Animal Adoption Day featured at Ashford Farmers' Market

By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Ashford - posted Thu., Jul. 14, 2011
'Laura,' a friendly, two-year-old FIV-positive feline in need of a caring home, is featured during Our Companions' pet adoption event held in Ashford on July 10. Photos by Lauri Voter.
'Laura,' a friendly, two-year-old FIV-positive feline in need of a caring home, is featured during Our Companions' pet adoption event held in Ashford on July 10. Photos by Lauri Voter.

In conjunction with the weekly Ashford Farmers’ Market held on Sundays throughout the summer, Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary held an animal adoption day on July 10. Although Our Companions does not adopt-out its animals on the spot, volunteers for the organization said they collected several applications from animal lovers, all hoping to be chosen as new, caring owners for the many worthy animals that Our Companions is trying to place.

The event provided an opportunity for would-be adoptive owners of dogs and cats to meet some of the many animals that Our Companions has up for adoption.

For instance, visitors to the farmers' market met Valentino, a cute and talented hound mix who is adept at running a recreational course, as well as Boomer, a handsome and athletic-looking boxer mix. Seamus is a lovable-looking golden Lab mix, who is eager to find his forever family, and Summer is a brindled puggle, who would love to settle in with a mature individual or couple.

Feline fans were drawn to the adorable kittens and mature cats on display. Laura is a gorgeous, sweet and friendly grey and white, FIV-positive feline who is in good health but is in need of a special owner who will see to her ongoing veterinary needs and provide a loving environment. Belle is a stunning, adult ragdoll cat seeking a permanent home. Fans of “Sylvester-type” tuxedo cats had several little charmers to choose from – and the list goes on.

Our Companions volunteer Doreen Brown said the application process went very well and Program Manager Stephanie Radowitz said they “received applications on five dogs and three kittens.”

Our Companions holds several pet adoption events, but Radowitz said animal lovers who want to adopt an animal need not wait for animal adoption days to apply. They can visit www.ourcompanions.org, download an application, fill it out and submit it to the organization at any time. The website includes a “petfinder” feature, which lists animals currently up for adoption and provides photos and information about each of them.

“Our next large adoption day is scheduled to take place at the UConn Cornucopia Fest, in Storrs on Sunday, Sept. 25. We’ll also be bringing pets to the [Ashford] Farmers' Market and other small events throughout the summer,” explained Radowitz.

Our Companions plans to break ground on its 43-acre Ashford sanctuary this summer and have its pilot cottage operational by the beginning of 2012.

In its Summer 2011 edition of “Our Companions News,” the organization announced it has “obtained the required permits, and construction will soon begin.”

Follow Our Companions on Facebook or Twitter, and call 860-242-9999 or visit ourcompanions.org for more information.

 

Contact Lauri Voter with comments and story ideas at lvoter@remindernet.com.


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