December 13, 2018

‘Spay It Forward’ Fundraiser in Ivoryton Tonight Benefits Local Animal Shelters

AREAWIDE – Homeward Bound CT and CT Animal House want to help local animal shelters get their dogs spayed and neutered.

The organizations are co-hosting a Spay it Forward beer, wine and silent auction fundraiser at the Blue Hound Taproom at 107 Main Street in Ivoryton on Monday, March 21, from 6 to 9 p.m.  The evening will feature local craft beers at a cash bar, free appetizers and a terrific silent auction.

“Spay/neuter saves pets’ lives while lessening the burden on animal shelters and taxpayers,” said Chris Lamb, founder and president of CT Animal House in Waterford. “We are happy to partner with Homeward Bound Adoption events to create a fund dedicated to sponsoring or subsidizing Connecticut dogs in honor of World Spay Day 2016. Each time a dog or cat is spay/neutered, its chances at adoption increase, and the animal no longer contributes to the cycle of abandoned, neglected or abused homelessness.”

Local veterinary practices, including Chester Veterinary Clinic, Higganum Veterinary Clinic, Powder Ridge Veterinary Hospital and Shoreline Veterinary Hospital, have offered free or discounted surgeries through this program.  Others, including Dr. Suzanne Magruder of Saybrook Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Virginia Nunes Olson of Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center, have provided program administrators with free vouchers towards spay/neuter surgery.  All services will be provided on a need-based system and the project will continue until funds are depleted.

Sue Hotkowski, Homeward Bound president and a resident of Chester, said, “We are overwhelmed by the support of our local veterinarians in our first ever effort to ‘spay it forward.’ Connecticut is blessed to have such wonderful community support for helping its abandoned dogs.”

Local merchants that have donated to the spay/neuter project evening on March 21 include the fundraiser hosts, Blue Hound Cookery and Taproom, Two Roads Brewery, Steady Habits, Outer Light Brewery, 30 Mile Brewery, Willimantic Brewery, Bishops Orchards, Essex Steam Train, Love the Dog, East River Oil, Asterisk, and Sweet Luna’s.

Tickets for the March 21 fundraiser cost $25 each and can be purchased online or at the door.  All direct donations are tax deductible.  All money raised will go towards the spay/neuter fund to be administered by Homeward Bound.

Editor’s note: CT Animal House provides the services necessary to get abandoned Connecticut dogs into safe and permanent homes.  They remove high risk dogs from municipal pounds and provide the veterinary and behavioral care needed to increase the chances of adoption.  Homeward Bound helps dog rescue groups by hosting adoption events, and sponsoring and promoting rescue dogs. More information can be found on the websites www.CTAnimalHouse.org, and http://homewardboundadoptionevents.jimdo.com/.

Sue Hotkowski gets a kiss from Bart, an abandoned Connecticut dog, after being spayed on World Spay Day in February at Chester Veterinary Hospital. Bart has since been adopted.

Sue Hotkowski gets a kiss from Bart, an abandoned Connecticut dog, after being spayed on World Spay Day in February at Chester Veterinary Hospital. Bart has since been adopted.

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