Be a Good Neighbor - Be Bear Aware
New Jersey is home to all kinds of beautiful wildlife including black bears.
Black bears are getting a lot of attention these days, for the wrong reasons. They're venturing too close to homes and into backyards, looking for food. Bears that look for food near your home or in your yard likely have learned bad habits from people who feed them intentionally, or unintentionally by carelessly leaving out food or garbage. More....
Franklin Township Animal Shelter
The Franklin Township Animal Shelter is located behind the Municipal Building on 475 DeMott Lane and can be reached at 732-873-2500 ext. 6255. There are many kittens, cats, puppies and dogs are available for adoption. Animals are spayed or neutered and are provided with necessary vaccinations prior to adoption. Adoption fees for all animals is $60. If you are considering surrendering your pet to the shelter, please call and speak to a shelter representative prior to bringing the animal to the shelter (this will help ease your pet’s transition). Please note that the shelter only accepts surrendered and stray animals from the township of Franklin.
The shelter is managed by Animal Control Officer Katie Nordhaus who can be reached at the shelter telephone number or click here to send Katie email. The shelter is open for adoptions Tuesday through Friday from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunities at Franklin Township Animal Shelter
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the shelter, please contact Second Chance for Animals at 732-748-7232 for more information or visit their website at Second Chance for Animals.
Animal Control Services
An Animal Control Officer is on 24-hour call to answer animal emergencies.
The Animal Control Officer can be reached by calling the Police Dispatcher at 873-2300.
ALL animal bites (including dogs, cats, raccoons, bats, etc.) must be reported immediately to the to Animal Control Department at 873-2500 ext. 6255. Biting dogs are quarantined and only released with a veterinarian’s report.
Free Rabies Clinics for dogs and cats are offered several times each year. Please contact the Animal Control Department for dates and times.
"Pet Disaster Planning Guide: Be Prepared to Take Your Pet with You!" is available. The guide offers important tips, lists pet-friendly hotels in the county and provides local animal organization resources.
Licensing Your Dog
All dogs seven months or older must be licensed. According to NJ law, proof of rabies vaccination is needed before a license can be issued. Dog licenses can be obtained in the Township Clerk’s Office at the municipal building. The license fee includes a metal ID tag.
Who do we call when we see dead deer on the roadways?
Call the police non-emergency number, 732-873-5533, then dial “0” for the dispatcher. Be ready to give a location or the nearest intersection. If the deer has “X” painted on its side, the call has already been made and they are waiting for transport.
List of Pets Available for Adoption at the Shelter