Pet Profiles

Extra Care for Long-term Residents

At ROAR most of our residents come through our doors and after a short period of loving care here at the shelter, leave for their new homes. But, sometimes, even a sweet, beautiful animal gets passed by due to no fault of his/her own. The timing just isn’t right and the perfect match takes a little longer to be made. Because of their lengthier stay with us, these animals receive a little extra care. Some are given foster homes where they are exposed to real life family noises and smells as well as others animals and a real home life. Others receive extensive training in behavior classes and by ROAR’s trainers. The animals flourish in these situations instead of becoming more and more despondent while waiting for a home.

Meet Dakota! You can see from the smile on his face that this one-year-old boy is very happy! And just like his buddy Montana isn’t from Montana, Dakota is not from South (or North) Dakota. They both arrived at ROAR along with a nice young female dog from deep-in-the-heart-of-Texas. Dakota is now hoping to become a Nutmegger with a loving family in the great state of Connecticut.
Dakota is just over a year old and is an Anatolian Shepherd mix, probably a mix of a lot of things. What’s an Anatolian? Well, not Texan but Turkish. The classic color for an Anatolian Shepherd is fawn with a black mask and triangular ears that hang down, check those. Anatolian Shepherds are loyal and highly intelligent dogs, check those too..
Unlike a standard Anatolian Shepherd who can take up nearly the entire couch, Dakota can almost fit in your lap to snuggle. And unlike some boisterous Texans, he is a bit shy. However, ROAR and its volunteers are working with him on this.
Dakota is neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and micro-chipped.
***Please remember to keep your cats indoors, 
especially during this time of year.***
For more information about these cats or any other adoptable cats or dogs, please visit ROAR’s website: or call to make an appointment 203-438-0158.



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At ROAR, everyone receives what they need to live happy, healthy lives
until the home they are waiting for is found.