Friday, October 13, 2017

My interview with seven-year-old animal activist Eloise!

Hello everyone!

Recently, I interviewed a girl named Eloise. She is seven years old and from my hometown of Milford. She painted pictures of animals, sold them and donated the money to the animal shelter. She's a very inspiring girl and I have no doubt that she will help many people and animals in the future. Watch my interview with Eloise below!


Are you raising money for animals in your community? Let me know! Email me at CKGJessica@kidgovernor.org to tell me how you are helping animals!

Your Kid Governor,

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Helping Animals After Hurricane Harvey

Hey guys!

As you may have heard, Texas is currently flooded and covered in water after Hurricane Harvey. So many people and animals are being found and rescued. The shelters are so full of animals and they really need your help to find as many of the animals as possible a loving home. My friends at the Connecticut Humane Society have sent down ten people to Texas to help rescue animals and find them a new home. They are also excepting a few animals to come up to our Humane Society so people from Connecticut can give these pets a loving home right here! I am also happy to see the Humane Society of the United States, who I met with when I was in Washington, D.C. in June, has volunteers on the front lines helping with animal rescue in Texas.

Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

If you really want to help the animal shelters down in Texas, there are a few things you can do. First, if you can, you can donate to the animal shelters, the ASPCA, or the Texas Humane Society in Houston. You can mail donations to them or call and ask how you can best help! If you still want to help but can't donate anything, you can help raise awareness with friends and family too!

Thank you guys for staying updated on all my blog posts and make sure to keep helping animals, those that are voice! 

Have a great day!

Your Kid Governor, 


Friday, September 8, 2017

Animal Bills Becoming Laws

Hello everyone!

School has just started and I am so excited. I spent time this summer on my Summer Library Circuit and it went great! I had so much fun at each library!

In April I looked at some bills about animals and recently looked again to see which laws had passed and which didn't. In April I joined Diana Urban to advocating for a bill that would let children who are testifying in certain criminal cases use therapy animals to provide comfort. I am proud to say that this bill and one other animal bill passed into law!
  1. HB-6999:A law that allows children to use therapy dogs for comfort while testifying in certain criminal cases.
  2. HB-6334: A law that requires animal shelters to be registered and inspected.
Watch our Animal Therapy Day press conference at the Capitol from April. The bill we were advocating for was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Malloy!

Not all of the bills that I supported passed. Here are a few of my favorite bills that I will keep advocating for.
  1. HB-6326: A law that makes the act of selling ivory in CT illegal. 
  2. HB-6339: A law making the act of giving cows, pigs, and hens too little space illegal. 
  3. HB-5988: A law that saves someone from a fine or jail time if they break property saving an animal. 
  4. SB-602: A law that makes sure that animals in shelters or pounds are being treated humanely. 
I hope that these bills will get passed in the future. Until then, I will keep contacting my legislators. You can too! You can learn how to write to elected officials HERE

Next, I have a few shout outs to some people who wrote on my cut outs at the Old State House! Braden said "stopping people from destroying trees" is an important topic. Brianna wrote that we should "feed all hungry animals and help any animals in trouble". Phillip said he wants to "take care of strays and lost animals". Mary Beth also wrote "make sure that your animals have water outside!" Guys, keep on writing and making a difference!

Make sure to email me all you're doing out there! You can contact me at CKGJessica@KidGovernor.org.

Have an awesome day and keep helping animals, those without a voice!

Your Kid Governor, 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Add Your Name to CKG Jessica's "Responsible Pet Owner Pledge"!

A message from your friends at the Connecticut Public Affairs Network...

Earlier this year CKG Jessica visited the Westminster Dog Show in New York City. While there, she pledged to be a responsible dog owner by signing her name to the American Kennel Club’s “Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise!

Jessica signing AKC's "Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise"

While the AKC “Pet Promise” is specifically for dog owners, it’s just as important for anyone who owns any pet – a dog, cat, horse, bird, lizard, pig, or anything else – to understand the huge responsibility they take on as guardian of another living being.

Your pet is TOTALLY dependent on you for fresh food, water, daily exercise, visits to the vet, and – just as importantly – giving it the kind of attention that will allow it to live a fulfilled and happy life. For some animals, that could mean training them to learn how to behave around people and other animals; that’s called socialization. By spending time teaching your pet good behavior, you’re creating a better member of society. The time we spend on training our pets to perform tricks or follow commands helps build trust and respect between us and our furry, feathered or scaly friends – and the satisfaction that comes from that kind of relationship is the best reward of all!

After visiting with the dogs (and cats!) at Westminster, CKG Jessica was inspired to create her own pledge for ALL pet owners! She hopes that you will join her in committing to the following acts of responsible pet ownership for all of your pets:

I promise…
  • I will always provide a safe environment for my pet. 
  • I will always make sure they have fresh clean water and healthy food every day! 
  • I will make sure to always take them to the vet for their checkups, keep them updated on all their vaccines and bring them to the doctor when they are sick. 
  • I will play with them and make sure they get plenty of exercise! 
  • I will love them and treat them with respect. I will remember that they have feelings too! 

A community member signing Jessica's "Responsible Pet Owner Pledge" during her Summer Library Circuit.

Add your name to Jessica’s pledge by emailing her at CKGJessica@kidgovernor.org or posting a comment below - you’ll get a shout-out on one of her blog posts!

You can download a copy of Jessica's Pet Pledge HERE. Feel free to share it with friends and others in the community! 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Recap of my Summer Library Circuit!

Hello everyone! School is just around the corner and I’m so excited.

Last month, I held my Summer Library Circuit and visited public libraries across the state. The Circuit went great and I had so much fun at each library.

Speaking at the Russell Library in Middletown.

So many people came out to the Hartford Public Library, the Russell Library in Middletown, and the Milford Public Library and we all had a great time. I shared by Helping Animals, Those Without a Voice campaign, explained what I have been doing during my term as Connecticut's Kid Governor, and told attendees about responsible pet ownership. After my presentation, kids and adults participated in my Helping Animals activity and signed my Responsible Pet Owner Pledge.

Families who came to hear my presentation at the Hartford Public Library.

Families participating in my animal activities at the Russell Library.


I was also able to meet therapy dogs Gizmo, Bennie Boo Beags and Spartacus Chooch - they are cute pups who came to hear my presentation and meet my constituents. If you have Facebook, you should follow them.

Me with Bennie Boo Beags, Spartacus Chooch, Gizmo, and their owners at the Milford Public Library.

If you missed my Summer Library Circuit,  you can watch recordings of my visits by clicking the links below. You can also download my PowerPoint HERE.


Make sure to email me all the great things you're doing out there to help animals at CKGJessica@kidgovernor.org.

Keep helping animals, those without a voice!

Your Kid Governor,

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Today is International Cat Day!

Hi guys! Did you know that today is International Cat Day? I don’t encourage you to beg your parents for a cat, but I do encourage you to help cats in your community.


If you have spare time, ask your parents if you can volunteer at a shelter or pound to play with or feed the cats or maybe dogs. You can also click HERE to learn about and start planning a drive to collect items needed at your local shelter or pound. Anything is helpful!

Cats need your help. Make sure to email me at CKGJessica@kidgovernor.org and tell me about all the great things that you or your friends and family are doing.

You all are doing great work! Keep helping animals, those without a voice. Thank you!


Acts of kindness towards cats suggested by visitors to my office at Connecticut's Old State House!



Saturday, July 29, 2017

My Visit to Washington, D.C.!

Hey everyone! How is your summer going? I have been going to libraries across the state teaching kids, adults, and teachers all about my platform, the Kid Governor program, what I’m doing as Kid Governor, and how you can help.  Look out for a blog post on my Summer Library Circuit later this summer! I will also be making my presentation on responsible pet ownership to send into all the schools of Connecticut very soon.

Me in front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.!

I recently visited Washington, D.C. to meet with Connecticut’s congresspeople about my platform of Helping Animals, Those Without a Voice and to learn about proposed bills in Congress that impact animals. It was amazing to see the U.S. Capitol and the White House for the first time ever! I also got to see the Hart Senate Office Building, which is where U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal work. I was able to meet with both Sen. Murphy and Sen. Blumenthal to learn about their jobs in the Senate and the issues they care about. They were excited to learn about my platform and share why they think animals deserve a voice!


I met with Sen. Chris Murphy (top) inside the U.S. Capitol and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (below) in his office on Capitol Hill. 

I also got to meet with my U.S. Representative, Rosa DeLauro, who is incredibly inspiring. She told me to “fight for what you believed in; not with fists, but with knowledge.” She, too, is an animal lover and has worked hard to speak up for animals. It was an awesome experience!

I met with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (above) in her office on Capitol Hill to discuss my platform.

While I was in D.C., I also met with staff from the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund. They gave me a tour of their office and told me all about the legislation they are supporting and working on. They even knew about Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and Representative DeLauro because they are strong advocates for animals in Congress! The people we met with were very passionate about helping animals and are giving animals across the country a voice.

Meeting with staff from the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society legislative Fund in their national headquarters. 

You can see more photos from my trip to Washington, D.C. and Capitol Hill at facebook.com/CTKidGovernor and twitter.com/CTKidGovernor.

In other news, I would like to give a shout out to 11 year old Sahara Behpour, who organized an animal awareness day at her local Stop & Shop on Sunday, June 25. Sahara raised $360.79 along with many donations of cat and dog food, toys, treats, pet carriers, used towels, and blankets. She gave it all to her local animal food bank. Her act of kindness is helping so many animals. Way to go Sahara! Keep doing all the great work that you do for animals in Connecticut.

Anyone else who is doing good things – even just donating a dollar or a can of food to an animal  shelter or pound – make sure to email me all the great things you’re doing! You can contact me at CKGJessica@KidGovernor.org and I’ll give you a shout out right here on my blog. I can’t wait to hear from everyone. Have a great day, and keep helping those without a voice!


Your Kid Governor,