Pets are a common victim of the recession. As families struggle to make ends meet, Connecticut animal shelters have seen a huge inflow of pets being given up for adoption.
“Shelters and rescue groups are overwhelmed with the large number of dogs and cats released by people who just can’t afford to care for them,” says Jen Tobias of Best Friends Pet Care. “The shelters simply don’t have enough food or supplies for all these newly homeless pets.”
Through the end of December, Best Friends will be collecting food and supply donations to its “Angel Tree” program to benefit Connecticut shelters, including Protectors of Animals of Wethersfield, Hotwater Rescue, Double Dog Rescue, Our Companions Rescue, Connecticut Humane Society of Westport, Stamford Animal Shelter, PAWS of Norwalk and others.
Animal lovers can visit or call any Best Friends to select a card from the Angel Tree to find out what items are needed for that homeless dog or cat. Since each shelter has specific needs, donors are asked to shop from the list on the pet’s card. Cash donations are also accepted. Best Friends is located in Avon at 60 Harris Road and can be reached by calling 860-673-0555;in Bethany at 227 Cheshire Road and can be reached by calling 203-393-3126;in Norwalk at 528 Main Avenue and can be reached by calling 203-849-1010; and in Rocky Hill at 1511 Silas Deane Highway and can be reached by calling 860-721-8080.
This is the ninth year that Best Friends has run the Angel Program for homeless pets. Last year 10 shelters received hundreds of dollars worth of pet supplies through the program. For more information go to www.bestfriendspetcare.com.