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.

Dog Licenses

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).

Cat Licenses

The license term is June 1st to May 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 residents can attend any free rabies clinic in 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.  

Pet Adoptions

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. 7300.