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Story of Sienna Moore and Autumn Collette / Shepaug Valley School Looking into the eyes of many precious puppies, it’s hard to imagine the struggles…

Story of Sienna Moore and Autumn Collette / Shepaug Valley School

Looking into the eyes of several precious puppies, it’s hard to imagine the hardships they endured.

Fortunately, Companion Pet Rescue, a nonprofit animal shelter in Southbury, Connecticut, rescues dogs from situations of abandonment and abuse. Here, volunteers are dedicated to rescuing and caring for abandoned and neglected dogs.

What makes this shelter so remarkable? 75% of rescues come from high-mortality shelters in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Sue Blasavage, director of Companion Pet Rescue in Southbury, says the shelter was founded in Tennessee, from where they receive more than 2,000 dogs a year. Plus, since establishing themselves in Connecticut in 2004, they’ve rescued over 30,000 dogs!

Once the dogs arrive at the shelter, volunteers work their best to ensure that all dogs are healthy and social.

Blasavage explains that a veterinarian comes every Thursday to do an examination; dogs that do not pass this exam receive appropriate veterinary care.

Otherwise, most dogs are healthy. According to Blasavage, the “greatest thing that [volunteers] can do for them is to provide them with food and water, clean bedding, shelter, and lots of playtime and affection.

Once the dogs have received the proper care and socialization, they are ready for adoption. Companion Pet Rescue guarantees that dogs will receive the perfect, loving home and owners will receive a loyal companion.

Blasavage explains the benefits of owning a dog.

“[Dogs] have a very calming effect on you, so if you’ve had a rough day… your dog is super happy to see you and doesn’t expect anything from you in return. They just want to be with you and love you.

When it comes to finding the perfect dog for you and your family, Companion Pet Rescue is the place to go.

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