Fantastic news! The 2017 legislative session wrapped up last night and HB 6334 PASSED unanimously in the Senate! It now proceeds to the Governor's desk for his signature. Continue reading
SB 130 has been introduced in the CT state legislature by Senator Craig Miner (R), and co-sponsored by Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R). The bill would impose a surcharge, i.e. "tax" on all pet adoptions from private rescue organizations (non-profit shelters, animal adoption or rescue groups) and municipal shelters. The current bill language sets the surcharge at 5% of the total adoption fee, however, in the past the bill's sponsors stated they are open to suggestions on the amount. Continue reading
Animal shelters are a place of comfort and safety for animals that have been separated or abandoned by their people. These shelters are staffed by dedicated professionals and a core of selfless volunteers who are tireless in their efforts to keep these pets from harm and find them loving permanent homes. Unfortunately, well-meaning shelters sometimes find themselves underprepared and overwhelmed to cope with the rigorous demands of running a shelter responsibly. Recently, Connecticut has witnessed the consequences of such poorly-run shelters: facilities are subject to closure, directors are charged with animal cruelty, and dozens of animals are seized, imposing a huge burden on other rescuers or municipalities. No one wants to close a shelter, yet law enforcement has no tools to intervene before conditions become inhumane and shelter closure becomes the only course of action. Continue reading
CT Votes for Animals has recently moved to a new Web platform called Nationbuilder that will allow our organization to further expand and mobilize animal-loving voters in Connecticut. Our new site offers streamlined communications and additional functionality, such as text-message alerts. The Web address is still at http://ctvotesforanimals.org Please take a moment to update your contact information by visiting our signup page. We hope you find the new design easier to navigate!
This year, you have helped Connecticut make history! This session we combined forces with the bill's champion Rep. Diana Urban and passed innovative new legislation that will give animals a voice in court. In animal cruelty cases, there can now be advocates who will shine a bright light on the full extent of the atrocities committed against animals who are the subject of criminal or civil proceedings. The courts will have "the whole story" to use in making decisions in the interests of justice. Continue reading