HomeAgenciesDepartments »

Health Department

Lisa Gulla, Health Officer
(973) 593-3079
(973) 593-3072
Madison Civic Center
28 Walnut Street
Madison, NJ 07940 (map)


Rabies is a potentially fatal disease transmitted by the bites of infected animals. People who require treatment should contact their physician. Treatment involves a number of injections over a period of time, but is required to prevent the disease.

Residents in Madison should take the following steps to protect their families and pets from rabies:

  • Keep animal indoors or under supervision while outside. Dogs and Cats should be current on their rabies vaccine and licensed with the Madison Health Department. 
  • Parents should reinforce with children to never approach a wild animal even a small one.
  • If any wild animal is observed acting strangely (out during the day, having trouble walking, or acting aggressively), keep children and pets inside and call the Madison Police Department (973) 593-3000.
  • If you or a family member is bitten by a wild animal, contact the Police Department and your physician immediately.
  • If you suspect that your pet has been bitten or exposed to a wild animal contact the Health Department (973) 593-3079 and your veterinarian immediately.
  • Even if you are not bitten, if you are in contact with a wild animal, wash the body part with soap and warm water and contact your physician.
  • Any pet owner who wishes to license their animal for the first time may do so without a summons or late fee. Bring proof of rabies vaccine good through 12/31/14. Neutered animals cost $15, un-neutered cost $18.