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Sadie Mae Foundation


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Sadie Mae Foundation Animal Rescue League Inc. is a non-profit (501c3) rescue organization. We are a small group of individuals, dedicated to rescuing animals from local shelters when they have run out of time and are in danger of euthanasia. We strive to educate the public on the necessity of spaying and neutering, responsible pet ownership, and how to run animal shelters more efficiently.

The Sadie Mae Foundation partners with local pounds and shelters that must use euthanasia for various reasons, such as overcrowding. Our primary partnership is with the Hartford Pound, as dogs are only provided 10 days to be adopted before being euthanized. On occasion we will offer assistance to long distance pounds and shelters. We rescue as many animals as we are able to, regardless of breed, age or those with special needs.

Our organization typically does not accept animals that an individual owner is looking to surrender; however we have been known to make an exception when an animal is in danger or the animal's living conditions are such that immediate action must be taken in order to ensure the animal's safety. Still, we are always glad to speak with individual owners. We can answer any questions an owner may have if s/he is being forced to give up an animal. We don't want these animals to end up in a local pound or abandoned on the street.

Sadie Mae Foundation keeps limited shelter space, rented from a local kennel in Bolton, CT, and it is maintained by volunteers. Additionally, some of our animals are in foster homes with volunteers that are dedicated to giving these animals the chance they deserve. Our volunteers evaluate our animals' personalities and temperaments. They care for the animals and provide necessary socialization.

Volunteers, foster families and donations are always welcome and appreciated. Remember, without you, none of this would be possible.

Email:
[email protected] - Questions on making donations, arranging to drop off donations, etc.
[email protected] - Questions about our adoptable animals.
[email protected] - Questions on volunteer opportunities.
[email protected] - Questions on fostering and the foster program.
[email protected] - Questions related to fundraising events and opportunities.
[email protected] - Questions related to adoption events and opportunities.
[email protected] - All other questions and general inquiries.


Mailing Address:
Sadie Mae Foundation Animal Rescue League Inc.
P.O. Box 9323
Bolton, CT 06043

Phone & Fax: 1-860-865-0492

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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