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CFDRDO is a coalition of residents and dog clubs in Connecticut working on the ground to protect the rights of dog owners, trainers and breeders at the state and local levels. Our rights as responsible dog owners, fanciers and breeders continue to be threatened by "animal rights" advocacy and legislation. The American Kennel Club ("AKC") tracks legislation nationwide that could directly impact our ability to continue to own, breed, exhibit and train our dogs. In working to protect these rights, AKC needs the help of grass root organizations like CFDRDO and  other state Federations nationwide. Working together, we can demonstrate that dog owners, trainers and breeders are united in supporting the future of responsible dog ownership, training and breeding. Please join us so together we can work to preserve our right to own, train, breed and exhibit our beloved dogs for years to come.



We promote the general welfare of dogs and their owners.


We love dogs.


We promote responsible dog ownership.


We disseminate information and knowledge regarding dogs and dog ownership.




We actively monitor local, state and national laws and regulations that affect dogs and dog owners.

With the assistance of our members, we participate in the legislative process to promote and protect the interests of dogs and responsible dog owners.

We keep our members informed and encourage them to participate in the legislative process.


The latest legislative session ended on June 7, 2023.

The 2024 Regular Legislative session will convene at noon on Monday, March 11, 2024  and adjourn no later than Monday, June 3, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.  

We will contact you if your assistance is needed to support or oppose proposed legislation.
To find out how to contact your Senator and Representative, click Find my Senator or Representative


When writing or calling your Legislators

  • Always Be Polite

  • In your first sentence, identify the piece of proposed legislation and state whether you support or oppose the legislation being proposed.

  • Make your letters as short as possible.

  • Avoid using form letters.

  • It's that easy!

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