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40 Homeless Dogs Find 40 Forever Homes [Photos]

Georgia Veterinarian and volunteers match homeless dogs to families at Stratford Petco.


The RV departed Georgia's Madison County on Thursday around 7 p.m. The ultimate destination was in Stratford, and the trip took 20 hours, with the furry cargo and caretakers arriving in Norwalk around 3 p.m. on Friday.

Forty dogs and eight volunteers, under the supervision of veterinarian Dr. Gloria Andrews, arrived safe and sound, but the real challenge lay ahead: finding homes for all 40 dogs and puppies in just two days.

Was it luck or was it good timing? The weekend was somewhat mild and overcast -- not exactly beach weather. Still, by the end of Saturday, 23 out of 40 dogs had found homes. These dogs from Georgia, harder to place in the South where dogs are often allowed to roam and fewer owners spay or neuter their dogs than in the Northeast, were all placed with loving families in Connecticut.

Each family was asked to fill out extensive paperwork and an application that asked questions like where would the dog sleep and how many hours the dog might be left alone. Everyone had multiple references checked over the phone. Some potential adoptees went home on Saturday to think long and hard about the commitment, only to return on Sunday to find the dog had already been placed. And not every family was approved. Still, the turnout of families willing and capable to care for a dog was enough.

Many families brought their current dog or dogs to Petco to have them help in the selection process. Most received the seal of approval; others less lucky. But at the end of the day, every single dog found a forever home and the RV headed back south, empty but for humans.

Watch this space for future puppy adoption events in our area. Dr. Andrews and her volunteers will be back in a couple months. Details will follow.

Marna July 30, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I'm thrilled that 40 homeless pets now have homes! Good for this shelter in Georgia - thinking out of the box instead of euthanizing. Terrific work.
KerriAnn Hofer July 31, 2012 at 01:07 AM
WOW! a giant Thank You to all of the volunteers, to Petco, and to the many families who came to the event and filled out applications and went home with new best friends -- what an amazing result :)
Daniel Barwell July 31, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I am one of the volunteers from Georgia and we set out at 7pm Thursday the 26th with 40 dogs onboard the RV... We finally made it home at 2.30pm on Monday the 31st with two dogs onboard. Neither extreme tiredness nor the negative comments and crap posted by Susan could dampen our spirits as we returned to Georgia... All we care about is the happiness of the animals. Scott and Deirdre you really are wonderful and I want to thank you for all your help and support. A big thank you also to all the other volunteers, petcto, and its staff (rocky/raquel, the petco worker that got knocked off her bicycle, you are a sweetheart) for making all this possible. Our biggest thank you goes out to all the amazing families that adopted one of our dogs... Without you the weekend could not of been such a huge success. See you all soon :)
Daniel Barwell July 31, 2012 at 05:03 AM
I want to add that I respect any shelter or rescue group that is trying to find forever homes for their animals... I even donated money to the greyhound group outside of petco on the Sunday as my mom owned a rescued greyhound when I was a child. All I'm asking is that other rescue organizations show the same respect and common courtesy as we have shown... After all every animal no matter where it comes from deserves a great forever home.
Leslie Yager July 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Many families at Petco adoption event said they'd searched unsuccessfully for a puppy at local shelters and didn't want to go to a puppy store where so many are sourced from puppy mills.
Penny July 31, 2012 at 02:32 PM
As President of Pups Without Partners and a fellow animal lover i have a double fold issue with many of the statements made here . First of all PWP does not have any issue with other breeds of animals finding homes in fact we are major sponsor of 2 other all breed rescue and support their efforts endlessly. My problem with this type of event is these out of state groups do not support their adoptions and these dogs become the local aco's nightmare. The reason the State of CT enacted this law is BECAUSE of these groups. I for one think its great that people adopted dogs I am not shallow or greedy been doing this long time and have seen these type of events before.
Penny July 31, 2012 at 02:33 PM
So therefor regardless of what anyone thinks we support all rescue groups. I cannot even watch the commercials on tv for homeless abused animals. That brings me to my second reason I'm dissatisfied with this weekends event. People are always calling greyhounds rescue dogs. Do they look like they are rescued PWP is a completely 100% volunteer run and we are pro racing and support our industry which might i add is closely regulated. We don't have dogs winding up in the local pound becoming the tax payers burden! We take back our dogs and support our adopters. WE also don't charge the INSANE amount of adoption fee these type of groups do and all our income is spent on the dogs their care support and so on and so forth. We haul dogs from FLA we know the costs involved and to charge that absurd amount of money is criminal. Before anybody try's to reply to me don't waste your time as i am far to busy taking care of my foster dogs and running my program to respond here again. Quite honestly i think its purely ridiculous that people have spent this much time arguing, if your bored i got dogs you can walk bath feed. Stop the nonsense, Any help any animal receives is a plus but it should be done in a professional manner. OH and I was there and i saw and heard the insanity. Move on animals need our help negativity doesn't help. I support all animal adoption that is done in the dogs best interest. My email is crys1982@aol.com
Sally Amer July 31, 2012 at 02:59 PM
That's true Leslie, and this was the case with my family, we have been trying and searching, went few times to the local shelter, but as everybody said there's no luck. Our family was so lucky to adopt such a beautiful puppy on Sunday and I'd like to thank everybody, the rescue team and Petco for all the help that they provided for these poor animals to have a new happy life.
Sally Amer July 31, 2012 at 03:00 PM
God bless you all.
JSM July 31, 2012 at 03:37 PM
The Petco store in Brookfield partners with the Danbury Animal Welfare Society and we hold Meet and Greet events with dogs and cats monthly. The animals can not be adopted on the spot, but people are then made aware of the shelter and if they are serious about adoption they can go to the DAWS shelter in Bethel and fill out an application for an animal. Thank you Petco in Brookfield for all you do for DAWS.
JSM July 31, 2012 at 03:44 PM
As I had stated above - DAWS - Danbury Animal Welfare Society in Bethel, Ct does monthly events (sometimes more) at the Petco in Brookfield, Ct - we set up tables, bring dogs and cats and get many successful adoptions and donations as a result of these events. Other organizations / shelters should request the same.
Jessica July 31, 2012 at 05:12 PM
What do mean "all of you people?" Seems there is only one on her stirring the pot. I hate when people generalize.
Gary August 01, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Craig Budnick, thank you for welcoming a new family member in your home. You have my vote
JSM August 02, 2012 at 06:09 PM
At DAWS the "insane" fees go to cover the cost of transporting the animals to our shelter (usually from up from the South also) the cost of vet checks and vaccinations, spay / neuter, chipping, etc. There is no profit for the shelter.
Christine E. August 02, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I don't think the fees are insane at all. If you can't afford a $100 adoption fee, which goes towards the care of the animals in the shelter, and helps keep the non-profit, no-kill shelter afloat, you shouldn't be adopting a pet.
JSM August 02, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Christine - I was being sarcastic - I too do not believe the fees are insane -they are appropriate for what they cover and the care that was given to the animal prior to the adoption.
Christine E. August 02, 2012 at 09:44 PM
JSM - I wasn't responding to you.
Penny August 02, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Adoption fee of $350.00 no home visit no reference check. No vet follow up requested! That's not adoption that's sale of unwanted dogs! Not good. Once again I will state I'm happy for those dogs and hopefully the all stay in their new homes and do not wind up in shelters and become tax payers and die hard animal rescue peoples problems!
Christine E. August 02, 2012 at 10:14 PM
The fee to adopt a dog over 4 months old is $225 at DAWS. It's $250 for a puppy under 4 months old. Cats are $100. When I adopted my two cats, I listed references on the application...ALL of my references got phone calls from the shelter the next day. So, please...before you spout off what you 'think' is right, how about you do a little fact checking. I should think that anyone who considers the lives of animals valuable would be promoting adoption, no matter what the source! Sounds to me you're more concerned about self promotion than of animals.
Penny August 02, 2012 at 10:36 PM
No self promotion don't need it. Promote responsible adoption agencys that's all. You said yourself ref checked by daws. Not these folks sorry watched it happen all day. Pay your money here is your pet. Personally I would adopt to a great loving responsible family and not collect adoption fee rather then sell my dogs to homes I'm not sure of!
Deirdre Cannon August 02, 2012 at 11:07 PM
For your information Penny....not one dog was adopted out this weekend without a minimum of 2 references being checked. Reference checks are done privately away from the adoption craziness. If there are currently animals in the house a vet reference is also required. Yes adoption fees are $350 but not a dime of that goes into anyone's pockets. These dogs are saved by the hands of one amazing woman and volunteers. These dogs are all spayed/neutered, have every age appropriate shots including bordetella rabies influenza distemper and parvo. They have been fully examined by a GA licensed vet as well as a CT licensed vet upon arriving in CT and before being adopted. They also all are microchipped already and are started on heartworm prevention and if old enough are good one heartworm prevention for 6 months. They come with 1 month pet insurance and a guarantee that if you decide you cant care for the dog or dont want it or cant keep it for any reason the rescue takes it bad no ifs and or buts and no cost to the family. Most rescues dont offer nearly as much so unless you know the facts which obviously you dont please reframe from ASSuming which only comes back negatively on you.
Penny August 02, 2012 at 11:27 PM
This is last comment. I know what I saw and heard and I know vet checks were not done on many of these dogs FOR A FACT! I will not share how I know. I also know that again I clearly state we support all groups that do responsible adoption. Why don't we reserve further comment to 6 months and ask for follow ups on these adoptions I know where the 14,000 dogs I have placed since 1994 are let's see if you know in 6 months! I am now deleting this as it is negative and I for one hope all those dogs stay happy & healthy. DONE
Deirdre Cannon August 02, 2012 at 11:30 PM
So since you know you were there Friday night when the dogs arrived offsite? Or how about at petco inside 2 hours befoee they opened on sat? Or were u sitting in my house when i faxed the paperwork to the state?????
Daniel Barwell August 03, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Seriously penny... Every comment you make leaves sounding more bitter, more stupid, and more clueless. I was one of the volunteers and my wife works for Dr Andrews and was also a volunteer at the weekend. I helped take the dogs from the rv in to petco where they all then received a vet check... This was done in front of me before I placed the dog in a pen. My wife was busy calling references all day long and no adoption was approved without two references checking out... My wife is still getting call backs from references that where not at home at the time. You have not said one truth about last weekends event so far so I suggest you go back to your sad life and allow us to do what we do best.... Rescue dogs, get them back to health, adopt them out, and then be there for them if needed in the future.
Scott Norton August 03, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Seriously Penny? can you be a little more negative? You (and by you I mean you and the rest of the PWP people who have been posting here) could not be more wrong. I will stand before any judge and jury and state that every one of these dogs was checked by a vet when they arrived in CT. You can't share anything because you do not know anything. Please stop the negativity.
Dragonfly August 03, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Two weeks ago our family adopted a rescue dog at the Monroe SPCA adoption event at Petco in Milford. There were about 40 small dogs flown in from CALIFORNIA that morning. The process was long. We waited on line for a while to go into the pen to visit all the dogs and to try to select one. A lot of them were sleeping, probably due to some jet lag and also wearing off the anesthesia from having been spayed or neutered that same morning. A special little gray 6 year-old poodle/yorkie mix caught our eye right away. She wasn't getting a whole lot of attention from the crowd of people visiting, but our connection was instananeous and we started bonding then and there! We knew she was ours. The volunteers there were AWESOME and you could tell they truly cared about each and every dog there. We passed the long and thorough application process by Monroe SPCA, and Carly was OURS! We received proof of spaying and all shots, and a follow-up vet visit and free heartworm test. Poor Carley trembled and gagged the whole way home. The gagging continued and after visiting several different vets, one vet appt finally discovered that she had some abscessed teeth and drainage was leaking down her throat, causing the gag. We are up to over six figures in vet bills to date, and Carley has had 11 teeth pulled. She gets nervous around males, and we wonder about her past. We know her future is GREAT though She's starting to flourish and grow, and we love having her in the family.
Dragonfly August 03, 2012 at 12:10 PM
P,S. I meant to add in my prior comment that the adoption fee to Monroe SPCA was $395. It might seem like a lot, but when you consider the cost of her travel from California, plus her spaying surgery, vet exam (which unfortunately didn't diagnose the abscessed teeth, but we fixed that issue and would have adopted her any way), plus her shots, etc., etc,. it doesn't seem all that exorbitant. It's actually a small price when you consider the value of a new, loving family member. It's fun and rewarding watching Carly come out of her shell and bond with each of us in her own way. After reading all the comments here, I have to say that there was no evident animosity among any of the volunteers at the Monroe SPCA adoption event at Milford Petco where we adopted Carly. They all just seemed interested in watching the dogs go to loving homes. We are so glad and thankful to Monroe SPCA and Petco in Milford for having this adoption event. We LOVE LOVE LOVE our new dog, Carly!
Scott Norton August 03, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Dragonfly, I am very happy that you were able to add a new loving member to your family. I am especially happy that you chose an adult dog as many times they are overlooked. It is a shame that the SPCA was not able to partner with a 3rd party to offer the first month of pet insurance at no cost as that would have helped defray a lot of your extra costs. As far as any animosity I truly believe that Petco as a company (from top to bottom) is 100% on board with animal rescue. The employees were more than helpful to not only the volunteers but really worked with us as a united team to make sure that people were getting all of the basic supplies that they were going to need. The only negatives that keep coming up seem to be from another rescue group (I'm sorry greyhound racing supporting adoption group) that for whatever reason is mad that we were there. The event was a great success just as I am sure the one that you adopted Carly from was. I wish you and your family as well as Carly many years of happiness and joy together.
Cheryl September 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Am I misisng something here though......I though the importer law required that even incoming dogs from other states HAD to get a CT health certificate PRIOR to being offered for adoption to anyone within 48 hours. How do these GA transport deals get around that portion of the law. I am just asking because we as a CT based rescue group are required to do so......
Deirdre Cannon September 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Yes you are 100% correct about the importer law andthis group from GA had health certificates on every single dog and were fully evaluated by a CT licensed vet within 12 hours of arriving in CT before they were up for adoption. They are compliant with every law. I cant speak for any other group except this one.

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