Wantage Township New Jersey

888 State Highway 23

Animal Control

The Wantage Animal Control facility 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

John Abate, ACO
Amy Heater, Assistant ACO
Phone Number: 973-875-9390

Pound hours:

Please call 973-875-9390 to make an appointment.

Monday through Thursday:
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
by appointment only 3 to 6

10 a.m. to noon
by appoointment only after 12

10 a.m. to noon

Closed Sunday and holidays.

Adoption Fees

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

Surrender Policies

You must call to make an appointment to surrender your pet.

Surrender Fees:
Dogs and Puppies:
over 25 lbs. $50
under 25 lbs. $25

Cats and Kittens:
cats $25
kittens $15

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 announced. 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

Adoption Days

Adoption days are held thoroughout the year at locations within our coverage. Please check the Wantage Pound Facebook page for upcoming Adoption Days.

Friends of the Wantage Animal Shelter

The Friends of the Wantage Animal Shelter is a non-profit group to raise funds for renovations and additions to the Wantage Pound. Please refer to the Friends Facebook page for more information.

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