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CIT Helps Dogs Find Homes - Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:15

CIT Helps Dogs Find Homes

Homeless dogs take center stage at Long Wharf Saturday

From The New Haven Register 3/4/2010

NEW HAVEN — Long Wharf Theatre and the Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter are sponsoring a Find-A-Friend for Life event, Saturday from 1-4 p.m. in conjunction with LWT’s comedy, “Sylvia,” about a man and his adopted dog, running through March 14.

It’s meant to educate potential adopters about the logistics of the adoption process by introducing them to about 10 dogs of varying sizes and breeds from the shelter and talking with shelter staff and volunteers.

Weather permitting, the event will be held outside in the Long Wharf parking lot. Otherwise, it will be in Stage II of the 222 Sargent Drive venue.

“We have a very aggressive outreach program,” said Anna Schildroth, chair of the city’s Humane Commission. “People are pleased to have the opportunity to rescue a dog and find themselves with a companion for life. We will be showing a mixture of small, medium and large dogs, and all will be adoptable in terms of temperament.”

The event is free and in keeping with Long Wharf’s commitment to tie the community into its artistic programming. During the previous show, “Lil’s 90th,” which dealt with the effects of Alzheimer’s, the theater hosted a global health conference with experts on aging from Yale University and other institutions.

“Long Wharf Theatre is always looking for interesting, fun ways to engage and give a little something back to the community,” said Steven Scarpa, LWT’s director of marketing and communications. “We thought that having an event here, allowing people to meet all kinds of great dogs would be just that kind of opportunity.”

Representatives from “Sylvia” sponsor Chamber Insurance Trust which offers Chamber Pet Advantage pet insurance, will also be there.

The theater is also accepting donations of dog food, dog treats, leashes and bleach for the shelter throughout the run of “Sylvia.” Items may be dropped off in the Mainstage lobby from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays or on the nights of performances.

The Robin I. Kroogman Animal Shelter is one of the largest municipal animal shelters in the state, taking in more than 2,000 dogs and cats annually and attracting more than 3,200 visitors. It sponsors several yearly adoption events through its partnership with the Humane Commission, Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter and the North Shore Animal League, accounting for an adoption/reclaim rate of 75 percent, which is roughly 1,500 dogs and cats.

Source: http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/03/04/life/0304_lwt_animal_shelter.txt

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