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June 2022 Newsletter

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Blackbear Killings in CT:  A Teachable Time
Webinar - June 22nd at 6:00 pm

The shooting death in May of "Bobbi" the bear in Newtown sparked outrage across the state. But the incident with Bobbi is not isolated and the tragedy is a reminder of what we as humans can do to learn to live peacefully with bears and all wildlife. 


As part of its educational mission, the Connecticut Coalition to Protect Bears (CT League of Conservation Voters, CT Votes for Animals, CT Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, Friends of Animals, Humane Society of the US – CT, Sierra Club – CT, and Keep the is holding a webinar on what can be learned from the incident on Wed., June 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. Register here to get an update on the rehabilitation status of Bobbi's cubs and learn from wildlife experts on how to co-exist peacefully with bears. You can also read more about the encounter The Bears in Newtown: A Lesson for All of Connecticut on CVA’s blog, SPEAK UP FOR ANIMALS.

Your Chance to Increase Your Impact for Animals!


CVA’s fourth annual Help Us Help Them Giving Day Challenge is coming up on Tuesday, June 28. Generous friends of CVA have committed to match every donation received up to $10,000 on this one day. That means for every dollar you give, CVA will receive two more.


CVA works to ensure that Connecticut has stronger laws protecting animals by building an ardent activist brigade that Speaks Up for Animals at the State Capitol. We’re committed to growing our numbers and making our voice more powerful, but we can’t do it without your support.


Double your dollars and make a difference in the lives of CT animals. Rise to the challenge; it's one day only – June 28. But don’t worry, we’ll remind you!

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New Board Member Brings Conservation Mindset and Philanthropic Expertise


Fiercely dedicated to protecting wildlife and the environment, Andrea Kerin brings decades of non-profit philanthropy experience to the CVA board. Her admirable professional background includes director of leadership giving from the CT Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound and development positions at the CT Audubon Society and Save the Children.


Andrea’s recent retirement from her job is allowing her more time to devote to the many issues she cares about. This past year she has been involved in developing a local ordinance for Fairfield regarding shelter requirements for outside dogs. The proposal offers a stricter approach than the recently passed state law in providing adequate shelter for any dogs left outside.


Andrea and her husband Chris Kerin, already a friend of CVA, are generous donors to a number of animal and environmental causes. They are the proud “parents” of two rescue mini-Australian shepherds.

Say ‘Hello’ to CVA’s New Executive Team Members


To help meet our growing organizational needs, CVA has hired two new staff members. Linda Pleva, who is also vice president of Desmond’s Army, is CVA’s community engagement and communications coordinator, helping to expand CVA’s base with programs including legislative webinars and workshops throughout the state. She also works with the Communications Team developing messaging on our digital platforms. 

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As the director of organizational strategy and development, Sandy Bonola is creating operational and strategic plans to meet CVA’s financial, programmatic and advocacy goals. Sandy has years of experience in organizational planning and non-profit support and runs a consulting agency to help develop the capabilities of non-profit Boards. Sandy is on the board of a small rescue in New Hampshire and recently advised a marine life environmental non-profit in Georgia working to preserve the calving areas for the Right Whale and other wildlife. 

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Lend a hand or just stop by and visit at any of the upcoming events below.
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Grilled Vegetable Platter


Nothing says “summer” better than fresh vegetables, and veggies on the grill are the best! You can use this recipe or get creative and throw in a few ingredients of your own.


Remember to share your favorite vegan recipe. Email us at

Calling all animal advocates! We’re on the road again spreading word of our animal advocacy and enlisting more CVA supporters at animal-themed events throughout the state. You can help by joining us at one or more of the events below. Interested? Email us now at!




July 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1253 Whitney Ave., Hamden


Paws in the Park

July 23, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

John J Mitchell Fairgrounds,75 Brookfield St, South Windsor



CT Folk Fest & Green Expo 

Sept. 10 & 11

Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff St., New Haven

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