A certified animal control officer is on 24-hour call to answer animal emergencies. For animal emergencies, please contact the Police dispatch non-emergency number at (732) 545-3200. For animal bites, seek medical attention and notify Animal Control officers as soon as possible at (732) 247-0922, ext. 470.
All concerns regarding the Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, Bird Flu, or Lyme’s Disease should be directed to the Middlesex County Health Department at (732) 745-3100.
The following are the type of animal control calls that the office WILL respond to:
1. Stray or feral cats and stray dogs.
2. All injured birds & water fowl, which include ducks and geese.
3. According to the State mandate, all bats MUST be tested for rabies and will be captured inside of your residence (results of the rabies test will take a minimum of 3 working days).
We WILL NOT respond to the following calls:
1. You should call an exterminator for any nuisance bee hives.
2. You should call an exterminator for the removal of nuisance squirrels or rabbits located within your property.
3. Any and all animals that are destroyed by vehicles and left on any roadway surface.
4. Information on Finding and Reporting other Injured and Young Wildlife may be found here: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bornwild.htm
We WILL assist in the process of surrendering your pet and it will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
All cats and dogs MUST be licensed by the age of seven months. The fees are as follows:
Neutered cats - $8.00 Seniors (over 62) - $6.00
Neutered dogs - $9.00 Seniors (over 62) - $7.00
Non-neutered cats - $11.00 Seniors (over 62) - $9.00
Non-neutered dogs - $12.00 Seniors (over 62) - $10.00
All licenses MUST be renewed by January 31 of the new year. It does not matter if you have registered in the middle or the end of the year. There will be a $5.00 per month late fee assessed for each pet registered after February 1st. You must also show proof of rabies vaccine to apply for a license. You may obtain dog or cat licensing in the Office of the Municipal Clerk, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick, NJ 08902. 732-247-0922, ext. 470. or by clicking here.
Please remember that your pet needs to be on a leash at all times unless you are in a fenced in yard.
Please do not leave barking dogs outside at any time. This may be a nuisance to your neighbors.
Always have clean, fresh cold water available for your pets.
If there are any questions or concerns please feel free to call 732-247-0922, ext. 470.
Who (is responsible)?
Each pet owner is individually responsible for their pet. It is the owner’s responsibility to make sure that their pet(s) are licensed, up-to-date on shots, safe, healthy, and do not cause harm to others. The Township Clerk's Office are on hand to answer any questions residents might have about their pets.
What (do I have to do)?
License your dog AND Cats. Dogs and cats may be licensed at the municipal building. ALL dogs and cats (regardless if they go outside or not) MUST be licensed. Keep up-to-date on rabies shots. The Township of North Brunswick holds a rabies clinic once a year in January. Pet owners are welcome to bring their pet to a scheduled clinic. Owners also have the option of getting their pets vaccinated through a veterinarian of their choice.
State law requires that all animal bites be reported to the local department of health, which serves as the lead agency for rabies control activities. Situations are handled on a case-by-case basis, but to ensure the safety of your pet and others, a pet owner should do everything in their power to raise a kind, gentle animal.
Leash your pet.
It is unlawful to let your pet run at large and pets that do so may be impounded.
Keep it clean.
It is the duty of each pet owner to remove any feces left by his dog on any sidewalk, gutter, street or other public area. No person owning, keeping or harboring a pet shall permit or suffer it to do any injury or damage to any lawn, shrubbery, flowers, grounds or property of another.
Keep things quiet.
It is unlawful to keep a dog which, by loud or frequent or habitual barking, yelping or howling, causes serious annoyance to the neighborhood or to the people passing on the streets.
Keep it calm.
It is unlawful to abuse an animal in North Brunswick. Some forms of abuse are, but not limited to, failure to provide proper food, drink, shelter, or protection from the weather, or to leave an animal in a vehicle under inhumane conditions adverse to the health or welfare of the living animal or creature.
Where (to go)?
Animal licensing occurs at the Township Clerk's Office at the Government & Community Complex, located at 710 Hermann Road in North Brunswick. This is also the location for township-sponsored rabies clinics. Should your pet be impounded, it will be taken to a facility in New Brunswick. All fines and licensing fees must be paid to the North Brunswick Municipal Clerk prior to pick-up.
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age shall, in the month of January of each year, apply for and procure from the Clerk of the township a license and official metal registration tag for each dog so owned, kept or harbored, and shall place upon each dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto. The owner of any newly acquired pet of licensing age, or of any pet which attains licensing age, shall make application for license tag or sleeve for such pet within 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment. This requirement will not apply to a nonresident keeping a cat within the Township of North Brunswick for no longer than 90 days.
Things to Know
It is illegal to feed stray animals.
Do not approach wildlife or stray animals. Many animals carry serious diseases.
Animal neglect and cruelty is punishable by law.
An Animal Control Officer is authorized to write summonses.
Finding Injured or Young Wildlife
Sightings of coyotes in North Brunswick are rare, but it is best to be safe. The North Brunswick Animal Control Program advises the following safety precautions:
- Coyotes are obsessive feeders, so please remove any potential food sources, such as garbage and pet food. This will force them to look elsewhere for food.
- Always feed your pets indoors.
- Coyotes can be discouraged with motion sensor lights outside your home. Leaving a radio on at night will also deter them.
- Do not leave your pet outside unsupervised if you have seen a coyote in the area.
- Keep yards well manicured. This will keep the rodent population down. Rodents are one of the coyotes main food source.
Sightings alone should not cause alarm, but they are a signal to start taking preventative measures. Significant damage and nuisance coyote problems should be reported to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife at (908) 735-8793.
FACTS ABOUT RABIES
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
Have your pet vaccinated against tabbies. Pets can become infected with rabies through contact with rabid wild animals. Because of this, it is important that your dog or cat have up-to-date rabies vaccinations. Because a current trend in the United States indicates that there has been a higher incidence of rabies in cats than dogs in recent years, rabies vaccination is especially important for cats. Cats left outdoors to roam have a greater chance of exposure to rabid animals, but even indoor cats should be vaccinated, as occasionally they may get out and/or wild animals, such as bats or raccoons, may get into your home through open doors, windows or uncapped chimneys. You may get your pet vaccinated at a private veterinarian’s office or at a free municipal sponsored rabies clinic.
The free rabies clinic in North Brunswick is held in January.
DO NOT FEED OR HANDLE WILD ANIMALS.
Especially avoid contact with all bats, raccoons, skunks, groundhogs and foxes. It is illegal in New Jersey to keep these wild animals as pets. Take measures to prevent raccoons or bats from entering homes, barns, garages and other buildings. Store all trash or pet food kept outdoors in animal-resistant containers.
AVOID CONTACT WITH STRAYS OR PETS OTHER THAN YOUR OWN.
These animals may bite or scratch you and may not be vaccinated for rabies. Report stray animals to your local health department so that the animal control officer can take them to a shelter. Stray animals which are captured and impounded are held for at least seven days so they can be reclaimed by their owner.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE BITTEN.
Immediately cleanse the wound thoroughly with soap and water.
Get prompt medical attention from a physician or hospital emergency room.
Report all animal bites to the local health department having jurisdiction where the bit occurred.
If you are bitten by a dog or Cat OR other domestic animal:
Obtain as much information about the animal as possible, including owner name, address, telephone number, a description of the animal and the animal’s vaccination status. If possible, take a picture of the animal with your cell phone.