We are thrilled to announce that CT Votes for Animals not only met our $10,000 matching grant challenge but exceeded it! What a smashing success for the animals of Connecticut! Thanks to everyone who made a year-end gift to CVA. We can't thank you enough for your amazing generosity. The 2018 Legislative Session is just on the horizon and our CVA team is busily preparing to advocate for animals at the Capitol. It won't be easy - but with CVA champions like you in our corner, we will be ready to face the challenges head on. CT Votes for Animals turns 10 years old this year. We've been working to improve laws for animals the whole time, and could not do it without our supporters. 100% of our funding comes from individuals like you. THANK YOU for supporting CT Votes for Animals, and Happy New Year!
Connecticut Votes for Animals is appalled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Administration’s proposed roll back of protections for African elephants. Permitting U.S. importation of animal trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe would only further devastate an already-dwindling population of elephants. According to the Great Elephant Census, Zambia’s elephant population declined from 200,000 to around 21,000 over the past few decades, and Zimbabwe lost 6% of its elephant population from 2007 to 2014. Zimbabwe’s wildlife management is already infamously poor, and its recent political crisis can only lead to further mismanagement of the species. In light of these facts, it is inconceivable that the U.S. Government would blatantly encourage further devastation of the elephant population through these proposed policies. Continue reading
Join Representative Brenda Kupchick and CVA in reminding citizens not to leave children and pets in hot cars. Representative Kupchick led the town of Fairfield in adopting a public safety campaign, and several towns have already taken up the call. An easy “how to” guide has been developed and now Representative Kupchick and CVA are asking other towns around the State to adopt a program of their own. Help those with no voice and start a public safety campaign in your town. Contact your local elected officials and/or Police Chief to see if your town can adopt this program. Here is more information on the program that you can reference when reaching out to your local officials! Heat_Kills_Program_Overview.pdf Continue reading
Fantastic news! Governor Malloy has signed our 2017 priority bill, HB 6334 (the Shelter Licensing Bill), which will help ensure that animals receive humane care in all nonprofit animal shelters throughout our state. Read more about the bill here. 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