Adoption event tries to find 'forever homes' for animals

By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Mon., Dec. 12, 2011
Colleen Brown gets a kiss from Sadie at the pet adoption event at John Gagnon's. Photos by Kevin Hotary.
Colleen Brown gets a kiss from Sadie at the pet adoption event at John Gagnon's. Photos by Kevin Hotary.

As the economy continues to sag, more and more animals have found themselves without a home. People who can no longer afford to properly take care of their pets and those who lose their homes and must move into places that don't allow them to have a pet are surrendering their animals, which adds to the increasing number of pets that are looking for shelter.

Last Sunday, Dec. 11, John Gagnon’s Pet Resort (www.4dogman.com) hosted a pet adoption event featuring a number of area animal rescue organizations. PAWS New England (www.pawsnewengland.com), Protectors of Animals (poainc.org), Save Me A Spot Dog Rescue (www.savemeaspotrescue.com) and Second Chance Mutts (www.secondchancemutts.com) were among the groups bringing animals that ranged from young puppies to nearly 10-year-old dogs, in addition to a few cats, in need of a forever home “just in time for the holidays,” said Kelly Donato of PAWS New England.

“It’s remarkable how well-behaved they are,” said Kevin Longwell of the large room filled with not only dogs, but prospective new owners as well. “We weren’t really planning on taking one home with us today,” he said, adding that he and his wife were finding it increasingly hard to resist.

Even though the adoption event is over, many dogs and cats throughout the state are still in need of adoption by caring families.  To see photos of some of these animals and to learn more information on adopting, go to any of the websites above.


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