MONROE, CT — SPCA of Connecticut Animal Shelter, which has had its share of controversies since opening in the early 2000s with opposition from neighbors, has helped thousands of animals find forever homes over the past two decades. But its mission appears to be coming to an end.
A spokesperson of the animal rescue issued a press release Thursday announcing its facility at 359 Spring Hill Road is closing on May 6, due to the foreclosure of its property.
The animal rescue, which is no relation to the national SPCA, was started by Frederick Acker.
Acker, who had many strong supporters, was later convicted on 11 counts of Animal Cruelty in Milford in 2016 in a ruling barring him from owning animals or from working with animal rescue groups. He was sentenced to one year in prison.
Susan Fernandez became director and the organization continued to move forward.
“Despite best efforts to keep this no-kill shelter open, financial constraints have made it impossible to continue operations,” the press release said Thursday, adding the property is going to auction on May 6.
“All animals must be removed from the property by that date. The shelter currently cares for approximately 20 dogs and 13 cats,” the release said.
“We are most concerned that any animal not adopted or placed in another shelter would be at high risk of being euthanized,” a volunteer said. “We need people to adopt a dog or cat, or to donate on our GoFundMe page or send a check. This helps cover our vet expenses and possible ‘rehoming of our animals.'”
Those interested in helping should visit spcact.org to see adoptable animals or make a donation. To schedule a meet and greet, call the organization at 475-290-8525 or send an email to [email protected].
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