We’ve all heard those tear-jerking stories about good old Spike or Spot, the pups who ran away from their beloved family and never returned home. And as sad as tales like this might be, there is an upside!
This weekend, more than 400 homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are running away from their home state of Georgia and the finish line is right here in our state.
Dr. Gloria Andrews' veterinary practice, the Colbert Animal Hospital, has worked with the SPCA of Connecticut for the past five years to find homes for Georgean dogs and cats that otherwise couldn't find a loving family down south.
Andrews, along with a crew of volunteers, took the 14-hour trip north with dogs and cats from animal shelters across the Athens area for Connecticut’s largest adoption event ever.
“We heartworm test them… we spay and neuter, we vaccinate and give them heartworm prevention and microchip them,” explains Dr. Gloria Andrews, a veterinarian from Georgia who helped save most of the dogs at the event.
So furry up and claim your furry friend! Rumor has it that pet lovers from Illinois, Vermont, New York and Massachusetts will be arriving tonight so they can wake up at 5 a.m. to stand on line for their new companion.
“We have so many people that are willing to give a pet a great home and these same pets are dying for lack of a home,” says Frederick Acker, the executive director of Connecticut’s branch of the SPCA.
Among them was Michelle Werner and her daughter Samantha of Trumbull. They already have a dog at home but Michelle says they want to share the love, “there are so many dogs that out there that are homeless and cats and all the other animals and we have so much to give that we want to just rescue one.”