Friday, September 18, 2015

Microchip Your Pet Today!

One of the best ways to increase the chances that a lost pet will be found is by having it microchipped. The Montclair Animal Shelter is running a promotional campaign to let folks know about the shelter's microchipping services. The cost of this painless procedure is $20.

The microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the Shelter's chips. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. An animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number.*

Bring your pet to the Montclair Township Animal Shelter at 77 North Willow Street to have it microchipped today.

Montclair Animal Shelter regular visiting hours:
Monday -- 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday -- 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday -- 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday -- 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Friday -- 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday -- 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday -- 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Contact the Shelter to arrange off-hour appointments: 973-744-8600, or email:

*Source: The Humane Society of the U.S.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Health Department Adds Verona Rabies Clinic

The Montclair Health Department has scheduled Fall 2015 Rabies Clinics for the dates below:

Cedar Grove Rabies Clinic
Tuesday, September 22

Cedar Grove Municipal Building Parking Lot
525 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove
6:00-7:30 p.m. (Dogs 6:00-6:45, Cats 6:45-7:30)


Verona Rabies Clinic
Tuesday, Septmeber 29

Verona DPW Garage
Ozone Avenue, Verona
6:00-7:30 p.m. (Dogs 6:00-6:45, Cats 6:45-7:30)

The clinics are free. For more information, contact the Montclair Health Department at 973-509-4970.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Licensing Your Pet Has Its Benefits - AND It's the Law

The Montclair Health Department encourages all dog and cat owners to license their pets with the town  – this is required by law. Compliance brings benefits to you, your pet and the community.

There are many reasons to register and license your pet.

  • You can think of your pet’s license as a way to ensure a free ride home in case it is lost. Anyone who has lost a pet knows how we worry about them until they are safe at home. The license tag can be quickly used to find your name and address and the authorities can notify you. This will bring about a quick reunion.
  • Licensing is a way for the community to ensure that pets are vaccinated against rabies, a terrible disease that is fatal to dogs and cats.
  • The fees from licensing stay in the community and help fund rabies clinics and support our animal control efforts. The cost of the license is far less than the fine imposed if your dog or cat is found without a license.
  • Last, but not least, it is the law!

The annual fee for licensing a dog in the Township of Montclair is $12 for a spayed/neutered dog or $15 for an intact dog. For a cat it is $8 for a spayed/neutered cat or $11 for an intact cat. Senior citizens pay a reduced fee of $5 for a spayed/neutered cat or $8 for an intact cat. In addition, microshipping is available for a $20 fee (but not mandatory).

In order to license your pet, you will need proof of rabies vaccination. The State of New Jersey requires licensing for any dog over the age of seven months*, and the Township also requires licensing for any cat over the age of seven months. Cat licenses expire August 31 and Dog licenses expire December 31.

The Township will soon undertake a door-to-door canvass to ensure pets are being licensed. Late fees will be charged for any cat that is licensed after November 1 and any dog that is licensed after March 1. Owners may be responsible for court appearances and additional fines for animals not licensed by these dates. For more information on how to license or microchip your pet, contact Department of Health and Human Services at 973-509-4970.


Photo credit: Eric Delmar