Animal Control Policies

Responsibilities


We are a county operated shelter providing animal control to 38 communities in Bergen County. We accept owned animals for a fee from our contracted communities. If space permits, we will accept owned animals from other Bergen County towns.

Please call the shelter at 201-229-4600 to find out if cages are available. If you are not from Bergen County, please contact your local shelters.

Service Areas


The following towns have animal control contracts with Bergen County Animal Shelter.

We will accept stray domestic animals from any of these towns. If we are closed, call your local police department who can reach us after hours. If you find a stray in any other town, please contact the local police for the animal control contractor for that town:
  • Alpine
  • Bergenfield
  • Cliffside Park
  • Closter
  • Cresskill
  • Demarest
  • Dumont
  • Edgewater
  • Elmwood Park
  • Emerson
  • Englewood
  • Englewood Cliffs
  • Hackensack
  • Harrington Park
  • Hasbrouck Heights
  • Haworth
  • Kearny
  • Little Ferry
  • Lyndhurst
  • Maywood
  • Moonachie
  • North Arlington
  • Norwood
  • Oradell
  • Ridgefield
  • Ridgefield Park
  • River Edge
  • River Vale
  • Rochelle Park
  • Rockleigh
  • Saddle Brook
  • Tenafly
  • Teterboro
  • Upper Saddle River
  • Westwood
  • Wood-Ridge

Wildlife


We respond to calls for sick, injured and nuisance wildlife to any of our contracted towns.

Dead Animals


We will pick up dead animals on public property during normal business hours. For a fee payable by the resident we will pick up dead animals on private property.

Removing Animals


We are not a pest control service and will not remove healthy wildlife from your property. The only exception is that we will remove wildlife from living quarters for a fee payable by the resident at the time of the service. This does not include animals in attics, basements, garages, chimneys, or sheds.