Connecticut Humane Society has been championing pets for 84 years, offering adoption

Published on Thursday, 23 June 2022 10:49
Written by Alexis Dascher


NEWINGTON – Do you want to add a furry bundle of joy to your family? A lovable friend is waiting for you at the Connecticut Humane Society. 

Kerry Garofano, assistant director of development, said the society relies entirely on the support of donors. 

“Choosing to support CHS means saying yes to doing whatever it takes to give pets a fresh start, delivering life-saving medical care that paves the way for a pet to find a new home or return to the family they already know and love,” Garofano said. 

The humane society was founded in 1881 by Gertrude O. Lewis, a woman who wanted to help the animals of Connecticut, Garofano said. 

“In a day and age when women did not yet have the right to vote, she decried the widespread callous treatment of children, livestock, wildlife, companion animals and animals used in the workplace and in sport,” she said. 

Garofano said Lewis was eventually able to “transform her dismay into responsible action.”

For 84 years, the society was the only statewide organization to offer protective services to children, Garofano said. According to Garofino, the society’s focus shifted toward animals, specifically pets. 

“Today, CHS operates three locations – Newington, Waterford and Westport – with a mission of enriching the lives of families and communities through adoption services, medical care, education and the prevention of cruelty,” Garofano said. 

According to Garofano, Newington adoptions are started and completed in person with no appointment necessary.

“When you visit, you’ll be asked to fill out an adoption questionnaire for the pet you are interested in,” she said. 

According to the website, the page feature available pets are “refreshed every five minutes to ensure the most up-to-date listing of pets ready for a family.”

The website said some pets for adoption include Cleo, a female guinea pig who is 2 years and 7 months old; Mister, a neutered male cat who is 3 years and 1 month old; Marsh, a female Dwarf rabbit which is 1 year and 7 months old; and Mankey, a German Shepherd/Hound who is 9 months old. 

For any questions or further information on the humane society, call 800-452-0114 or email

Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Thursday, 23 June 2022 10:49. Updated: Thursday, 23 June 2022 10:52.