Toms River pet owners can bring their furry friends for a checkup Saturday at the townships's rabies clinic being held at their animal facility on Oak Avenue from 10 am until 12-noon.

Residents need to bring proof of prior immunization and proof their pet was spayed or neutered, if applicable.

The Toms River Animal Facility at 235 Oak Avenue next to the police department will be conducting the free clinic

Town officials say it's also a good time to renew your dogs license.

Per State law dogs more than seven months old must have their license renewed annually.

In Toms River, it's every January.

You can get it all done Saturday, but must have a rabies expiration shot date of November 1, 2018 to get the dog license which runs $15.00 for a spayed or neutered dog and $20.00 if not spayed or neutered.

A $5.00 late fee gets added on to the cost of a dog license starting in February and the fee goes up to $10.00 if you wait until March.

Late Fees are set by Ordinance and cannot be waived.

All pet licenses can be renewed in person at the Toms River Health Department, 33 Washington Street, or by mail.

For more info call (732) 341-1000 extension 8400.

Here are the benefits of having a dog license, according to Toms River Officials:

  • Licensed dogs are vaccinated against rabies and those with current license tags on their collars are considered generally protected from the disease.
  • A licensed dog that wanders off the owner's property or gets lost can be traced and quickly returned to its owner by animal control officers.
  • Dog licensing is mandatory in all New Jersey municipalities and the licensing fee is much less than the fines and penalties for having unlicensed dogs.
  • License fees support animal control, animal sheltering and rabies control activities within the municipality.

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