Animal Control

Office Hours:

Monday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday: 7AM - 3PM

Tuesday 11AM - 7PM

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Contact Animal Control:

A.C.O. Brian Davis

860-688-5273 ext. 556












FOUND: (All animals must be held for 7 days for owner to claim)








Please watch the attached PSA from Our Companions and consider adopting an animal from your local pound:


Adoption Process 

The current adoption fee for a spayed/neutered stray is $5.00. New owners are responsible for obtaining necessary vaccinations and vet care from their own vet at their own expense. The adoption fee for animals that have not been spayed or neutered is $50.00, which includes the State of Connecticut Pet Population Program voucher. The voucher covers the spaying/neutering and two shots for your adopted pet. We require the submission of an adoption application for any of our animals prior to setting up a meet and greet. 


For our adoption application: Pet_adoption_application.doc

You can email the application to or fax to my attention at 860-683-2862.


Our Adoption Process

And Why We Do It This Way

PLEASE take a few moments to read the following explanation of our adoption

policies and the steps that make up the process. You may be surprised to find

that adopting an animal is a more involved process than you expected, or that

it means you can’t have immediate access to an animal you are interested in.

Therefore, it’s important to understand two things: 1) the process is the same for everyone,

and 2) it’s not our intent to frustrate you. Rather, everything we do is for the best

interests of the animals in our care, and is aimed at giving them the best possible chance

of finding a permanent home.


_ Before you can see (that is, pet, cuddle, walk, and get to know) any animal you’ve seen

in our kennel, we’ll ask you to complete some paperwork. This paperwork must be completed

first in order to minimize stress for you and the animals. Our process includes

asking questions, asking to see proof of identity and, frequently, asking for veterinary

references, particularly when you have other animals at home. This is simply to protect

the health of adoption candidates and the pets you already have.

_ Once all the paperwork has been satisfactorily completed, you may handle and visit

the animal you’re interested in. You can ask your Animal Control Officer any questions about

spaying or neutering and past medical care.

_ You will be asked to sign an adoption contract and pay the applicable adoption fee.

PLEASE NOTE: As a general rule, we cannot hold animals for anyone. Unfortunately,

because of the tremendous demands on our kennel space, all adoptions must be done

on a first-come, first-served basis, and the first good, properly-qualified prospective

home will get the pet.

LET US REPEAT: We don’t ever mean to be frustrating to or evasive with you. We want

you to understand that it’s stressful and upsetting—in fact, downright devastating—for

the animals, for our staff, and most importantly, for you when adoptions don’t work out

and pets have to come back to us. And a bad adoption experience can sour some people

on dogs or cats—or on shelter animals—for life.

So try to bear with us and be patient. And understand that going through the process

the way we do really is the best policy—for all of us.



Animal Licensing

Connecticut requires all dog owners to purchase an animal license for their pet. Licensing greatly assists in returning a lost pet to its home. A license is the primary identification for dogs and must be worn on the pet’s collar.

Animal License fees are:

All Unspayed or unneutered Dogs $19.00
All Spayed or Neutered Dogs $8.00
Kennel License $52.00


Dog licenses can be obtained at the Windsor Town Clerks office located at 275 Broad Street. All dog licenses must be renewed in June of each year regardless of when the current license was purchased.

All dogs have to be vaccinated for rabies before a license can be obtained. State Statute requires that all domestic dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies at three months of age.



Fox Memorial Clinic                                                   1-860-594-4503 (CT Humane Society

Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society                         1-413-781-4019 (171 Union St. Springfield, MA)

Friends of Animals                                                    1-800-321-7387

T.E.A.M.                                                                   1-888-367-8326 (Cats only)


Windsor Pet Food Pantry


WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF DRY DOG FOOD. If you would like to donate a small bag of dog or cat food or canned pet food you can drop it off at the Windsor Police Department at 340 Bloomfield Ave, at the Animal Shelter located at 970 Marshall Phelps Rd or call Animal Control at the number shown above and we can pick it up. We also have a doghouse at the Windsor Stop & Shop where you can also leave donations.


Windsor residents requiring pet food assistance can stop at our pet food pantry located by the Animal Shelter during scheduled hours.

January schedule: Jan. 2nd 5:00 - 6:30

                              Jan. 13th 11:00 - 1:00

                              Jan. 16th 5:00 - 6:30

                              Jan. 24th 11:00 - 12:00


Stray Dogs

A stray dog can cause an enormous amount of grief to people. Stray dogs have been known to cause traffic accidents as well as considerable damage to people’s property. Any person whose dog runs stray can be held criminally and civilly liable for damages the dog causes while loose.

When approaching a stray or being approached by a stray, you should not try to catch it. Additionally, even if the dog seems friendly, do not try to pet or touch it. You never can tell when a dog will bite or cause a serious injury. If you have knowledge of a stray animal contact police dispatch at 860-688-5273 as soon as possible. All we need is a brief description and the last known area in which the dog was seen, as well as the time the dog was in that area. We will then patrol for the animal as soon as possible.


All found animals are advertised for one day only in the Hartford Courant Lost & Found section as well as photos of the animal placed on our website under Animal Control. We also post on our facebook page under Windsor Animal Shelter.


Windsor Animal Control responds to sick and injured felines and felines involved in a bite incident. We do not pick up stray cats. We have a TNR program for feral cats and use this program whenever possible. We have assisted residents who have found kittens on their property whenever we have a foster available to take them. We do not have town ordinances that address the issues of stray cats nor do we have accomodations to house them at the pound.


Finding Your Lost Pet

1. Contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies. File a lost pet report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible.

To find your local shelter, search online or check your phone book. If there is no shelter in your community, contact the local police department. Provide these agencies with an accurate description and a recent photograph of your pet. Notify the police if you believe your pet was stolen.

2. Search the neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Ask neighbors, letter carriers, and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.

3. Advertise. Post notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, at pet supply stores, and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Include your pet's sex, age, weight, breed, color, and any special markings. When describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.

4. Try the internet. These sites may be able to help you out:

Consider using a lost pet alert service such as to contact homes in your area.

5. Be wary of pet-recovery scams. When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask him to describe the pet thoroughly before you offer any information. If he does not include the identifying characteristic you left out of the advertisements, he may not really have your pet. Be particularly wary of people who insist that you give or wire them money for the return of your pet.

6. Don't give up your search. Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.


Reporting a Barking Dog

We will ask your name for the report. However, you may remain anonymous if you request it.

We need an accurate address or area of the barking dog.

If you know the owner of the dog this information will be useful to obtain an address.

Any other important information about the dog that you can think of would be useful.


State Statutes (partial list)

14-272b Transport of dogs in pick-up trucks. Restrictions

22-329a Seizure of neglected or cruelly treated animals      

22-333 Redemption of impounded dog, cat, or other animal    

22-338 Dog License requirements                                       

22-339b Rabies Vaccination           

22-339c Required to show rabies certificate to A.C.O.          

22-341 Dog license attached to dog collar

22-344f Veterinarian examination of cat or dog imported into state by animal importer

22-349 Unlicensed dogs                                                    

22-351 Theft, killing, or injury of companion animal

22-354 Imported dogs and cats. Health certificates              

22-358 Quarantine of biting dogs, cats or other animals

22-359 Control of rabies                                                    

22-359e Tags and certificates indicating rabies vaccination

22-362 Annoyance by dogs on highway                              

22-363 Nuisance Dog (aggression or barking) 

22-364 Dogs roaming at large                                            

22-350a Tethering and confining of dog

22-365 Obstruction of Animal Control Officer

22-366 Cropping of dog's ears

53-247 Cruelty to animals

To search for these statutes go to:

and enter above statute into section number box.


For a list of Windsor Town Ordinances covered under Sections 12-61 through 12-74 go to:


For the CT Department of Agriculture Animal Control Division go to:


Wildlife Issues:

Edwin Way Teale Quote:

Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals love them,

but those who respect their natures and wish to let them 

live normal lives, love them more.


Contact Windsor Police dispatch to report sick/injured wildlife or wildlife attacks at 860-688-5273. Windsor Animal Control (when available) will transport injured wildlife to an available rehab facility that has room for the animal. If no rehab is available to take in the injured animal the animal may be dispatched by animal control or police to prevent suffering. Rehabilitators are certified by the state and you can access a list below which also shows the types of animals rehabilitators can care for.


NEW! CT DEEP and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) have partnered with Responsive Management to conduct a statewide study in Connecticut about residents’ opinions on wildlife and wildlife-related activities.

State residents may receive a phone call from Responsive Management asking them to participate in a brief telephone survey about wildlife; selection of residents for participation is random to maintain a scientifically valid study. If you receive a call at home or on your cell phone, please consider participating in the study to assist the Department and AFWA in better understanding residents’ opinions on wildlife.
If you have any questions about the study, please contact the DEEP-Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011 or email
About our bears:


DO remove birdfeeders and bird food from late March through November.

DO Eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside garage or shed. Add ammonia to trash to make it unpalatable.

DO clean and store grills away after use.

DON'T intentionally feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become "problem" bears.

DON'T leave pet food outside overnight.

DON'T add meat or sweets to a compost pile.



For a list of wildlife rehabilitators for injured wildlife issues go to: 2017_PUBLIC_Rehab__Directory.pdf

For a list of Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators go to: 2017_NWCO_DIRECTORY.pdf


To learn more about black bears or to report a sighting of a black bear go to:


To learn more about other wild animals in your neighborhood go to:


Anyone utilizing a humane trap to catch nuisance wildlife is reponsible for whatever they catch in said trap. Windsor Animal Control is not responsible for removing or releasing what you catch and you will be referred to a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator.


Windsor Animal Control does not respond to nuisance wildlife issues such as animals in chimneys, attics, dumpsters. If you find an animal stuck in a dumpster you can simply knock a smaller dumpster on its side or place a board or other material into a larger dumpster to allow them to climb out. Otherwise, you would have to contact a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator which are listed above. These people are licensed by the state and certified through DEEP for this function. For further assistance you can call DEEP Wildlife division at 860-424-3011.


For immediate assistance you can contact DEEP 24 hour emergency dispatch at 860-424-3333.


Deceased Animals

Windsor Animal Control removes, or causes to be removed by alternate means, dead DOMESTIC (ie. dogs, cats, etc.) animals from streets and private property during normal hours. Windsor Animal Control removes, or causes to be removed by alternate means, injured, sick or aggressive wildlife dispatched by that officer from streets and private property during normal hours. Contact Windsor Police Dispatch 24/7 at 860-688-5273. Police will assist you if the Animal Control Officer is not on duty.


Deceased wildlife on private property is the responsibility of the property owner to dispose of. Contact police dispatch for disposal instructions.

Deceased wildlife in the roadway contact:

Windsor Town Highway for all town roadways: 860-285-1855 (Will not pick up small mammals such as chipmunk/squirrel)

State DOT for all state roadways: 860-688-4848 (weekdays only)