[UPDATE: SEPT. 8, 5 P.M.: Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Hartford Animal Control Officer Sherry DeGenova and a number of caring people, these dogs’ lives were saved — all five were adopted or fostered in the final hours.]
HARTFORD, CT, SEPT. 8 — Time is running out for five friendly, affectionate, adoptable dogs at the Hartford shelter. Unless people step up to foster or adopt them by 3 p.m. today, these dogs will be at immediate risk of being put to sleep. Through local media, word of mouth, and connections through Facebook and elsewhere, caring people are desperately working against the clock to help find homes for these dogs before it’s too late.
The dogs were stray or abandoned, and their real names aren’t known, but volunteers are calling them Kiara, Mufasa, Sarabi, Simba, and Zira. Each canine is desperate to be someone’s devoted companion.
As they wait in their kennel runs, their tails wag furiously, and their big, soulful eyes search the face of every person who passes by, as though they are joyfully expectant that someone will open the door, give them a pat, and take them home.
City regulations allow only a short adoption period for shelter dogs, and these dogs were unlucky to wind up in the shelter around the time of a long holiday weekend. People are less likely to consider adopting an animal when busy with travel and family vacation plans.
Following are details about each of them, including some of shelter workers’ comments about them:
Kiara —ID #131 — Pit Bull Terrier, female, about 1 year old and approximately 55 pounds.
“Kiara has an awesome personality! She is very friendly and was good with dogs she met. She is eager to please, very smart and affectionate, and great on leash—not a puller.”
Mufasa — ID #132 — Pit bull/Labrador retriever mix, male, about 2 years old and approximately 60 pounds.
“Mufasa is a very sweet boy. He’s gentle, mellow, and laid back. He loves walks and is great on leash. He was good with dogs he met and is not a puller, jumper, or barker. He loves to be close, and when given a chance will try to be a lap dog. He’s affectionate, and submissive.”
Sarabi — #133 — Pit bull mix, female, about 2 years old and approximately 60 pounds.
“This girl has the sweetest, gentlest personality. Sarabi is very affectionate, submissive, and loves belly rubs. SHe was good with dogs she met and is awesome on leash, eager to please, attentive, and loves everybody she meets.”
Simba — #134 — Labrador retriever/pit bull mix, male, about 1 year old and approximately 70 pounds.
“Simba has an AWESOME personality! He’s very gentle, super friendly, and affectionate. He’s great on leash, and not a puller, jumper, or barker. He loves to be close, is a quick learner, and was great with dogs he met.” (Simba was found together with Zira, living in an abandoned house.)
Zira — #135 — Pit bull/boxer cross, female, about 1 year and approximately 50 pounds.
“Zira is a super-friendly girl and a very happy dog. She’s great on leash and is playful but not hyper. She’s very eager to please and affectionate, and she was great with dogs she met.” (Zira was found together with Simba, living in an abandoned house.)
If you are interested in adopting or providing a foster home for any of these dogs, please immediately contact Hartford Animal Control Officer Sherry DeGenova by calling (860) 305-6764 (leave a message if there is no answer).
Please mention the dog’s ID number when calling.
The cost to adopt is a $50 money order (MUST be in the form of a money order) for in-state adoptions, and a vaild driver’s license. This includes the State Overpopulation Control voucher, which provides some credit toward having the dog spayed or neutered and covers the cost of two vaccinations. Adopter must see the dog first in person. The fee for out-of-state adoptions is a $5 money order, and the adopter will need to provide three forms of ID.
The Hartford shelter is located at 87 West Dudley Town Rd. in Bloomfield. Visits are by appointment only.
Information about all adoptable dogs at the Hartford shelter can be found on Petfinder.com (www.cityofhartford.petfinder.com).
If you would like to donate money for the dogs at the shelter, please visit the shelter’s ChipIn link (http://hartforddogshelter.chipin.com/hartford-dog-shelter).