South Windsor Boy Chooses Donations To Animal Shelter Over Gifts

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The Tyler Regional Animal Care Shelter in South Windsor is in need of many items for its rescue dogs. So, a South Windsor boy decided to put a little bark in his birthday. Instead of toys for him, the invited guests are asked to bring toys for the dogs.

“The toys for my birthday are very expensive for some people to buy,” said 8-year-old Aiden Deptula. “So, we are asking for bones for the dogs in the animal shelter.”

What kind of bones?

“Big bones, little bones, medium bones and some flavored bones, like bacon,” he said.

Robin Bond, the South Windsor community service officer, was more specific on what the shelter needs most.

“Any kind of heavy chew items, like heavy rawhides or marrow bones, smoked marrow bones,” Bond said.

It’s really nice to see for me,” said Tracey Deptula, Aiden’s mother. “It’s really heartwarming to see him make a choice and be so responsible and think about someone else.”

The Deptula family has a soft spot for pooches in part because they were forced to give their dog, Claire, away because of behavioral issues.

“She was very cute,” said Aiden’s sister, Hailey Deptula, 6. “But, then when she got bigger and she got aggressive.”

And, there’s another reason helping rescue dogs is important.

“The animals are still part of this world. So, you don’t want to make them (the shelter) kill them,” added Hailey Deptula.

If you are interested in any of the pets here at T.R.A.C.S., you can claim them by clicking here to go to At the very least, the Deptula family is hoping you will drop off some treats for the dogs that are supplied by the East Hartford, Manchester and South Windsor police departments.

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