NECCOG, since 2004, has operated a regional animal services program. The NECCOG program provides the full range of animal control services as directed by Connecticut Statutes for the health and well being of domestic animals. We also operate a kennel facility in Dayville where animals are housed for potential adoption, quarantine or to be reunited with their owner. Each year the program receives in excess of 7,000 calls, conducts approximately 300 investigations and places approximately 350 animals. To date, the program has placed more than 4,200 animals and no animal has been euthanized due to lack of space.. The program currently serves seven towns: Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Hampton, Killingly, Pomfret, Putnam, Sterling, Voluntown and Woodstock.
Our program is available 24/7/365. We always have an Animal Control Officer (ACO) on duty. Calls, during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), are taken by the NECCOG switchboard and then processed to provide a timely response. Calls taken after hours and on weekends are taken by our answering service. Based on the nature of the call the ACO may be called immediately (animal hit by car) or it may be held for action (barking dog) during regular business hours.
Our staffing includes two full-time animal control officers, four part-time ACOʼs, kennel maintainers and secretarial/administrative staff through NECCOG. We also utilize a number of volunteers to assist in the cleaning of kennels and exercising animals housed at our Dayville facility. We have 21 runs to house dogs and a limited number of cages to house cats. Other domestic animals (horses, cows, pigs, etc…) are dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Each animal eligible for adoption is fully evaluated by our staff and we seek the best match possible. Since 2004, NECCOG has placed nearly 4,000 animals and we have not had to euthanize any animal due to a lack of space – all animals (with the exception of diseased or temperament issues) that can be placed with an appropriate owner are so placed.
While our program is paid by the participating towns, we are always in need of donations (cash or items) to cover expenses such as veterinarian services, food and other items to make our animals more comfortable. Persons wanting to donate can do so directly with NECCOG. We are also always in need of volunteers with a passion for animals and welcome their participation – please contact us, if you are interested.
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