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:
  • 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:

Animal Cruelty or Neglect

Animal Control and Impounding Stray Animals

Wildlife and Exotic Animals

Livestock, Horses, and Poultry

Feral, Free-roaming, and Stray Cats

Dead Animal Removal

  • Information regarding dead animal removal can be obtained from the municipal animal control agency where the animal carcass is located.
  • Deer carcasses located on a New jersey highway or U.S. Interstate can be reported to the New Jersey Department of Transportation via an electronic form available at