Through local rescue support, outreach, super adoption events and an expanding foster network, the Sanctuary is working to make a difference for animals and the people who care for them.

Every year, over 7 million animals enter shelters across the country. For senior pets, their residence in a caged environment remains four times longer than their younger counterparts. The Senior Paw Project works to keep these special animals out of the shelter and in the loving homes they deserve. Honoring the bond between caregivers and their pets, the Senior Paw Project steps in to assist senior pet owners and their animals when that relationship is in jeopardy by providing:

  • Emergency foster placement for animals at risk of surrender due to caregiver illness, hospitalization or relocation
  • Medical support including veterinary care, medicine and transportation assistance
  • Pet food
  • Recruitment of active senior citizens to “make an old friend” by fostering senior animals

To be considered for services  or to learn more, contact us at:

To become a foster, please complete the foster home application and mail to CVH Animal Sanctuary, PO Box 3571, Newtown, CT 06470 or email to

For upcoming informational sessions on the Senior Paw Project please visit our events calendar.

Senior Paw Project Brochure
Veterinary support generously provided by Valley Veterinary Hospital.

Thank you to our Senior Paw Project sponsor Pet Smart Charities.
Thanks to the generous support of

The sanctuary is able to provide the following food pantries, housing authorities and social services with much needed pet food: Bethel Community Food PantryFAITH Food Pantry of NewtownJericho Partnership in DanburyNew Milford Social ServicesGreenwich Housing AuthorityNunnawalk MeadowsNewtown Social Services via the Senior Center, & Danbury Housing Authority.