Protectors of Animals, Inc.

The mission of Protectors of Animals, Inc. (POA) is to increase the quality of life of all dogs and cats in the communities we serve. POA confines its focus to animals in its home state because this is where its infrastructure and resources reside, as well as its leadership. Its goals are to provide shelter and veterinary care to cats and dogs until they can be matched with responsible owners, reduce the number of stray animals in Connecticut through spaying/neutering programs, increase community awareness of the importance of spaying/neutering, which is a critical component to ending animal overpopulation and homelessness, and humanely reduce the populations of community and feral (unsocialized) cats through the strategy of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).


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We achieve our mission and goals through our programs which are focused on rescue, foster care, adoption, TNR of feral cats, and spay/neuter. These include:

  • Shelter/Foster Programs: POA currently operates a cat shelter and adoption center in East Hartford, CT and dog shelters in East Hampton and Wethersfield, CT. POA also maintains a foster home network for kittens.
  • POA SPAY!: POA opened an affordable and accessible spay/neuter clinic for cats and dogs in January 2017. Our clinic is one of over 160 ASPCA National Spay/Neuter Response Team trained clinics. This clinic reduces cat and dog overpopulation, homelessness and suffering by providing over 100 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries each week.
  • SPAY Connecticut: POA is the state leader for the national organization United Spay Alliance and maintains a phone, email and web site referral program for low-cost spay/neuter services in Connecticut and neighboring states, as well as a subsidy programs for financially challenged pet owners who utilize our clinic.
  • Feral Cat Services (TNR): Volunteer trappers receive spay/neuter assistance for TNR and access to spay/neuter services.  POA also provides financial assistance for TNR to community members through POA SPAY!.
  • Placement Team: This program offers guidance on rehoming to individuals who can no longer keep their pets.
  • Community Education: POA provides education through social media, website, newsletters and at the time of adoption. Lectures are also provided to social and business groups on animal care and humane education materials have been created for use in schools.
  • Food Banks: POA distributes pet food, litter and other collected supplies to other organizations and individuals in need of these items.

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Of $35,000 Fundraising Goal
$21,563 in Donations + $3,234 Bonus Bucks sponsored by Webster Bank
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