Support The Bridgeport Animal Resource Center!
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City of Bridgeport / Bridgeport City Council

Support The Bridgeport Animal Resource Center!

    1. Petition by

      Jimmy Gonzalez

A Hand for a Paw, Inc. is interested in using the old Whittier school for an animal resource center. Our resource center will be a place to come to fulfill all animal needs; Low-cost, High-volume spay/neuter and vaccination clinic, Animal food pantry for low-income residents of Bridgeport, Low-cost dog training, Animal adoptions, and Classroom based animal care and safety classes for children and adults. We will also be utilizing the auditorium for community strengthening events.

The facility will be self-supporting, through the veterinarian and training programs it provides, together with grants and charitable donations. Such an animal center would also make Bridgeport a more pet positive destination.

According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) US pet ownership calculator, Bridgeport has about 36,000 dogs and 41,000 cats. Bridgeport Animal Control impounds about 1,500-2,000 animals a year. Out of the 1,597 animals impounded last year, 53% were adopted, redeemed by their owners or still there waiting for a home, which means 47% were euthanized because of aggression, behavioral issues, disease or lack of homes. There are over 750 animals euthanized every year in Bridgeport, which cost the city about $75,000 annually, and with the current problems with our economy these numbers are on a steady rise. These animals were abandoned or given up for various reasons which could easily be solved by spaying/neutering the animal and having other resources available like free training and food.

The Humane Alliance of Western North Carolina performed over 94,000 surgeries (through July 2002) and seen a 50% reduction in euthanasia at local shelters. Spay/neuter and having available resources are the answers.

A Hand for a Paw’s mission is not simply to reduce companion animal overpopulation, but to end it.

Recent signatures



      Jimmy Gonzalez
      Petition Organizer

      We need your support. If you happen to be in the Bridgeport area this monday night please come support our BARC project. I will be proposing our B.A.R.C. proposal to the Bridgeport City Council at 6:30 at City Hall located at 45 Lyon Terrace. I will only be speaking for 5 minutes but I can truly use your support!!! Whether you are an animal person or a Bridgeport taxpayer which would like to see the City cut cost, please come out and support!! Be there at 6:00pm the speaking part starts at 6:30.

      Thank you!!!!

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Leah Haut FAIRFIELD, CT, CT
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is fundamental to civilized society that we care for our weakest, most vulnerable members and theae are our animals.

    • Lynne Powell DANBURY, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      To protect the animals

    • Lina Salazar BRIDGEPORT, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      Seems like there isn't a month where there isn't a new stray or abandonned cat roaming my yard. All colores and all sizes. There is one in particular right now that is limping with an injured paw [perhaps broken] and bruised on the side of the face. He is very friendly which proves he was once owned. it brakes my heart, I would personally let him in but I can't afford the high expense of vet Bills. I have called several agencies and no one will help this little guy with the medical treatment he needs; the best I was offerd was a reduced rate at Fox Memorial. An hour drive but this cat isn't mine and I cant afford this and the worse part is that there is always some new cat around. Bpt is in much need for this assistance.

    • tina santiago SEYMOUR, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      To promote the humane treatment of animals, to reduce the number of homeless animals and the number that are euthanize, to educate the public on responsible pet ownership, and decrease overpopulation through spaying and neutering

    • Nanette Nunemacher BRIDGEPORT, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      As an animal lover and a responsible pet owner, I think it's extremely important to offer vet services to those who can't afford it, so more people will spay/neuter their pets to avoid the over-population and unfortunate euthanasing.


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