“When you adopt a shelter pet, you save two lives. The one you adopt and the one who takes its place.”

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If you are interested in adopting an animal from the Shelter, please contact us in one of the following ways:

• Telephone (860) 354-1350 
• Email 
• Completed Adoption Form 
• Visit the shelter during adoption hours
Tues: 11am - 7 pm
Wed-Sat:  11am - 2 pm 

It is advisable to call ahead to make an appointment.

A donation of the following amount is requested at the time of adoption.
Dogs: $400.00 
Puppies: (<1 year)$500.00
Adults: $400.00
Senior Dogs: (8 years+) $150

Cats: $200
Kittens: (<1 year) $250
Adults: $200.00
Senior Cats: (8 years+) $50

Come see us. Our staff is well-trained, compassionate and has been with us for a very long time. Our highly experienced and dedicated manager has been with AWS since the opening of the shelter in 1991. Our dogs have toys, beds, access to the outside, spend time in the play-yards each day and take daily walks with our dedicated volunteers. Many of our cats are in sunny rooms where they can watch the birds outside or in spacious group cages where they can cuddle or can be alone if desired. We engage volunteer animal "socializers" who come to play, hold, brush, talk to, and help make our animals feel wanted. This is the kind of care you would give to your pet and we try to do the same while our residents wait for a new home.

We support our animals for life.
If you adopt from us, we will provide you with tips on getting adjusted when you bring your pet home. We are here to answer any of your questions or concerns and you can call us for guidance at any time in the future.

Get assistance from our experts.
By phoning our shelter first you can make an appointment to visit and get to know the animals at our facility. One of our experienced adoption specialists can discuss what type of pet you are looking for and introduce you to some of the animals which may be right for you! All of our staff members are highly trained and ready to lend you their expertise to ensure a successful adoption!

Be sure to read our short article: Things to consider before you adopt .