Animal Control
Serving:  Bloomingdale, Butler, Kinnelon, Pompton Lakes, Riverdale, Ringwood and Wanaque

For urgent animal related matters,
please call your local non emergency police
who will dispatch the on-duty animal control officer.

Lisa Perry
Director of Animal Control Services
President NJCACOA

101 Hamburg Turnpike, Bloomingdale, NJ 07403
Tel: 973-838-8959       Fax: 973-838-7548

Office Hours Mon - Fri - 8:00am - 4:00pm
(messages are returned within 24 hours)

Pet licenses are due every year in the month of January, a late fee of $10.00 applies as of March 1st.  All dogs and cats over the age of six months must be licensed. The only requirement is that the animal has a rabies vaccine valid through October of the licensing year. For your convenience, licenses may be purchased through the mail by printing the application and enclosing proof of rabies vaccination, license fee, and a self addressed stamped envelope, or you are welcome to come in from 8am-4pm at the Bloomingdale Borough hall.  Free Rabies Clinics are held throughout the year. Please contact Animal Control for dates and locations. If you are not a Bloomingdale resident you will need to go to your specific town's municipal building to purchase your licenses.
Summonses will be issued for unlicensed pets.
Dogs must be leashed on public property at all times; dogs are not allowed to run at large on public property. Owners whose dogs run loose are subject to a summons. If your pet is picked up stray and taken into the shelter, there is a $30.00 reclaim fee with an additional charge of $5.00 for every day the animal is held. Owners have 7 days to reclaim their animal, after which the animal becomes the property of the North Jersey Community Animal Shelter and may be placed for adoption.
Certain dog bite cases may require the dog to be qurantined/impounded at the shelter.  The fee for these cases is $25 per day payable every 10 days.  Failure to pay will result in forfeiture of the dog and the dog becomes the property of the shelter. 

Any animal left unclaimed or abandoned at the shelter will face Abandonment charges under the Abandonment statute 4:22-20b. 
Individuals with pets who need to relinquish ownership of their animal can contact Animal Control to make arrangements. There is a small fee involved.
Animal Control also investigates calls of abuse and neglect, animal bites and quarantines, rabies control, feral cat issues and animal complaints.
For more information, or to share an interesting animal story, please email Lisa Perry at or call at 973-838-8959.