a health care professional.

Microchip Your Pet Today PDF Print E-mail

Friday, September 18, 2015a cute dog

One of the best ways to increase the chances that a lost pet will be found is by having it microchipped. The Montclair Animal Shelter is running a promotional campaign to let folks know about its microchipping services. The cost of this painless procedure is $20.

The microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the Shelter's chips. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. An animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number.*

The microchipping fee is $20 per pet.

Montclair Animal Shelter regular visiting hours:
Monday -- 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday -- 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday -- 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday -- 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Friday -- 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday -- 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday -- 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Contact the Shelter to arrange off-hour appointments: 973-744-8600, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

*Source: The Humane Society of the U.S.

Licensing Your Pet Has Its Benefits - AND It's the Law PDF Print E-mail

Monday, September 14, 2015

Bonnie the beagleThe Montclair Health Department encourages all dog and cat owners to license their pets with the town  – this is required by law. Compliance brings benefits to you, your pet and the community.

There are many reasons to register and license your pet.

You can think of your pet’s license as a way to ensure a free ride home in case it is lost. Anyone who has lost a pet knows how we worry about them until they are safe at home. The license tag can be quickly used to find your name and address and the authorities can notify you. This will bring about a quick reunion.

Licensing is a way for the community to ensure that pets are vaccinated against rabies, a terrible disease that is fatal to dogs and cats.

The fees from licensing stay in the community and help fund rabies clinics and support our animal control efforts. The cost of the license is far less than the fine imposed if your dog or cat is found without a license.

Last, but not least, it is the law!

The annual fee for licensing a dog in the Township of Montclair is $12 for a spayed/neutered dog or $15 for an intact dog. For a cat it is $8 for a spayed/neutered cat or $11 for an intact cat. Senior citizens pay a reduced fee of $5 for a spayed/neutered cat or $8 for an intact cat. In addition, microchipping is available for a $20 fee (but not mandatory).

In order to license your pet, you will need proof of rabies vaccination. The State of New Jersey requires licensing for any dog over the age of seven months*, and the Township also requires licensing for any cat over the age of seven months. Cat licenses expire August 31 and Dog licenses expire December 31.

The Township will soon undertake a door-to-door canvass to ensure pets are being licensed. Late fees will be charged for any cat that is licensed after November 1 and any dog that is licensed after March 1. Owners may be responsible for court appearances and additional fines for animals not licensed by these dates. For more information on how to license or microchip your pet, contact the Department of Health and Human Services at 973-509-4970


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