Office of Animal Welfare

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Animal-related Contact Information:

Importation of A Dog or Cat Into New Jersey

The Sale of Animals from Pet Shops and Pet Dealers

Operation of Kennels, Pet shops, Shelters and Pounds

  • All kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds shall be licensed by the municipal government in order to operate; licensure requires approval by the local health department.  Contact the Health Officer for the municipality where the animal facility is located.  A directory is available at: www.localhealth.nj.gov
  • The regulations for the sanitary operation of animal facilities are enforced by local health departments and are contained in N.J.A.C. 8:23A.  Free public access to the New Jersey Administrative Code is available from this site:  http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/reporting.shtml

Animal Cruelty or Neglect

Animal Control and Impounding Stray Animals

Wildlife and Exotic Animals

Livestock, Horses, and Poultry

Feral, Free-roaming, and Stray Cats