Update - Wednesday, January 3

Masks: In accordance with CDC guidelines and local transmission levels, masking is optional at this time.

Adoptions: The adoption process will continue to be started and completed in person for Newington.

In order to best serve pets in CHS’ care and to efficiently serve the community, the Waterford and Westport locations are currently operating on an appointment only schedule. Adoptions for pets at these locations will begin online via online application.

    • Check out the adoptable pets page to see who’s looking for a home.
    • Visit Newington pets in person to start the adoption process and fill out an adoption questionnaire.
    • Fill out the online adoption questionnaire for pets in Waterford and Westport.
    • Adoption questionnaires will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Potential adopters will then meet with an adoption counselor to discuss the pet, and then meet the pet. Learn more about the process here.

Fox Memorial Clinic:

  • Fox will be open Monday – Friday by appointment only. Closed for lunch 1-2pm. Appointments are available beginning at 9:00am, with the last appointment at 3:30pm.
  • The clinic is only accepting new clients in need of medical attention.
  • The clinic is not currently accepting new clients in need of routine wellness.
    • Existing and new clients: Appointment availability is extremely limited.
  • If you have a scheduled appointment at Fox Clinic, please click here for details on how to check your pet in for his/her visit.
  • Limited vaccine clinic spots are available.
  • Friday heartworm clinics are cancelled until further notice.

Pet Wellness and Adoption Centers:

  • Pet surrenders are taking place at all three locations by  appointment only. Please contact CHS’ Call Center (800-452-0114) for assistance.
  • Adoptions in Newington are being fully conducted in-person from start to finish.
  • Adoptions in Waterford and Westport are by appointment only, and begin with an online application.
  • Supply and food donations from the CHS wish list are now being accepted at all locations. Check out the wish list here.
  • Monetary donations to the pets are always welcome by mail or online. Thank you, as always, for thinking of the pets!
  • Many volunteer positions are open. Please check the volunteer page for foster needs and on-site opportunities at each CHS location.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Any further changes will be announced here on

Please note, all three locations will be closed to the public on the following 2024 dates:

    • New Years Day, Monday 1/1
    • Easter, Sunday 3/31
    • Memorial Day,  Monday 5/27
    • Independence Day, Thursday 7/4
    • Labor Day, Monday 9/2
    • Thanksgiving, Thursday 11/28
    • Christmas Day,  Wednesday 12/25