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Living through the Thin Space

The Thin Space is where a deep connection to a spirit is found.

  • Thin Space

In 2002 my wife, who has never owned a dog, spent months going to and from the Newington Humane Society to find the perfect dog. How she could determine this I will never know. I was away on a youth mission trip when I got back, after 12 hours of driving a van with 6 high schoolers she ushered me into her car to drive up to see a dog she fell in love with. Being tired I resisted but fell in line with her request since she was going to drive the 45 mins to Newington.

Walking into the building my wife said to the worker "He's finally here! Can we get to visit with the dog named Cindy?" We went into the adoption room and in came this 11 pound little puppy, very demure, tired as I was and for me it was a no brainer. I love dogs and I couldn't go with her because I'd probably pick the first three and bring them all home so I had to let go of any decision making until she found her dog. We couldn't take Cindy that day as she had to be tagged and she also had an infection to where she was spayed so there was no promise that she would live through it. Two weeks latter she picked up Cindy who now had a new name. Kiefer. Little did we know what Kiefer would do for our lives. There are a ton of stories about her and I will reflect on a few.

- In puppy class she was voted most social not most obedient.

- When two she took a whole cooked chicken, in pieces, off the kitchen counter with our disputing the cooking pan. Nothing showing she did it so my wife thought I did it.

- Kiefer contracted the sickness that came during the dog food crisis and my wife cooked for 6 months chicken, bacon, peas, carrots to get her back to health.

- Kiefer was walked twice daily during the week and one huge walk on Saturday and Sunday. She never weighed more than the 45 lbs. her adult life.

- We took every vacation around her, renting dog friendly houses. Mostly in Maine and her favorite was when we went to Monhegan.

- She's been to DC, Phily, New York City, Boston, Baltimore as she was such a pleasure to be with and travel with.

- Last week we went to her favorite park in Cheshire, Mixvill and sat with her. Green pastures, still waters, a table prepared for her. We spent 6 hours while she sat on her bed with us. She was just short of 16 years. The best 16 years of our lives. Today I miss her terribly as I miss that thin space that we had together. She truly gave us her spirit whenever we were together.

I wanted to thank CT humane Society for rescuing her and giving my wife and I the chance to find a deeper love than anyone could imagine.

Kiefer has done her job and we were lucky to be her project. Rest in Peace my love. We will always think of you.

Guinness (the dog :) )

We found THE CUTEST DOG at the Westport Humane Society!!!!

Me and my Dad were going back home from the dump. '' Do you want to go to the pound?'' my dad asked. I immediately said '' YES!" but it was closed. So we went to the Humane Society. We were about to leave when I suggested we go up the ramp because we had never been up there before. He said yes. There is were we found the perfect dog " Pheonix ''. We called the rest of the family and told them to meet us there. Not long after we adopted him and named him Guinness because he was black and tan. THANK YOU WESTPORT HUMANE SOCIETY!!!!!!!!

The Camper Cat

the best thing I did 4 years ago was to check out the Humane Society website. And there was Momma looking at me and I knew I had to have her.

We adopted Maggie Mae (fka Momma) 4 years ago and she is the most wonderful companion. She loves to go camping and travel in the RV. She loves to sit with you or in a chair next to you, especially at the campground.


This shy guy needed a little time to feel at home.

I brought Mooch* home about two years ago now and I waited to write because he?s not the same cat today that he was then. In the shelter, he seemed very calm and let me pet him, but when we got home, he was very aggressive. He would try to bite or scratch me whenever I came near. I brought him to the vet and there was nothing physically wrong with him so I resigned myself to having a less than friendly pet and gave him space. I?ve had cats before, but Mooch has a very different background than the others. He was found in an abandoned house and was eating wallpaper to survive. He was in the shelter for a time, which can be stressful on the animals, so of course he was going to be high strung and untrusting. It took some time, but the scratchy biter I had turned out to be a sweet and lovable guy. Sometimes I think he?s really a dog because he?ll greet me at the door and he loves to play fetch with his stuffed mouse. He?s still shy around strangers but once he gets to know you, you'll have a friend for life. I?m glad I was patient because Mooch needed time to trust me before he could be himself.

*Mooch was formerly named as Colonel John Shepard.


Snowball has eased my heart and has made the pain of losing our beautiful Sadie. We are coming to Clear The Shelter to pick up a Kitty friend for Snowball

  • Snowie when she was a baby


In July of 2016 we lost our baby Sadie (Shepherd/Lab mix)

She was 15 y/o. I (momma) was so depressed, I missed her so much. So my boyfriend and my son decided that they were going to take me to Clear the Shelters. I walked around and around and not until we saw Snowball did I know we had found the right one.

New co-co-pilot

Lucy gets a new home and wheels in Baltimore.

My nieces convinced me my coonhound Fred needed a companion. We went to Connecticut Humane Society in Waterford and Eric helped us find the perfect dog, after three tries. I initially wasn't looking at Lucy, but couldn't be happier now! She's become Queen of the castle. She's the smaller, blonder passenger.
Thanks Waterford Humane Society!

Aleia Quinn

We were feeling pretty lonely at home after losing my dog of 11 years. We felt that after 6 months of healing, we were ready for that loving, dependable furry friend.

  • This was Aleia's first real day at home. She loved our backyard immediately, and got very comfortable and happy! We love that smile!
  • Aleia's first trip to Hammonassett State Beach! She loved running in the sand and taking a nice long walk!
  • First Halloween with her parents!
  • Getting ready for our first family christmas! So excited for Santa!
  • This was Aleia's first snowfall ever! She is nuts about the snow, always wanting to eat it and stay outside!!

Aleia was the first dog we saw on CT Humane society's website. I was immediately drawn to her huge smile! Two days later we made an appointment to go see her, and as soon as we got in the room with her, we were in love! She was jumping on us, letting us rub her tummy, kissing us! She knew she was going home with us. To this day, every time we walk through our front door, she acts like it is the first time she met us. We get greeted with so much love, and licking, and jumping and the feeling is so amazing. She is super cuddly as well, she knows when we are sick and will literally wrap her arms around you! We could not have asked for a better pup! I feel like we really hit the jackpot with her and we are so ready for so so so many fun adventures and times with Aleia!!


On April 13, 2017 was the first time in 16 years, I returned to the Newington, CT Humane Society.

I just wanted to share my story of the best love anyone could ever experienced from their furry child. I adopted my cat Clarisse from the CHS, in early June of 2001. Clarisse was so young, I had to bottle feed her, and returned to get her vaccination. I felt she was the cutest cat on the planet with her boxing gloves, as she was double pawed. On April 2, 2017, I lost Clarisse due to a sudden paralyzes and spinal tumor. She was 16yrs old, and would of been 17yrs old on Monday April 17, 2017. She was my light and I will never forgot her. I hope to return to the CHS in the near future.

Best. Cat. Ever

Nico has been such a joy for us. He is truly special.

Our daughter had been asking for a cat for YEARS. Just before Christmas in 2015, as I was driving on the Berlin Turnpike, something made me veer off to visit the Newington Shelter.

It was there that I fell in love with Nico, a 5 month old sweetheart. It turns out he is a tabby/Sokoke (exotic) mix. We had no idea, but the vet took one look and told us what a special cat we had. We already knew it! He is loving, sweet, and behaves much like a dog--following us around, wanting to "fetch" and be played with. He especially likes drinking out of the water faucet.

Thank you, Newington, for allowing us to adopt such a wonderful pet. We just adore him


We couldn't have asked for a better dog than Livi....she is amazing!!

We were looking to get a dog soon and we definitely knew we wanted to adopt so we took a chance and went to the Humane Society in Waterford. It was quite busy there and most of the dogs we saw either jumped in excitement at the sight of us or were sleeping. And when we went up to Livi's kennel she was just sitting there in the middle of the floor with her head tilted, her ears perked and her tail wagging. We asked to see HER! They put us into a room and we waited for the tech to bring her in. Cnce the door opened she ran in tail wagging and jumped right on us. Now most people would be deterred by a dog that jumped and was too "high strung" but we took that action as excitement and a yearning to be loved forever. We didn't even have to think about it...we took her home right then. She has been amazing ever since!! We are so grateful towards the staff at the Waterford location for making our family whole and pure.

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