The Bristol Press – Bristol Animal Shelter participates in the 2022 Clear the Shelters initiative

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BRISTOL – As the mission of finding forever homes for Bristol’s canine population continues to be a challenge, Bristol Animal Shelter is participating in the Clear the Shelters 2022 initiative, led by the NBCUniversal Local division.

Clear the Shelters is a national animal welfare donation and adoption event that began August 1 and will run through the end of the month. This will be its eighth iteration.

“Adoption really is the best and only way to get dogs out of the pound,” said Trish Ulin, president of Friends of Bristol Animal Shelter, who noted she works with a number of organizations nonprofits across the state to bring dogs home. as soon as possible.

“Right now all the shelters and rescue groups are so full that they just aren’t able to help at the moment. So the dogs now, we’re relying on people to adopt them,” a- she continued.

Ulin encouraged families in the area to consider whether they could agree to have a pet and to contact Friends at Bristol Animal Shelter to begin the adoption application process.

“We do a background check just to make sure there’s no criminal history of animal abuse,” the president said. “We do a home visit to make sure (applicants) actually live where they say they live and they either have to own the property or have the position of the owner of the property to have the dog.”

On Friday, Ulin told her acquaintance that the Bristol shelter had seven dogs.

“This is a national campaign that NBC and Telemundo stations participate in every year across the country and we really encourage people who can afford to get out and clean up the shelters,” said Kathy Clemens, director of marketing and creative services from NBC and Telemundo Connecticut. “For people who cannot afford or have the time to bring an animal into their home, we encourage people to make monetary donations to shelters or an organization called rescue.”

The director noted that there are many ways to give back and not necessarily to dogs. It could be birds, cats, or any variety of pets, because all homeless pets need help.

“Right now locally we’re halfway through the event and that’s why we were at various locations (Friday) and we’re still encouraging people to adopt and donate throughout the year. “, she said. “On average, we usually try to find 800 to 900 pets a year.”

Adopting a rescued dog herself, Clemens noted that her pet has had a positive impact on her life and that fostering is also a good option for people with the means to help if they don’t. weren’t set on fully adopting a pet at the time. For more information about the Bristol Animal Shelter, contact Ulin at [email protected]

Published in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 12:06 PM. Updated: Wednesday August 17, 2022 12:08.

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