Animal Control

St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center has been selected to provide South Orange's animal control services. 

St. Hubert's Giralda is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. The organization believes in and provides services that support the human-animal bond and seeks to foster an environment in which people respect all living creatures.

Is your dog or cat lost? Contact St. Hubert's Madison location 973-377-2296
Visit St. Hubert's online at

Animal Control is responsible for animal related functions, including:

Daytime (8AM-5PM)
    • Injured or deceased dogs and cats, owner unknown, unavailable or unable to handle situation
    • Dogs running at large
    • Cats- "stray" or unsocialized, guidance
    • Injured, orphaned wildlife
    • Bite cases
    • Bats in homes
    • Healthy wildlife consultation
    • Transport of owned dogs and cats to veterinary hospital within the contracted service area for owners who are TRULY unable to get their animals to the hospital, e.g. elderly, physical limitations
Evenings (5:01PM-7:59AM)
    • Confined stray dogs
    • Injured dogs and cats
    • Stray dogs or cats at large involved in bite cases when animal is still on the scene of the incident
    • Deceased dogs and cats who have expired INSIDE the home
    • Other true emergencies when animal control officer on duty has spoken with police and deemed response is necessary

Emergencies: What constitutes an emergency?

  • Potentially rabies carrying animals such as: raccoon, skunk, and bats in the living space of a home.
  • Domestic animals (dogs/cats) that are in imminent danger

Animal Control is NOT responsible for Nuisance Wildlife

  • Under state law, Animal Control is NOT responsible for Nuisance Wildlife
  • For additional information on Nuisance Wildlife, including contact information for pest control and extermination companies, see the Nuisance Wildlife page.
Animal Control is NOT responsible for dead deer on residents' property
  • Deer must be moved to the street before someone can come pick it up

Any questions regarding pet licensing or dead wildlife (including deer) you should contact the health department at 973-378-7715 x7710.

Be a Good Pet Owner Neighbor 
  • Make sure your dog cannot leave your property.
  • Use a leash under 6 feet and have your dog under control when not on your property.
  • Limit barking times to less than 15 minutes during the day and not at all at night.
  • Always pick up after your pet.
  • Do not allow your dog or cat on the neighbor's property. 
  • Have your pets vaccinated against rabies.