Protectors of Animals

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Who We Are

Protectors of Animals, Inc. (POA) located in East Hartford, Connecticut is a nonprofit, no kill, rescue organization whose mission is to rescue stray and abandoned domestic animals while promoting spaying and neutering. Protectors of Animals operates with a dedicated, all volunteer staff and is funded solely by donations and grants. POA was formed in 1975 by a handful of people dedicated to the mission of rescuing cats and dogs. We rescue dogs that have been abandoned or that come to us from area municipal animal control departments. We rescue cats that are stray, homeless or abandoned. We work closely with the community, local animal control officers and area veterinarians. POA has a wonderful adoption center for our cats and kittens while our dogs are kenneled at local, private facilities. All of our animals are checked by veterinarians upon intake and receive vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery before adoption. Our animals receive additional, special medical attention when necessary. POA’s skilled volunteers socialize and evaluate our animals prior to making them available for adoption; we do this to ensure that all of our animals go home to the best possible home environment.

Our dogs’ temperaments and training needs are assessed with the goal of making them happy, healthy, responsive and trusting of people. Our dogs receive immunizations for Rabies, Parvo, Distemper and Bordetella and are checked for heart worm upon arrival and are spayed or neutered. Our cats’ temperaments are assessed and our trained Socialization Team work daily with our cats to ensure all cats receive care and attention, readying them for their forever home. Our cats and kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV, and receive age appropriate vaccines, including rabies and at least one distemper. All cats and kittens see veterinarians regularly, and are treated for worms, fleas and mites. All of our cats AND kittens are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

Adopting a Lifetime Companion

We want only the best for our dogs and cats and we work hard to find the best home match for them, and you. Many of our animals have had rough starts in life, and we seek to ensure that the rest of their lives are filled with love and happiness in a forever home. For all of our cats and dogs, we work by appointment. All applicants are screened and must complete the application process prior to making an appointment. Please visit for more information and our easy 2 page adoption applications. As a matter of policy we do not place our dogs in households with children under the age of 6 or where small children (i.e. grandchildren) are frequent visitors. We do this both for the protection of the child and the dog's welfare. We will consider adopting out our cats and kittens to homes with older children on a case by case basis. We only adopt out our dogs to Connecticut residents. To ready our animals for adoption and to ensure their health, we spend on average between $150 and $200 per cat/dog. We rely on donations to help us continue our work and ask for donations for all adoptions.

To inquire about any of our wonderful cats and dogs, please call our adoption center at (860) 569-0722.

Please Join Us We are always in need of volunteers for our cat and dog divisions and we can match our needs with your skills! People experienced in dog care and cat care are always welcome, but we value other skills and talents as well, such as fund raising, administrative work, computer work, carpentry, and phone work to name a few. Please call our adoption center to speak with our Volunteer Coordinator at (860) 569-0722.

Protectors of Animals, Inc. relies solely on adoption donations, membership dues, gifts, memorials, bequests, grants and fund-raising events to fund our entire operation. We are a 501c3 tax exempt, non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Please consider joining us with an annual membership and help us in our efforts to rescue and re-home stray, abandoned, abused and homeless cats and dogs.

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