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To the Editor:

I am a volunteer at the Newtown Animal Shelter, and I write to share some news and to invite the public of Newtown to visit their shelter. Carolee Mason and her crew of devoted animal lovers have created a place of care and love, and the animal lovers of Newtown (and far and wide), have built a wonderful new facility where the dogs and cats can live comfortably until they are claimed and welcomed into forever homes.

We have many wonderful dogs and cats for adoption at the shelter, of different breeds, sizes, and ages all just waiting to give love, and be loved. We’re pretty full right now. If there is a place in your home and your heart for a pet, please consider rescue.

Out of tragedy has come a blessing for our shelter dogs and cats. A little red-haired girl used to visit the dogs at the old shelter at the dump. She brought treats, and donated to help support them. Her favorite was a lop-eared shepherd named Brooke. That little girl was Catherine Hubbard, and she was one of the precious children killed at Sandy Hook School. In her memory, and in memory and honor of those that died with her, the Newtown shelter has received over $3,500 in donations. That money is being used to fund vet bills and training for the shelter residents.

A favorite at the pound is a wonderful pit bull named Dante. Being the “Chow Hound” that he is, Dante managed to wolf down something he was not supposed to eat — a large and very sharp bone. Dante required some very sophisticated surgery, and we came close to losing him. Thanks to Dr Valle, at Mt Pleasant Animal Hospital, Dante is almost back to his old self — a little thin, but ready to go home. His vet bills topped $2,500, but he’s worth every penny and more. Such a special guy!

A big “thank you” to all who responded to Carolee Mason’s request for treats and toys for the animals at the shelter. People came by and brought armloads of donations. It is truly heart-warming, and gratifying to see the enduring support of our community (especially the children)!

In closing, I would like to remind you that the Brian J. Silverlieb Animal Care and Control Center is located off Old Farm Road below the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard. Unfortunately, there is no signage as yet to direct visitors.

Lastly, to those of you who walk your dogs at the Fairfield Hills site behind the pound, please remember that you are now sharing the trails with our pound dogs and volunteer walkers. Please keep your dogs under control. Our pound dogs are sometimes learning to socialize with other dogs. Stop and say hello; but, please be respectful and make sure that your dog’s advances will be welcomed.

Jackie zVon

4 Rockywood Drive, Sandy Hook             February 23, 2013

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