SPOTSWOOD, NJ - At the Monday meeting of the Spotswood Borough Council, the deadline to renew or obtain an animal license for family pets has been extended to March 15. The previous deadline was Friday, February 7. A resolution was passed on Monday to extend the deadline due to the late distribution of licensing reminders via the United States Postal Service. A late fee of $5 will be applied to all licenses received after the new deadline of March 15.

Licenses are required by the New Jersey Department of Health for all residents who have a dog or a cat seven months of age or older. Licenses must be renewed each calendar year. Failure to do so could result in a fine according to Borough Code §46-2. Licenses are valid from January 1 through December 31 each calendar year. License fees are not prorated according to information available on the borough website.

License fees are $14 for spayed or neutered pets and $17 for non-spayed or neutered animals. Documentation is required for spayed or neutered pets. Residents should submit copies of the documentation and not sent originals. Spaying or neutering is not required for a license, however a current rabies vaccination is. A license cannot be issued without a current rabies vaccination.

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For additional information on animal licenses or to download the license application, visit the Spotswood Borough website.

Completed applications and payment can be mailed to the borough offices or placed in the payment box in the lobby of the Spotswood Municipal building on 77 Summerhill Road. The payment box is located to the left of the elevator. Borough office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.