Hartford Animal Shelter overloaded with dogs


UPDATE: The shelter has had a lot of adoptions and the shelter is no longer full. They have said no dogs have, or will be put to sleep. There are still a few dogs that need to be adopted. Their information is on the shelter’s Facebook page.

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — The city of Hartford’s animal shelter is over capacity after a surge of new dogs arrived. Now, they asking the public to help them find homes, and get the shelter back to normal levels.

The shelter, located in Bloomfield, has room to accommodate 22 dogs. After more than a dozen dogs came in just the past two days, they are now over capacity, and looking for help with adoptions.

Sherry Degenova, Hartford Police Animal Control Officer, said that dogs are found in the city in all types of locations.

People are just dumping them. They are being found behind abandoned buildings.  In abandoned apartments.  People move away they leave them behind. Tie them to trees in the park.  Dump them in the park.  Every dog comes from a different situation.

Degenova told News 8 that the shelter normally sees a swell in the number of dogs at the shelter in the early summer, but to see this many dogs coming in this early in the year is concerning. Dogs have a limited amount of time at the shelter because the city pays a daily boarding fee per dog per day. According to Degenova, if the dogs are not adopted soon they could face being euthanized.

Dogs of all sizes and breeds are available. You can see photos of many of the dogs available for adoption on the Hartford Animal Shelter facebook page.

If you’re interested in adopting a dog from the Hartford Animal Shelter, you need to email or call them at 860-757-4395 to set up an appointment. The shelter is open by appointment only.

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