Animal Control

Fairfield Animal Control & Shelter

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

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

  • Friday: 8:00 am to 8:30 pm

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

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Fairfield Animal Control is a Division of the Fairfield Police Department, Special Services Division 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.



The Animal Control Division is not licensed as a pest control service. For concerns regarding nuisance, injured or orphaned wildlife you should consult the yellow pages for pest control service or contact the following numbers for advice: 

Humane Society of the United States
Wildlife Advisory Hotline

State of Connecticut
Department of Environmental Protection
Wildlife Division


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 Officer Vinnie Pennatto at 203-254-4857 for an appointment.  The cost is $25 per pet.  

Animals recovered by the Animal Control are pictured on

Dog License Application

Anyone wishing to report a dead animal on the side of the road should call the Animal Control office at 203-254-4857.

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






Bat Protocols
Cat Aggression to People
Cat Destructive Scratching
Cat Proof Your House
Bringing Home a New Cat
Litter Box Training
Understanding Kittens
Coyotes: Living With
Coyote: Facts
Barking Problems
Calming Fearful Dogs
Canine Escape Artist
Dogs Destructive Chewing
Dogs In Cars
House Training Puppies
Dogs Overcoming Noise
Positive Reinforcement for Dogs
Crate Training Your Dog
Jacobs Birds
Jacobs Mammals
Leave the Fawns Alone
NWCO Directory 3/2009
Preparing For New Baby & Pets
Rehab Directanimal_control\animal_control_pdf\2009_rehab_directory.pdfory 3/2009
What to Consider Before Adopting A Pet
Rabies Flyer
Rabies Protocols
The above documents are in .pdf format