Animal Control

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

For Animal Control issues please call the following numbers during the 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

Daily Animal Control Services (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

  • 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

Any Animal Control call received between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.or on a holiday is considered an emergency call.

Residents should call the non-emergency police line at 973-744-1234 and Police Department dispatch will contact an Animal Control Officer

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

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