If you’re a dog lover, you know how devout these four-legged friends show you. Now elementary school kids are paying it back by sending handmade valentines to the puppies at Dog Star Rescue in Bloomfield.
Hundreds of handwritten notes and cards were sent in by children from a dozen elementary schools in Connecticut, all in an effort to help puppies get adopted.
“We had people who were creative and making different dogs, drawing different toys and things,” said Amanda Ominsky, marketing and fundraising volunteer for Dog Star Rescue. “We have some who say, ‘Hi, my name is Jacki, Nyla.’ These are all dogs that have been with us for a while. Others have actually taken the time to find the dogs online, so they can send them a direct Valentine!
They hope to help adoptable puppies like Peanut and Cranberry find forever homes.
Each handmade Valentine highlights the unique differences of each dog up for adoption here, including the 16 dogs adopted over the weekend.
Hazel is a former student of Dog Star Rescue.
“She loves to hunt deer, chipmunks and squirrels,” said her dog dad, George Jacobs. “We brought her home a year ago. She loves Daisy, her sister, who is three years old and also a lifesaver.
Jacobs thinks what makes Hazel different is what makes her so special, the message reflected in Valentine’s Day.
“A lot of kids struggle with having their own identity,” he said. “They need to know that who they are is okay no matter who they are. So just like every dog is different too.
Alongside the Valentine’s Day celebrations, the puppies took part in a Dog Bowl event on Sunday. Oldies like Hazel came back to play with the rescues. Events like this help the non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers, to support the needs of the 30-40 adoptable dogs in their care at any one time.
“All the money goes directly to food, housing, adoption, letting, collars, poop bags, etc.! It all comes back to them,” Ominsky said.
These events help ensure that on Valentine’s Day and all year round, there are plenty of wagging noses and tails.