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.