In July 1992, a small group of dedicated individuals saw and acted upon an unmet need in our community: to help control feline overpopulation through spaying and neutering.

Our initial goal was to rescue, test for feline leukemia and feline immune deficiency virus, vaccinate, spay or neuter, and then return the cats to their original locations. They would subsequently be fed and monitored on a daily basis. We expected that most of the cats would be wild. Instead we found many who behaved as though they had been someone’s companion animal. Now they were often terrified, defensive and in poor health. We believed that given the proper nurturing, these cats could certainly once again become loving companions. The next logical step was to open a place for these felines in need.

On April 18,1993, a small “haven” was opened in a rented building in Guilford, CT. During that same year, The Hope Alliance for Animals, Inc., received official non-profit status by the IRS, thus making all contributions tax deductible. During the next 6 years, we rescued and adopted out many cats to loving caring individuals and families.

In April 1999, we moved to our previous location in New Haven, CT. Shortly thereafter, we became painfully aware that there were many special needs cats that were being euthanized by other organizations, rescues, and municipal shelters because they did not have the resources to provide the extra care that was needed. These special needs “orphans” required a place to live where they could receive individualized care on a daily basis and be treated with compassion and respect. At The Hope Alliance, they are truly loved and accepted just the way they are. Their special needs, whether physical, emotional or both, just make them “Extra Special!” They receive long-term lifetime care.

In July 2014 we moved to our new home in Killingworth, CT. The town is absolutely wonderful! Being in the country has lots of advantages, such as the fur kids being able to see lots of wildlife while being safely indoors! Our hope is that within the next year, we will be able to add on a sun room, so they have even more places to enjoy the sunlight and all the smells and sounds of "the country atmosphere!"

Each of our residents sees Dr Efren Osorio Meet Dr. O.and his staff at their office in North Branford. Without their endless patience and expert knowledge we would be lost! We are truly blessed to have them in our lives.

 Lisa Mary Ruoppolo

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