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Contributing Author: Roman Long
Published: November 13, 2013
During the late 1800's, at a time of rising popular sentiment demanding equality for women and improved social conditions, Gertrude Lewis decided to take matters into her own hands. She worked with area clergy, newspaper editors and prominent citizens to establish animal rights in balance with human rights. Although only a Hartford High School senior, Gertrude set up a foundation for better treatment of animals and children. As additional organizations were formed to serve the needs of children, the Connecticut Humane Society shifted its focus to protecting animals, specifically companion animals.