Do you need to find a new home for your pet?
For 130 years, the Connecticut Humane Society has been working with the community to help place homeless pets with new families. But unfortunately, pet overpopulation, abandonment, animals running at large and now,hard economic times remain a challenge.
There are certain circumstances in which a pet may not do well in a shelter environment so it is important to factor these issues into your decision making process.
1. Senior pets and those pets that have limited social experience often have a hard time adjusting to the shelter environment and can suffer setbacks to their health and behavior.
Reasons a pet may not do well in a shelter environment:
2. Orphaned infants are cared for within the foster care program. It is important to keep in mind that the number of pets that can be absorbed into this program is limited by the availability of trained foster families.
3. Severely ill or injured animals with limited chances for successful rehabilitation can be difficult to place.
4. Many animals, both young and old, do not adapt to the stress of the caged environment at the shelter either for the short or long term.
5. Animals that suffer from complicated, extreme behavior problems often deteriorate more making them difficult to place.
6. The Connecticut Humane Society has a responsibility to consider the safety of the general public in all placement decisions. Consequently, highly aggressive and dangerous animals cannot be placed.
Before making the difficult decision to surrender your pet for adoption, please make sure you have researched all your options. Any one of the following ideas might help you keep your beloved pet.
~ Can your friends or family help?
~ Have you talked with your doctor about ways to decrease or comfortably live with allergy concerns?
~ Have you consulted your veterinarian regarding the health of your pet and how to manage any medical issues?
~ Have you looked into pet friendly housing options?
~ Have you researched training options for your pet's behavior issues?
~ Or, do you need to speak with a Connecticut Humane Society representative about your pet's behavior?
Newington - 800-452-0114
Waterford - 860-442-8583
Westport - 203-227-4137
If you have run out of options and must surrender your pet for adoption, please follow these steps:
1. Contact the Connecticut Humane Society location closest to your home for assistance. In order to serve you in the most effective and efficient manner possible, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to bring your pet in for adoption.
2. Pets must be accompanied by their legal owner. If this is not an option, the person dropping off the pet must bring written documentation from the legal owner giving permission for the pet to be taken in for adoption.
3. Allow yourself sufficient time for filling out legal paperwork, completing a Pet Personality Profile, and allowing our behavioral staff to conduct an “at the door” temperament evaluation. We require this information so that we can proceed with determining our ability to accept the animal for placement, providing appropriate medical care/behavioral treatment for the animal should he/she be accepted and placing the animal in our adoption program.
4. In Newington and Westport, a fee of $80 is requested to drop off each pet. In Waterford, the fee is $70. This money helps to defray the costs of caring for pets while they are in residence in our shelters.
The Connecticut Humane Society is a managed admission organization and reserves the right to accept or refuse any animal presented for surrender. The number of animals accepted (over 6,400 in 2010) is determined by those adopted, freeing up space for new animals.