NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are gearing up for clear the shelters on Saturday, August 17.
More than 1000 animals are waiting to be adopted.
This is Rudy and his handler, Jean Baur.
“We have Rudy, a wonderful 70 pound bundle of joy,” said Baur. “I think he’s part kangaroo because he likes to jump so much. He’s been certified for year and a half.”
Rudy is a therapy dog.
“We work with special needs students in the school,” Baur said. “We work at L+M Hospital where we go all over ICU, CCU. Dogs seem to have a favorite place and Rudy likes the crisis center.”
Rudy was one of nine puppies rescued from Tennessee and transferred to a shelter in Westerly, Rhode Island.
“These are dogs that need homes,” Baur said. “I think the dogs know it, they’re grateful. This is our third rescue dog.”
Baur said people change when Rudy comes in the room.
“You can just see the stress kind a like fall off of them they smile and they want to pat him,” she said. “And then they want to learn what does he do.”