NEWINGTON - When another lawyer stands up for animals in court, and another guilty verdict is handed down in a cruelty case, pets can thank attorney and professor Jessica Rubin. Animals have found a staunch advocate in Rubin, and so has the Connecticut Humane Society.
Rubin will be inducted into CHS’ Gertrude O. Lewis Humanitarian Society at this year’s Diamonds in the Ruff gala auction on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m. at The North House, 1 Nod Road, Avon. She’s only the fifth person to earn the prestigious designation.
The creator of the Animal Law Clinic at the University of Connecticut, Rubin says she’s happy and thankful to receive the honor, but feels it’s about more than just her work.
“I’m also hopeful that the honor will bring attention to CHS and Desmond’s Law,” Rubin said, noting the law she helped implement in the 2016 legislative session with CHS and fellow animal supporters.
The law allows courts to assign volunteer legal advocates - law students or lawyers volunteering their time at no cost to the state - to assist in bringing justice in animal abuse cases. The students who work on cases are from her own classes and the Animal Law Clinic.
Rubin has long worked with animals, even when she was a child. Her mother ran an animal rescue group.
“We were the contact for local animal emergencies - abandoned dogs, abused cats, injured swans,” said Rubin, who has two dogs, Cynara, who is 13, and Holly, who is 5. “So, I think that I am hard-wired to love animals, and my upbringing allowed that passion to flourish and develop into a lifestyle and eventually a career.”
Now she’s doing the same for her students, while giving pets a voice in the courtroom.
Seats for the Diamonds in the Ruff gala are on sale now at CThumane.org. The event’s title sponsor is Hill’s Pet Nutrition. The evening includes visits with CHS foster puppies, a gourmet, multi-course plated dinner, drinks, a photo booth, animal-themed trivia, music and live and silent auctions.
Proceeds will support lifesaving care for pets like Cosmo at CHS’ three locations in Newington, Waterford and Westport. Cosmo, a tiny terrier mix, arrived at CHS needing an emergency leg amputation after being injured. He started a new life as a tri-paw and now runs with ease alongside his new dog brothers in his new home.
CHS serves pets from all over the state through its three locations, staff medical department and Fox Memorial Clinic, a reduced-fee veterinary office open to the public.
For seating and sponsorship, visit cthumane.org. For more information, contact: 860-594-4502, ext. 6307, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2019; 6 – 10:00 p.m.
WHERE: The North House, 1 Nod Road, Avon, CT
TICKETS: Advance Seating: $90 per person Price valid through Wednesday, November 6, 2019
For seating and sponsorship, visit: www.cthumane.org
DETAILS: For more information, contact: 860-594-4502, ext. 6307, or email email@example.com.
About the Connecticut Humane Society
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. The Connecticut Humane Society is not affiliated with any national animal welfare groups, does not receive government funding, and does not euthanize for time, space, breed or age. To learn more about the Connecticut Humane Society, please visit www.cthumane.org .
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(Photo by Susan Wollschlager) The Diamonds in the Ruff gala-set for Saturday, Nov. 9, at The North House in Avon-will support pets like Cosmo at the Connecticut Humane Society. Cosmo, a tiny terrier mix, arrived at CHS needing an emergency leg amputation after being injured and now has a new home and a new life as a tri-paw. Seats for the fundraiser are on sale now at CThumane.org.