Trenton Humane Law Enforcement & Animal Services

The Trenton Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Services (THLEAS) 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 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 New Jersey Title 4 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.

Leash Laws in Trenton

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 our office.

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.

Licensing Requirements

All dogs must be licensed by 6 months of age, and 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 call 609-989-3236. Dog license tags must be attached to the collar or harness at all times when in public.

Free Rabies Clinic Information

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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

Adoption Information

Animals deemed adoptable through THLEAS can be viewed online on our adoption website. 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.

Weekly adoption events are held every Sunday at PetSmart from noon to 3 p.m. (cats and dogs). Fees to adopt and dog is $120, and $100 per cat.

Low Cost Spaying/Neutering Program

Learn about the Low Cost Spaying and Neutering Program.

What to Do if Your Pet Dies

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
Phone: 609-882-1800

Pet Meadows Memorial Park and Crematory
1500 Klockner Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Phone: 609-586-9660