There's an old saying that no good deed goes unpunished, and that's what happened to poor Ziggi who's now back at the Animal Welfare Society.

Here's Ziggi's story. Last Christmas, someone thought it would be a good idea to surprise a local family with a puppy for Christmas, but unfortunately things didn't work out, and now Ziggy is back in New Milford waiting for a second chance at his forever home.

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Ziggi is a Schnauzer/Chihuahua mix, and is just a year old. Due to his initial situation, Zigi didn't get the socialization he needed as a puppy, which has caused him to be very cautious with new people and new surroundings. The folks at the Animal Welfare Society are confident that with patience and training, Zigi will be a great companion to a person that has experience with insecure dogs. The ideal home for Zigi would be a calm single family home with no small children under 15 years old, also in a home with no other dogs, however, he seems to be okay with cats.

To ensure Zigi is comfortable with his new family, they are asking that you make  multiple visits before finalizing the adoption. Of course, like all the pets up for adoption at the Animal Welfare Society, he's all up to date on his vaccines and has already been neutered.

Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, if you're interested in adopting one of the featured pets, any dog or cat at the shelter, you must first fill out an application on their website at Once your application is approved, you can call them at 860-354-1350 and schedule your one-on-one limited contact meeting.

The shelter is always in need of items to help keep the animals safe and clean. Right now, they are looking for bleach, paper towels and dry cat food.

If you can contribute, you can drop off the items at the shelter at 8 Dodd Road in New Milford. Just let them know you're going to drop something off, and you can do it with no contact by just leaving it in front of their building. You can also check the Animal Welfare website for their Amazon wish list, and have the items delivered right to the shelter.

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