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Connecticut Humane Society - Westport

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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"The purpose of the Society is to promote humanity and kindness, and to prevent cruelty to man and animals, by information, statistics, appropriate literature, and by all lawful means which they may deem wise and best, and by assisting in prosecution of crimes of a cruel and inhumane nature; and generally to encourage justice and humanity and to discourage injustice and inhumanity."

~ From the Act Incorporating the Connecticut Humane Society, 1881


Our History

Our Society was founded in 1881 by Hartford high school senior, Gertrude O. Lewis. For 84 years, we were the only statewide agency offering protective service to children until the current state agency was formed. From there our primary focus shifted to animals and over the years we have added and expanded animal shelters, built a staff of caring professionals, recruited a corps of dedicated volunteers, initiated humane education programs, entered into the public affairs arena, and defined our relationship of people and pets in the environment.

The Society is proud to announce the opening of the Connecticut Humane Society Companion Animal Sanctuary in October 2006, during the celebration of our 125th Anniversary year. Our sanctuary, located adjacent to our Waterford Shelter offers a more comfortable, home-like environment for pets to enjoy while we highlight them and work to find them new homes.

Because the Connecticut Humane Society does not have time limits, adoptable animals stay with us for as long as it takes to find them the right home. By transferring the residency of the pets that lived in our shelters for an extended period of time into the sanctuary, we are able to make them more comfortable, happier and healthier. Accordingly, they become better candidates for adoption.

We are also pleased to report that the Fox Memorial Clinic, located adjacent to the Newington shelter, has been open to the public since April 1999. The pet wellness center offers basic wellness care, catastrophic care, spay/neuter services and vaccinations for pet owners who cannot otherwise afford veterinary treatment.

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Come Meet our Pets:

Our shelter is open 7 days a week. Cats are available for viewing from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 pm, and dogs are available 10:30 am - 5:30 pm.

Please remember to allow at least 1-2 hours to complete the adoption process.

Our Adoption Process:

The animals available for adoption are constantly changing. To learn more about the pets and to see all of our wonderful furry friends we encourage you to visit our shelters and cat adoption centers.

Choosing a new companion animal is a personal decision that is best made upon meeting the animal face to face. Our adoption staff will answer all the specific questions you have about the animals when they meet with you.

Dog Adoption Fees:
Dogs 1-7yrs: $150
Dogs 7-12 mos: $225
Dogs 8+: $90
Puppies: $300

Each dog adoption includes:

* A consultation with our adoption staff to help you select the most suitable canine companion.
* Preliminary inoculations including: distemper, bordatella, and rabies for dogs over 3 months.
* Dogs are tested for heartworm.
* Spay/neutering or certificate for spay/neuter valid at Fox Memorial Clinic.
* Flea Treatment
* Worming
* Identification tags and rabies tag if applicable
* Collar and leash
* Starter supply of food
* Pet care information
* All canines of 5 months are temperament tested for adoption suitability
* Behavioral support for canines and their new families
* Discounted rate available on obedience classes for all canines

Cat Adoption Fees:
Cats 1-7 yrs: $90
Cats 8+ yrs: $40
Kittens: $150

Each cat adoption includes:

* A consultation with our adoption staff to help you select the most suitable feline companion
* Preliminary inoculations including: distemper and rabies for cats over 3 months
* Cats are tested for feline leukemia
* Spay/neutering or certificate of spay/neuter at Fox Memorial Clinic
* Flea treatment
* Worming
* Identification tags and rabies tag if applicable
* Stretch collar
* Cardboard Carrier
* Starter supply of food
* Pet care information

In addition to the services listed above, many of our animals for adoption have received extensive medical treatment while in our care.

Cash, MasterCard and Visa are acceptable forms of payment.

Adoption Requirements:

* Valid driver's license with your current address (we may also request your Social Security number)
* Must be 18 years of age or older
* Must have your landlord's name and phone number of your rent
* All members of your family must be available for pet interaction
* If you already have a dog(s), please be advised that we will request a dog interaction
* Complete an application and interview with adoption counselor
* Bring proof of home ownership or a copy of your lease agreement

Please allow a minimum of 1 to 2 hours to complete an adoption.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.