Branford Compassion Club is giving a little love to moms — including the four-legged feline variety — with its Mama Meow Italian Buffet benefit, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at Pompeo’s Restaurant, 485 W. Main Street, Branford.

Doors open at 5:30 for the event, which includes a silent auction, Mother’s Day gifts for those last-minute shoppers, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and cash bar.
Tickets are $35, available by email at, online at or by calling 203-444-0653. Tickets are also available Saturdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the organization’s Feline Rescue and Adoption Center, 2037 Foxon Road, North Branford.

A generous portion of the proceeds benefits the homeless felines that the nonprofit cares for in its North Branford facility, which recently celebrated its seventh anniversary. The shelter is not a town facility or publicly funded one. All food, medicine and veterinary bills are paid for through private funding by its generous donors and supporters and events like this. Volunteers work twice-a-day shifts seven days a week to care for its residents.

BCC has a soft spot in its collective heart for moms and their offspring. The shelter population always includes moms, and many times their offspring, especially at this time of the year. Their stories of how they came to the shelter are frequently touching, often inspiring, and BCC supplies the hope and care for them as they wait to find forever homes. To date, more than 1,400 cats have been adopted out of the shelter, in addition to untold numbers more before there was a shelter.

Branford Compassion Club was founded in 1997 by a group of cat lovers as a grassroots effort to address the town’s homeless cat population. It was based on trap-neuter-release, which remains its foundation. After trapping, those felines deemed adoptable are taken to the shelter, while the others are released to one of its 10 colonies along the Shoreline, where they receive daily care by BCC volunteers.

BCC is open Saturdays from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. at 2037 Foxon Road, North Branford, (203-483-6369). Volunteers are always needed. For more information, visit the website at, or stop by in person. Send questions to

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