Wayne Animal Control, a Division of the
Wayne Health Department, handles well over a hundred complaints a year ranging from barking dogs to animal cruelty. If there is an animal issue you may call our office at 973-694-9295 or email us. We will take the appropriate action to rectify a problem or counsel the complaining party as to their rights and possible course of action. Animal to human bites and animal-to-animal bites are to be reported to Animal Control for implementation of rabies protocol.
Wayne Animal Control Division performs an ongoing animal census by going
door to door in the various neighborhoods throughout the Township in
order to identify unlicensed dogs and cats. The licensing process allows
for an effective rabies control program. Rabies is a deadly disease
caused by a virus and if left untreated, it will attack the nervous
system and cause death. Owners of unlicensed domestic animals may face
legal action when identified by Animal Control, so owners should be sure
their cats and dogs are licensed each year.
The license renewal period begins the first business day and ends the
last business day of every January. Renewals after this period are
subject to a $5.00 late fee. Please be advised that the Health
Department will no longer mail hard copy reminders about renewing
licenses. It is the animal owners' responsibility to make sure this is
done annually. If you would like an email reminder, please
email us or call us at
973-694-1800 ext. 3313 to submit your email address. You will then begin
receiving license renewal reminders and other pertinent information
electronically. The submitted email addresses are preserved for this
use only and are not shared.
Wayne Township offers free Rabies Vaccinations to all dogs and cats. There are
three clinics in May and one clinic in November at the Town Garage on Dey Road. Cat or Dog first rabies vaccinations are good for one year; subsequent shots are for a three-year duration. Dogs and cats may be licensed once they have a current rabies vaccination that does not expire before November 1st of each licensing year.
Renewals for licenses
or in person at the Town Hall 475 Valley Road.
Information or applications for Low Cost Spay/Neuter programs are available through Animal Control. There are definite health benefits besides cutting down on overpopulation to altering your pet. Please call Animal Control at 973-694-9295 or email us for in depth information on the various programs available and health issues.
How to Know When an Animal Needs to be Rescued
encounter what appear to be sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. The New
Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife urges New Jersey residents to leave
undisturbed. Every year, especially during the spring
and early summer, the lives of
many young animals are disrupted.
Well-intentioned people may attempt to 'save' these animals, and more
often than not, the mother is nearby.
Are the Babies Really Orphans? Before you take an
animal from its environment you
should first make sure the babies are
in need of rescue. Most babies are under the
watchful eye of there
parents. Parents sometimes leave babies alone so they can search for
food. Keeping wildlife babies with their natural parents is the best
choice for their survival. They teach the babies how to get food and how
to avoid predators. Observe for a while to see if the parents return or
try to reunite the baby with the parents. It is a myth that a parent
will reject a baby if there is human scent on it.
Is the Animal in Danger? Observe to see that
there is no immediate danger to the animal. Keep dogs and cats away.
Check to see if there are any other predators nearby. Hawks flying above
may be a danger to young babies not protected by their burrow. If you
are worried that an injured animal may crawl away while you contact
Animal Control, place a garbage can over the animal.
Is the Animal Sick or Injured? Observe adult
animals before rescue. If the animal is
sick and not injured, the
animal may carry a disease such as rabies or distemper.
safety is always first. Call Animal Control if you have any concerns.
What is rabies? Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a
virus. The virus is found in the
saliva of a rabid animal and is
transmitted by a bite, or possibly by saliva contamination of an open
cut or the eyes. Left untreated, rabies attacks the nervous system and
Does the animal have rabies? Rabid animals are usually
either vicious or aggressive,
or may appear to be drunk and have
trouble walking. Some animals may be rabid even
though they appear to
be normal. People should stay away from all wild and stray
which are aggressive or appear to be sick.
Rabbits feed their
young only at dusk and dawn, which is probably why you never see
them. If the babies are plump and warm, they are being taken care of. If
you are unsure, place some strings or sticks in a pattern across the
nest. If the sticks are later disturbed, the mother has returned to feed
her young. A nest that has been disturbed by gardening or the dog
sniffing it can be reconstructed and the mother will return. Contact
Animal Control with any babies that may be injured - do not try to care
for them yourself.
Fawns commonly are left alone by their mothers for
most of the day to protect them. The fawn has no scent and will be safe
because its predators (other than humans) will walk right by a fawn they
can't smell. If you see a baby deer all alone, this is normal. Do not
take it away from its hiding place. Natural mothers provide better care,
nutrition, and survival training than any human. If there is a
possibility that the mother is around, wait. If you find a young fawn
lying alone, leave it there. The mother comes back
several times each day to nurse the fawn. If you've already picked the
fawn up and brought it home - put it back. Even one or
two days after removal from the wild, fawns have been successfully
reunited with their mothers, by returning them to the place where they
were found. Adult deer spend much of the day feeding and loafing. Fawns
that are not strong enough on their legs to keep up with the adults are
left behind. Usually young fawns are quite safe because their color
pattern and lack of scent help them to remain undetected until their
Skunks If you see a dead skunk by the road and
babies are around then they need to
be rescued. Skunks tend to be
most active in the evening and early morning. Like
SKUNKS CAN CARRY RABIES. Your Animal Control Officer may need
Birds Young birds are sometimes found on the ground
near a nest. When this happens, the best thing to do is to put the bird
carefully back into the nest. Don't worry about getting your scent on
the bird; it will not affect the mother's care. If you can't reach the
nest, leave the bird on the ground. Every bird alive today has spent a
few precarious days on the ground while learning to fly. The best thing
you can do during this time of year to protect young wildlife is to keep
Raccoons When young raccoons are found out alone,
most likely, they are merely
exploring and their mother is nearby.
They are probably old enough to be fully capable of climbing back up a
tree to their den. If they were too young to climb, the mother would
carry them back.
Intended acts of kindness often have the opposite effect.
Instead of being left to
learn how to find food, young animals taken
from the wild will be denied their
natural learning experiences. They
often become attached to their caregivers and
no longer survive in
the wild. In addition, nearly all wild birds and mammals are
protected under the law and may not be legally kept as pets. Only when
found injured or with their dead mother is there reason to
do something and only
under these circumstances can an animal be
transferred to a licensed wildlife