CHS Mission Statement

The Connecticut Humane Society is the leading resource in the state for companion animal welfare, enriching the lives of families and communities through adoption services, medical care, education, and prevention of cruelty.

CHS envisions a state where each companion animal finds a permanent, compassionate home, where communities are enriched by the special bond between people and animals and where cruelty no longer exists. CHS’ purpose, direction and path are guided by the following set of core values:


We manage and allocate all our resources to remain steadfast to our mission, to achieve the greatest good, and to ensure the future of our organization.

Our actions and decisions are based on providing the best medical and shelter care, and services to the most animals. We respect the life of each individual animal, while focusing on the welfare of staff, community, and the animal population as a whole.

We enrich the Connecticut community we serve by placing safe, healthy companion animals in responsible, loving homes.

We treat all persons with dignity and respect in a non-judgmental manner. The general public, our staff members and volunteers are all viewed as our partners in improving animal welfare and in fulfilling our Mission.

A 2018 Snapshot
11,434 Pets Served

Medical and Wellness Care

21,217 Exams

12,054 Vaccinations

274 Special Surgeries

Community Partnerships

1,564 pets from  
Animal control and private rescue served

7,389 people impacted
through outreach programs

Community Pet Wellness Initiatives

6,338 Families Served

7,429 Pets Served


2,830 pets
found loving homes

live release rate

Average length of stay at CHS
24.2 days of medical care
2 days on the adoption floor