Wantage Township New Jersey

888 State Highway 23

Wantage Township Animal Control

The Wantage Animal Shelter is located behind the Municipal Building; the entrance is on Brown Road. The Wantage Animal Control officer is out on calls quite often so please leave a message and you will be called back as soon as possible.

Contact Info

Melanie Monastra, ACO
Stacey Lazicki, ACO
Mike Flood, ACO
Phone Number: 973-875-9390
email: animalcontrol@wantagetwp-nj.org

Shelter hours:

To make an appointment please call 973-875-9390.

Monday through Friday:
9 to 11 a.m.
or by appointment

Tuesday and Thursday Evenings
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:
by appointment only



Dogs: $35
Puppies: purebred $45, mixed $35
Cats and Kittens: $25


Download the Pre-Adoption Form

Please fill out and submit our pre-adoption form.
The form can be filled out online, then submit to us by one of these two ways:

  • print and mail (or hand deliver) to the Wantage Animal Shelter, 888 Rt 23, Wantage NJ 07461
  • save as (or print as) a PDF and email to us

Donations...are ALWAYS welcome

  • canned or dry dog food
  • canned or dry cat food
  • puppy and kitten food
  • litter
  • bleach, laundry detergent
  • dishwasher soap
  • blankets and towels
  • pet toys

Rabies Clinics

Free rabies clinics are held annually. The next scheduled clinic will be held on November 17, 2022, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the municipal garage. Bring proof of prior rabies shot. Dogs must be leashed, cats in a carrier. Animals must be accompanied by an adult.

How long will my pet's rabies shot be good for?

Dog Licences

Licences are required for all dogs six months old and older that reside in the Township. Owners of new dogs must obtain a license for their dog within ten days of when their dog reaches licensing age. Dog licence forms are are due in January. Owners of a dog found to be unlicensed after February 1 shall be required to pay a late fee. Additionally, the person harboring the dog may be subject to a fine for failure to obtain a dog license. If a dog has a valid license from another NJ municipality, a Wantage Dog License may be obtained at no cost. License renewals are mailed to dog owners in early January. Forms for new dogs may be picked up in the municipal office or download a dog license form here.

Completed forms should be mailed with:

  1. the appropriate fee
  2. a stamped, self addressed envelope
  3. proof of rabies vaccination
  4. proof of spay/neuter
    Dog License
    Wantage Township Municipal Building
    888 State Highway 23
    Wantage, NJ 07461

Helpful Links from the NJ Department of Health

View It's the Law at nj.gov/health/vph/animal-control/its-the-law/
View information about rabies at nj.gov/health/cd/topics/rabies.shtml

Cruelty Complaints

Animal cruelty complaints are not investigated by the Animal Control Officer (ACO). The ACO may already be aware of an investigation, but they are not the point of contact for initiating a complaint.

Every municipality has an assigned HLEO (Humane Law Enforcement Officer) within their police department. You have two (2) options for making complaints about suspect cruelty.

  1. Call the police department of the municipality where the animal resides.*
  2. Call the Sussex County Prosecutor office @ 973-383-1570

*Call the State Police at 973-383-1515. You will most likely have to leave a message. The prosecutor can then determine which municipality to direct the complaint to. This option may take longer to get immediate results.

Complaints About an ACO or Animal Facility

ACO or animal facility complaints, those violating NJDOH regulations, the complainant should call the NJDOH main #: 609-826-4872 and state their reason for the call.

Adoption Days

Adoption days are held thoroughout the year at locations within our coverage.