The Humane Commission addresses policy issues regarding animal welfare at the Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter and throughout the City of New Haven, Connecticut.
The New Haven Humane Commission is appointed by the Mayor to provide animal welfare oversight, including the authority to adopt such rules and regulations that in its judgment are required for the operation of the animal shelter and related activities, and for the proper care and treatment of animals within the city limits.
Our focus is:
-- to advocate for the humane treatment of all New Haven companion animals.
-- to educate the public on responsible pet ownership emphasizing spay/neuter, vaccination programs, and practical, humane advice on pet behavior for owners; and to encourage continuing education for shelter personnel and other animal professionals.
-- to support the expedited adoption of companion animals at the city's animal shelter and those animals that have been pulled for adoption by area rescue organizations.
-- to promote the saving of lives of all healthy and treatable companion animals.
-- to disseminate public information regarding the humane welfare of companion animals.
-- to foster an ongoing dialog and system of shared resources with area humane welfare organizations that embrace this common vision.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"
- Mahatma Gandhi
The New Haven Humane Commission envisions and supports The Six Freedoms, as amended by Maddie's Fund, for all companion animals at our shelter and within the city limits:
1. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor
2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
3. Freedom from pain, injury, or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
4. Freedom to express normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal's own kind
5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
6. Freedom to Live by finding adoptive homes for all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats
If you are in need of police or animal control assistance, please call either the police department at (203) 946-6316 or New Haven's animal shelter at (203) 946-8110 to make a formal complaint.
Minutes of humane commission general and special meetings are posted at: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Government/HumaneCommission.asp
For more information about New Haven's animal shelter, animal adoption, dog licensing, and volunteer opportunities, please go to: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/animalshelter/
To stay in touch with the humane commission, especially to attend meetings that are open to the public, and to read postings related to companion animals in New Haven, please visit us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CityOfNewHavenHumaneCommission