Steven Leshem, DVM, is currently an associate veterinarian at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in West Hartford. Steven Leshem, DVM, has worked in the veterinary services field for nearly 15 years. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Steve Leshem dedicates his time and resources to several organizations, including Protectors of Animals (POA), a Connecticut-based nonprofit that rescues stray and mistreated dogs and cats.

An entirely volunteer-led shelter and rescue, POA relies on dedicated volunteers to manage the organization’s administrative activities, foster homeless pets, and provide basic medical care to shelter animals. POA volunteers also represent the shelter at public events and play a key role in ensuring that all animals are groomed, socialized, and placed in homes with loving caregivers.

POA is always in need of good help and is currently accepting applications for new volunteers. POA volunteers must be no younger than 18 years of age and commit to assisting the organization for at least six months. Those unable to volunteer their time can support POA by making a monetary donation, adopting a homeless pet, or purchasing merchandise through the POA store. For more information about how you can support POA, visit