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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!!

CLARISSE

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.
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Opal

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

LOVE AT FIRST POUNCE!!!

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.
#nothingbetterthanashelterdog

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!!!!!

EVERYTHING IS GOING GREAT! LOVE THIS BEAUTIFUL CAT. I AM SO GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL FOR ADOPTING ANOTHER CAT FROM HUMANE SOCIETY IN WESTPORT!

  • Maize

I rescued Maize (or maybe she rescued me) on October 15, 2016. When I first saw her photo online, it was love at first sight. Her eyes are beautiful and unique! When I met her, she was so sweet and loving and immediately started purring and rubbing all over me. It was like 2 friends being re-united after many years. When I took her home, there was no adjustment period. It was like we knew each other. I am so grateful and pleased to have her in my life!

Best Cat Ever

We adopted Roxie a few days before Christmas last year (2015). Our family hoped that we would get a nice cat, but were aware that she might need some adjustment time to get used to us. She took no time at all! We have never met such a wonderful cat. Roxie loves to sleep and snuggle up next to us. She also loves playing with her toys and eating cat treats. Roxie loves sitting in our bathroom sink and watching tv (as you can see from the picture!) . We are so blessed to have found her at the Newington shelter, and we are so happy to have her in our lives!

My Loving Arabella

Adopt a senior dog. They have so much to offer!

I started volunteering at the adoption desk in Newington in July. I always made a point to know the animals that were available for adoption when I worked. For some reason I closely started following Arabella. She was an 8 year old female pit bull with severe skin allergies. She had been surrendered by her owners and came in with severe ear infections. My initial thought was that it would be difficult to find a family that would be willing to take an older dog, a pit bull and an animal that had ongoing health issues. At one point I thought she had been adopted because she had been removed from our website. However her allergies and ear infections had flared up so she was put in medical. I came back to volunteer a few weeks later and found out she had not been adopted. She had been in the shelter for a number of months at this point and they were looking for a quick foster home for her. Although I had never thought to foster (and I promised my family when I began volunteering that I wouldn't bring anybody home) I immediately volunteered for it. I had an 8 year old Siberian Husky named Luna who I thought needed a buddy to stimulate her. They were introduced and got along incredibly well. Well the foster soon turned into an adoption. Bella is such a great addition to our family. Older dogs come housebroken (usually) are calmer and usually better mannered than younger dogs. Bella is all of these wonderful things and very smart as well. She fell right into the routines of the house and Luna. They became fast friends. She has some challenges due to her skin allergies and ear infections but she has been doing amazing well. A little love goes a long way! As they say, "Who rescued who?"

Angel

Our cat Angel.

Well the rest is history!!! Angel has been with me for nearly 4 years and he has adjusted very well.I am disabled and he has made such positive difference in both of our lives!!!

I meet Angel one day 3 years ago @ The Westport branch of the Humane Society. I had stopped in to look @ the pets as I do when I am in the area. That day somehow was different as I had been looking @ the cats and luckily for Angel that I had over heard that he had been returned twice and they were thinking of putting him down!!!Having heard this I went to the desk and said that I wanted to adopt Angel they then spend a good part of an hour talking to me. Then called Louise my better half to confirm that she was on board with this!

I Forgot How Great It Is to Have a Dog

It had been nearly twelve years since we lost our beautiful golden, Bea, and we had been a cats only family since then. Until the day last March when my husband and I both woke up ready to consider a new dog on the same Saturday morning.

We went to the Newington shelter "just to look". As it was later in the day, many lucky critters had already found homes, and we didn't meet any dogs that were just right for us. As we were headed out, we saw another family playing in a room with Parsnip (now Mack). We both immediately knew that he had to come home with us.

The family who was with him was the sixth who had visited with him that day, and I couldn't believe that five people had already walked away from this amazing dog. The sixth family also walked away (I still can't figure out why), and we got our chance to meet him.

There was no question that we would leave him in Newington (or with the name Parsnip) for another night. He came home with us and became an immediate member of the family. He is very high-energy and loves trips to the dog park, learning new tricks, and toys that squeak. It took some time, but he now also loves spending some down time with his feline brother Jethro.

Thank you CHS for our newest family member.

"Babe's" Tale

In September, 2002, my husband and I walked into the Newington branch just to browse... The minute I walked into the dog area, I saw her. This beautiful reddish dog with her tail tucked, her ears down and her eyes lowered... I couldn't move another step. I wanted her. I didn't know what a pit bull was and she was listed as a hound mix... My husband said we were just browsing and he didn't want a pit bull... I slowly left the cage and looked at the other dogs, but my heart was already taken by this beautiful, sad creature. I kept saying that there was something about this dog. My husband said "you don't just pick the first one you see..." I couldn't figure the draw, but I thought, "Why not..." In fact with my faith the way it is, I felt that I didn't even choose her at all. My husband didn't want to take the next steps and we went out to the car. I being in my twenties and used to getting my own way, had a bit of a "tantrum." Of course he gave in and we went back inside. We met with "Babe" and one of the adoption counselors, and filled out the paperwork. I had to go back with my five year old son to make sure that they were a match, but by the end of the day, we walked out with our new furever family member. We changed her name to Ginger because of the richness of her color. Ginger got us through a new baby, 2004, who of course was last in the pack order... This was not a problem, as Ginger was quite the big "sister" although it was clear when I tried to cuddle with or hug my daughter, Ginger would appear in the middle of our connection. She did not know she was a dog and soon she felt like a full fledged family member to us. She climbed trees (yes, climbed trees) and chased bubbles. She supported us through many celebrations and sad times. She helped my two kids and me most recently through a divorce. She lifted our spirits and licked our tears. In October we welcomed in a much smaller fur family member. They were instantly connected and Ginger showed signs of puppy again despite going blind in one eye and deaf. This past May, we had to say goodbye as she took her walk over the rainbow bridge. It was one of the hardest moments only buffered by the fact that we knew she had a long happy life. She made our lives so much fuller. I will be forever grateful to the Newington Humane society for allowing us to adopt this beautiful girl.

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