Pet Licenses & Adoptions
Safeguard Your Pets
The State of New Jersey requires that proof of a valid rabies shot be presented, in order to obtain a license for a pet. Licenses may be purchased in the Health Department office or by mail.
The license term is January 1st to December 31st. First-time licenses can be issued after the rabies shot. Rabies shots must be valid for the duration of the license term. Access the dog license form (PDF).
The license term is January 1st to December 31st. First-time licenses can be issued after the first rabies shot. Rabies shots must be valid for the duration of the license term. Access the cat license form (PDF).
Free Rabies Shots in Ocean County
Toms River sponsors a free Rabies Clinic every year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the free Rablies Clinic has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 8th, 2021. A notice will be published in the Asbury Park Press and will also be posted in the News Flash Section of this website. Clinics are scheduled in other towns throughout the year. Residents can attend any free Rablies Clinic within Ocean County. The Ocean County Health Department has a calendar of free rabies clinic dates and locations. The Ocean County Animal Facility in Jackson also offers free rabies shots. Call (732) 657-8086 to schedule an appointment for a free rabies shot for your pet.
The Toms River Township Animal Shelter is located at 235 Oak Ave, next to the Toms River Police Department. If you are interested in adopting a pet, please call the Animal Shelter at 732-341-1000, ext. 8450.