Marcia's Photos - Dogs - Connecticut Humane Society




Some dogs arrive at shelters because of hardships faced by their human companions, such as foreclosures, home fires, or the inability to afford the dog's medical needs. Other dogs have been found on the streets or in empty homes after being abandoned. Still others have been so badly mistreated that they arrive at the shelter covered in their own feces or suffering from injuries or diseases as a result of neglect or other abuse. Some are too far gone to make it. Others are luckier and we have hope for their futures.


Shelters are places of hope. Underpaid staff and countless volunteers work side by side to care for dogs and other animals, meet their basic needs, and try to bring them cheer in an institutional setting that is safe but not home. In some cases, we need to teach them to trust people again. In other cases, we spend time training them in good household manners so that families who come to the shelter are more likely to want to welcome them into the family.


Shelter dogs are so appreciative of every bit of attention we give them. From cocker spaniels to pit bulls, from boxers to poodles to complete mutts, most dogs in shelters simply want to be loved and in a safe place and are ready to give all their love to their new families.


People who adopt shelter animals typically feel a special pride in being a hero to a living being in need. We don't quite understand why, when there are so many beautiful and loving animals in need at shelters, people pay a lot of money to breeders for dogs.


This page has some of the photos I have taken of dogs at the Connecticut Humane Society over the past year. Most of these dogs have been adopted. The expressions on the faces of these loving dogs say it all.