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Norwich Bulletin - 9/2/2007

Come Meet the Connecticut Humane Society in Norwich

In 1881, a Hartford High School Senior, Gertrude O. Lewis, founded the Connecticut Humane Society. For 84 years, this organization was the only statewide agency that offered any type of child protective services.

Once the Department of Children and Youth Services came into existence, the Connecticut Humane Society turned its focus to the animals. Over the years, they have built shelters and trained a staff of professionals and volunteers to care for the animals as well as provide humane education throughout the state.

The Connecticut Humane Society provides many community services that most people now take for granted. I would like my readers to take a moment and think how much it takes financially and emotionally to care for your personal pets. Now imagine taking on an entire state of unwanted animals! These animals must be cared for medically and emotionally and helped through the trauma of abandonment so much more than Pet Adoption or Pet Surrender services.

There are Dog Obedience and Behavior consultants, Law Enforcement Support Services, and, for children, there are tours of the facility, the Kindness Club, Camp Claire and the KIND Newsletter. And on the other side of the coin, the shelter offers senior citizens Pet Therapy and Pets for People.

In 1881 the mission statement of the Connecticut Humane Society was born and it still holds true today: "The purpose of the Society is to promote humanity and kindness, and to prevent cruelty to both man and animals, by information, statistics, appropriate literature, and by any and all lawful means which they may deem wise and best, and by assisting in the prosecution of crimes of a cruel and inhumane nature; and generally to encourage justice and humanity, and to discourage injustice and inhumanity."

Thatís a tough job to do throughout an entire state! One of the ways they found to help is their Fox Memorial Clinic, opened to the public in April 1999, which includes a pet wellness center, catastrophic care and low cost spay/neuter services and vaccinations for pet owners who would not otherwise be able to afford veterinary treatment for their animals.

They are a full service veterinary practice. The clinic is on a fee for service basis to the public and will accept cash, VISA or Mastercard They do not accept personal checks. It is also important to note that they are not an emergency facility as there is not a vet there 24/7. You must have an appointment and since their services are in high demand, make an appointment way ahead of time for spay/neuter surgeries or well animal visits which may or may not include vaccinations.

Fox Memorial Clinic also offers low cost vaccination clinics that are designed to better help protect your pets from common diseases. There are clinics scheduled for October 12, 19, and 26; November 2, 9 and 16, and December 7, 14 and 28, 2007.

Cats must be in carriers and dogs must be on a leash. The clinics are by appointment only and you can make one by calling 860-594-4503. Please do not bring aggressive dogs into the clinic, it is better to schedule a regular appointment for less than social dogs.

The Newington Connecticut Humane Society is beautiful and well run by people who care. They have come to the aid of Helping Paws many times when we have done a large rescue and I cherish the friendships I have made with some of the people there.

Come and some of the people and some of their cats that are in need of a home! Helping Paws has invited the Humane Society to bring their adoption van to the Mysticats Cat Show, being held on September 22 and 23, 2007, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm Saturday and 12:00 to 4:00 on Sunday. Can you offer a kitty a new home?

Perhaps you just want to donate food or old blankets Ė whatever you want to do to help the cause will be appreciated. And while you are at it, stop by the show. Itís a fundraiser for Helping Paws.

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