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Milford Federal Hosts Pawfect Life Rescue Event

Nov 29, 2019 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Volunteer Bob Rochhichaud with Emanon

On Saturday, October 19th, in a small courtyard in Milford behind their home office on Main Street, Milford Federal hosted a match-making adoption event for Pawfect Life Rescue of Uxbridge. 

While waiting for the adoptees to arrive, branch manager Alan Benjamin said that it was the first time they had done something like this. Fellow employee Karen Kindle explained that it made sense for them to host such a program: “We are in the business of making loans to people to buy homes so we thought it would be a good idea to help dogs find their homes as well.” To entice hopeful dog owners to “adopt and not shop,” Milford Federal was sweetening the deal by donating a free doggie adoption kit, which included a wire crate, a leash and martingale collar, a toy and a box of treats, a food and water dish, and a 16.5 pound bag of dog food. Additionally, Alan said he was hoping to partner with more rescue organizations in the Whitinsville area to help them with their adoptions.  

Soon the dogs arrived with volunteers and Pawfect Life Rescue Owner Julie Uthoff. Julie founded the rescue organization to honor her mother, who died six years ago. She noted that it was ironic that the event was being held in the courtyard since her mother had worked in the building next door, with her window overlooking where we were. 

Four dogs in need of a forever home that day were at the event, with a steady flow of potential adopters who came by to meet the dogs, ask questions, spend some bonding time and maybe fill out an application for a hopeful match. Ralphie, a pointer mix; Chester, a Chihuahua; Rachel, a Lab mix and Emanon, a Pekinese, were enjoying all of the attention while the volunteers in charge of the pups talked to those interested. Volunteer Bob Robichaud noted that once the dogs are rescued, they are typically adopted within about two weeks.

Pawfect has an open-house night on Mondays at their facility in Uxbridge, and Julie relies on the volunteers’ observations of interactions to make an excellent match for both the dog and the potential owner. While waiting for the dogs to be adopted, she has foster families take in most of the dogs to make the transition as easy as possible. Pawfect Life Rescue also has set up a private Facebook page so that those who adopt can remain in contact with other adoptive families to share their stories about their new pets as well as to have playdates and other celebrations. The rescue facility is in need of more volunteers, foster families or those who can donate much-needed supplies so that even those who could not adopt could help support Pawfect’s work in these other ways.

By the end of the event, many applications had been submitted, and as of this writing the dogs are living their happily-ever-after in their forever homes. For more information about dogs in need of adoption, please visit
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