Bankwell executives rescue dogs

As Bankwell winds down its annual collection of pet supplies to benefit local animal shelters as part of the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project, two members of the Bankwell executive team have added rescue pets to their own homes.

Bankwell executive vice president and chief of staff, Laura Waitz, met “Gracie” at the bank’s Pet Adoption Project kick-off event in March, and adopted the puppy from STARelief & Pet Assistance in Stamford several days later.  

Alison Gruseke, wife of Bankwell chief executive officer Chris Gruseke, brought home their rescue dog, “George Eliot,” several weeks later.

This is the second year of the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project, which raises awareness about rescue animals by featuring photos and information about available dogs and cats on billboards, ads, social media, the bank’s website, and throughout all of the bank’s 12 branches. The bank kicked off the program in the spring of 2017, and the adoption rate at local shelters spiked — with more than 75% of featured animals finding a home last year.

Bankwell has an office in Wilton. More information about the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project can be found at