Up at Greenwich Animal Control on North Street, there is some good news. There is not a single homeless dog needing a forever home, and the kennels are silent.
Several longtime shelter residents have found their forever homes including Mikey, Gladys, Babs and Maya.
Animal Control Officer Suzanne Carlin credits local media, Facebook and Petfinder, as well as word of mouth for that success.
Carlin said there are three adult cats she’d be happy to match with experienced cat owners. Two of them – Inky and Zippy – had been living in a group of 6 cats with an elderly woman who passed away during the pandemic.
Of the six, two went to PAWS of Norwalk. Two did not survive. Inky and Zippy came to Greenwich.
“They were in horrific conditions. I’ve never seen a case of matting so bad,” Carlin said, as she shared some photos that defied words. “We had to shave her a little bit at a time over two weeks. We probably took off a full pound of fur.”
Nevertheless, Inky and Zippy, both females age 9-10, are cleaned up, have received veterinary care and ready for a new home.
“These two are healthy,” Carlin said, adding that they are not the most outgoing and friendly cats. “But for a cat person, they will be fine. We need someone who will be patient.”
“Sometimes it’s on their terms,” Carline continued. “They need a trusting, loving home to live out the rest of their lives.”
The last resident of the shelter is Maggie, who Carlin estimates is about 6 years old. She has been at animal control for two years.
Carlin said Maggie would be fine with an experienced cat owner and would be better as an only cat.
“She can be sassy,” Carlin said, as Maggie popped her head up from the stainless steel sink and flashed her compelling green eyes at visitors.
She followed us around the room, and purred rubbed against a reporter’s legs.
Carlin said the trick is to let her come to you. “I can’t believe she’s still here,” Carlin said.
Carlin said Animal Control is always able to find homes for kittens, who pass through quickly. Four small black kittens were all spoken for on Monday.
Find available pets on their Petfinder page.
Greenwich Animal Control is located at 393 North Street.
To visit you must call and make an appointment first: 203-622-8299