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Trenton Humane Law Enforcement & Animal Services  (THLEAS)
72 Escher Street Trenton, New Jersey 08608 
Phone: (609) 989-3254 Fax: (609) 989-4297 
The Trenton Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Services Unit is a municipal office operating under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services and  The Trenton Police Department.   It provides the community with services that enhance the humane care and treatment of Trenton’s animals. 

The mission of THLEAS is to educate the public on the humane treatment of animals and to be better pet owners.   This office also works to promote t better quality of care for all animals while being mindful of the need to protect residents in accordance to the State and local laws/ordinances.   (This policy is in keeping with the guidelines established by the NJ Title IV Statutes regarding domestic and wildlife animals in the control of rabies outbreaks.) 

THLEAS strives to perform the duties and responsibilities entrusted to this office with respect and sensitivity of the needs of the entire community.

Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times when in public.   IT’S THE LAW!  A dog found running loose can and will be impounded if found running loose in Trenton.   If you suspect your pet is at the shelter, contact us at 609-989-3254, or email a picture and contact information to: jmunoz@trentonnj.org.    Animals that are not reclaimed within a 7 day impound period become the property of the city.   Owners reclaiming their pets will be charged a redemption fee based on the number of days your pet is housed and the services it receives.    Redemption fees are accepted in cash or money order only. 


All dogs must be licensed by 6 months of age.   Licenses must be renewed no later than January 31st  yearly   Owners must present a valid rabies certificate in order  to obtain a new license.   Licenses are obtained through the city’s Vital Statistics Office located on the first floor in City Hall.  For information on licensing contact (609) 989-3236.  Dog license tags must be attached to the collar or harness at all times when in public.

THLEAS sponsors yearly free rabies clinics during the month of January.   These clinics are open to city residents only that own dogs or cats.   Your dog or cat must be at least 6 months of age to receive its shots.   Clinic operations are held at 72, Escher Street, Trenton, NJ from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.   Pet owners must present valid identification for proof of residence, and/or bring their yellow license notification form mailed to them from Vital Statistics to receive the free shots.   Owners that show proof of the rabies vaccination from the previous year may be eligible to receive a 3 year shot for their pet.  Inquire at the time of the clinic. 

Animals deemed adoptable through THLEAS can be viewed online on our adoption website: TAS.Petfinder.com.  This site features photographs and a brief description on each animal.  If you are interested in adopting, patrons can  fill out an application for any dog or cat online.  

Links to the adoption application are:
Weekly adoption events are held every Sunday at PetSmart, 120 Commerce Blvd, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania from 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm (cats and dogs).  Fees to adopt and dog is $120.00, and $100.00 per cat.
Low Cost Spaying/Neutering Program:



Owners are now responsible for making arrangement for the removal/cremation of  their pet if it passes away.    If you pet dies you will need to contact the appropriate crematory to make arrangements for removal.    Resources for pet removal include:   
Friends Forever Pet Crematory, 1879 Pennington Road,  Ewing, NJ 08618     (609) 882-1800
Pet Meadows Memorial Park and Crematory, 1500 Klockner Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619   (609) 586-9660


THLEAS serves to advise the public regarding wildlife issues.   If you suspect you have some form of wildlife inside your home or doing damage to your property, an officer will make a one-time courtesy call to try to assist with the capture and to advise you of the next steps if you are unsuccessful in capturing the animal at the time of the courtesy call.  The city no longer rents traps or conducts follow-up visits after the initial courtesy visit.   Residents are advised to contact a certified wildlife specialist that would be able to assess the extent of their problem, offer recommendations to remediate, and to capture/remove the animal.    Resources on how to co-exist with wildlife, suggestions on how to remediate and other available resources regarding finding a wildlife specialist in the area can be found online via: 
NJDSS, Office of Animal Welfare ………….609-826-4872 or 609-826-5964
NJ Fish and Wildlife …………………………800-344-9453
THLEAS does not trap free roaming or feral cats.  Our office will provide residents with educational and other resource information on methods to reduce the number of cats in their neighborhoods.  The shelter also works closely with various volunteer rescue groups that provide TNR Services and that may assist with low-cost spay/neuter and other medical care services.    If you have a problem with too many cats in your neighborhood, contact Trenton Cats Rescue at (857) 228-8696 for assistance.  

“Be Prepared before the Emergency”   Create a “Pet Emergency” Kit.    The kit should contain the following items:
 3-4 days’ worth of food, water, medication

  • Collars, leashes, identification and muzzles, if needed.  
  • Find a safe place to store Vaccination records, licenses and other pertinent medical records.
  • Micro-chip their pets in case you become separated from your animal.
  • Pictures of you and other family members with you pets, plus a short description of your pet. 
  • Carrier or crates large enough for your pet to move around, lie down and/or stand
  • Prepare a list of kennels/boarding facilities that you can easily access to house your pet
  • First Aid Kit with bandages, scissors, flea and tick spray, antibiotic ointment, latex gloves and rubbing alcohol
  • Contact information on family members or friends in the area that can be reached to provide temporarily house for your pet

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