Town of Plainfield Animal Control Office
5 Unity Street
Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M.- 3:00 P.M.
Saturday: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
(HOURS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
The Plainfield Animal Control Department is a municipal Animal Shelter (Dog Pound). On average, we process 100 dogs per year with an adoption rate well over 90%. The Animal Control Officer and the Assistant Animal Control Officers are responsible for enforcing all Connecticut Animal Control Laws. We offer a yearly rabies clinic sponsored by the Connecticut Municipal Animal Control Officers Association, the Plainfield Veterinary Hospital and the Plainfield Town Clerk. Our primary goals are to educate the public, enforce all animal related laws, reunite lost pets with their owners, find loving homes for the dogs that are not claimed by their owners or given up by their owners, and to maintain a clean and healthy environment at the shelter.
All non sterilized animals are adopted through the Animal Population Control Program. The adopter pays a $45.00 APCP fee at the time of adoption and a $5.00 adoption fee to the Town of Plainfield for a total of $50.00. The adopter then takes the animal to a participating veterinarian within 60 days of ownership to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated. The Program pays up to $50.00 for male cats, $70.00 female cats, $100.00 male dogs and $120.00 female dogs toward spay/neuter, along with $10.00 each for two vaccinations (Parvo-Distemper and Rabies). The adopter will be responsible for any and all fees above and beyond what the program covers. There is a $5.00 non-refundable adoption fee in the event the animal is already spayed or neutered. Out of state adopters do not qualify for the APCP program. For more information on our adoption policy, please contact us by email or by phone.
IMPORTANT RABIES INFORMATION
"Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is transmitted in the saliva of infected animals."
When someone is bitten or exposed to the saliva of a rabid animal, there is a series of vaccines to prevent the disease. It's a four-dose rabies vaccine over a 14-day period and a dose of rabies immunoglobulin given at the beginning of the series.
Rabies is usually found among wildlife such as raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes, but it can be transmitted to domestic animals.
To prevent your exposure to rabies:
- Have your dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, sheep, cattle, or other pets vaccinated against rabies.
- Keep your pet under control at all times, especially when you're traveling.
- Keep your distance from wildlife and don't feed them.
- Avoid sick animals or animals acting in an unusual manner.
- Don't leave pet food outside or garbage cans uncovered.
- Don't relocate wildlife.
- Keep bats out of your house. If one gets inside, don't touch it.
WHO TO CALL REGARDING RABIES QUESTIONS
Anyone having questions concerning dogs, cats and other domestic animals that may have been exposed to a suspected rabid animal should contact their local Animal Control Officer or the State Animal Control Division at (860) 713-2506.
Anyone having questions concerning possible human exposure to rabies should contact their local Health Department or the state Department of Public Health at (860) 509-7994.
If you see a domestic or wild animal acting strangely, call the Animal Control Office or Plainfield Police (860-564-0804) immediately.
SYMPTOMS OF RABIES IN ANIMALS
Symptoms of rabies include fever, loss of appetite, excessive irritability, unusual vocalizations, change of behavior, restlessness, jumping at noises, trouble walking, excess salivation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, stupor or unprovoked aggression.
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 your local Animal Control Officer and seek the care and advice of a veterinarian. Separate your animal from other animals and humans immediately.
In an emergency please dial 9-1-1
Plainfield Police at (860) 564-0804