Conn. Shelter Finds Forever Homes for All But One Cat

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Update: The Connecticut Humane Society says Blue has been removed from the adoption ranks right now as she undergoes some medical treatment, but will be back up for adoption soon.

The NBC and Telemundo stations’ Clear the Shelters event over the weekend was a huge success, with more than 118,000 pets adopted from over 2,000 participating shelters nationwide.

In Connecticut, 29 shelters took part in the annual event and 1,452 pets found forever homes.

At the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington, there were long lines of families looking to adopt.

“It means giving pets deserving homes and we could not be more thrilled with the success of the event on Saturday. The Connecticut Humane Society adopted 102 pets – mostly cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens thankfully some of our guinea pigs as well,” explained Alicia Wright of the Connecticut Humane Society.

The shelter found homes for all but one of its 37 cats. The one left behind is named Blue, a 1-year-old Tabby cat who’s been at the shelter for a little more than a month.

“She came in with her kittens. Of course her kittens went home, but Blue is having a little bit of a harder time,” Wright said.

Wright said Blue likes her private time and could get a “little bit hissy” when new friends come around. She said the ideal home for Blue would be a quiet one, preferably with kids over the age of 10. 

“She’s a lovely cat and we believe that once she gets comfortable in your home she is going to make an absolutely wonderful companion,” Wright said.

Hartford resident Sashane Phillips was at the Humane Society on Saturday looking to adopt a puppy for her kids and was saddened to see Blue alone among the empty crates, noting she’s a “cat person.” 

Phillips said her heart goes out to Blue.

“I feel bad because it’s kind of not fair. No friends, nobody to look at,” she added.

If you’re interested in adopting Blue or for more information the Connecticut Humane Society, click here.  

Although the Clear the Shelters event happened over the weekend, the initiative continues all year.

For more information, click here.

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  • Towels and blankets - Shelters are often cold and animals like to have a blanket to curl up on. Towels are a big help to dry animals off after being bathed or if they come in wet. Towels can also be used to line the bottoms of cages. The towels or blankets don't have to be brand new or in perfect condition. The animals won't mind, as long as they're usable.
  • Canned and Dry Food for Cats and Dogs-Healthy - Healthy pet options for nourishment
  • Kitty litter and cat boxes - Cats go to the bathroom- a lot. Shelters are constantly using bag after bag of litter. Their supply runs out fast.
  • Puppy or kitten formula and nursing bottles - Sometimes there are situations where a young puppy or kitten who is not weaned gets separated from their mother. In these situations they need puppy or kitten formula to survive.
  • Old newspaper - When you're done with your newspapers you usually just throw them away or recycle them, right? You could help animals at no cost to you if you just save up your old newspapers. Newspapers are used in the bottoms of cages. They get soiled quickly, so they're in constant demand.
  • Collars, harnesses, and leashes - Dogs who are taken out on walks need a leash and collar or harness. The shelter loses some because adopted dogs often go home with their leash or harness.
  • Grooming supplies - Grooming supplies can include shampoo, brushes, combs, haircutting scissors, etc. Dogs and cats often come in dirty or end up getting dirty. Grooming supplies can keep them fresh, clean, and adoptable.
  • Toys - You would get bored if you had to lay in a crate alone all day, wouldn't you? Animals in shelters get bored, too. It keeps the animals from being so lonely and bored and allows them to get exercise. You could go out and buy new toys, or you could donate toys your pets or children may have not gotten much use out of. It's as simple as that.
  • Crates and carriers - Animals need to be transported somehow, and the cost of multiple crates and carriers can add up quickly. You can donate ones you stopped using that are still in good condition or you could go buy one for a decent price. This helps the shelter tremendously.
  • Paper towels and cleaning supplies - There are a lot of situations that get messy, so paper towels are a big help.
  • Hand wash and hand sanitizer - People who work at shelters need to keep their hands clean for their and the animals' health.
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener, and bleach - Towels and blankets get soiled often so the washing machines are being used a lot
  • Dog and cat beds - this can offer the animals a soft place to lay instead of a kennel or cage floor.
  • Heating pads - Many animals come in cold or are young and need warmth. Heating pads can replace a mother's warmth.
  • Copy paper and pens, pencils, post-it notes and staples - You can't forget about all the paperwork that has to be done. Donating these items makes it so the shelter doesn't have to buy them on their own.
  • Garbage bags, mops, brooms, and sponges - The shelter uses these every day and clean up supplies can get expensive.
  • Food bowls - As new animals come in, the shelter needs new places to put food. Having an adequate supply could mean life or death for an animal in a shelter.
  • Rubber and latex gloves - A lot of messy stuff happens and gloves are necessary to lessen the spread of germs.
  • Plastic shopping bags - Plastic bags can be used to clean up dog mess and to store things in.

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