Animal Control Policies


We are a county operated shelter providing animal control to 38 communities in Bergen County. We accept owned animals for a fee from our contracted communities. If space permits, we will accept owned animals from other Bergen County towns. 

Please call the shelter at 201-229-4600 to find out if cages are available. If you are not from Bergen County, please contact your local shelters.


Service Areas

The following towns have animal control contracts with Bergen County Animal Shelter.

We will accept stray domestic animals from any of these towns. If we are closed, call your local police department who can reach us after hours. If you find a stray in any other town, please contact the local police for the animal control contractor for that town:



  • Alpine
  • Bergenfield
  • Bogota
  • Cliffside Park
  • Closter
  • Cresskill
  • Demarest
  • Dumont
  • East Newark (Hudson County) 
  • Edgewater
  • Elmwood Park
  • Englewood
  • Englewood Cliffs
  • Fair Lawn 
  • Fairview
  • Fort Lee
  • Garfield
  • Hackensack
  • Harrington Park
  • Harrison (Hudson County)
  • Hasbrouck Heights
  • Haworth
  • Kearny(Hudson County) 
  • Leonia
  • Little Ferry 
  • Lodi
  • Lyndhurst
  • Maywood
  • Moonachie
  • North Arlington
  • Norwood
  • Oradell
  • Palisades Park
  • Park Ridge
  • Ridgefield
  • Ridgefield Park
  • River Edge
  • River Vale
  • Rochelle Park
  • Rockleigh
  • Saddle Brook
  • Tenafly
  • Teterboro
  • Upper Saddle River
  • Westwood
  • Woodcliff Lake
  • Wood-Ridge
  • Palisades Interstate Parkway



We respond to calls for sick, injured and nuisance wildlife to any of our contracted towns. 


Dead Animals

We will pick up dead animals on public property during normal business hours. For a fee payable by the resident we will pick up dead animals on private property. 


Removing Animals

We are not a pest control service and will not remove healthy wildlife from your property. The only exception is that we will remove wildlife from living quarters for a fee payable by the resident at the time of the service. This does not include animals in attics, basements, garages, chimneys, or sheds.



Contact Us

Deborah Yankow


Animal Shelter & Adoption Center: 201-229-4600

Animal Control Phone: 201-229-4616

 Bergen County Department of Health Services

One Bergen County Plaza  • 4th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-634-2600 • Fax: 201-336-6086

Health & Safety Hotline: 201-225-7000