NEW FAIRFIELD SHERMAN ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY INCORPORATED

Rating: 4.95 stars   88 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 8232 New Fairfield CT 06812 USA

Mission:
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

NFSAW is fantastic! We adopted a puppy from them in June. You could see the connection and love they had for him. Once we met him, he never left us as we filled out paperwork. All the dogs were playing in the back of the shelter in a big beautiful yard. The yard had all different terrains to soot the needs of all the different breeds. He was able to take home his favorite toy, which turned into his security blanket. We got a call a few months later checking to see how he was doing. They seemed extremely please to hear that he adjusted instantly. They asked to send pictures as they would love to see how he's grown. Call us crazy, but from time to time we'll ask him where Sherri is and he perks up and his eyes sparkle. Although we are from MA, we recommend NFSAW to everyone who is looking to adopt. Defiantly worth the 5 hour drive. Thanks NFSAW!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our family has always adopted our pets even when I was a child. So I've had lots of experience with various animal shelters. A few months after we lost our two senior cats, my husband and I decided we were ready for a new family. We began searching and were not happy with what we found. All of the shelters we visited had way too many animals, were dirty, smelled and many of the animals were sick. Then we went to NFSAWS and it was amazing. The shelter was clean without that horrible odor. The animals were in good health and obviously treated well. Staff and volunteers were very friendly and helpful and loved the animals. Our oldest son is a vet tech and he was very impressed with NFSAWS. So much so that he has adopted two of their cats also. NFSAWS is the was all shelters should be and I highly recommend you visit them to adopt your new family member.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great friendly people. Fair adoption process. A lot of value affered to the new family. Highly recommend!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted our pooch Tanner here about 3 years ago. The staff was so friendly and knowledgable we were back the next year for a little sister for him. We left with Pebbles and a great feeling of satisfaction. We highly recommend their services. It is obvious that the animals are lovingly cared for until adoption. Thanks again!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Connecticut

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More branches!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I never told the NFSAWS this but, our adopted Jack Russell, "Jack" had it so good there that he tried to jump out of our car within 2 minutes of leaving so he could go back there. True story: Jack was in the back seat with my daughter and he inadvertently lowered the window with his paw...then jumped out!! We were beside ourselves, with cars screeching to a halt and our little (well, actually, our fat) Jack sitting in the middle of the road with traffic stopped all around him. My daughter was so upset, thinking that he loved the shelter so much that he didn't want to come to his new home. Seven months later, he won't leave our sides- ever. He is so wonderful and we can clearly see that his experience with NFSAWS only enhanced his true JR personality. He was very well cared for there and we are very appreciative.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way our dog bonded to us.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

donate a million dollars.

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted our Jack Russell boy from this shelter and were so impressed by the caring the staff showed towards all the animals there throughout our visit. It is clear that they love what they do and genuinely care about all the animals in their shelter. Our boy left there fat and happy and obviously was well cared for while he was there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the health and happiness of my dog.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make no change. They seemed quite wonderful .

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Rating: 5 stars  

Used to work as a volunteer training dogs that they had a better chance beeing adopted at New Fairfield Sherman Animal Welfare. I trained other volunteers too. I was very impressed how they ran this shelter (worked in New York too). The facilities were very clean. Their screening test really impressed me. It is so important to find a permanent home for an animal which had a tough life before. We had cases where animals got adopted after years beeing with us. That always made us very happy. And we got lots of letters back how happy the new parents were with their newly adopted animals.
We adopted two cats from there too. Misty is still with us now for 8 years. Relocated to Switzerland and really miss my work and everybody I worked with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working there and adopting two cats at different times.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make improvements to the house.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I ADOPTED A CAT,TWINKLETOES.SHE IS A SENIOR CAT.SHE ALWAYS WAS IN A HOME AND WHEN HER OWNER GOT PLACED IN A NURSING HOME,SHE NO LONGER HAD A HOME.SO,I TOOK HER HOME ALL 22LBS. OF HER.SHE VERY QUICKLY BECAME A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY,AND IS REALLY HAPPY HERE.THE SHELTER IS ALWAYS CLEAN AND NEVER HAS "THAT SMELL" TO IT.THE MANAGER DOES A REALLY GOOD JOB,AND KEEPS COMING UP WITH NEW IDEAS TO HELP WITH TAKING ANIMALS AND GETTING THEM ADOPTED.SHE REALLY HAS A LOVE FOR THE ANIMALS AND ALWAYS GOES THE EXTRA DISTANCE FOR THEM.ALL OF THE STAFF THERE ARE ALL SO CARING.THE SHELTER IS LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A CARING STAFF.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ADOPTIONS AND MANY VISITS.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

TRY AND GET MORE ROOM TO BEABLE TO HELP MORE ANIMALS.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband began looking online for a dog as soon as we got married. Our most important criteria was a pooch who would get along with our ornery cat. We inquired about a few dogs from various shelters, but it was hard to get information on whether they were good with cats, and the last thing we wanted to do was bring a dog home only to have to return him. Baker was a little smaller than the dog we pictured ourselves adopting (we were thinking of a huge black mutt), but his photos were sweet, and the video that NFSAW included was adorable. Sherri answered all of my husband's questions promptly and honestly, and we completely trusted her. We drove up to meet Baker on a Saturday, and it was love at first sight. We wanted another week to get ready for him, and Sherri understood and kept him for us, and she also answered my many e-mails asking more questions about what he ate, what he liked to do, etc. When we picked him up the following Saturday he had just had a bath, and we got a folder with all his health information as well as the story from his transfer up from Tennessee and contact information from his "rescue mom." We sent Sherri photos of Baker we took that day, and she seemed genuinely excited and happy to hear from us. Nearly two years later, we still follow the shelter, support it financially when we can, and are so grateful that they took such good care of our dog in the few weeks before we discovered him. Baker had a hard start, but he's the best dog ever, and I know that NFSAW was instrumental in helping him get a fresh start.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

adopting a dog who had a terrible life in Tennessee but was the sweetest, funniest, most loving pooch anyone's ever met.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get bigger!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I really appreciate how active the members of the New Fairfield shelter are in raising public awareness for animals not only in its own shelter, but in rescue sites all over the country.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Facebook

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change the background color to its website

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Rating: 5 stars  

Though small in physical size when compared to other shelters in the area, NFSAWS' impact is tremendous for the caring staff, volunteers, and adopters associated with it.
Not only does the Shelter provide the necessary attention and medical care (as well as spaying and neutering) that the animals deserve, but it also provides concientious placement of family with pet - so important for a successful pet adoption! Potential adopters are viewed as more than paying customers, and the result is a better outcome for both pet and owner (the thank-you letters, photos, and notes from adopters - sometimes long after the adoption - substantiate this).
We are all fortunate to have such an organization in our community!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have friends and contacts in the community who have adopted from NFSAWS. I am also the long-time owner of a cat - Millie - adopted from NFSAWS in 1998.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anything about the organization directly, other than to provide additional resources.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The men and women who work for the shelter are the most dedicated and loving people. The animals are loved and very well taken care of.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Met the people and animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Adopt all the animals if I could. Otherwise it is a wonderful group.

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