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Health Department Animal Control

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Sign up for Dog/Cat License Reminders
and Rabies Clinic Notices

Click here to sign up for Dog and Cat License/Information and Free Rabies Clinic.

Response to Black Bears in Bernards Township

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife Bureau of Wildlife Management Wildlife Control Unit manage black bears in NJ. Law enforcement officers in Bernards Township are trained by the NJ DFW WCU to respond to sightings of black bears. These officers observe the bear in an attempt to “categorize” it as per NJ DFW WCU guidelines. For a detailed description of each category and the appropriate response by Law Enforcement and/or Fish and Wildlife, see the attached document.

Animal Control Ordinances

These regulations are meant to protect the health and safety of the public. Please obey the law.

  • Ordinance 5-8.2 All dogs to wear current year license tag
  • Ordinance BH:10-5.1 All cats to wear current year license tag
  • Ordinance 5-8.5 Dog may not disturb the peace, especially between 12:00 am and 6:00 am
  • Ordinance 5-8.6 Dogs may not run at large
  • Ordinance 5-8.7 Dog must be on a leash in public domain
  • Ordinance 5-8.9 Dog feces must be removed

Please note: If your dog or cat is injured and without identification, the Animal Control Officer is required by law to seek medical treatment. The cost incurred for treatment will be the owner’s responsibility.

Animals for Adoption

Roxdane Kennels
75 Stirling Road
Warren, New Jersey
(908) 755-0227

Roxdane Kennels is the animal holding facility for all of Bernards Township. On this page you will find information on how to contact Roxdane Kennels for animal adoptions. These animals include some stray animals which have been picked up by our Animal Control Officer. They legally must remain for seven days at the kennel. After the seventh day if nobody has called to claim the animal, they are available for the general public to adopt.

Township of Bernards Dog & Cat Licensing Application

All Bernards Township dogs and cats must be licensed yearly, as per NJ Statute 4:19-15.2a and Bernards Township Ordinance BH:10-5.2. Any current annual dog and cat license expires on January 31 of each year. The licensing of animals is an important aspect of rabies and animal control.


  • PROOF OF RABIES VACCINATION - available from your vet (if rabies vaccination was given through Bernards Township Clinic, we will have it on record). If your dog/cat's rabies vaccination expires before the end of the new license year, you will need to have the animal revaccinated prior to getting a new license. In order for a license to be issued, the owner must present proof that a licensed veterinarian has vaccinated the dog / cat against rabies and that the duration of immunity from that vaccination extends through at least 10 months of the twelve-month licensing period. An exemption to the rabies inoculation requirement shall be granted if the owner presents written certification from a licensed veterinarian that the dog/cat cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition or course of therapy.
  • PROOF OF ALTERATION - this is available from your veterinarian; once presented, proof is not needed again.
    - Cat: $10.00, plus $3.00 extra if the cat is not altered (spayed or neutered).
    As of March 1st a late fee of $5.00 will be charged.
    - Dog: $21.00, plus $3.00 extra if the dog is not altered (spayed or neutered).
    As of March 1st a late fee of $10.00 will be charged.
  • Application Form is available in pdf format here.

For more information please visit
or Contact the Bernards Township Health Department at 908-204-2520.

The Bernards Township Health Department is located on:
262 South Finley Avenue Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920