Animal Control

Animals for Adoption

The Township of Millburn will periodically post pictures of those animals we are trying hard to find a home. Some animals have been picked up in other towns serviced by our Animal Control. If you or anyone you know may be interested in adopting a dog please contact our Animal Control Department at 973-564-7085. They will assist you in going through the steps to adopt a pet that is currently in need of a good home. For more information on current pets open for adoption, please visit the Animal Adoption page.

Animal Licensing Information

Cat Licensing

Annual License and License Tag Required; Placing Tag on Cat - Any owner of a cat of licensing age shall annually, in the month of December, apply for and procure from the Millburn Health Officer a license and official license tag with license number, for each cat so owned, kept or harbored, and shall place upon such cat a collar, or other device with the license number securely fastened thereto. Acceptable methods of displaying license number shall include, but are not limited to, break-away or elastic collars. License tags are not transferable. Licenses shall be effective for the period commencing January 1 and ending December 31 annually.

Vaccination and License Requirements - No person shall own, keep, harbor or maintain any cat of licensing age within the Township unless such cat is vaccinated and licensed.

The provisions of this section do not apply to cats which are confined in a room, cage or pen and kept or displayed for sale, or those held by a state or federal licensed research facility, or a veterinary establishment where cats are received or kept for diagnostic, medical, surgical, or other treatments, or licensed animal shelters, pounds, kennels or pet shops.

Dog Licensing

Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age, which means a dog of 7 months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth, shall in the month of January, annually apply for and procure from the Health Officer a license and license tag for each such dog, so owned, kept or harbored, and shall place upon each such dog a collar with the license tag securely fastened thereto.

Feral Cats

What Is the TNR Program?

The Trap-Neuter-Return Program consists of 3 parts:

  • Trap: Humanely trap the cats
  • Neuter: Bring cats in traps to a veterinarian or spray/neuter clinic to be sterilized and vaccinated
  • Return: Return cats to original colony sites following post-surgery instructions and care

Why TNR?

  • Help stabilize populations, benefiting cats and community
  • Allows public health officials and caregivers to monitor colonies

Don't Feral Cats Spread Disease?

  • Infectious disease can only spread from direct contact with the cat or its feces
  • Feral cats tend to avoid humans and contact that does occur is commonly initiated by humans

Why Not Remove Feral Cat Colonies?

  • Removal of a feral cat colony will only create a vacuum effect, leaving an open space for other feral cats or wildlife. As long as a food source is available new cats will find their way into the empty space.

Community Cat vs. Feral Cat

  • Difference rooted in the lack of human contact receives as a kitten tends to make them naturally fearful and aggressive towards humans
  • Feral cats may be a threat to you and your family if not handled in the proper way
  • The choice of their owner to allow domesticated cat to roam community

Talk to your neighbors to determine whether the cat is a pet, stray, or feral cat, and if they have been neutered and vaccinated.

Stray "Community" CatFeral Cat
Likely to approach youWill not approach you
May approach food you put down right awayWill wait for you to leave before approaching food
Likely to be vocalWill be silent
May look disheveledWill appear groomed
May be seen at all hours of the dayMay be more active or only come out at night

Additional Information

For additional information regarding TNR and feral cats, please visit the Alley Cat website.

Animal Control Procedures

Young Wildlife

Unless it is known that the mother has been killed or injured, the public is urged to leave young wildlife alone. Most times, what appears to be an orphaned young animal is not, and the best thing to do is to leave the animal where it is found.

Dead Birds & Small Animals

Dead birds are no longer tested for West Nile Virus, as it is no longer a threat. If you have a dead bird or any small animal on your property, wear rubber gloves and place the bird or animal in a garbage bag with the trash.

Nocturnal Animals Out During the Day

If a usually nocturnal animal is out during the day, it does not necessarily mean that the animal is rabid. In the spring and summer it is not uncommon to see an adult raccoon out during daylight hours. In addition, while foxes are most active at night, they, like the raccoons, can be active anytime that food is available.

Feeding Wildlife

No person shall feed, in any public park or on any other property owned or operated by the Township, any wildlife, excluding confined wildlife (for example, wildlife confined in zoos, parks or rehabilitation centers) and excluding unconfined wildlife at environmental education centers.