Animal Services

The Animal Control Division of the Newark Police Department responds to the following calls: animal bites, vicious dogs, sick/injured animals, venomous reptiles and spiders, dead animals, barking dogs, excessive animals on private property, exotic animals, abandoned animals, stray livestock in roadways, and animal cruelty investigations. For abatement of the above types of calls, contact the Newark Police Department: 510-578-4237 or

Every person within the City of Newark owning, possessing, controlling, harboring, or keeping any dog over four months of age must have a current Newark dog license for each dog. A dog license may be obtained by presenting a valid anti-rabies vaccination certificate and paying the required fees from the License/Cashier Counter, First Floor, City Administration Building, 37101 Newark Blvd., Newark. Dog License applications may also be obtained from veterinarians located in the City of Newark or by downloading an application. For further information, contact the Cashier: 510-578-4310 or

Newark dog licenses may be issued for 1-, 2-, or 3-year terms depending upon the expiration date of the dog's anti-rabies certificate. The amount of the fees is not only dependent upon the term, but whether or not the dog is neutered or spayed. A 50% discount is granted for holders of the Newark Gold Card (Newark Residents age 60 and older.) Renewal notices for expiring dog licenses are mailed and processed each calendar quarter. If you have more than two of the same animal, or a total of five animals, you are required to get a Animal Fancier's Permit. For questions regarding dog licenses, please call the Finance Department at 510-578-4310.