Special To The Herald
NEWINGTON- From puppies to parakeets to hamsters, the Connecticut Humane Society is hosting its fourth annual “Clear the Shelters” day in the hopes that all the furry friends available for adoption will find their forever home.
The nationwide event today will feature hundreds of canines, felines, birds and other small animals available for same - day adoption at a reduced fee of $50.
Over 20 adoption locations across Connecticut will be taking part beginning at 9 a.m. including the shelter in this town.
“It’s one of our biggest days of the year,” Newington’s Humane Society’s Susan Wollschlager said. “It’s a really good way to promote adoption awareness and find tons of animals great new homes.”
In order to make sure that the potential adopter finds the perfect pet for them, Wollschlager said that counselors will meet with families upon arrival to fill out a short application that goes over specifically what the adopter is looking for.
“After the application, they can take them home if they’re ready,” Wollschlager said. “Or, if they have to go home and set up or bring their pet back to meet them, they have 24 hours to come back and make everything official and complete.”
Pets of all different ages and conditions will be available. Families looking to take home an animal with a certain medical condition will have all of the necessary information provided to them, according to Wollschlager.
Perhaps one of those most special animals, Wollschlager said, is 11-year-old Moses, a big black cat with diabetes.
After being cared for by the center’s medical department for over three months, the furry feline is finally ready to find his family and will be available for adoption Saturday with a fee of $30.
Aside from Moses, other animals coming from various living situations will be looking for homes as well.
“A lot of our pets come to us from families who are going through financial difficulty,” Wollschlager said. “Sometimes they come to us through animal control centers from across Connecticut, but throughout the year, you’ll get those cases where some have been in really rough conditions.”
Because of the various environments the animals have lived through, Wollschlager said that some of them may come off as timid at first.
“I want people to remember that the pets might seem a bit shy and quiet here, but they blossom when you get them home,” she said. It’s just like this transformation and it can change them for the best when they finally know they’re settled in their home”
No matter the pet though, Wollschlager said that all animals leave spayed, neutered and up-to-date with vaccines.
Still, one of the biggest things Wollschlager emphasized was to be open-minded when adopting.
“Everyone wants to come for the puppies and kittens, but what’s cool about that is that sometimes that will draw them in but then they spot an older or adult pet and that’s who they end up falling in love with and taking home,” she said. “Even if you think you’re coming for a puppy, you might fall in love with an older dog.”
Above all, Wollschlager said that providing a home can be one of the best things a person can do for both themselves and the animal.
“Adopting is a great thing to do for these pets that are in need,” Wollschlager continued. They have so much love to give that it’s almost as if they’re so grateful when you bring them home because they now know that they’re yours and you are theirs.”
For a complete list of available animals and locations throughout the state, visit http://www.cthumane.org.
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