Animal care, adoptions keep humane society busy

Published on Saturday, 18 February 2017 22:13
Written by Lorenzo Burgio

Special to the Herald

The number of animals available for adoption through the Connecticut Humane Society changes each day because many more are being cared for than just those available, according to CHS spokeswoman Susan Wollschlager.

“There are always others being treated in the in-house medical department, in foster care with local families, or working with staff and volunteers on behavior and manners to get them ready for life with their future families,” said Wollschlager.

CHS is caring for dogs, cats, rats, rabbits, birds, ferrets, hamsters and a guinea pig, all looking for homes.

Adoptions can be conducted between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Adoption fees vary depending on the type of animal and age.

“We continue seeing a steady stream of adoptions in the winter. But inclement weather requires us to adjust our hours at times. When we do need to do that, the schedule change is posted on our website, with local TV news and on our social media,” said Wollschlager.

Two low-fee vaccination clinic days are organized twice a month by CHS, at Fox Memorial Clinic, a low-fee veterinary hospital run by, and attached to, CHS at 701 Russell Road, Newington. Vaccination clinics are by appointment only, do not replace the need for regular veterinary exams and offer vaccinations for distemper, rabies, leukemia, Lyme disease and bordetella.

“FMC also offers many other services, including routine veterinary exams, spay/neuter surgeries, preventative care, soft tissue and orthopedic service and diagnostics,” said Wollschlager. More information on the pet vaccinations and the clinic can be found at

CHS has organized fundraisers and drives to collect supplies and raise funds. The 2017 Faux Fur Ball is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Mystic, 20 Coogan Blvd. Mystic.

Tickets for seats or tables are on sale now, and include a delicious dining experience, wine, beer, music, and prize drawings.

There will also be the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items.

“One of the highlights is that a few furry VIPs will be attending to welcome guests,” said Wollschlager.

Food will be served from 6 to 8 p.m., and alcohol until 9. The silent auction is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., the live auction between 8 and 9 p.m. All proceeds go to support medical treatment and care of homeless animals.

Tickets are $80 per person, and participants must register before the event. Tables that seat 10 are available for $800.

The option to donate a little extra when buying tickets is also available, and people who choose to do so will receive a special acknowledgment online or in the program, depending on the donation.

Participants who buy an entire table and a guest of their choice will be invited to a pre-event champagne toast with Executive Director Gordon Willard.

Funds raised at the Faux Fur Ball will be used to support the medical needs of CHS pets.

CHS is also hosting a supplies drive at various Starbucks locations through the end of the month, to collect “dog and cat food [both canned and dry], pet treats and food for small animals and birds. Grain-free dog food is also needed,” said Wollschlager.

Participating Starbucks locations can be found at, along with a complete wish list of donations needed by CHS.

The humane society recently announced that the 2017 Diamonds in the Ruff gala will be scheduled for Sept. 16, at The North House in Avon. Last year, over $40,000 was raised for medical care for shelter pets.

Last year 15,890 pets were helped and 4,646 found homes through the CHS, with a 12-day average length of stay and a 96 percent live release rate.

Also, 491 volunteers last year totaled 23,561 hours of service throughout all CHS branches.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Newington on Saturday, 18 February 2017 22:13. Updated: Saturday, 18 February 2017 22:16.