Forest has an interesting backstory. He was rescued by one of our volunteers on Earth Day at a school on Forest Street in Hartford. The students, while working to save the Earth, instead saved a life. Curious and friendly, Forest made friends with the students, who shared their lunches with him while trying to coax him into a box. Noticing a wound, the volunteer called the office until arrangements were made to pick him up. Forest was then quarantined in two different foster homes for six months to make sure that he was healthy. During this time, he doubled in size since he was no longer a stray kitty and was eating healthy food! Now he has finally made it to the shelter, ready to find a forever home. He’s understandably wary because of all of the changes he’s been through, but he seeks attention and loves to have his head scratched. He will adorably “scoot” up on his back to give you a good angle for a belly rub. He’s curious, a little mischievious, and cute as a button! Forest would probably be best in a house with a patient human who is willing to work with him to bring out the amazing kitty that greeted everyone on Earth Day. If you are that special person who is willing to love our Forest unconditionally, come and meet him at the shelter soon! Want to adopt this pet? Fill out the adoption application available on the website www.poainc.org
We are a NO-Kill rescue and shelter for cats and dogs.
POA was formed in 1975 to rescue abandoned, abused and stray cats and dogs. Today we are one of the oldest and most respected animal welfare organizations in the northeast. POA is here to stay! You will not find a more dedicated, experienced or thorough resource for improving the lives of Connecticut cats and dogs. We confine our focus to our home state because this is where our infrastructure and resources reside, as well as our leadership.
Come Meet Our Pets...
Cat and Kitten Adoption Events and Open House every Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM at our cat shelter: 144 Main Street, East Hartford, CT. Visit and interact with our cats and kttens in our feline playroom to help make the perfect selection for your home.
Petsmart at 5 Main Street, East Hartford, CT has a selection of our available cats that need loving homes. You can visit them anytime during Petsmart's hours. POA has volunteers every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2 PM at this location to answer your questions and to help you start the adoption process.
Select adoptable dogs are shown at Petsmart in East Hartford the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 10-1 pm. Also select dogs are at Petco in Middletown the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10 am - 2 pm. Otherwise we would be happy to set up a private appointment for you to meet the dog who interests you.
Our Adoption Process...
We do have a screening and application process. We ask that folks fill out the easy 2 page Adoption Application at www.poainc.org and e-mail it to the identified placement focal on the dog's bio, POAplacement@gmail.com, fax it or bring it with you to our Adoption center any Saturday from 10am-4pm or during the week by appointment. Protectors of Animals may require a veterinarian check before any adoption.
One of our experienced Placement Team members will meet with you and show you the cat, kitten or dog you are interested in, or will guide you towards cats, kittens or dogs that are appropriate for your home environment. We will discuss with you the background of the cat, kitten or dog and what special needs or requirements he or she may have. We will happily take the time to carefully answer any questions you have or discuss any concerns.
POA does not charge an adoption “fee.” It costs POA anywhere from $100 and $400, or more, per dog or cat or kitten to make them well and prepare them for adoption. We are an all-donation organization and we rely on adoption donations to help us continue our work. When you adopt a cat or dog, we will ask for a donation. Our adoption donation information can be found at our website at www.poainc.org.
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