Dahrma & Keesha - Recipient
I wanted to personally thank your organization for allowing my family the opportunity to not only to adopt a pet, but the means of ensuring his safety and health. I believe the concept and mission of your organization is not only genius, but revolutionary in the area of animal activitism.
As a first time client, I felt at ease with the referral system. In this way, a proper fit between pet and owner can be made. Not only are the animals needs considered, but so are the needs of the family. Our family is especially appreciative of your organization because we are a low income family with two special needs persons. In any other cases, we could not have been able to afford an animal. But thanks to Pets On Wheels of Connecticut, we now are thoroughly enjoying our blossoming relationship with our cat buddy, Dharma.
Our family wishes your organization much success just know that you have made us all very happy!
Finley's Mom - Recipient
I want to thank you for the enormous generosity you have shown to me over the past year. As you know, I am disabled and live on a very limited income. Pets on Wheels of Connecticut made the dream of adopting a dog a reality for me. I was able to adopt Finley in April of 2011. He was a sweet Chihuahua who weighed in at a whopping 4-1/2 lbs. I've had the privilege of his company for almost a year now and everyday he has done something to lift my spirits and even make me laugh. He came to me completely housebroken and well behaved little gentlemen. He loves to play with his toys and especially enjoys it when I play too. He is so little and loving, everyone who meets him loves him and wants to buy him something. He know owns 5 shirts, a turtle neck sweater, 3 pairs of pajamas, 2 snuggle’s, a hoodie, a ski jacket with a removable fur trimmed hood, and a set (4) of winter boots! I'm so grateful for their gifts because he has short hair and he loves the warmth of wearing clothes. You should see him walk with his boots on; he is so funny lifting one leg at a time really high in the air! He is such a joy to be with and he attracts new friends wherever we go. Finley has replaced my loneliness with so much love, laughter, and companionship. He is a gem.
I was so surprised to hear from "Pets on Wheels of Connecticut" this month. A volunteer called and said that it was time for Finley's vet visit. We set the appointment and she met me and Finley at the Veterinary Clinic whereupon she covered the complete cost of the yearly check-up, including the vaccines. She called me! That is very unusual in today's world; to actually have someone follow up a year later. I can't say enough about how grateful I am to all the volunteers, and this outstanding organization. They stand by you every step of the way. The volunteers have experience with animals and most importantly, they are friendly and available when you need them. How do you thank someone who has brought so much joy back into your life? My you experience happiness as I have and may your organization continue to help those in need. You are all doing a wonderful service.
It is difficult to be a disabled young adult, shy and living in senior housing. What friends he does have stays away most times because the senior neighbors fear them for behaving their age. Lonely and bored, he needed company. In came Pets On Wheels of Connecticut. (POW CT) and then Martini.
When Elaine from POW CT came to Stephen’s apartment to visit with him prior to a pet adoption, she suggested we meet her at Protectors of Animals (POA) in Glastonbury. Stephen then went on their web site and made a list of the cats he might be interested in.
The very next Saturday morning we met Elaine at POA. Stephen brought his list and thought he had found a cat when the worker said “Oh wait, there is one more cat on your list: Martini! Do you want to meet her?” Stephen agreed. Martini was taken out of her crate and given to Stephen. She wrapped her paws around him and snuggled her head. She chose him. Stephen smiled a big smile.
This might not sound like it was a big deal but it was. You see, one of Stephens many disabilities is Dysthymia, a chronic constant depression. He rarely shows genuine happiness. He rarely smiles a big smile. Martini made him smile a big smile.
Martini and Stephen now share his apartment. She likes to look out the window and waits for him when he comes home from work. She sleeps beside him at night. She even sits with him when he plays his video games. In turn, she has shown Stephen how they can play fetch and catch the mousey.
Pets On Wheels of Connecticut has changed this young man’s life is such a positive way! Stephen (Recipient) & Martini
"Little Tanner," a Lab Retreiver Mix has found a new home with his Dad, Tom. Tanner was rescued from a very unsafe environment and it took him a few weeks and alot of love to feel safe and become happy in his new home. He is Dad's, as he puts it "my little miracle". He feels like a new person and Tanner senses when he is not having a good day and takes care of that. Tom is a Veteran who had wanted a dog for a long time, but the veterinary costs were too much for him. So we are taking care of that! Tanner has a favorite toy which you can see him holding in the attached pictures! He also enjoys gardening with Dad and loves to go "Bye Bye" in the Truck! He is the King of the house. It was truly rewarding to see the difference in Tom from when we interviewed him a few months back.
"Thunder" is a lab mix and her Dad is a Veteran who has had dogs all of his life, the last few were service dogs. Thunder helps her Dad to keep his balance enabling him to walk and get the exercise that he needs. As you can see from the pictures Thunder is a therapy dog as well as being a constant companion to his Dad. With help from friends who give them rides, they visit convalescent homes and home bound people. So this is a win win situation. Not only has she changed Dad's daily life, they are also making an impact on other people's lives! Thunder is being trained to push the alert button located in their apartment which notifies the hospital that her Dad has fallen. She is very sweet and loves to sit next to Dad on the sofa. It is truly rewarding to hear how much happiness Thunder has given!
I am a low income disabled person living alone in a senior housing project. I have wanted a cat for quite some time, yet my acquiring a cat was only a dream for me due to the costs. I applied to Pets on Wheels of Connecticut and went through the interview process and was fortunately qualified to become a recipient of your services. A volunteer brought me to a shelter to look at cats. One cat, Scamper followed me around the shelter as soon as I arrived. Clearly Scamper wanted to me to adopt him and the more I saw him, I knew he was the one for me. We were told by the rescue shelter staff, that he had not had a home for about three years going between foster homes and the rescue shelter. He eats with me, sleeps at my feet every night, watches television with me and we have toys to play with every day! I feel wonderful having a companion and he makes me laugh.
Thanks to all of you for this wonderful cat! - Richard and Scamper
It's been a month now since Trixie entered our family and our hearts. She is such a blessing to us and has changed our house turning it into a home. My children,(Christina, Benjamin and Emily) and I are so excited to have been able to adopt Trixie. It wouldn't have happened without all of you at Pets on Wheels of Connecticut. We are so very grateful to all of you for giving us the ability to expand our family. Trixie is a fun filled ball of joy that she spreads every where she goes. Since Trixie came into our lives we have noticed a huge difference in all of us. Trixie loves walks and socializing. All of us have a family outing at least twice a week now, either to Petco or Petsmart to meet other doggie families. I work at a convent and the sisters LOVE when she visits. They even ask to walk her around the convent and visit often. You all probably know this already that pets are great therapy for everyone. Especially Trixie, She is a lot of fun, full of energy and has lots of love to share. She loves to sleep on her blanket on a chair in the living room, She loves to snuggle and watch TV after running around all day. Her favorite toy is her little lizard that was a gift from her Aunt Ellie. We finally found her favorite treat, they are Buddy cookies shaped like gingerbread men. She doesn't have a favorite food yet just anything that has wet canned food in it. :). Trixie is very smart for her age ( she is 2 this year) she knows basic commands like sit, stay, off, go to the house, and go to bed. But she knows some cute tricks too like paw and shake and hi. Trixie is our new bundle of joy and we are so happy to have her and so very Thankful to Pets on Wheels of Connecticut for giving us the opportunity to adopt her.
Thank you again from all of us, Amy, Christina, Benjamin, Emily and Trixie
Social Worker "I am so glad there is a program such as yours out there to help people who are trying to find a dog or cat and who face challenges with finances and/or transportation, or just battling the process of how to successfully accomplish this."
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Social Worker "Pets on Wheels CT has been very professional from the beginning to the end of the process. They engage very well with our clients, who have significant impairments. They assess their ability to be successful with a pet. They interact with us on a regular basis to ensure that our client is doing well with their new companion. Our clients have greatly benefited from the opportunity to share their life with a pet. I recommend them highly." Patty