(973) 402-4000

155 Powerville Road Boonton Township, NJ 07005

Chief of Police, Thomas L. Cacciabeve

All dogs must be licensed in Boonton Township.

A dog is licensed after the age of 7 months.

Proof of rabies is required at the time of licensing

Proof of spay/neuter is required at the time of licensing


$12.00 for a neutered/spayed dog
$15.00 for a non-neutered/non-spayed dog.

A free rabies clinic is held in Boonton Township every year, generally in November, at the Municipal Building. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. The date of the rabies clinic is advertised in the Township Times and the Citizen.

animal control & Licensing

Boonton Township contracts our animal control services with the Montville Animal Shelter. Montville Animal Shelter provides animal control, animal cruelty complaints and animal rescue service to Boonton Township.

Montville Animal Control
86 River Road
Montville, NJ 07045
(973) 334-6410

Hours of Operation:

Weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon

Gail Strumph, Animal Control Officer
Sandy Burkhardt, Assistant Animal Control Officer

The Montville Animal Control Division includes two certified animal control officers. These officers are responsible for maintaining the 12-run animal shelter and performing animal control functions of handling stray animals and dogs running at large, conducting rabies clinics, assisting homeowners with wildlife problems, removing road-kill, coordinating a low-cost spay/neuter and veterinarian care program, administering a healthy pet adoption program, providing educational/awareness outreach sessions and shelter tours for adult and children's groups, and fund-raising. Volunteers and donations of dog food, cat food, litter, supplies and equipment are always welcomed.

animal licensing

animal control

Daria Vandergoot at 973-402-4024

Cats do not require a license in Boonton Township

Boonton Township has a large wildlife population that includes black bears, red fox, coyotes, beaver, muskrats, raccoons, skunks and, of course, deer. In most cases, if these animals are in your neighborhood, it is because there is a food source. Containing or removing the food source will force these animals to look for food in other areas. Some tips to follow: place your garbage at the curb on the morning of pick-up, have a secure lid on your garbage cans, store your garbage in a secure area and do not feed the birds (except in winter - if you do enjoy feeding the birds, place bird feeders at least twelve feet in the air and away from your home).

If you find a wildlife baby or any species, DO NOT TOUCH! Most of the time, the mother is around. Observe the animal for a period of time and contact the police if you believe the animal is injured.

Just because a raccoon is out during the day does not mean that it has rabies. Observe the animal and contact the police if it is making a strange noise, is unable to climb, is falling over or walking in circles.

In the spring, the deer give birth in our back yards. It is normal for the deer to leave their newborn fawns in our yards for up to eighteen hours. The only time intervention should take place is if the fawn starts to cry and is walking around looking for its mother, or if there are flies around the fawn. Otherwise, it is very normal to have them in our neighborhood yards into the late evening.

Fox, coyote and bears are not nocturnal animals. They may be seen anytime of day or night. If the animal appears to be sick, injured or aggressive then it should be reported to the Boonton Township Police Department.