Founded in 1881, CHS has a rich history of serving the people and pets of Connecticut. CHS maintains three shelters geographically spread across the state, with locations in Newington (northern and central CT), Waterford (eastern CT) and Westport (southwestern CT). Originally established in the state capitol (Hartford), CHS’ headquarters moved to Newington in 1959. In 1998, the present 30,000 square foot Newington shelter and Fox Memorial Clinic were unveiled, tripling our capacity to care for abandoned and abused pets, and expanding services to include a low-fee, full-service veterinary clinic for pet owners in financial need. Built in 1969, the 15,000 square foot Westport shelter was renovated in 2004 to best deliver animal care in a safe and healthy environment. A new, 7,600 square foot shelter was built in Waterford in 2011, doubling the size of the former 40 year old shelter and premiering state-of-the-art features with respect to animal care, enrichment, and infection control. CHS works tirelessly toward continuous improvement and implementing best practices in adoptions, sheltering, medical care, and fostering for the benefit of pets in our state.
The Connecticut Humane Society works tirelessly to help pets in need. A sampling of 2015 accomplishments follows:
For most of our 135 year history, the entire country had more pets than homes available. Over population was rampant. Elderly, sick, and injured animals were euthanized to make space for healthy, more adoptable animals. Through unwavering spay/neuter programs and continuous public education, that trend has shifted and the birth rate of animals no longer exceeds the number of available homes. While this is true in CT, over population and active euthanasia still exist in other regions of the country.
This positive trend allows us to save animals needing specialized medical care, housing and emotional support. No longer having to deploy so many resources to address an overabundance of homeless animals, CHS has the opportunity and responsibility to care for and save animals with special needs, partnering with shelters where euthanasia remains a practice of necessity. With strong relationships with municipal pounds, shelters and animal welfare advocates throughout Connecticut as well as in the South, CHS is spearheading a new kind of future; one which saves the lives of the neediest animals. This requires expanded medical care, shelter housing that meets pets’ physical and emotional needs, and community education, warranting the community’s treasure (donations, both funding and supplies), time and talents (volunteers).
The Connecticut Humane Society operates three animal shelters in Newington, Waterford, and Westport, and serves the entire state. Each of these shelters take in animals from individuals who can no longer care for them, as well as adopt out pets into new homes.
We enrich the Connecticut
communities we serve by placing safe, healthy companion animals in responsible,
loving homes. Each pet in our care is fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered and
thoroughly checked by our highly skilled staff of veterinarians. Further, each pet is evaluated using a
nationally known behavior analysis tool. Animals which are in need of training
and/or behavior modification receive that prior to being placed for adoption in
one of our three shelters (Newington, Westport, and Waterford).
Program Success is monitored by the program director and the executive director. Quantitative and qualitative operating statistics are evaluated quarterly.
The friendship and love each animal finds with a family is remarkable. If you have cherished a pet, then maybe you know all about the chemistry of love - that special bond which is unique to each pet and their human companion.
After many years enjoying the richness of travel, love and family, John found himself alone. His wife had passed away, his children had moved on into adulthood, and he had lost his beloved Westie, Bentley.
Despite being quite busy and fulfilled, John had a pocket of loneliness that echoed softly at the end of each day. With reluctance, he responded to his son’s urging and visited the Connecticut Humane Society. He went only to appease his son, but Cupid’s arrow had other plans. John’s son was waiting at the shelter with a small white dog who was furiously wagging a large brush tail. An older pup, Pippin had recently lost her owner to cancer. She had flat feet and only one front tooth, but she had a heart the size of Texas. Pippin took one look at John and affectionately licked his hand in a warm hello. With that gesture of kindness and friendship, John looked into Pippin’s deeply lashed eyes and fell in love.
Together, they went home that day and instantly began sharing mealtimes, errands and naps. John found himself talking about everything with Pippin, and described their bond like this, “I discovered that I am no longer me. It is now us. Together.” This dynamic duo lived in love with each other until John’s passing in 2015. Pippin went on to live with a close family friend. John’s son expresses his gratitude like this, “While they only had a few years together, Pippin made all the difference in my dad’s life. I know that when my dad died, he had thoroughly enjoyed his last few years, and for that I am forever grateful.
Our actions and decisions are based on providing the best medical and shelter care services to the most animals. We respect the life of each individual animal, while focusing on the welfare of staff, community and the animal population as a whole.
Our shelter medicine program provides vaccinations, spay/neuter and other surgeries and wellness care to the animals in our shelters.
In addition, our Medical Support Program delivers complimentary medical services to pets at municipal Animal Control facilities (ACO) that range from vaccinations and spay/neuter, to more advanced surgical procedures. Pets are then placed in one of the Connecticut Humane Society’s (CHS) adoption centers or returned to the animal control agency for adoption.
CHS also operates the Fox Memorial Clinic, a public clinic offering low fee veterinary services for pets in the community.
wellness is a priority at CHS. Fifty years ago, it was common (in Connecticut
and across the nation) for the most fragile, ill and oldest pets to be
euthanized. Thanks to the success of successful spay/neuter initiatives in New
England, CHS now goes to great lengths to save the lives of each and every pet
in our care, both in the shelter and in the medical clinic.
The Medical Support Program is funded largely by private donations and grants. Although it is in its infancy stage, we have built a sustainable business model and maintain it as an integral part of our long term success.
Tony, a 5 year old dog, was found wandering by
Bridgeport animal control. As the animal control officer (ACO) approached him,
it was obvious something was wrong - there appeared to be chemical burns on Tony’s
back feet and he was possibly blind.
Tony needed immediate medical attention, so the ACO brought him to our Westport shelter. A staff veterinarian determined he needed to be transferred to CHS’ medical center in Newington for treatment. A full medical exam revealed that he had a hernia, broken teeth, possible chemical burns on his hind paws, and serious eye issues. What had Tony gone through? No one will ever know for sure.
Within days, Tony had surgery. His hernia was repaired, left eye removed, teeth fixed, and chemical burns cleaned. He would need a few weeks of recovery and observation in the medical department before he would be ready for a new home.
Following a TV appearance, Tony found a home the very next day with a family accustomed to special needs dogs. There he is truly king of the castle!
An informed community is key to the prevention of
cruelty and neglect of companion animals. The Connecticut Humane Society (CHS)
works to carry out this effort through education and outreach to animal welfare
professionals and children alike.
Animal Welfare University (AWU) is a professional development program that provides animal welfare professionals (i.e. animal control officers and animal shelter/rescue partners statewide) with the knowledge, tools, skills, and resources to effectively meet the demands of their profession. With proper training, animal welfare professionals are better equipped to avoid mistakes, prevent suffering and the spread of illness, safely handle animals, and ultimately save more lives.
Humane education programming in schools is nearly nonexistent due to rigid curricula shaped around standardized testing. CHS provides speakers upon request to school age groups, scouting clubs, and even adult service organizations. The Connecticut Humane Society relies on a strong corps of highly trained volunteers, as well as staff members, to fulfill these requests.
AWU was launched on one of the most crucial topics in animal sheltering: infectious disease management. Dr. LeMac Morris, a renowned expert in assisting shelters with disease control protocols to minimize infectious disease, provided a two hour workshop to 50 animal welfare professionals from 28 towns.
Dr. Morris discussed evaluating disease transmission risks and developing policies to minimize infectious disease spread, proper use of cleaners and disinfectants, and strategic use of vaccines. Attendees were also put in contact with Boehringer Ingelheim’s Shelter Support Team so they could access future expertise and resources.
The AWU program was well received by workshop participants. Ninety percent of attendees ranked the workshop in the highest possible category of “very helpful.” All respondents felt that Dr. Morris conveyed an extremely knowledgeable expertise of the workshop topic; 88% indicated they would attend a future AWU offering.
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