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CVA envisions a future where all animals live in peace under the protection of strong laws. We work toward this vision by creating and improving Connecticut's laws and encouraging our elected leaders to make the well-being of animals their priority. We work with voters like you, legislators & other officials across CT government, and a hired lobbyist to introduce and pass pro-animal laws. We also fight the passage of harmful, inhumane laws. 

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 11-23-15 An Afternoon for Animals was a HUGE success! Many, many thanks to all of you who attended - your support is crucial in giving animals a voice at the Capitol, as we fight for humane laws next session.

Special thanks to Arugula in West Hartford for hosting our event and serving up *outstanding* food, and to our generous raffle prize sponsors: LUSH CosmeticsJohn Gagnon's Pet ResortPure Love Granola,Metal ObjectsFurry Friends Massage TherapyTunxis Plantation Country Club, and Protectors of Animals.

We are enormously proud to have Amy Gagnon as a board member, who put this event together, and it could not have gone better! We are also thankful to the volunteers who helped make the event a success: Eva Magnuszewski, Jessica Rubin, Ruth Cutrone, Lindsay Karl, Sally Westcott, and our speaker Elizabeth Abbe. Cheers!

 Saturday October 17th was Pit bull Awareness Day in Ansonia, and thanks to the leadership of our Events coordinator, Henry Petrofsky, CVA's booth was busy as usual! Pictured below is Sue King, Sally Westcott, and Henry Petrofsky!

 On Friday October 16, CT Votes for Animals was honored to be a beneficiary of the 4th annual Lexi's Night for Rescue, a fundraiser held in Norwalk for several rescue and advocacy organizations. Stacey Christoforides, a CVA member, organized the event, and it was a fun and smashing success! below is Amy Harrell with humane legislator Rep. Brenda Kupchick (Fairfield).

 Twitter users: Did you know we have a Twitter account? Follow us and spread the word about our activities!
 No sales taxes for veterinary care! See our 2015 end of session report on animal legislation in Connecticut 



 CT Votes for Animals is a proud participant in the Food For Thought campaign, which encourages animal organizations to adopt a vegan menu policy for events they sponsor. Please see more information on their Web site here, and consider adding your organization as well: 

CVA's policy is as follows: "It is the policy of Connecticut Votes for Animals to provide only plant-based (vegan) menus when sponsoring events. For potlucks, attendees are strongly encouraged to bring plant-based food. If CVA participates in a larger event with other organizations, CVA will advocate for a humane menu, as far as possible. "

 Join the conversation on municipal animal shelters

7-12-2015  The "Task Force for Humane Treatment of Animals in Municipal and Regional Shelters" is meeting monthly at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford. See their Web site, which includes the Task force's charge, their membership, meeting agendas and minutes, and other documents. 
Please note that the next Task Force meeting will be held on Friday, August 7. All meetings are open to the public, and typically the agenda includes a period during which the public is welcome to testify or comment on any matter pertaining to municipal shelters and related issues.
These meetings provide a rare opportunity to publicly express your ideas for improving our municipal and regional shelter systems! If you would like to speak, please attend one of their meetings. 
 Help Spread the Word About CT's Dog Chaining Laws
CVA Volunteers have developed an informational poster describing CT's dog chaining laws - including this summer's new law prohibiting dogs from being tied outside during official weather advisories. Please post this flyer in veterinary offices, pet supply stores, local shelters, and anywhere animal-friendly people will see it! Click the image below to download and print, and/or Share on Facebook.