Animal Control Division

Animal Control

211 Richard White Way
(formerly One Rod Highway)
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 254-4857

Hours of Operation:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday – Friday:
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Visit us on Facebook to view Animals available for adoption.

We appreciate all of the donations to our shelter, whether it be blankets, financial donations or food for our animals; it all goes to use! The continued generosity and support of the people we serve benefits our shelter and animals greatly.

Fairfield Animal Control is a Division of the Fairfield Police Department’s Special Services Bureau that enforces all State Laws and Town Ordinance related to animals. It is the responsibility of the Animal Control Division to investigate roaming dogs, animal bites, cruelty to animals, barking nuisance, unreasonable tethering or confining of a dog, town defecation ordinance, leash law, valid rabies vaccination, dog licensure and rabies related wildlife complaints that present an eminent danger to the public. In addition, the Animal Control Division is responsible for oversight of the Fairfield Animal Shelter through which they facilitate the adoption of dogs and cats in their care.

Fairfield Animal Control is staffed by one full time Animal Control Officer (ACO), several part-time ACOs, numerous kennel attendants and some administrative staff. All ACO’s must attain and maintain certification as a State of Connecticut Municipal Animal Control Officer which includes eighty or more hours of instruction in a number of topics prior to or within the first year of his/her employment. Each ACO is then required to complete a minimum of six (6) hours of continuing education credits per calendar year to maintain state certification.

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For concerns regarding nuisance, injured or orphaned wildlife you should consult a licensed service provider or contact the following for additional information:

State of Connecticut
Department of Environmental Protection
Wildlife Division

The Animal Control Division is not licensed as a pest control service.

If you witness a wild animal that appears to be rabid, call the Fairfield Police Department at (203) 254-4800.

Dog Licenses

All dogs in Fairfield must be licensed. To license your dog, print this form and either mail it in or take it in person to the Town Clerk’s office. Or you can pick up a form in the Town Clerk’s office.

Licensing fees are $19 for an unspayed or unneutered dog; $8 for a spayed or neutered dog plus $1 per month after June. Certificate of spaying from a veterinarian is required.

Microchip Information:

Connecticut state law requires that all dogs over 6 months of age wear a collar with a dog license on the collar. However we know that not all dogs wear collars with tags and cats are not required to wear collars with tags.

Recently Fairfield Animal Control has found that impounded dogs and cats with no tags have been found to have a microchip that is untraceable to the owner due to the owners not updating their personal information with the microchip companies. Frequently an impounded animals microchip traces back to someone or someplace (like a pet store or a breeding kennel) that no longer has the animal and has no information on who the new owner is.

We would like to advise pet owners to check with their microchip companies and their pet paperwork to be sure their owner information is up to date. When a pet owner moves or gives a dog away the information needs to be updated in the microchip company’s records. If a pet owner thinks there pet may be micro chipped but are unsure of the microchip company they can contact Animal Control to set up a time where their pet can be scanned for a microchip. The company can be contacted from the chip information and the information updated.

In the event of an emergency (natural disaster, injured pet, lost pet) microchips are valuable for identification purposes and could save your pets life if it is untagged.  If any pet owner would like to microchip their dog or cat they can contact Animal Control at 203-254-4857 for an appointment.  The cost is $25 per pet.

Recent News

The Animal Control Division has recently undergone a number of organizational and administrative changes to ensure they are operating within State and other required guidelines. These changes were made after a detailed review of best practices in the field of animal care/control and a review of all policies, procedures and training requirements was conducted to ensure the Animal Control Division meets or exceeds those standards.

Those changes include:

  • A complete review of all policies and procedures and ensure all necessary and required changes were made.
  • The inclusion of Animal Control Officers in the Fairfield Police Department’s electronic policy management software to ensure all personnel are informed of and knowledgeable on all applicable policies and procedures.
  • Requirement that all full and part-time Animal Control Officers attain ACO I and ACO II National Certification through the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA)
  • Requirement that all ACOs complete additional NACA training pertaining to canine behavior and that the Department monitor the Justice
  • Clearinghouse and ASPCA for additional training opportunities as they become available.
  • Creation of a Resource Guidebook as reference material for ACO and Police personnel.
  • Issuance of body worn cameras to all ACO’s and the addition of dash cameras to ACO vehicles.