What is Rose Hope Animal Refuge?

Rose Hope Animal Refuge is a small non-profit, no kill animal rescue located in Waterbury, Connecticut who never leaves any animal behind. Rose Hope Animal Refuge is a 501 (c) 3 organization, RUN SOLEY ON VOLUNTEERS. Hanna with Rose Hope Animal Refuge has been working over the past 15 years to help cats, dogs, and puppies by providing them with a new chance at life, and has placed pets in caring homes throughout Connecticut and in New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Where Can I Meet My Future Pet?

Visit our PetFinder page to see a list of our currently adoptable pets.

Regular adoption hours are every Saturday from 12pm-3pm, and every Sunday from 12pm-3pm at PETCO located on 201 Union Street in Waterbury, CT 06706.

Are you interested in giving a forever home to a cat, dog, or puppy? Do you have a busy schedule? No worries. If you want to personally visit with a particular animal email a volunteer at patbob@reagan.com to request an appointment.

How Does the Adoption Process Work?

  1. Please contact Hanna at 203-597-1236 and have your Veterninarian's information on hand, so that we'll be able to reach out and perform a reference check.
  2. If seeking to adopt a cat or dog, print and fill out the appropriate form for the type of pet you're seeking to adopt (Cat Form Dog Form). For other types of pets, please arrange to meet with Hanna for an in-person interview.

General Adoption Policy Guidelines

  • Completion of an application does not mean that you are approved.
  • You MUST have a veterinarian reference to adopt. When we check a veterinarian reference on your current or past pets, we are looking for a vaccine history, spay/neuter and if you have followed through with veterinarian recommendations for your pet(s). All of your pets must be up to date on vaccines and spayed or neutered. For adoption of DOGS you must own your own home. You MUST be at least 21 years of age to adopt. All pets have an adoption fee to help cover the vet expenses.
  • All our animals are spayed or neutered, have been examined by a veterinarian, and are up to date with vaccinations. You will also meet with Hanna for an in-person interview.
  • Sometimes Rose Hope Animal Refuge requires a home visit. If a home visit is required, you must be able to consent for a visit in order to adopt a pet.
  • We choose the home that best suits the pet. We reserve the right to refuse an adoption. Some of our animals have been through some kind of trauma in their short lives. Our animals can not speak for themselves, so as their guardians we speak for them.

Adoption Forms

Volunteer Options

If any of the following sound like you, contact Hanna at 203-597-1236 for more information on how to get started. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old with your own transportation available.

Cat Room Help

Mature, responsible adults are needed at our Cat Adoption Center.

Love cats? Our beautiful animals could use a helping hand, and sure do love a little extra playtime. If you could dedicate 1 or 2 morning(s) each week from about 9:30AM - 11:30AM to help us with providing attention and playing with the cats, cleaning the cat cages, and feeding & giving the cats fresh water, you'll be rewarded by the sight of many smiling furry faces.

Contact Hanna at 203-597-1236 for more information.

Fundraiser Coordination

Creative and energetic individuals needed

Fundraisers are an integral part of keeping Rose Hope Animal Refuge going, and we're looking for a few volunteers to offer help in developing creative, engaging ideas. We also need plenty of assistance in bringing those fundraising ideas to life.

Contact Hanna at 203-597-1236 for more information.

Fundraiser Advertising

Donations are welcome

If you're a business owner interested in advertising at any of our fundraising events, we welcome all donations. We are a 501 (c) 3 run purely on the generosity of volunteers and donations from business like you, and any contributions made are tax deductible.

Contact Hanna at 203-597-1236 for more information.

Foster Information

Are you interested in fostering cats, dogs, or puppies? Many of our animals could use a temporary home while seeking a permanent placement.

Contact Hanna at 203-597-1236 for more information.


As a 501 (c) 3 organization run solely on volunteers, donations go a long way to help keep us doing the dedicated work that we do to be sure that no animal gets left behind. We wholeheartedly thank all who have donated their time, money, and goods, and are deeply grateful for any and all donations that we receieve. And don't forget, any donations made are tax deductible!

Donations can be sent to:

Gold Coast Mobile Veterinary Service
C/O Rose Hope Animal Refuge
PO Box 2427
Milford, Connecticut 06460

Donations may also be made by credit card over the phone.

To donate over the phone, please call Gold Coast Mobile Veterinary Service at (203) 727-8600 Tuesday - Friday betwen the hours of 9AM and 6PM.

Wish List

Our work also requires a lot of items that are in daily use with our animals. We are always in need of more of any of the following:

  • Paper Towels
  • Large Garbage Bags
  • Canned Cat and Kitten Food
  • IAMS Cat, Dog and Puppy Food
  • Fresh Step Cat Litter
  • Blankets and Beds
  • Frontline or Advantage
  • During Kitten season, KMR (kitten formula) is in great demand.