Manchester Animal Control

MANCHESTER ANIMAL CONTROL IS IN NEED OF DOG/CAT FOOD & TENNIS BALL DONATIONS. Please see the 'Donations' section below for items we are always in need of!

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Who We Are

Manchester Animal Control is a division of the Manchester Police Department. We have 5 Animal Control Officers with over 24 years of combined experience! Animal Control is dedicated to serving the community as it relates to both human and animal issues. Animal Control enforces both town ordinances as well as state laws that pertain to animals and their humans. Each Animal Control Officer is well versed in animal laws and is able to help educate the public on animal matters. Animal Control is often called about roaming, barking and littering dogs. Our first priority is to inform both the complainant as well as the dog owner of the laws in which are respectably not being followed.
FUN FACT: All of our animals listed on our Petfinder page were not named at random, but specifically given each name for a reason. Make sure you ask one of our Animal Control Officers how/why the animal you are interested recieved the name it did. The reasons can be anywhere from the dog reminded one of our other officers of a dog they knew, or it can be a really funny story!


Animal Control is committed to finding each animal in our care permanent and loving homes for each animal that passes a temperament test. Animal Control has an obligation to find the best possible home for the pet, provided that the pet is suitable for adoption. This obligation to the pet is in conjunction with what is best for the community.
Each animal that comes into our care, whose owner is unknown, is advertised, by law, in the local Journal Inquirer newspaper, for one day, in the lost and found section; and after the seventh day has passed and no owner has come forward to claim the pet, Animal Control determines if that animal would be suitable for adoption.
Temperament testing the pet is to see if it is food aggressive, animal aggressive and tolerant of having toys or food taken away from it once it has become comfortable with its surroundings as well as gently tugging on toes, ears, tail and paws along with massaging the gums of the pet does not guarantee that the adoption will be 100 percent successful. Each animal, just as humans, acts differently in different surroundings. Each item of the temperament test is done to attempt our absolute best to feel that the animal that is being placed for adoption will be suitable for each individual home.

Any person interested in an adoption may view pets on the web site but must contact Animal Control directly by telephone. It will be necessary to provide past pet history to our office, this will include any past veterinarian name(s) and phone number(s) for our office. This office is very strict about current and past pets being vaccinated against rabies, as required by law. It may be required to notify this office about any children in the home or children that may visit the home often. This is not to be viewed as an invasion of privacy but a suggestion in caution to the children that may be in the home. Again, this office does strive to provide that the animal will be best suited for your needs and for your lifestyle.

Please call (860) 645-5516 and leave a message to view an animal, and someone will get back to you.


OUR POUND HAS RELOCATED ONCE AGAIN! The Town of Manchester is now housing our impounded animals at the new Regional Animal Shelter, located at 124 Sullivan Avenue in South Windsor, CT. We share this shelter space with South Windsor Animal Control and East Hartford Animal Control. Our main Animal Control Office is still located at the Manchester Police Department.
Connecticut has restarted its spay/neuter adoption program once again. The adoption fee of $50.00 includes the Conneticut Animal Population Control Program voucher, which can be used to lower the cost of your newly adopted animal's spay/neuter, and pay for two pre-surgical vaccinations (Rabies & Distemper) along with the spay/neuter.


Manchester Animal Control can always use donations. Donations are used for the dogs in our shelter, and for dogs and cats in the community whose owners have had hard times. Any Donation would be greatly appreciated, commonly needed iteams are:

We recently partnered up with the Kuranda Bed Organization to allow people to donate money towards helping us purchase better dog beds for our dogs in the pound! To donate or learn more please click on the picture/link above this. All payments are secure. Thank you for your help and know that it keeps our animals happy and healthy!!! Dog and cat food, treats, crates, rawhide bones, heavy duty toys (kongs, jolly balls, etc), blankets, towels, sheets, dog/cat beds

If you or someone you know is in need of food or supplies and is a Manchester resident, please have them contact us!! We can help! Low cost vaccination clinics, spay/neuter options, food and supplies, etc. If you need it just ask!

Contact us

Phone: 860-645-5516
Please feel free to contact our office 24 hours a day 7 days a week by calling and leaving a message for the officer which is on duty. Our Officers are often on the road and unable to pick up the phone so in order for us to respond to you it is imparitive for you to leave a voicemail with a phone number. If our office does not make contact with your concern/comment please assume that the message was not received. It is often necessary to leave a phone number which has voicemail and to call from a land phone.

Please spread the word that adopting an older pet or any pound pet has many perks.

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