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Danbury's Tails Of Courage Pushes To Clear The Shelter, Find Homes For Pups

Volunteers cuddle the kittens at Tails of Courage in Danbury Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
This puppy is looking for a permanent home. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
This dog lives at the Tails of Courage shelter in Danbury but wants a forever home. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Anytime can be nap time. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Two puppies find time to cuddle Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
The Clear the Shelter event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Tails of Courage, located at 39 Smith St. in Danbury. It is also open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

DANBURY, Conn. — Danbury's Tails of Courage animal shelter is joining an effort Saturday to "Clear the Shelter" and find forever homes for their dogs and cats.

For “Clear the Shelter,” a statewide event sponsored by the Connecticut Humane Society and NBC Connecticut, adoption fees will be $100 for adult dogs will be $100, $75 for kittens and $50 adult pit bulls. Also, adoption fees will be waived completely for certain adult dogs for service members, veterans, and reservists through the Heroic Paws Program.

The goal of the event is to reduce the population of cats and dogs at Tails of Courage, which is a no-kill shelter.

“This is a great way for exposure,” said Andrew Wetmore, director of public relations for the shelter. It sometimes takes longer and is harder to find permanent homes for older dogs because the demand is much higher for puppies, he said.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Tails of Courage, located at 39 Smith St. in Danbury. It is also open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wetmore credited the volunteers for keeping the shelter going. The United Way of Western Connecticut has also helped with fundraisers over the years to keep the doors open. Money from adoption fees pays the vet bills and the electricity on.

“The community has been very supportive,” Wetmore added.

Tails of Courage, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 2009 by a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center Attacks in New York City. The survivor used the help of therapy cats and dogs to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder after the attacks and was inspired by the experience to start the nonprofit and open the shelter.

To learn more about the event or about the shelter, visit the website or email info@tailsofcourage.org

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