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New Fairfield Sherman Animal Welfare Society Incorporated

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Animal care and welfare, primarily care for homless dogs cats and other animals

Programs: Care of dogs,cats and other animals

care of dogs,cats and other animals

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had to surrender our 3 year old husky, Cleo when our home was repossessed and we were forced to move into a hostel. Cleo was very loved by our family, he was absolutely beautiful. We'd had him for 2 years and rescued him from an abuse situation... but he was not a friendly dog. He was fearful of people and never really recovered from his abusive treatment. He would lash out without warning even at people sitting down ignoring him, we had to leave a trailing leash on him at all times. He was a lovely dog when he was calm but he could change in an instant. He never managed to bite any of us but he tried, and when we went to see him in the shelter he had gotten even worse and was charging us in his kennel.

The only other shelter in the area turned Cleo down and told us to have him put down. But these people gave him a chance, they worked with him for a week but he just couldn't handle the noise and stress of the shelter. We wanted to take him back, but had nowhere to put him, and they couldn't get away with placing a dog like that into someone's home. We went in when they said he was due to be put to sleep and my husband went in with him. They were very gentle and explained plainly why they had to do what they did.

We wish things could've gone better for us and Cleo, but at least when he met his end, he was among caring, friendly people who gave him a chance where others wouldn't.

Mazeppa

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having just lost our precious boxer/pitt Pokey May 5th, we were despondent...he was the most loving and unique and smart animal..and funny! How could we EVER think about replacing him. or get over him? There could never be another like him..my crying was non-stop.....THEN my husband got up one Saturday morning two weeks after our loss, and went over to our neighborhood animal shelter, three miles away, because he heard that some new dogs came in, one of them a boxer mix...he saw the pup, but when he mentioned we had just lost our beloved pitt mix, the eyes of the shelter workers lit up! "Do we have a dog for YOU!" should have been the caption...! They asked my husband if he would be intereeted in a lovely pitbull who had been there for six months now, who was beautiful and loving and funny...but had no takers (people so wrongly fear the breed!)...Jay saw Zeus, and that was that! He was PERFECT..so much like our Pokey, but his OWN dog, too! Jay came home, woke me up, and dragged me and my visiting granddaughter back to the shelter (I had a fear of going to shelters..to me, they are places of desperation and misery and my heart breaks..Pokey was a rescue, but my daughter brought him TO me..I can't go to places like that..they give me nightmares!
Well, was I surprised when I walked into the New Fairfield/Sherman shelter..clean, cheerful and more like a boarding kennel, full of personable and knowledgable people, whom you can tell personally care for and love each animal they shelter...Zeus had been socialized, excercised, TRAINED to do tricks, and was in wonderful physical and mental shape..he had been loved! It was written all over him! True..he was a bit energetic from long hours being penned, but he is trying very hard to please us, and is WONDERFUl with other dogs at the dog park (they have a pen at the shelter where they allow the dogs to play with each other at times, too..it makes a big difference!) NOBODY can believe he came from a shelter, he is so calm and friendly and well-behaved...some of it is just Zeus being ZEUS, cos he IS a great dog that just needed a chance, but a LOT Of it is the loving care and attention he received at this shelter...I give it an A-PLUS!! They even gave Zeus his own web page to help publicize his situation, and many times when we walk him around time,strangers will say, "Is that ZEUS? I saw him in the Citizens News!" They really try hard to place their dogs...and care about each and every one of them (OH YEAH..they have a nice room full of kitties, too!)
SO..if you are 'Shelter-Shy" like I am..this is the place for you! It isn't really Animal Control; it's Animal Rescue! Even the Animal Control officer, who must have been the one to pick up the brown stray pitbull roaming New Fairfield at Christmastime, came tosay "goodbye" to Zeus as we took him off to his forever home! A more loving and caring bunch will be hard to find...(I won't name the other shelter I went to this past month, but those poor dogs...don't have a chance. It is never opened when people can get to see the dogs, and the animals look so sad and desperate...barking and crying and jumping in their own poop...not opened weekends when people can go with their families to find a pet to love...they are the ones you see in the commercials. I still have nightmares of that visit and want to go get another one from there..but I haven't gotten up the fortitude to make that trip yet..!)
.PLEASE don't be afraid of this shelter in New Fairfield..it is as pleasant an experience as you can ever possibly have for a situation like this! Even if you don't adopt a pet..make a contribution! They do great things over there! I wish I could post a picture of Zeus hugging Tony, a volunteer shelter worker, before we took him home May 20th...he is the picture of love and happiness...we have a lot to live up to here! LOL! (Not a problem..don't worry! LOL!) LOVE THIS PLACE!!!

jtolles

Client Served

Rating: 5

NFSAWS is an excellent rescue organization. They are a vital part of our community. The pets are loved and well cared for. We adopted our Millie dog and have referred many of our friends to this rescue. All are happy with their service but, most of all, their love for the animals they shelter.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have supported this wonderful organization for many years. The pets are loved and more than cared for. We adopted our beloved rottie Millie from NFSAW and she blessed our lives beyond our wildest dreams. This is a quality shelter.

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Krista5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our fantastic red bone coonhound through this wonderful group. She has been a great addition to our family. The staff at the shelter was really great, worked with our family, and helped us find just the right dog for us.

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MuffinsMom

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our wonderful dog, Muffin, from NFSAWS about a year and a half ago. We went to several shelters before NFSAWS and were not happy. At NFSAWS they treat their animals incredibly well. I was so happy to see all the dogs playing together in a fenced in area at the shelter. It's great to see the dogs be able to truly run around, play, and most importantly, become well socialized with other dogs. We got to meet 3 different dogs on the day we first visited NFSAWS; all the dogs, regardless of age, that we met were very well behaved, which made picking just one a difficult choice. In the end, we got our Muffin who is easily the most fabulous dog we have ever had! :-)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I decided to rescue a dog in the Fall of 2011. We went to several shelters, all over western CT, but the conditions of those shelters were depressing. When we finally came to NFSAW, we came into another predicament. We had trouble choosing which dog we would be taking home! All of the dogs were wonderful that we had seen. They seemed to be very happy there and well taken care of, unlike the other places we looked, which were for the most part well-intentioned, but frightening places. A week after our first visit, we brought home Muffin. She truly is the greatest dog ever from the greatest shelter ever. As my husband said after our first visit, "Any dog we get will always come form there from now on."

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our third dog from NFSAWS and could not have had a better experience, I am so lucky we found them. They are not interested in just pushing their animals out the door to any available home; they want you and your pet to be the right match, a forever match. It's a clean and safe environment for the animals staffed by absolutely wonderful employees and volunteers who really care, sets the gold standard for animal rescue!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking to add a dog to our family. Once we got in touch with nfsaws they were so helpful finding a dog who would fit into our lifestyle. They are a wonderful organization who rescues animals from the high kill shelters and gelps them find the home and life they deserve. They are truly wonderful volunteers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Me and my family are always welcomed into a clean, safe and friendly environment. We get we need on
the animal we are adopting, including a file with history, general info, coupons... They are very friendly and the animals are very well taken care of and happy. The animals are clean and up to date and ready to be loved. I will continue to support NFSAW always and when I am ready for another, I will get the help and suggestions I need to make a perfect choice.

Kerry C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I come from a long line of "rescuers". I have learned that there is a right way, and a wrong way to every well intentioned rescuer. The NFSAWS know how to do it the right way. Their thorough background checks, wonderful customer service, and up to date use of websites and social media made adopting our dog one of the most positive experiences of my life. A year after adopting my dog, I still feel connected to this wonderful group of people through facebook and emails. It warms my heart how much much this organization truly cares about animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Margaret27

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Shawn P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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coberink

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our first family dog there. The workers were very knowlegeable and helped us pick the perfect dog for our family. We will definatly go back there when we are looking to expand our family again. Great job!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has adopted three cats from NFSAW. The shelter itself is one of the nicest facilities I have ever seen and the staff is wonderful. I was a little afraid to visit the first time, as I was concerned the cats would be sad and in cages. Instead, we found a beautiful, light filled room with cats running freely all over. Much better than living in a stone wall in the cold. Thanks to all the volunteers that take such good care of the cats and dogs lucky enough to end up there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted a 1 year old Golden retreiver/Labrador mix and we couldn't be happier with NFSAWS. They did a through background check on us (as they should!) including calling our vet to make sure that the pets we have currently were up to date on all of their Vaccines. They allowed us to bring our 2 dogs to meet the new dog before we made our final decision to adopt. They provided us with his full medical history as well as the frontline and heartworm medicine that he needed. It was obvious from the start that they really cared deeply about "Kovu" and were dedicated to placing him in a stable, loving home.
We are thrilled with the level of commitment that NFSAWS shows to the welfare and well-being of the animals in their care. We love our new pup and can't thank them enough for helping to bring us all together!

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Devin M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just recently adopted our first dog from NFSAWS and couldn't be happier! The shelter is a great place and their volunteers work so hard to take care of the animals and help adopters through the process and beyond. They work with Companion Pet Rescue, another wonderful organization, to rescue needy dogs and find them homes and I couldn't be more grateful that all their hard work brought me my wonderful pet!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I attended the bowling tournament which we enjoyed very much as well as the wine tasting, where we bought numerous bottles of wine which we still have at home. Both events were told to us by Suzanne Glynn and we are greatful that we can help out the pets at the site. We would definitley love to do something again to help out.
We adopted Zeus, our black lab, whom we love verymuch. He is like the child we never had, and yes, he is very spoiled! Suzanne told us of a stray cat she found that was older and was able to place it quickly in thehome of a cat owner, when others felt that it was not possible to place.

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JDEVITO

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our puppy Louie from NFSAWS on Mother's Day of 2010. We started our search online, and made many phone calls to the shelter to ask various questions. They were so friendly and answered everything.
When we arrived at NFSAWS, they shared in out excitement to meet the puppies, and didn't rush us at all. We left that day with Louie, and could not be happier.

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