News & Event
On June 28th at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, more than 50 people gathered to learn together about trends and opportunities in animal welfare, one of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut’s four strategic pillars and an area of high interest among community members and donors.
A distinguished panel of experts weighed in on the progress made in advancing the welfare of companion animals over the last 30 years and how the landscape of animal welfare is changing in New England. Their observations spurred productive discussion around successes in saving animals’ lives and keeping people and pets together. The engaged group identified opportunities for change and what can be done together to continue improving the welfare of animals.
Susan Linker, CEO, Our Companions Animal Rescue
Christine Puskaric, DVM, Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital
Diana Urban, CT State Representative and animal welfare activist
Gordon Willard, Executive Director Connecticut Humane Society
Spay-neuter efforts since the '80s have been successful in curbing the overpopulation of dogs to the point that in the Northeast there is an under-supply of dogs ready for adoption as family pets.
The current system and safety net for animals needs more support and resources.
Education and Laws
Although state lawmakers and animal activists have achieved several key legislative wins such as pet shop laws, Desmond’s Law and tethering laws, the current laws are not widely known.
Local animal welfare efforts need to continue to focus on keeping pets in current loving homes and increase the chances of adoption for rescues through spay/neuter and vet care programs, expanding animal welfare education and resources, and increasing advocacy efforts.
In the words of our expert panelists:
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