Experience the Ashford Sanctuary

LinkClick on the image above for dozens of photos of the Ashford Sanctuary.

Our Companions Sanctuary
46 Floeting Road
Ashford, CT 06278

Directions

Click above to see "The Cats of Sebastian House" slideshow of photos by Carol Lowbeer.

Click above to see the documentary video "Behind the Scenes: Tales from the Sanctuary" 

The Animals Are Waiting for You!

Come one, come all! The Ashford sanctuary is open to the community every Saturday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The sanctuary provides a beautiful and cozy safe haven for formerly homeless animals who are awaiting a permanent home, and is a welcoming and comfortable environment for visitors. We invite you to come and hang out with the four-legged guests and experience this very special place.

Are you one of those people who dislike visiting animal shelters because they make you sad? Well, our sanctuary is designed especially for visitors like you. Instead of witnessing scared, anxious animals living in cold, impersonal and cramped spaces, you will see comfortable, well-loved animals at their very best. The sanctuary animals are free to roam around, and each animal is respected and provided everything necessary to ensure their physical and emotional happiness while awaiting their forever home.

Volunteers take the dogs on daily hikes, engage in play sessions, and even attend weekly dog classes at our Valerie Friedman Program Center in Manchester. The cats have kitty bunks, heated beds, climbing towers, tons of toys, and droves of volunteers to play with. Most recently, we added high-placed perches guaranteed to make even the smallest tabby feel like a big cat surveying his domain from a tree in the Serengeti.

Best of all, you can leave the sanctuary assured that all of the animals will be safely and lovingly cared for until they have found their forever homes, thanks to our no-kill promise. So bring the family and come visit our furry guests at the sanctuary, Saturdays from 1p.m. until 3 p.m. We’ll see you there!

The Ashford Sanctuary: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is the Sanctuary located?

A.: 46 Floeting Road in Ashford, CT 06278. Directions

Q: How can I adopt an animal from the Sanctuary?

A: Explore the Adoption section of our website. You can see photos of our adoptable animals and even apply to adopt one on-line. We require pre-approval for adoption, which is a quick process and one that ensures our animals’ safety as well as enabling you to pick out the best possible companion for your specific needs. We look forward to having you come to Ashford and meet our resident animals. Keep in mind that not all of the pets featured on our website are living at the Sanctuary. By contacting our Helpline directly, or 860-242-9999 x 302 or on-line here, we can help you to navigate through the adoption process.

Q: Can I drop off an animal at the Sanctuary?

A: We do not accept walk-in surrenders at the Sanctuary. If you have an animal you can no longer care for, please contact us so we can explain the various options available and assist you in the best possible way: (860) 242-9999, or contact us here.

Q: How can I volunteer?

A: Our Companions is proud to have almost 300 volunteers. To learn how you can join these dedicated individuals by becoming an Our Companions volunteer, please click here.

Q: When can I come visit?

A: You can meet and greet our Sanctuary pets every Saturday from 1 pm until 3 pm.

Q: When I visit, can I bring my own pets with me?

Your pets would be most safe and comfortable at home, as we do not offer seperate boarding space for visiting pets, and we are always concerned about the safety of leaving one's pets inside a vehicle.

Q: Why can’t I just stop by at anytime?

A: The sanctuary is the temporary home for many animals who come to us from a variety of situations, many of which were very stressful and unpleasant. To provide the animals with a quiet, healing environment, and to provide the best overall care possible, a predictable schedule is necessary. We also want to make sure that our public hours are structured so that staff and volunteers can focus their time on caring for the animals and preparing them for their forever homes.

Q: Do you need supplies donated?

A: Yes, we're always grateful for donations of needed supplies. We have a list here of supplies that we always need; also, we list specific items that you can order from Amazon.com, who will ship them directly to us.