As part of an ongoing effort to provide value to the community, Bankwell has announced the re-launch of its Bankwell Pet Adoption Project that creates awareness about the many dogs and cats in need of homes at animal shelters throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties.

The program was kicked-off earlier this week with a reception at Bankwell’s Wilton branch, with Congressman Jim Himes attending. (Pictured above, L-R: Himes, Bankwell EVP and chief of staff Laura Waitz; Bankwell AVP and marketing manager Lucy French holding Zumba; photographer Michael Bagley; and Bankwell executive assistant to the CEO, Lynne Gomez holding Bowie.)

This is the third year for the program, which features photos and information about available dogs and cats on billboards, ads, social media, the bank’s website, and throughout all of the bank’s branches. The bank kicked off the program in the spring of 2017, and the adoption rate at local shelters spiked–with more than 85% of the animals featured in the bank’s campaign finding a home last year.

Portraits of the featured animals are made possible by local photographer Michael Bagley, who is passionate about animal rescue and devotes hundreds of hours each year, working with animal shelters and rescues to photograph adoptable dogs and cats.  Over the last 10 years, he has volunteered his time to photograph tens of thousands of shelter animals seeking a home.

Additionally through June 30, all Bankwell branches will serve as collection points for a “wish list” of pet supplies to benefit local rescues. A list of those items is available on the bank’s website. Bankwell has partnered with Animal Haven, ROAR, STARelief and Pet Assistance, Stamford Animal Control, Red Leash Rescue, Strays & Others, PAWS in Norwalk, One More Dog Rescue, Shaggy Dog Rescue, WASA, and CT Humane Society for this project.

Bankwell will also be matching donations to local rescues made through the bank’s coin machines that are located throughout most of its branches.

Bankwell is a community bank that serves the banking and lending needs of residents and businesses throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties. More information can be found on the Bankwell website.