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Animal Control and Adoption Services

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Franklin Township Animal Shelter

475 Demott Lane

Somerset. NJ 08873

Hours of Operation

Tuesday to Friday 12 Noon - 3 PM
Saturdays 12 Noon - 6 PM
CLOSED Sunday & Monday

732-873-2500  x6255


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Franklin Township Animal Shelter

There are many kittens, cats, puppies and dogs are available for adoption. Animals are spayed or neutered and are provided with necessary vaccinations prior to adoption. Adoption fees for all animals is $60. If you are considering surrendering your pet to the shelter, please call and speak to a shelter representative prior to bringing the animal to the shelter (this will help ease your pet’s transition). Please note that the shelter only accepts surrendered and stray animals from the Township of Franklin.

The shelter is managed by Animal Control Officer Katie Nordhaus who can be reached at the shelter telephone number or click here to send Katie email. 

Volunteer Opportunities at Franklin Township Animal Shelter

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the shelter, please contact Second Chance for Animals at 732-748-7232 for more information or visit their website Second Chance for Animals

Animal Control Services

An Animal Control Officer is on 24-hour call to answer animal emergencies.
The Animal Control Officer can be reached by calling the Police Dispatcher at 732-873-2300.

ALL animal bites (including dogs, cats, raccoons, bats, etc.) must be reported immediately to the to Animal Control Department at 732-873-2300.  Biting dogs are quarantined and only released with a veterinarian’s report.

Free Rabies Clinics for dogs and cats are offered several times each year.  Please contact the Animal Control Department for dates and times.


Licensing Your Dog

All dogs seven months or older must be licensed.  According to NJ law, proof of rabies vaccination is needed before a license can be issued.  Dog licenses can be obtained in the Township Clerk’s Office at the municipal building.  The license fee includes a metal ID tag.

Who do we call when we see dead deer on the roadways?

Call the police non-emergency number, 732-873-5533, then dial “0” for the dispatcher. Be ready to give a location or the nearest intersection.  If the deer has “X” painted on its side, the call has already been made and they are waiting for transport.