Animal Control Policies


We are a county-operated shelter providing animal control to 49 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 and we will accept stray domestic animals from any of these towns:

Alpine Harrington Park  Ridgefield Park 
Bogota Harrison (Hudson County) River Edge
Cliffside Park Hasbrouck Heights River Vale
Closter Haworth Rochelle Park
Creskill Kearny (Hudson County) Rockleigh
Demarest Leonia Saddle Brook
Dumont Little Ferry South Hackensack
East Newark (Hudson County) Lodi Teaneck
Edgewater Lyndhurst Tenafly
Elmwood Park Maywood Teterboro
Englewood Moonachie Upper Saddle River
Englewood Cliffs North Arlington Westwood
Fair Lawn Norwood Woodcliff Lake
Fairview Oradell Wood-Ridge
Fort Lee Palisades Park Palisades Interstate Parkway
Garfield Park Ridge  
Hackensack Ridgefield  

If you find a stray in any other town, please contact the local police for the animal control contractor for that town.



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.



Contact Us

Deborah Yankow


Animal Shelter & Adoption Center: 201-229-4600

Animal Control Phone: 201-229-4616

 Bergen County Department of Health Services

One Bergen County Plaza  • 4th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-634-2600 • Fax: 201-336-6086

Health & Safety Hotline: 201-225-7000