Jonathan Hagen, ACO, 973-670-3299
Sandyston Township
Rabies Information
Rabies Clinic
The 2022 SandystonTownship Free Rabies Clinic will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 10 am to 12 pm. If you need your rabies shot sooner, many other towns offer the same free rabies clinic and you are welcome to attend the next available clinic:
What To Do When Your Pet Is Missing
When your beloved dog or cat strays from home, it can be traumatic experience for everyone. Here are some tips that we hope will help you find your pet.
Contact Sandyston Township Municipal Building 973-948-3520 with the following information: name, address, pet's name, description, license number and phone number and the phone number where you can be reached. We will in turn notify the Animal Control Officer and notify Sandyston Township's Dog Pound Facility.
Search the neighborhood and ask neighbors if they have seen your pet.
Advertise! Post notices at deli's, stores, veterinary offices, intersection, restaurants, government offices, etc. Include your pet's gender, age, weight, breed, color, name and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who find s your pet to describe it.
Contact neighboring municipalities (Montague, Frankford, Branchville, Hampton, Stillwater, Stokes State Forest Office, National Park Service, NJ State Police) with the same information.
Call the local radio stations - many will advertise the lost pet for free.
File a lost pet report with every shelter within a 60 mile radius of your home.
A pet - even an idoor pet - has a better chance of being returned if they always wear a collar with a license number and/or ID tag with your name, address and telephone number.
Be wary of pet-recovery scams. When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask him to describe the pet thoroughly before you offer any information. If he does not include the identifying characteristic you left out of the advertisements, he may not really have your pet! Be particularly wary of people who insist that you give or wire them money for the return of your pet.
If you find your pet, please be sure to notify everyone you called.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, don't give up on your search. Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their oweners.
Did you know......
There are currently over 500 licensed dogs in Sandyston Township
Click here for a listing of Rabies Clinics in Sussex County or call 973-579-0370 to find out the next available clinic.
2022 Dog License Application
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus. The virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by contamination of an open wound. Left untreated, rabies attacks the nervous system and can cause death. Any mammal and only

mammals can get rabies: Bats, raccoons, skunks, foxes, cats, dogs, groundhogs, and humans-to name a few! It is important that your dog or cat have an up-to-date rabies vaccination.


Rabid animals are either vicious and/or aggressive, they may stagger or may appear to be drunk and have trouble walking. Wild animals may move slowly or act as though they are tame when they should be quick to react to humans. Some signs in rabies in animals are: (1) changes in an animals behavior (2) general sickness (3) problems swallowing (4) increased drooling (5) aggression. Take measures to prevent wild animals from entering homes, barns, garages and other buildings. Store all trash or pet food kept outdoors in animal resistant containers. Report all stray animals to the Animal Control Officer. If you are bitten by a wild animal: (1) wash the wound with soap and water for at least five minutes (2) call/visit your family physician and (3) advise the Animal Control Officer and the Sussex County Board of Health (973-579-0370).

If you believe your pet was bitten by a rabid animal DO NOT TOUCH THEM! Although it is natural to want to console your pet, you could be placing you and your family in danger! Call your vet immediately!
Did you just move to Sandyston Township or purchase a new dog? Please be advised, all dogs (not cats) must be licensed in Sandyston Township.
Animal Control Information
Sandyston Township would like to remind our residents and visitors to the township not to feed stray cats or wild animals. The feeding of stray cats and wild animals could cause a public nuisance and health problems for you and your neighbors. If you feed, maintain, or keep a cat, you are considered the owner, thus are responsible for such cat. With that in mind, be responsible and have your pet spayed and neutered. Cats alone can produce several litters in one year.
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Contact the State Police with the same information.