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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8-28-2014: Election day is coming soon! Be sure you know who will get your vote by using our handy, brief questionnaire. Find out more ...
We're looking for new board members!
7-14-2014: We're looking for a few volunteer board members to lead and strengthen CT Votes for Animals. Animal advocates with a background and/or expertise in politics, citizen lobbying, law, public policy or fundraising are encouraged to e-mail Caitlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more information about this exciting opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you!
SB 445 passes both chambers unanimously! 5/7/2014 - We are pleased to announce that the pet shop bill, SB 445 has passed the legislature and now heads to the Governor for his signature. This bill would require pet shops to 1) use only USDA registered breeders with no direct violations, 2) provide 2 years worth of USDA inspection reports near the puppies' cages, and 3) reimburse consumers up to the full purchase price of a puppy for pet lemon law claims. Connecticut will now have some of the strongest state-level pet shop legislation in the country. We are very grateful to Rep. Brenda Kupchick for her tireless advocacy!
Two bills in the House need your voice! 4/16/2014 - Please urge your Representative to support the strengthening of CT's abuse cross-reporting law, and oppose the establishment of a harmful livestock care standards council. Read more ...
Time is running out! 4/14/2014 - Please contact your State Senator and urge him/her to support a provision that would stop the expansion of the inhumane pet shop model used in Connecticut. Read more ...
Please show support for puppy mill dogs at a public hearing, Monday March 17
3-12-2014 - On Monday March 17th, the Environment committee will hold a public hearing on pet shops regulations and banning the use of gestation crates. Please show support by writing a letter of testimony and/or attending the hearing! Click here for more information
March events at the Capitol!
March 12, 2014 1 - 5 PM, Capitol Building - Room 310
HSUS, in partnership with the ASPCA and CVA is hosting Humane Lobby Day! We know legislators are most motivated when their constituents take time to meet face-to-face. It's your chance to show how much animals mean to you. ** You must RSVP for this event online. **
March 19, 5:30 - 8 PM, Legislative Office Building atrium
CT Votes for Animals will host its 6th annual reception! Please join us for wine and refreshments, meet legislators, our board members and lobbyist, and hear the latest on the Humane Pet Shop campaign. A flyer is available online here.
See you there!
Important upcoming events and campaign updates
2/14/2014 - Be sure to register for the ASPCA's "Voices for Animals Day" at the Hartford Legislative Office building. Also, save the date for Humane Lobby Day, and CVA's annual reception. Plus, updates on the final task force recommendations and animal advocates' proposal to phase-out the sale of commercially bred dogs in CT's pet shops.
Special Opportunity for Litchfield County area residents!
2/13/2014 - You are invited to a special event on February 25 to ask your State Senator Clark Chapin to support pet shop legislation! Join CVA and the ASPCA in Litchfield, CT for a short program that will make a big difference this session! You don't have to speak if you don't want - just being there speaks volumes for animals who have no voice!
This event is only for those in Sen. Chapin's district: Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren & Winchester.
Please share this invitation with friends in those towns!
TODAY: Ask your legislators to stop the sale of puppy mill dogs in CT's pet shops
1/15/2014 - It's time to contact your legislators and demonstrate what Connecticut voters want !!!
Please visit this page to send your message: http://bit.ly/1dvLh8T.
Victory for puppy mill dogs is within reach, but only you can make it happen. The single biggest factor in our success is the number of phone calls and emails lawmakers receive from all of you.
Humane Pet Shop campaign underway!
Go to http://humanepetshops.wordpress.com for the latest news and information on how you can help pass legislation that would require pet shops to source their dogs and cats only from rescues and shelters.
Help Spread the Word About CT's Dog Chaining Laws
12/11/2013 - 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.
CT Alliance for Humane Pet Shops formed this month
8/30/13 - We are excited to announce a brand new alliance of organizations who will help promote legislation for humane pet stores in Connecticut! The Alliance is currently looking for founding members, and invites any business or organization active in CT to lend their name to the cause! Please visit the Web site for the Alliance for additional information and how to become a member at: http://humanepetshops.wordpress.com/
On July 26, the Governor performed a ceremonial signing of this year's anti-tethering bill, which prohibits chaining during severe weather!
From left to right: Amy Harrell, CVA President; Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman; Lorin Liesenfelt, CEO Dog Days Adoption Events; in blue is Rep. Auden Grogins who championed this bill; Gov. Dannel Malloy; Rep. Brenda Kupchick; Susan Linker, CEO Our Companions; Debora Bresch, ASPCA Senior State Director for Mid-Atlantic; and Annie Hornish, HSUS CT State Director.
New Tethering Law goes into effect
7/1/2013 - Chaining a dog outside during severe weather is now prohibited! Please click here for an updated summary of CT's current dog chaining laws.
Unprecedented Wins for Animals this session!
6/6/2013 - Your voices were heard, your persistence in calling and emailing legislators resulted in tremendous gains for animals, all in one session!! Read the full story
Summary of bills - Final score!
HB 5844 (Public Act No. 13-189, effective July 1, 2013)
Prohibits dog chaining outside during official weather advisories, i.e. heat or wind chill advisory, severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings, blizzards, except for a brief 15 minute break. Also prohibits chaining whenever adverse weather conditions pose a threat to the dog based on the dog’s age, health, breed, etc.
HB 5836 (Public Act No. 13-99, effective July 1, 2013)
Doubles the amount of spay/neuter vouchers available to low-income people, distributed through the Animal Population Control Program.
HB 5027 (Special Act No. 13-99)
Establishes a task force to officially examine the origins of dogs sold in CT pet shops, to convene this summer/fall, and provide recommendations for the January 2014 session. CVA is represented as a member of this task force. Legislation to ban the sale of commercially-bred cats and dogs in pet shops will then be re-introduced next year.
HB 6591 (Public Act No. 13-236, effective from passage)
Requires that euthanasia of any cat or dog must be performed by a licensed veterinarian.
HB 6311 (Public Act 13-103, effective October 1, 2013)
Prohibits municipalities from enacting breed-specific dog ordinances.
HB 6329 (Public Act 13-273, effective July 1, 2013)
Allows students to opt out of observing or participating in the dissection of an animal in school.
Would have laid the foundations for a bear hunting season in Connecticut
Would have permitted hunting on Sundays.