Connecticut Humane Society

Westport, Connecticut

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About Connecticut Humane Society

Founded in 1881, Connecticut Humane Society is the oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization in the state and helps thousands of pets every year.

They have three adoption facility locations:

  • Newington/Offices: 701 Russell Rd, Newington, CT 06111
  • Waterford: 169 Old Colchester Rd, Quaker Hill, CT 06375
  • Westport: 455 Post Rd, East Westport, CT 06880

Throughout its history, Connecticut Humane Society has remained at the forefront of the animal welfare world, enriching the lives of both the residents and animals of Connecticut. They have a bold vision for their state:

  • Each companion animal finds a permanent, compassionate home
  • Communities are enhanced by the special bond between people and animals
  • Animal cruelty no longer exists

Animals come to Connecticut Humane Society from families who can no longer take care of them, municipal animal control shelters, private rescue partners, or as strays. The shelter invests love and resources into each animal and never euthanizes for time, space, breed, or age.

Connecticut Humane Society has developed various programs to serve the needs of their community:

  • A Pet Food Pantry works to keep more pets in homes and out of shelters.
  • Pop-up clinics deliver vaccination and wellness services to high-need communities across the state.
  • Education and outreach initiatives inspire the next generation to be kind to animals, help animal welfare professionals excel in their roles, and engage learners of all ages in the protection of animals.

Want to learn more about the adoption process and fees at Connecticut Humane Society? Keep reading below.

Contact Info

455 Post Rd E
(203) 227-4137

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Adoption Process

It's easy to fall in love, but caring for a pet is a big commitment. Before you apply, make sure you're ready for the changes a pet will bring into your life.

Review this checklist to help you prepare.

Connecticut Humane Society's adoption counselors are eager to help you find the right match for your family. The process to follow can be found below:

  1. View adoptable pets on the shelter's website. It's updated every 5 minutes, so check back often! With an average of only 3.5 days before an available pet is adopted, don't delay if you've found the right animal for you.
  2. Complete an adoption application. Applications are responded to in the order in which they're received, and you'll be contacted by phone if the pet you've applied for is still available.
  3. An adoption counselor will call to speak with you about what you're looking for in a pet, the animal you're interested in, the pet's personality, the pet's medical care, what to expect down the road, and more.
  4. If you and the pet are a match, make an appointment to visit the shelter, interact with the animal, complete your adoption paperwork, review the contract and documentation, and pay your adoption fee.
  5. The final and most rewarding step is heading home with your new pet!

Connecticut Humane Society has some general adoption guidelines:

  • You must be 18+ years old.
  • You must have a valid driver's license or state photo ID with your current address.
  • You may be asked to provide landlord approval or proof of home ownership.

While Connecticut Humane Society tries to make the adoption process smooth, the adoption process isn't necessarily a quick one. Just remember, it's time well spent. It's all for your new family member, after all!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Connecticut Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (6 months and under): $445 (includes training classes worth $95)
  • Puppies (7-12 months): $275
  • Adults (1+ years): $150
  • Seniors (8+ years): $100


  • Kittens (6 months and under): $300
  • Kittens (7-12 months): $200
  • Adults (1+ years): $140
  • Seniors (8+ years): $80

Small Animals

  • Hamsters/mice/rats: $10
  • Guinea pigs: $25
  • Rabbits: $35
  • Ferrets: $70
  • Chinchillas: $100


  • Finches: $5
  • Doves: $15
  • Parakeets: $15
  • Lovebirds (in pairs): $50
  • Cockatiels: $40
  • Exotics: Market price

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery for all eligible dogs, cats, and rabbits, flea/tick treatment, deworming, basic age-appropriate vaccinations including rabies for dogs/cats over 3 months old, microchipping, a tag for dogs, cats and rabbits, and 30 days of free pet insurance for cats and dogs.

In addition, dogs receive heartworm testing (if 6+ months old), a collar and leash, a temperament evaluation to help identify potential behavioral needs (if 6 months or older), a starter bag of food, and a discounted rate on obedience classes offered at the Connecticut Humane Society.

Cats receive testing for leukemia and FIV, a stretch collar, a cardboard carrier, and a starter bag of food.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Connecticut Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

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