Animal Protection Services

4:22-17 Cruelty; certain acts, crime; degrees 

4:22-26 Penalties for various acts constituting cruelty 

Guide to Prevention of Animal Cruelty Laws 2018

Pet Licensing

All dogs and cats seven months or older residing in the Borough must be licensed. The pet's current rabies immunization must cover the duration of the licensing period. Licenses are renewable every January.  For more information or questions call 201-664-7100, ext.129. 

2021 Pet License Application


  • Altered / Neutered: $10
  • Non-Altered / Non-Neutered: $15
  • Late Fee for all previously licensed pets, applicable on March 1: $25

***WESTWOOD RESIDENTS - the Borough has extended the pet licensing due date to June 30th.  The $25.00 late fee will take effect on July 1st.

*Due to the pandemic the Westwood Board of Health will not hold the annual rabies clinic for 2021.

We expect the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro to resume their free rabies clinics in the near future.  Once the clinic dates become available the information will be posted on our website.

Animal Bites

Reporting of all animal bites that have occurred in Westwood.  Warm blooded animals, such as cats, dogs, bats, raccoons, skunks and other wildlife can carry and transmit rabies.


Distribution of information on many wildlife-related subjects.

Bergen County Animal Shelter 

Adoption Center Wish List

Animal Resources