Helping abused animals thrive

Story by Yasmine Alami

Not far from the bustling city of Connecticut’s capital, Hartford, is a safe haven for animals in the small town of Ashford.

The town is home to Our Companions Animal Rescue, the only one of its kind in New England.

Founded in 2002, the Sanctuary is known as Connecticut’s first animal rescue, rehabilitation and adoption center. The building houses animals that have been traumatized, neglected and abused, making them extremely vulnerable.

However, through the compassionate works of Our Companions the animals are provided a comforting, home-life, enriching environment that encourages healing and rehabilitation.


The FOX 61 Student News program empowers Connecticut middle and high school students to explore the world of multi-media journalism by giving them the opportunity to capture, edit and publish original content under the guidance of industry professionals.

Each student produced and hosted segment will showcase a local story or event, highlighting all that is great about our state and align with our station's mission of HOPE. Segments will be featured on-air during Friday's Morning News at 6:20, a.m. 8:20 a.m., the 5 and 10 p.m. news. twice during the FOX61 Morning News on Saturday, on our Facebook page and right here on!

Stay tuned and keep an eye out for the next news star! If your school would like to get involved learn more here or email us at