Animal Control & Licensing

Dog license renewal

Renew Your Dog License Before March 1st to Avoid Additional Late Fees

The Middletown Health Department would like to remind residents that all dog licenses should have been renewed by Jan 31stAny dog license that was not renewed will incur a $5.00 late fee through February 28th. If you haven’t renewed yet, please do so before the next late fee of an additional $2.00 starts on March 1st.

All dogs and cats must be licensed in Middletown. You may obtain a license online through the citizen portal, at the Health Department Office (180 Main Street, Port Monmouth), or by mailing your license to the Health Department's attention to 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748. Please call 732-615-2097 for more information.

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Strays are picked up by the Animal Control Officer and taken to shelters, a veterinarian (if injured), or disposed of if they have died. Rabies testing is available due to exposure to suspect rabid wildlife.

Missing Animals

Pets Without Tags

Middletown Township Animal Control is committed to returning dogs and cats to their owners. Animals picked up that do not have license tags identifying them, or those with missing collars, are taken to the Monmouth County SPCA shelter, located in Eatontown or the Human Society in Tinton Falls.

Injured Animals

Injured animals are taken to local vets for basic treatment. Any dog or cat found should be reported to animal control so we can attempt to return the animal to its owner. Any animal not claimed or returned by 2 p.m. daily will be taken to the shelter.

Cat & Dog Licenses

Middletown Township's Animal Control Clerk issues cat and dog licenses. Municipal Ordinance 68-2 requires that all cats & dogs must be licensed in the Middletown Township. Failure to comply with this ordinance will result in a summons being issued. 


The owner of any newly acquired cat or dog of licensing age (6 months) must apply for and procure a license within 10 days after acquisition or age attainment.
  • For Cats: All cat licenses expire on August 31st of each year and are renewable by September 30th of each year.
  • For Dogs: All dog licenses expire on December 31st of each year and are renewable by January 31st of each year.


Spayed or Neutered

The fee for spayed or neutered cats/dogs is $20. Unaltered pets are $25. Must provide proof for neutered animals.

Late Fees

A late fee will be charged for each cat or dog license that is not renewed by the corresponding renewal date of the licensing year. Late fees will be progressive with a specific fine for 1st month late; thereafter an additional charge will be assessed per month for dog/cat licenses.

Rules & Tips

Leaving food and water out for animals can attract unwanted wildlife and insects. If a cat or dog is being fed, it's considered owned by whoever is feeding it. Dogs are not allowed to run at large.

Report Cruelty to Animals

If you would like to report suspected cruelty to animals, please call the Monmouth County SPCA at 732-542-0040. Abuse may include a dog left outside on a very short chain or exposed to bad weather or animals that look sickly or injured. If you suspect abuse, please call the SPCA.