Animal Control

About Animal Control

Animal Control is responsible for animal related functions, including:

  • Issuing annual dog and cat licenses
  • Enforcing the rabies vaccination criteria set by the state
  • Performing daily operations of the Alex Caprio Animal Control Facility
  • Enforcing state and local codes
  • Patrolling and impounding stray dogs and cats
  • Inspecting and licensing pet shops and kennels
  • Investigating animal bites
  • Investigating animal nuisance complaints
  • Maintaining lost and found records
  • Providing rabies and animal education programs and advice
  • Performing dead animal removal
  • Quarantining, capturing, and submitting specimens to the State Department of Health
  • Offering a rabies control program for suspect domestic animals and wildlife


For after-hours emergencies, call the Police Department at (973) 325-4000. They will contact an animal control officer.

Emergency Animal Control Recall Will Be Enacted For:

  • An injured domestic animal; dog or cat
  • A wild animal in the living portion of the home; squirrel, raccoon, bat
  • An animal posing an immediate threat to a person or domestic animal
  • A suspect rabid animal that is confined or acting in an aggressive manner
  • An animal blocking the entrance to a resident's home
  • A police action at the Sergeant's request
  • Wild dogs posing an immediate threat

Redemption & Adoption

Due to COVID-19 our usual pet adoption program was suspended.  Currently, adoptable pets are being posted on the West Orange Animal Welfare League’s site  Animals can now be seen by appointment only.  Please call the West Orange Animal Control Division at 973-325-4121 to schedule an appointment or for more information.  Animals will be brought outside of our facility by the Animal Control Officer for you to meet and decide if you want to adopt.

The redemption and adoption program takes place at the animal control facility. Adoptions are scheduled from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the first and third Saturday of each month. Redemption and adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Residents should call first. Additional hours are available by appointment. For more information, call (973) 325-4121.

Be a Good Pet Owner Neighbor

Make sure your dog cannot leave your property. Use a leash under 6 feet and have your dog under control when not on your property. Limit barking times to less than 15 minutes during the day and not at all at night. Always pick up after your pet. Do not allow your dog or cat on the neighbor's property. Have your pets vaccinated against rabies.


Wildlife Information

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