Sunday, December 4, 2011

A very successful weekend of food drives… Over 100 lbs of dry food, 283 cans, 70 lbs of liter and 35 packages of treats from Stop & Shop. Thanks again to Stop & Shop and their generous patrons and of course to our wonderful groups of volunteers.   

And Alex and Andrew, 2 MLC students who organized their own food drive in their neighborhood, collected over 70 lbs of dry food and 70 cans. Great job Alex and Andrew. Thank you for your help.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Please join us on Saturday December 3rd at Stop & Shop in Windsor for our winter food drive from 9:30-2:00. Due to the generous donations from Petco, Pet Supplies Plus and their patrons we are well supplied with dog food and dog treats. We are however running low on cat food, both dry and canned.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

We need a show of support at a special town meeting this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Windsor Town Hall. Please come to show your support of getting a new pound started as quickly as possible. It looks like our pound will be at the current location for the winter, which is in dreadful condition. There is money in the budget for a new pound, but a location has to be found (behind or next to the police station would be ideal), and plans made for the building and runs. Please help us get action so the animals will soon be in a better place.
If you are a Windsor resident, please write to the Town Council and Town Manager, Peter Souza, Town of Windsor, 275 Broad Street, Windsor, CT 06095 or email at,
Windsor desperately needs a new pound; the current one is unsafe and an embarrassment. There is money budgeted for a pound.
Please help the animals by attending the meeting on Wednesday and voice your support by writing.
Thank you!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Join us at Stop & Shop on December 3rd for our winter food drive from 9:30-2:00

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thank you Geisslers

And of course thank you to our wonderful group of volunteers.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Help us pack a pumpkin for the pantry

Join us at Geisslers this Saturday on Broad St in Windsor from 9-2 for our fall food drive.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

So excited about a neighborhood food drive organized by 2 middle school students at MLC, Thank you Alex and Andrew

Friends of Windsor
Care and Control
“Help us help our town’s pets”
you can help this newly formed noN-profit group
purchase items on the wish list place them in the bag provided-place the bag near your mail box and alex and andrew  will pick it up on
november 12th 11:00AM-2:00PM

dry dog food -canned dog food
dry cat food - canned cat food
cat liter - cat treats

Any questions please contact at 860-249-9463  EIN45-2253697 pending

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Beauty and her Beast

Join us at Cutting Edge Salon on October 29th from 9-2, for $20 plus a pet food item choose from

The Beauty:         including          For Her Beast:
Mini Manicures                          "Pet"icures
Mini Pedicures                           Comb Outs
Shampoo & Blow Dry                Kooky Prizes
Eye Treatments                           Gifts Provided & Distributed
Chair Massage                            By Petco Representative

Refreshments will be served
Appointments appreciated, but not necessary
100% will be donated to the Beasts

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fantastic food drive today

What a great turn out and response at Pet Supplies Plus in Manchester today. A special thanks to Beth and Julie for their help and support. We filled 2 cars today.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Weekend events

This Saturday we will be having a food drive at Pet Supplies Plus in West Hartford from 11-3 and on Sunday we will be at the Windsor dog walk on the town green from 1-5. We hope to see you there.

Monday, September 5, 2011

A special thanks to novelist Dawn Ireland for her support, and her generous donation of several copies of her book...

More pictures.... Thanks Bill

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Save the dates:

Come join us for our food drives on September 17th at Pet supplies Plus in West Hartford from 11-3 and on September 24th at Pet Supplies Plus in Manchester from 11-3. Hope to see everyone there.
We wanted to thank everyone for the continuous food donations; we are however running low on cat litter. Please spread the word that we are in need of litter. Thanks again

Monday, August 22, 2011

We're on facebook

Check out out facebook page and please "like us"

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Raffle winners

And the winners are...
Dog Fan: Pat Gralton
Cat Fan: Tim Zagaja
Coffee Basket: Brian & Trish
Cat Basket: Sue Labonte
Dog Basket: Jody
Stop & Shop Gift Card: Gus Johnson
Bamboo Garden Gift Card: Arlene Jacques
Pedicure: Dianne McAuliffe
Manicure: Kay Lambs

Congratulations everyone and thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting the pantry.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Windsor Patch Article

Dom's Broad Street Eatery
330 Broad St, Windsor, CT
Dom's Holds Italian Dinner For Dogs and Cats
What you should know today, Thurs., Aug. 11, 2011.
·         By Julian McKinley
Bottom of Form
1. No, Dom's won't be serving up Purina. Instead, in classic Dom's fashion, a fixed-price menu will be offered on Fri., Aug. 12, and 20 percent of all proceeds will be given to Windsor's brand new Pet Food Pantry.
2. The three-course, Italian-themed menu will cost $16.99, and $4.99 for children. The dinner is BYOB and menu options include:
First Course
Tossed Salad with House Vinaigrette
Escarole and White Bean Soup
Second Course
Shimp Piccata with Potato Gnocchi
Spaghetti with Meatballs
Eggplant Parmesan
Fettucini Bolognese
Third Course
Dom's Famous Rice Pudding
Kids' Menu
Hot Dog with Fries
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Grilled Cheese with Fries
3. According to the Associated Press, tough economic times have made it increasingly hard for Connecticut families to keep their pets. The main cause is the inability to afford food for their pets. The Windsor Pet Food Pantry provides pet food for households that cannot afford it

Sunday, August 7, 2011

    Dom’s August Dinner 
to Benefit the Windsor Pet Food Pantry
Friday August 12th
5pm – 8pm BYOB

Italian Night at Dom’s
First Course
Tossed Salad with a House Vinaigrette
Escarole and White Bean soup
Second Course
Choice of:
 Shrimp Piccata with Potato Gnocchi
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Eggplant Parmesan
Fettuccini Bolognese  
Third Course
Choice of:
Dom’s Famous Rice Pudding
Served with a chocolate chip cookie
Topped with Powdered Sugar
$16.95 per person

Kids Menu
Hot Dog with Fries
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Grilled Cheese with Fries
$4.99 per child
20% of all sales will go to the Windsor Pet Food Pantry

Friday's dinner

The menu for Friday’s dinner at Dom’s is being changed. We apologize if the previous menu selection offended anyone.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Windsor Journal Article

Windsor Now Has a Pet Food Pantry

What do you do if you lose your job, and suddenly you realize that you cannot buy food for your dog or cat anymore? How about the retirees on fixed income, who see everything going up until their four-legged friend, sometimes their only companion, becomes a luxury they cannot afford?
Almost always the answer is the shelter, a heart wrenching prospect for both owners and pets – and that, in the best case scenario, when the pet finds another family willing to take it in.
In Windsor, pet owners in need have a much better option: they can call the Pet Food Pantry, that the Friends of Windsor Animal Care and Control started two weeks ago.
“We formed in January to bring awareness to the citizens in Windsor that we needed the dog pound to stay in Windsor, and thankfully the town council members understood that,” said this week Debbie Samson, one of the group's founders. “And then, in the process of doing that, we discovered that there was this big need for food, and so we, kind of, took a little different turn and we started the pet pantry.”
The group knows well how difficult times are. Diane Logan, the other found of the Friends, has been out of work since January.
“I, luckily I don't have a problem feeding my pets,” she says, “but I understand exactly how people feel.”
The project is already a success. Not a month in existence, and there are already seventeen families around town that depend on the service, Sanson says. And it's absolutely confidential, she stresses. The food is delivered right to the clients' home, by someone of the group – usually by either Samson, or Logan.
“This was something that was desperately needed in town,” says Animal Control Officer Brian Davis. “I was helping a few families out, but I feel that families are probably afraid to call maybe because of the law enforcement side. This is just an opportunity to reach out for help and not feel like somebody is going to take their dog - which we are not there for. We are there to help people, help families and it shows. Just after the first week, they [the pet food pantry] were up and running. Families were calling, a lot more than before, so I knew there were families that needed help. They are doing a great job.”
What is really encouraging, Samson points out is how supportive everyone in town has been for the needs of pets. Starting from the town council, that approved $400,000 to build a new dog pound, to WPD Chief Kevin Searles, who has always been approachable, to officer Brian Davis, with whom the group cooperates on a constant basis, everybody has helped. The group helped also State Representative David Baram, who stood with them last week during their first food drive at Stop & Shop. And a number of Windsor businesses have also promised their help, among the PetSupply, Geissler's, and even Dom's that will hold a benefit dinner on their behalf on August 12.
“We hoped that by opening the pets food pantry, we will be able to help people keep their pets rather than surrender them,” Samson says. “We are doing it. And anyone who needs help can call us at (860) 249-9463. We have deliveries on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and all calls are returned by Diane within 24 hours. They just have to state their name, their address and whether they have dog, cats, how many, and we will put them on our list.”
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dog Food Pantry available to help pet owners

Dog Food Pantry available to help pet owners

By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Jul. 29, 2011
From left to right: Debbie Sampson, Animal Control Officer Brian Davis, Diane Logan, and Betty Sribnick. Photos by Gregory A. Scibelli
From left to right: Debbie Sampson, Animal Control Officer Brian Davis, Diane Logan, and Betty Sribnick. Photos by Gregory A. Scibelli
It’s all about the animals for Windsor resident Debbie Sampson. She does not want credit. She does not want recognition.  She just wants to keep animals in their homes, safe and out of the pound.
Due to the economy, there has been a dramatic increase in the surrendering or abandonment of animals. Windsor Animal Control Officer Brian Davis has been responding to many calls from residents who want to surrender their animals because they can no longer afford to feed them.
“When I started to hear that, it just broke my heart,” said Sampson, who owns a pair of golden retrievers. “I just felt like I had to do something to help these animals stay in their homes.”
Sampson, along with resident Diane Logan, founded the Friends of Windsor Animal Care and Control.  Their main role has been to collect dog and cat food, but they are starting out slow and have many goals, including to provide affordable health care for the animals.
So far, the group has done several food drives, some of which have garnered a great response.  Now, there are organizations and individuals calling, who want to volunteer.  The Friends have a board of directors, and they are planning events.
“It’s wonderful to see this, because these animals deserve to be able to stay in their homes,” said Davis.
Sampson’s biggest goal currently is to get the word out about what the Friends are trying to do, why they are trying to do it, and what the real facts are about animal control and their function.
“A lot of people are really afraid to call the animal control officer when they don’t have food or can’t afford shots or licensing,” said Sampson.
Davis said no resident in Windsor should be afraid to call for assistance. “I am here to help,” said Davis.  “I am not here to come and take their dogs or cats away.”
The group is currently advertising upcoming collection events as well as a fundraiser at Dom’s Eatery on Aug. 12.  All information can be found at
Sampson is hoping the movement to help animals will continue to take flight and the Pet Food Pantry will become a place that receives regular donations. So far, Sampson and Logan have completed 17 confidential deliveries.
The deliveries are done in such a way so as not to embarrass or offend those who are requiring assistance. “This can be a very sensitive thing for the people involved,” Sampson said. “Some people are unemployed or are having job issues. They are on fixed incomes or they even have those big oil bills to deal with from last winter.”
Deliveries are done quietly, and names are not given out. There is even a confidential phone number and e-mail address offered by the Friends. Pet owners in need of food can call 860-249-9463 or e-mail
Cats are also being addressed through this effort, even though current animal control laws do not lend themselves to be “cat-friendly.” One volunteer, Betty Sribnick, has been working with an organization called Alley Cat Allies and is advocating for the safe movement of cats in the community. Her work also includes helping to get more cats spayed.
“By doing that, we are preventing female cats from putting out litters of 8-10 kittens and making the problem of homeless cats even bigger,” said Sribnick.
Residents can contact the Friends to reach Sribnick for help with cats.
Prior to beginning the Pet Food Pantry, the group has also successful lobbied the Windsor Town Council to get a new dog pound, and funding was approved in the fiscal year 2012 budget.The current dog pound is located at 69 Mechanic St. and is looming toward demolition as the town is seeking to sell the property and develop it into housing.
Windsor had proposed the idea of joining into a regional agreement with Windsor Locks for a community dog pound, but Sampson vehemently disagreed. “We have more than 2,800 dogs licensed in our town,” said Sampson.  “Windsor Locks has just 1,100 dogs licensed and has a part-time animal control officer. We need our own facility.”
Sampson complimented the Town Council, Town Manager Peter Souza and Assistant Town Manager Emily Moon for working with the Friends, listening to their concerns and ideas and ultimately funding a new facility.The town is still exploring options and locations for a new facility, and one is expected to be named in the next few months.


Monday, July 18, 2011

We filled the van

Our goal was to fill the van and did we ever. Over 400 cans, over 380 lbs of food and over 200 lbs of litter. Thank you again to all the volunteers, to Stop & Shop and their generous patrons.

Check out the footage from the patch

Here's the video footage from the patch:

Article in the Courant

Food Pantry For Pets Opens For Business

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Article in the Windsor Patch

Check out the article in the Patch:

Food Drive

Thank you to all the volunteers, Brian Davis and state representative David Baram from the 15th district who came out today to help and show their support. Also a special thank you to Jim and Jackie from Stop & Shop, for making this all happen and to all the customers that made generous donations. We filled the van.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Food Drive Tomorrow

Friends of Windsor Animal            
Care and Control Inc.
Help us help our town's pets

Join us for our first pet food drive:

Where: Stop & Shop on Kennedy Road
When: Saturday July 16th from 11-4
What: Dog food (dry & canned), cat food (dry & canned) and cat litter
Why: Help us start our pet food pantry


Friday, July 8, 2011

Pet Supplies Plus is our newest sponsor

A very big thanks to Betty for getting Pet Supplies Plus on board

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Food Drive

We're excited to say that state representative David Baram, from the 15th district, will be at our food drive on the 16th .

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


A special thanks to Stop & Shop and Petco for your support.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

pet food drive

Join us at Stop & Shop in Windsor on Saturday July 16th from 1-4 for our first pet food drive

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thanks everyone

We want to thank Diane, Betty, Nancy, Jan, Liz & Bill for coming out and helping today. There was a good turn out and we got several ideas that we are going to use in the future. Thanks again

Friday, June 3, 2011

Rabies Clinic tomorrow June 4th

Rabies clinic to begin 1:30, will go on to 4:00. 
Cats must be in carriers, dogs on leashes
Rabies vaccination $20
Microchipping $25 for residents of Windsor,, Bloomfield and West Hartford
Bloomfield High School
Harrris Agricultural Center
Freestanding Bulding in the lower parking lot
on Huckleberry Lane off Park Avenue, Route 178, Bloomfield
Will be indoors

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Lady Has A New Home

It has finally happened, Lady has found a new home. A special thanks to Liz at Bandits place and all the kind folks at channel 3
                                                                "Lady's new family"

Sunday, May 29, 2011


 K-9 SUDS DOG WASH AND RABIES CLINIC Saturday June 4, 2011, 1 - 4 PM. Rabies Vaccines for dogs and cats age 3 months and older - $20 cash. Veterinarian for rabies vaccine: Time: 2-4 PM for pets from any town. Dog Wash Time: 1-4 PM to raise money for Bloomfield Police Canine Unit. Pet MICROCHIPPING for Cats and Dogs age 3 months and over $25.00. Police dog demonstrations &  Homemade dog treats Location: Bloomfield High School, Harris Agriculture Center Free standing building in the lower parking lot Huckleberry Lane (off Park Avenue – Route 178) Bloomfield

Thursday, May 19, 2011


The shirts are finally in, I'm picking them up tomorrow at 9am. Hope to see everyone on Saturday.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Shad Derby Booth Location

Hi everyone the Shad Derby booth placements are in and we are in slot S49. Our space will be in the back row closest to the town hall near the fountain. On the 21st all cars will need to be removed from the green by 9am. Also our shirts will be ready this Friday or Monday. Look forward to seeing everyone on the 21st.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Change In Plans

The manager of Petco asked Brian to change the date, he will now be there on Thursday, more details to follow.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spread the Word

Spread the word….. Brian will be at Petco in Windsor this Saturday with 3 dogs that are up for adoption. He has some great dogs that need homes.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Meet Mazey

She had a home and was well cared for. Unfortunately, due to the economy, she was surrendered to Windsor Animal Control.
Mazey is a 1 to 2-year-old beige/white pitbull mix, with a fabulous personality!  She will jump through hoops (figuratively) to make you happy.  All she needs is a chance at a great home, preferably with no small children, and (ideally)  a yard to run around in.
Her adoption fee is $50 which includes a low cost spay/neuter voucher.  The voucher will offer spaying, distemper and rabies vaccinations.  Microchipping is $15.
If you'd like to meet Mazey, please call Windsor Animal Control at 860-688-5273, ext. 556.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


501-c3 has officially been filed and will be operational hopefully within 4 weeks. Thanks for everyone’s help, we have just begun.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Inappropriate comments at a board meeting

This is the footage from the budget meeting on April 11 and about 41 minutes into the meeting deputy mayor Alan Simon began commenting on the budget for the animal control officer and that is when he referred to an animal control officer as  “a dog catcher”. Then he continued that with the budget allotted for the AOC we could “pay for a dog catcher and a teacher”. I think his comments were unprofessional, insulting and undermining to great OCA’s everywhere and an apology is in order.

Reminder of our meeting this Saturday, hope to see everything we have a lot to talk about.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Saturdays meeting

Looking forward to our “friends” meeting this Saturday, please join us e-mail me if you have any question of need directions:

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lady needs our help

Lady desperately needs our help. Please help spread the word about this cute and loveable girl and let’s find her a home.

Buddy Has a new home

Buddy has found a home. Thank you to everyone for your help.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Volunteers Needed:

 Hi everyone the friends of Windsor animal care and control is going to have a table at the Shad Derby on May 21st and we are looking for volunteers to help pass out flyers and talk with people. Please let me know if anyone is available to help.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Current Available Adoptions:

Mittens: Domestic Short Hair-Orange, Cat; Windsor, CT
This is Mittens
- Please contact Mark at 860-913-1790 regarding adoption of this animal. URGENT: Owner Passed away and family member unable to keep. Mittens is a 1 1/2 y/o DSH neutered male. He is current on his shots and very social with everyone and everything.

Mittens's Contact Info

Town of Windsor Animal Control, Windsor, CT

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Current Available Adoptions:

Meet Lady:
Lady was picked up as a stray after eluding capture for 4 days. She finally surrendered to the staff at Windsor Animal Clinic who had been placing food out on the steps to attract her. Lady is a senior dog (approx 8-10 yrs) lab/pit mix and would probably do best in a quiet home. She has a very sweet and gentle disposition with lots of affection to give her new owners. She enjoys naps on her blanket and peanut butter and is in urgent need of a retirement home with lots of love.

More about Lady

Pet ID: 10-100 • Prefers a home without: young children • Primary color: Yellow, Tan, Blond or Fawn • Coat length: Short

Lady's Contact Info

Town of Windsor Animal Control, Windsor, CT

Friends of Windsor Animal Care & Control

Hello everyone, welcome to our blog. The friends of the Windsor dog pound are now “Friends of Windsor Animal Care & Control”. Members of the town council didn’t want to use the term “shelter” but we wanted to be more than a typical municipality pound. We are going to use this blog for up-dates and progress reports about the pound, adoption information, scheduled events pertaining to Windsor and more. Please feel free to pass along information that you would like shared.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Hello everyone, the friends of the Windsor dog pound is a group of volunteers that believe that Windsor’s dog pound, animal control officer and patrol officers need to stay in Windsor. With the development of Mechanic Street including the construction of the Amtrak commuter rail landing platform, the current location of the pound will be closed.  We are working together with the town manager as well as the town council to find a new location in Windsor, raise money for construction of a new pound and educate community members about animal care.