Mon – Fri: 8:30 – 4:00
Closed from 12–1pm

(609) 883-2900 
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628

Animal Control

Contact & Hours

Animal Control Officers

Carrie Klakowicz x7619

David Thomas X7619

Office Phone

P: (609) 883-2900 ext. 7691
f: (609) 883-0215

Mailing Address
Township of Ewing
Public Health Officer
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628

Animal Control Emergencies


609-883-2900 x 7175
After-Hours:  Call the Ewing Police Department at 609-882-1313

Health Department Hours
(except holidays)
M-F 8:30am - 4:30pm

Animal Control Hours
(except holidays)
M-F 8:30am - 4:30pm

Guide to Prevention of Animal Cruelty Laws

Rabies Clinics

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Animal Control Officer


The Ewing Township Animal Control Officer operates under the auspices of the Health Department and enforces all municipal and state regulations concerning the care and treatment of animals. He/she responds to citizen complaints concerning small animals, picks up strays, investigates animal bites, removes dead animals from Township roadways and provides rescue for sick, mistreated or abandoned animals at the township’s animal shelter.

Ewing Township Animal Control does NOT remove healthy wildlife and relocate or lend traps for nuisance wildlife control. New Jersey Fish and  Game laws require a specific set of circumstances before wildlife can be disturbed. Also, due to the current rabies epidemic, state wildlife regulations prohibit the release of wildlife anywhere other than the location where it was trapped. In most cases, fox, coyotes, etc. are more scared of humans than humans are of them. Wildlife will usually keep their distance.

License Your Dog

All dogs age seven months or older must be licensed and immunized against rabies infection, with the latter expiring no earlier than April 1 of the coming year. Licenses may be renewed each June and are valid for one calendar year. Proof of immunization and sterilization (if applicable) is required at the time of licensing. Licensing is managed by the Municipal Clerk's Office. For more information see the Dog Licensing page on this website.  Ewing Township Code §97.


The animal control officer also investigates all complaints regarding mistreated, neglected or diseased animals.

Requirements for Caring for Your Pet

All dogs must be on leashes at all times when outside of your fenced in property and supervised.

Cat owners are encouraged to keep cats as INDOOR pets and be sure they are spayed/neutered.

Animal Waste

Did you know that animal waste from pets can pollute our waters? When left on the ground, pet waste is washed by rain and melting snow and ice into storm drains that carry it to our rivers, lakes, the ocean and drinking water.

Animal waste contains a high concentration of nutrients as well as bacteria and disease-causing microorganisms that can cause problems.

You are required by law to pick up dog feces after your dog. (§97-3).

Animal Bites

All animal bites should be reported to the Health Department to reduce the risk from aggressive animals and to help curb the potential transmission of rabies.

  • Immediately wash all animal bites thoroughly with soap and water. Call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room. 

Please also try to remember as many details of the incident as possible including:

  • description of the animal, as consistent with safety.  Much may depend on the subsequent identification of the animal.
  • the time and location of the incident,
  • where the animal went and
  • Note the name, address and phone number of the animal’s owner, if known.


Rabies can be a serious threat and bites from animals that are not rabid can also be painful. Stray animals roaming your neighborhood can pose a real danger as they are probably unvaccinated. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from rabies is to vaccinate your pets and avoid contact with wild animals. Do not feed or handle them even if they seem friendly.

If you see a wild animal acting strangely, report it to animal control. Small mammals are also carriers of the deer ticks that cause Lyme disease. If anyone comes across any wildlife that appears ill, do not try to handle it, but rather call Animal Control at (609) 883-2900 ext. 7175 or the Police Department after hours.

The Health Department offers the following tips for rabies prevention:

  • Never touch a wild animal, even if it is dead or injured.  Educate children not to pet and to stay away from stray animals and wildlife.  
  • LEAVE WILDLIFE ALONE. Do not make pets of wild animals or try to “save” baby animals even if they seem abandoned.
  • Be proactive.  Your pets can get rabies.  Ewing Township requires you to have your dogs vaccinated and licensed.  
  • Do not feed stray cats, since cats contract rabies six times more often than dogs.
  • Vaccinate all animals you take care of and prevent them from running loose.
  • Keep garbage cans covered with tight lids. Cap all chimneys, which raccoons often use as dens.
  • Keep sheds and garages and other possible den sites in good repair.
  • Keep pets indoors at night to avoid contact with rabies “high risk” animals.

"What You Should Know About Rabies"

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Pet Safety

How hot is too hot for your dog?  Body temperatures vary depending on your dog's size, so there is no specific ideal temperature.  Most dogs begin to show signs of overheating when air temps are between 81 - 85⁰ F.

Signs of Heatstroke in dogs and cats

  • High body temperature
  • Racing heart
  • Vomitring, heavy panting, excessive drooling, red gums and tongue
  • collapsing or staggering
  • glassy eyes / fearful expression
  • Seizures, dizziness, signs of confusion
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Pet safety during extreme cold events

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Winter Pet Safety Tips
  • Keep Pets Indoors When Possible. ...
  • Provide Outdoor Shelter for Your Pets. ...
  • Care for Your Pet's Feet.  Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws.  ...
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  • Use Leashes When Walking Near Water. ...
  • Don't Lock Pets in Cars. ...
  • Keep Antifreeze Out of Reach from Pets. ...
  • Check Your Vehicle Before Starting the Engine.   A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats.
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Build an emergency supply kit for your pet

Pet Safety

When you are building an Emergency Kit as a part of your Disaster Preparedness planning, don't forget to include your pet and his supplies.  A Pet emergency supply kit typically includes food, water, medicine, first aid kit, collar with ID tag, a harness and leash, travel crate, vaccination record and microchip info, grooming items and toys/treats, sanitation needs including a litter box for your cat.  Don't forget that many hotels and public shelters do not allow pets inside.  Know a safe place where you can take your pet. Find a backup caregiver in case you cannot get to your pet.


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Report a Dead Deer
Animal carcasses can present health hazards. If you come across a deer or other animal carcass alongside of the road or other location, we ask that you notify our animal control officers. Township staff will respond as soon as possible to mark and remove the dead animal.