What We Do:
At The Hometown Foundation, Inc., we know that pets are family. That is why we are proud supporters of the animal welfare community. Through our initiatives to help animals in need, we have facilitated the adoption of hundreds of dogs and cats, donated thousands of pounds pet food, litter, and medical supplies, helped transport animals out of natural disaster stricken areas, and so much more. The Hometown Foundation, Inc. also hosts a Pet Month every May in conjunction with IGA retail stores. During this month, the stores sell hang tags for $1 or reusable bags for $5 to raise money so we are able to carry out our initiatives. Take a look at some of our other animal welfare initiatives.
When disaster hits, we hit harder. Because of The Hometown Foundation, Inc.’s sponsorships with Bozzuto’s, Inc., and Purina we have the means to access and support disaster-stricken areas in a way that no one else can. For over a decade, we have stocked, transported and unloaded truckloads of crucial supplies during times of disaster. Through sponsorships, we are also able to obtain supplies that cannot be sourced through regular donations. This initiative provides support, food, water and resources to those in need when nothing else can get to them. To learn more about our Disaster Relief initiative click here.
Throughout the year, we support various animal causes, events, and fundraisers. One of The Hometown Foundation’s largest successes is the Pet Adoption Center held at the annual Dream Ride Experience. The pet adoption day has been held since 2012, and since its inception, dozens of animals have found loving homes. The Dream Ride Experience pet adoption event brings together rescues from all over to foster a community of animal welfare advocates, and to find loving families for homeless pets.
The 2018 Dream Ride Experience was our most successful adoption event to date. For the first time we welcomed cat rescues to join our pet adoption event, and with more than 15 rescues in attendance we are proud to announce that more than 70 animals have found their forever homes! To learn more about our annual Dream Ride Pet Adoption Center click here.
One of the programs that we help fund and support is Pet Meals on Wheels. Each week the Greater Waterbury Meals on Wheels program distributes meals to over 600 home-bound seniors in the area, of which more than 100 have pets in the home. When it came to our attention that some of these seniors were sharing their meals with their pets because they were unable to get the pet supplies they needed, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. partnered with Meals on Wheels to provide meals to almost 150 pets in the Greater Waterbury area. For more than 7 years we have donated over $800 worth of dog and cat food and litter every week.
How We Do It:
As a result of our generous sponsors, partners and general donations, we are able to facilitate the donation of hundreds of animals annually and donate food to animals in need. We are proud to partner throughout the year with 20 animal rescues domestically who assist in facilitating adoption opportunities. Our pet adoption center at The Dream Ride Experience is our premiere adoption event of the year where dozens of animals are able to be adopted and welcomed into loving homes. Our IGA Retail Partners host May Pet Month as a fundraiser to raise money for our Animal Welfare Pillar, raising thousands of dollars to support adoption events annually. Pet Food companies including Purina and Blue Buffalo are two of our proud partners who assist in the donation of thousands of pounds of animal annually to rescues in need. The Hometown Foundation, Inc. has been recognized in the state as the premiere host for pet adoptions and we are proud to host multiple opportunities for animals to find a loving home.
While we continue to grow our current animal welfare programs and initiatives, we are determined to expand them in the near future. There is never a loss of homeless animals and it is our mission to educate the public about these animals and pets through public events so they can be adopted into their forever homes. We aim to be the voice for these animals when nobody else is by keeping them safe, healthy, and getting them into loving homes. We also are aiming to host a free vaccine clinic for families who can’t afford to vaccinate their pets. The first two areas we will host the vaccine are New Haven and Hartford. We believe all pets should have access to good health and proper care no matter where they are located. The Hometown Foundation, Inc. acts as the liaison between animals and people in hopes to build a connected community.