As part of its ongoing effort to provide value to the community, Bankwell has announced that it will launch the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project on March 1 to create awareness about the many dogs and cats in need of homes at animal shelters throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties.

All Bankwell branches will feature photographs and information about available dogs and cats, which will also be previewed on the bank’s website during March and April.  The Bankwell branches will serve as collection points for a “wish list” to benefit the CT Humane Society, and a list of those items will also appear on the bank’s website.

Portraits of the featured animals were taken by local photographer Michael Bagley and Bankwell is hosting an opening reception at Bankwell’s 208 Elm St. branch on Wednesday, March 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m..  The event is free and open to the community.

The project was the brainchild of Lynne Gomez, Bankwell’s executive assistant to the CEO, who worked with Bankwell in Wilton branch manager Ann Mitrione and marketing assistant Lucy French to get the program off the ground.

Photography Bagley is passionate about animal rescue, and he devotes hundreds of hours each year working with animal shelters and rescues to photograph adoptable dogs and cats.  Over the last ten years, he has volunteered his time to photograph tens of thousands of shelter animals seeking a home.

Bankwell has partnered with Animal Haven, ROAR, STARelief and Pet Assistance, Stamford Animal Shelter, Red Leash Rescue, Strays & Others, Little Black Dog Rescue, One More Dog Rescue, Lexi’s Angels/Shaggy Dog Rescue, Sunshine Golden Retriever and CT Humane Society for this project.  Pet Pantry has generously offered to provide a complimentary gift basket for the home of any pet adopted during the program and also serve as a collection point for the CT Humane Society “wish list”.  Additionally, Canine Training & Behavioral Services in Wilton will offer a free 30-minute consultation for anyone who adopts a dog during the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project.

Bankwell is a community bank that serves the banking and lending needs of residents and businesses throughout Fairfield County.  More information can be found at

pictured above:  Bankwell Marketing Assistant Lucy French, Mike Bagley Photographer and Ann Mitrione, Bankwell in Wilton Branch Manager