1-800-236-1987 is the emergency Animal Control Line for the Towns of Colchester, Lebanon, Franklin, Lisbon, Bozrah and Sprague. Please call this line for emergencies only. For non-emergencies call the pound at 860-642-6379 and the Animal Control Officer on duty will return your call by the next business day.
Ill or injured wild animals on town roads, state roads, or private property call Department of Environmental Protection at 860-424-3333
Dog Adoption Process
(1) Anyone interested in adopting may contact the Animal Control Officer. The ACO will then contact you if the dog becomes available.
(2) If we have a dog who does not fit into the above, an ad is placed in a local paper. The ad contains the contact name and number for the ACO.
In both cases, adoptions are done on Saturday by appointment only through the ACO.
The Town of Colchester has facilities to care for dogs and does not shelter any other animals.
Dog Adoption Fees:
Spayed or neutered: $5
Instate not spayed or neutered: $50
Out of state not spayed or neutered: $5
If a dog is adopted by a Connecticut resident and the dog is not spayed or neutered the adopter will receive a voucher from the Animal Population Control Program.
Out of state residents are not allowed to participate in the Animal Population Control Program.
Dogs are not allowed to roam and must be under control.
If a dog roams and/or causes damage the owner will be liable.
If an animal is being abused or neglected please contact the Animal Control officer immediately.
We commonly receive inquiries about cats. Most of these calls are a direct result of feline overpopulation resulting from owners failing to spay or neuter because cats are able to reproduce at four months of age. It is important to neuter and spay cats as they contribute to the spread of Feline AIDS and Leukemia.
A responsible cat owner spays or neuters his/her cat between 5 and 6 months of age. By law cats need to be vaccinated for rabies from 3 months of age.
Cats are best kept indoors as there are many calls about lost cats, Coyotes and fishers are usually the cause.
The Town of Colchester does not have the facilities to care for stray cats.
Rabies is a widespread, viral infection transmitted through the saliva of infected warm-blooded animals. The virus attacks the nervous system and, if left untreated, is 100 percent fatal in animals.
Rabies usually begins subtly, with pet owners first noticing that their pet goes off its food and just "doesn't seem right". The animal may become restless and irritable, have a "strange look in its eyes" and make funny sounding cries or barks. As illness progresses, nervous system signs become more obvious with tremors appearing, difficulty walking and swallowing, and even convulsions and paralysis developing. Affected animals may or may not try to bite or show other signs of aggression.
If your pet begins to show any of these symptoms, notify the Animal Control Officer at (860) 535-7270 and seek the care and advice of a veterinarian. Separate your animal from other animals and humans immediately.
Anyone having questions concerning dogs, cats and other domestic animals that may have been exposed to a suspected rabid animal should contact the State Animal Control Division at (860) 713-2506.
Anyone having questions concerning possible human exposure to rabies should contact the state Department of Public Health at (860) 509-7994.
Anyone having questions concerning wildlife, including unusual behavior, can contact the Department of Environmental Protection, Wildlife Division at (860) 424-3011 or for emergencies (860) 424-3333.
Loss of appetite
Change of behavior
Jumping at noises