Change a Pet’s Life Day, celebrated annually on January 23rd, was created to encourage pet adoption worldwide. At Shoreline Happy Paws, we love to support pet adoption and rescue. In honor of Change a Pet’s Life Day, we’ve highlighted some of the Connecticut Shoreline’s animal welfare organizations and events. These organizations are a wonderful place to start your adoption journey. They are also a great place for your generosity and support.
All the Single Kitties
Founded in 2022, Carla’s Cat Rescue, LLC, is an Old Saybrook-based woman-owned business. They are dedicated to improving the lives of homeless cats. They work with a local rescue partner who saves cats that are at risk from euthanasia at high-kill shelters.
All the Single Kitties is the organization’s cat café, which opened in November 2022. The café provides sanctuary for homeless cats until they find their forever homes. Guests pay a small fee to visit with adoptable cats and kittens in a relaxed and fun environment. While you may choose to adopt a cat, it’s not mandatory. Supporting the organization is also about spending quality time with cats both for their socialization and your enjoyment.
Homeward Bound C
Homeward Bound CT is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Their mission is to help rescues find loving homes for their dogs. They do this by creating adoption events such as the Chester Dog Fair for rescues and shelters to bring their dogs, all at no cost to them. On Homeward Bound CT’s website, you’ll find adoptable dogs like Archie that are waiting for a loving home. If you’re looking to volunteer your time and talents, Homeward Bound CT has plenty of spots available, including foster opportunities.
In addition to their rescue efforts, Homeward Bound CT’s Spay it Forward program helps Connecticut shelter dogs by covering the cost of their spay and neuter surgeries, which helps them get adopted. Because they are a non-profit organization, donations made to Homeward Bound CT are tax deductible and change dogs’ lives forever.
Valley Shore Animal Welfare League
Based in Westbrook, CT, Valley Shore Animal Welfare League (also known as ‘VSAWL’) was founded in 1972 by a group of women that saw a need for animal-oriented programs along the shoreline of Connecticut. The League now owns and operates a no-kill shelter that serves as an adoption facility for dogs and cats. You can view their adorable adoptable pets here.
VSAWL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operated by a Board of Directors, a caring, dedicated staff, and a number of volunteers. They welcome and encourage visitors and group tours because they are passionate about educating and sharing what they do with the shoreline community. They too are looking for fosters and volunteers.
Adoption is a surefire way to take a pet from an unthinkable situation and change their life forever Yet, for those that have met their maximum number of pets, aren’t sure they can commit to a pet long-term, or aren’t ready to bring a new pet into their home after the loss of a beloved cat or dog, these Shoreline organizations offer plenty of opportunities to change a pet’s life for the day, for a season, or with a donation.
Another way to make your pet’s day is to hire a professional pet sitter or dog walker to care for them while you’re at work or traveling. At Shoreline Happy Paws, we work hard to improve the lives of the pets in our care. Contact us for more information on our services areas and services.