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Armonk Dog Shelter Celebrates 30-Years

ARMONK, N.Y. -- This fall, Adopt-A-Dog in Armonk will be celebrating its 30th of saving dogs and cats from unhealthy and unsafe situations.

Kennel manager Kristen Alouisa has been working for Adopt-A-Dog for over eight years and she said she is thankful animal shelters like the one in Armonk exist.

“The sense of accomplishment in watching dogs become adoptable is amazing,” Alouisa said. “I’m grateful for this place because we have the opportunity to save animals and provide them with vet care and love and enrichment before they’re placed into homes.”

Alouisa says the nonprofit organization is lucky to have so many local people who donate their time and money to the shelter to keep it going strong.

One of the recent rescue situations that stood out in Alouisa’s mind was a hoarding situation where a woman had housed 37 dogs in her home.

“We managed to fit 27 dogs in our van and they were in horrible shape,” Alouisa said. “There’s a lot of anger there, but at the same time there’s the hope that we’re doing something good by getting them back here and getting them into nice homes.”

At any given time, Adopt-A-Dog holds about 30-35 dogs, as well as a handful of cats.

“Some situations can be very sad but the silver lining of it all is that we rescue these dogs and watch them come out of their shell and become normal dogs,” Alouisa said. “It’s very emotional and thankless work sometimes but the payoff is saving them.”

Alouisa is finishing up school to become a licensed vet technician at Mercy College

On Sunday, Sept. 25, Adopt-A-Dog will begin its 30-Years in 30-Days celebration with its annual Puttin’ On the Dog show and festival from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich Conn.

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