Welcome to the Madison Animal Control Department's web page! Our kennels are located on Copse Road at the intersection of Bridge Street. Retrievals of lost pets, and pet adoptions occur at the kennels. Please make arrangements with the Animal Control Officer to schedule pick ups or adoptions.
The Animal Control Officers' hours are:
- Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday hours are 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
- or by appointment.
The hours are subject to change without notice. Please leave a message as the voicemail is monitored every day. Arrangements during other hours can be made. All animal related calls received by the Police Department will be handled by patrol officers when the Animal Control Officers are unavailable.
Every dog and cat is required to have a current rabies vaccination. The fine for not having a pet vaccinated is $136.00.
Every dog over the age of six months must be licensed. Licensing is done by the Town Clerk at 8 Campus Drive. The cost of an annual license is $8.00 for a neutered/spayed dog and $19.00 for an unneutered/unspayed dog. (See the Town Clerk's website for further information).
Memo - Town Ordinances relative to dogs in the Town of Madison
State Statute, Sec. 22-364 - Dogs Roaming At Large, states in part that no owner or keeper of any dog shall allow such dog to roam at large upon the land and not under control of the owner or keeper.
Town Ordinance, Sec. 5-2 - Allowing Dogs on Property Other Than Owners, states in part that  On public or quasipublic property, the dog is properly on a leash of no more than ten (10) feet in length held by the owner or keeper of the dog. Additionally, the Ordinance states, in part, that (b) Owners and keepers of dogs shall be responsible for the immediate removal of any feces discharged by said dog when such discharge occurs off the owner's or keeper's property. (c)
Adoptions from the Animal Shelter are funded by the State of Connecticut's Department of Agriculture Animal Population Control Program. Our kennels are located on Bridge Street at the intersection of Copse Road which is where you would adopt a pet. Please make arrangements with the Animal Control Officer to schedule adoptions.
After a pet is selected, an eligible owner will complete a vaccination/sterilization voucher (APCP-03) and must pay a $50 fee ($45 program/$5 municipal). The voucher benefits are as follows: $50 for a male cat, $70 for a female cat, $100 for a male dog and $120 for a female dog. In addition, the program will provide for two pre-surgical vaccinations coincident with the sterilization. Only the adopted pet and Connecticut resident listed on the voucher are eligible for benefits. Vouchers cannot be transferred.Veterinary practices participating in the program will be listed at the shelter. The voucher must be used within 60 days of the adoption date to receive benefits.
Previously sterilized pets are not part of the program and the eligible owner is entitled to a $45 refund. All fees and services are now the responsibility of the owner including vaccinations. If the hospital's normal spay/neuter fees exceed the voucher amount, the hospital may charge the eligible owner the difference. In addition, the owner is responsible for any surgical complications or additional vaccinations as required by the veterinarian.