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Where the Love Is, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter whose mission is finding loving homes for pets in Connecticut and beyond. It was founded in Hamden, Connecticut in July 2013 and has since rescued and found adoptive homes for more than 2,000 dogs. Dedicated to the prevention of animal cruelty and abuse, Where The Love Is promotes the fostering and/or adoption of abandoned or unwanted pets.

Many of the animals up for adoption come from high-kill shelters in states like Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia where they often face euthanasia. They are brought to our shelter in Connecticut and given a new “leash on life.” Each pet is fully vetted, receives some training, and gets lots of love before they are matched with a new family.  

Where the Love Is relies fully on volunteers, so 100 percent of your donation goes toward the animals’ health care and social and emotional well-being.

10 years strong....and counting!

We are an all volunteer rescue.  The volunteers give their time and talent to keep this rescue running.  We are very fortunate to have such dedicated, caring individuals. Thank you WTLI volunteers! ❤️


We would also like to thank our supporters that have donated money/supplies or adopted from us, we really could not do it without you and appreciate it more than you know! 🐶


Special thanks to our founder Gabrielle for creating a safe haven for abandoned and abused homeless animals and showing them where the love is 💕

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​Email   wtlirescue@gmail.com
Mail      Where The Love Is Animal Rescue

     2514 Whitney Ave

     P.O.Box 185093

     Hamden, CT 06518

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Meet Our Volunteer Pack:

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Michele & Tomas

  • Volunteers

  • Pet Parents to their dog Molly, three cats (Gus, Panda, and Chessie), and a very old and large goldfish (Cheekita).

  • Michele: "If I could be any breed of dog I would be a Bully breed so I could work on changing people’s misconceptions about all of them."

  • Tomas: "I would be an American Staffordshire Terrier. They are a strong, sensitive, and smart breed."

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  • Cleaner & Feeder and Manager of Facebook & Instagram accounts

  • Pet Parent to three dogs, Jessie, Sarge & Belle

  • "The most rewarding thing about being a pet parent is the unconditional love you get from dogs. It's the best!"

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  • Monthly Newsletter Writer/Editor

  • Pet Parent to Duffy

  • "When Duffy lays his head under my chin and looks into my eyes, it's all over. And, the noises he makes when he gets a head-neck-and shoulder massage...my heart melts!

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Lauren & Max

  • Lauren: Adoption Event and Volunteer Coordinator. Max: Adoptions, Caregiving, and Transportation. 

  • "We got involved after making a blanket donation and were instantly hooked. We're passionate about helping people and pets find their perfect match."


  • Fundraising Coordinator

  • Pet Parent to Oso (a Where the Love Is alum) and Bella

  • "A good friend was volunteering as a foster and attending adoption events. I decided to join and we fostered Oso. We instantly fell in love and became a foster failure- best decision ever!"


Marty & Janice

  • Volunteers/Website Editor

  • Pet Parent to three dogs, Freya, Murphy, and Oreo

  • "My son and I started about 5 years ago volunteering and from there it just expanded. I guess you could say it’s all in the family! We love doing meet and greets, adoptions, fostering, and planning events, but most importantly caring for these wonderful dogs."

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  • Website writing

  • Pet Parent to one dog, Sherlock Bones

  • "I got involved with Where the Love Is because I like to write creatively and I wanted to use those skills to help dogs find their forever homes."

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