Officer Stephani Johnson, Municipal Animal Control Officer for the City of New Haven
81 Fournier Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00
Sundays Emergencies ONLY
Monday through Saturday, 12:30 to 4:30
Sundays by appointment only
Jerome Davis - Assistant Animal Control Officer
Tammy Hewston- Assistant Animal Control Officer
Barbara Uscilla - Kennel Worker
Dalila Ortiz- Kennel Worker
Mission & General Information
The Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter, located at 81 Fournier Street, is a division of the New Haven Police Department. The goal of the animal shelter and its staff is to service the community as effectively as possible. Members of this unit care for all animals with compassion, using the safest and most humane treatments.
New Haven’s animal shelter, with over sixty dog kennels and thirty cat compartments, is one of the largest municipal shelters in the State of Connecticut and attracts over three thousand visitors annually. The animal shelter will take in as many as nine hundred dogs and cats each year and investigate approximately one thousand animal related calls. Through its partnership with the City of New Haven Humane Commission, The Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter, Inc., and The North Shore Animal League, the shelter sponsors several off-site adoption events throughout the year (in addition to adoptions at the shelter, which occur year-round.
Humane commissioners are appointed by the Mayor of New Haven and approved by the Board of Aldermen. Taking state and city law into consideration, the humane commission is given the power and authority to adopt such rules and regulations as in its judgment are required for the operation of the animal shelter and related activities, and for the proper care and treatment of animals within the city limits. Such rules and regulations have the same force and effect as city ordinances. If you would like to serve on the Humane Commission, you may contact Patricia Lawlor at (203) 946-7802 for further information. To contact the Humane Commission for any other reason, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the commission on Facebook. If you are in need of police or animal control assistance, please call either the police department at (203) 946-6316 or New Haven's animal shelter at (203) 946-8110 to make a formal complaint.
The Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter, Inc., is a vital non-profit organization that provides numerous essential services in support of New Haven’s animal shelter community, particularly in terms of promoting animal adoption, raising funds to help cover the costs of sheltering animals, and providing animal socialization. To become a volunteer and to find out more information about the Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter…
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Connecticut state law requires all pet owners to license their dogs.*
- All dogs over six months must be licensed.
- All dogs must be licensed by June 30th of each year. A one dollar fee will be charged for each month late.
- All dogs must have a current rabies vaccination.
Licensing also provides vaccination and sterilization benefits for pets.
Bring proof that your dog has been vaccinated for rabies and is spayed or neutered to:
The Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter
81 Fournier Street – New Haven
open 12:30 to 4:30pm, Monday to Saturday
The City Town Clerk’s Office
200 Orange Street – New Haven
open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Licensing fees: $8 spayed/neutered; $19 if not spayed/neutered.
* In 2013, failure to license your dog can result in a $75 fine, and failure to vaccinate can result in a $136 fine.
Find a friend for life: pet adoption in New Haven
New Haven’s animal shelter is committed to finding loving homes for all adoptable dogs and cats. Most adoptions take place at the shelter, but also occur at adoption events or in cooperation with area animal rescue organizations.
Adoption requirements include the following:
- You must be eighteen years of age and apply in person.
- Present valid identification with your current address.
- Provide proof of home ownership or landlord contact information for confirmation of approval.
- Understand that the animal shelter reserves the right to deny an adoption for any reason.
- All members of the household in which the adopted animal will reside need to meet the animal at the shelter.
- Those looking to adopt a companion for their dog must bring their neutered or spayed dog to meet the shelter dog to ensure a good match.
Cost for adoption is $80 cash only and includes vaccinations, some tests, and a spay/neuter procedure. There may be additional fees payable to the Veterinarian. All pets will be spayed or neutered prior to pick-up once adoption is complete.
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