If your pet or a pet in your care is experiencing a medical emergency, you must contact a private emergency veterinary provider.

LHS's team of dedicated Animal Control Officers and Investigators is the main point of contact for all stray animal concerns in our service areas, and is responsible for everything from call dispatch, to animal assessment, to public education and resources. A "stray" animal is a domestic or wild animal whose owner is not known. 

The Animal Response Team serves Jersey City and Hoboken. If you live outside of these areas you need to contact your municipal Health Department or Police Department for assistance in reaching your animal services provider. 

Contact the Animal Response Team Anytime If:

  • You have found an injured or sick stray animal (this includes wildlife)
  • You have found and confined a dog or other domestic animal (not including “Community Cats”) whose owner is unknown
  • You are witnessing possible animal cruelty or neglect
  • There is a stray animal who appears to be dangerous
  • There is a wild animal in your living space that cannot escape 

The above situations are considered animal emergencies. If you are not experiencing an animal emergency please contact the ART during business hours (Mon-Sat, 8:30am-4:30pm, excluding holidays). 

Contact the Animal Response Team During Business Hours (8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Sat) If You:

  • Wish to report a nuisance complaint (barking dog, off-leash dog, unlicensed dog, poop)
  • Are requesting information about feral or outdoor cats
  • Are seeking an update about a complaint you made
  • Wish to speak to an Animal Response Team member
  • Have seen a deceased dog on public property
  • Have found a deceased stray dog or cat on your property

Deceased cats and wild animals on public property are picked up by the Department of Public Works during business hours.

For Jersey City call: 201.547.4900. For Hoboken call: 201.420.2375.

Dog licensing is handled directly by the Health Department of your municipality. Click here for Jersey City's application (espanol aqui. Click here for Hoboken.