Mission Statement

A note from Executive Director, Gordon Willard:

When I first arrived at CHS, my attention focused on understanding the challenges faced by the organization as well as grasping the scope of animal issues facing our communities.  It was also paramount to respect and preserve our history and the expectations shouldered by our 130-year-old institution.  Our question:  How will the Society move forward and address the needs of companion animals in our state?

After thoughtful discussions among stakeholders, veterinarians, legislators, pet owners and staff about their perceptions and beliefs, priorities and opinions, the Connecticut Humane Society has set a course of action that reflects what we have learned and experienced. The result is the first significant rewrite of our mission since 1881.

The new mission states:

"The Connecticut Humane Society is the leading resource in the state for companion animal welfare, enriching the lives of families and communities through adoption services, medical care, education, and prevention of cruelty."

We envision a state where each companion animal finds a permanent, compassionate home, where communities are enriched by the special bond between people and animals and where cruelty no longer exists. With this clear and unified understanding of our purpose, direction and path we set out our core values:


We manage and allocate all our resources to remain steadfast to our mission, to achieve the greatest good, and to ensure the future of our organization.

Our actions and decisions are based on providing the best medical and shelter care, and 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.

We enrich the Connecticut community we serve by placing safe, healthy companion animals in responsible, loving homes.

We treat all persons with dignity and respect in a non-judgmental manner.  The general public, our staff members and volunteers are all viewed as our partners in improving animal welfare and in fulfilling our Mission.

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Connecticut Humane Society

701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111
800-452-0114 | FAX 860-665-1478   info@cthumane.org 
The Connecticut Humane Society is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization. EIN: 06-0667605
Copyright 2013 Connecticut Humane Society

Copyright 2013 Connecticut Humane Society