Animal Control

Our ACOs are Hard at Work 

Animal Control Officers are often your unsung heroes. They often work out of public view, sometimes in the dark of night, and off the beaten path. These Essential Personnel are available 24/7/365. They’re the best resource you never knew you needed!

The number one job of Animal Control is to control the spread of rabies. The number one job of pet owners is to keep pets current on immunizations. Important history and information on rabies can be found here:

ACOs often have a busy schedule… capturing injured/sick animals, investigating dog bite incidents, helping shelter animals get adopted, enforcing state and local dog and cat licensing laws, providing surrender-prevention services, trapping colony cats for TNVR, dealing with dog barking complaints, reuniting stray animals with their owners, conducting animal cruelty/abuse/neglect investigations, and removal of deceased animals from public property, to name a few. See below the complete list of services that your Animal Control Officers provide the residents of Montclair.

ACOs educate residents about what are or are not valid concerns/complaints about wildlife, from skunks to groundhogs to deer to foxes and coyotes. There is lots of information available online for residents to educate themselves further about the native wildlife of Montclair, try Google for a start.

No two days are the same for an ACO… one day there could be a few emergencies that require their immediate attention, another they’re in the kennels socializing dogs and showing cats to prospective adopters. Sometimes they’re saving a raccoon stuck in the sewer grating, or capturing an injured goose in the park to bring it to a wildlife rehabilitator. It’s not unheard of for them to be rescuing ducklings from storm drains or fawns from the local waterway or rattlesnakes from parking lots, either.

You’ll often see one of them at our local vet with a shelter animal or two, mostly for pre-adoption checkups and/or vaccinations. They also speak at schools and scout events, hold off-site adoptions and hold rabies clinics for Township residents.

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.

Contacting Animal Control

Animal Control may be reached at 862-621-9113 or by calling the Police Department: 973-744-1234

Daily Animal Control Services

  • Pick-up and impound of stray and injured domestic animals when an owner is unknown or unavailable
  • Pick-up of injured, sick or orphaned wildlife
  • Transport of stray animals to impound facility
  • Transport of injured animals to a veterinarian for treatment
  • Transport of injured wildlife to a licensed rehabilitation facility
  • Pick up, transport and quarantine of suspect rabies cases/specimens
  • Handle animal bite incidents
  • Issuance of summonses for animal-related violations
  • Animal cruelty/abuse/neglect investigations
  • Humane/Responsible Pet Owner Education to the community
  • Patrol the community
  • Removal of deceased owned pets from residence – for a fee

After Hours Emergencies

The following constitutes an animal emergency to which our Animal Control officers will respond after hours:

  • Injured or sick domestic animal when an owner is unknown or unavailable
  • Sick or injured wildlife if an imminent life-threatening hazard exists to either the animal or a resident
  • Cruelty, abuse or neglect of an urgent nature
  • Urgent situations in which Police/Fire/EMS require the assistance of an ACO
  • Animal to human bites or rabies suspects
  • Live bats encountered in living quarters, especially in bedrooms during overnight hours

Wildlife, Deceased Animals

  • Animal Control will respond to calls involving wildlife within the main living areas of a home. Unfinished basements, garages, or attics are not considered living spaces. A resident with wildlife in one of these other areas should be directed to contact a nuisance wildlife removal company for service.
  • Wildlife calls involving larger animals such as coyotes or fox which do not appear ill or injured do not need an Animal Control response and should be directed to the New Jersey Department of Fish & Wildlife.
  • As per the Township contract, Animal Control will remove deceased animals from public property during normal business hours.
  • Deceased wildlife on private property is the responsibility of the homeowner to remove.
  • Deceased domestic animals on private property will be removed by Animal Control to scan for a microchip and to try to locate its owner.
ACO Michele with her doggie buddy