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Animal Control is under the Special Services Division of the Bethlehem Police Department. The town has one full-time and two part-time animal control officers (ACOs) who serve the Town of Bethlehem with compassion, kindness, and a dedication to protecting our residents, their pets, and wildlife in general. The number of calls for animal control services continue to increase, fueled mainly by the public's awareness and concern for the possibility of exposure to rabid animals, loose dogs, and nuisance wildlife complaints. Please note, if you encounter injured or orphaned wildlife, never try to care for a wild animal yourself, always contact a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, they can be found on NYADEC's website.
All dogs over four months in age and any dog that is off the owner's premises regardless of age in New York State must be licensed (N.Y.S. Department of Agriculture and Markets Law). New dogs over 4 months need to be licensed within thirty days of obtaining the dog. To obtain a license, bring a current rabies vaccination and (if applicable) a neutering / spaying certificate to the town or city clerk in the municipality where the dog resides. A license obtained in the Town of Bethlehem must be renewed once each year, due the same month that it was originally obtained. Licenses (with few exceptions) must be on the dog at all times. Not only is this the law, but it is the best way we can find the owner of a lost dog.
To report a lost animal, call the Bethlehem Police at 518-439-9973. The town no longer has a contract with a kennel, shelter, or Mohawk Hudson Humane Society so time is of the essence. When searching for a lost animal and after contacting the Bethlehem Police at 518-439-9973, please also think about how close you live to one (or more) of the town's borders. If you think it is possible your animal wandered into another jurisdiction, contact them as well: Albany, 518-434-5091; Coeymans, 518-756-2059; Guilderland, 518-861-6855; or New Scotland, 518-475-0385.
Good sources of information regarding pet adoption are PetFinder or Adopt-A-Pet, where you can learn before you adopt, search for adoptable pets, and find adoption/rescue groups. You can support organizations such as these by using charitable search sites when searching the web. One such search site is GoodSearch, which has a number of these local adoption/rescue groups already in their choices of recipients of your search proceeds. You can also view this list of almost 100 area shelters and rescue groups.
| Companion Animal Placement Program
|The Animal Support Project
| Out Of The Pits - and into your heart
For emergencies 518-861-6861
For wildlife emergencies
518-456-4374 or 518-365-3673
|Free To Be Me Rescue
518-573-9906 (no texts please)
|Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society