IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

We are closely tracking the development of COVID-19 and are prioritizing wellness of our volunteers and community. As a purely precautionary measure, effective immediately, and until further notice, the Branford Compasion Club adoption center is closed to the general public. Potential adopters should download our application online and submit it by email. Please be patient if there are delays in processing applications. Approved adopters will be notified by email or phone and may then make appointments to visit the shelter. Thank you for your understanding and be well!

Branford Compassion Club Kitties Offer Big ‘Thank You’ at March Open House

It’s party time at the Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue & Adoption Center.

Yes, the cats are throwing an open-house party Sunday, March 29 from 1-3 p.m. at the 2037 Foxon Road venue to thank their donors and sponsors and celebrate the shelter’s 9th anniversary. Visitors will be greeted by volunteers, a glass of wine or Shirley Temple and plenty of nibbles to nosh.

The shelter had a rough year financially in 2019, but its generous supporters answered the call for support to help keep open the doors of the 22-year-old feline rescue and adoption nonprofit.

“Our sustaining sponsorship program really made the difference,” says BCC President Peg Johnson. “If it weren’t for our supporters committing to regular monthly or yearly donations, we might not be able to celebrate this anniversary. If you’ve never visited our shelter, I encourage you to stop by the March 29th party or during our regular Saturday hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Our cats are happy and well cared for, thanks to our dedicated volunteers and our even more dedicated Shelter Manager Lianne Soucy. I’m proud of our organization and the wonderful work we do.”

BCC not only helps cats, but also helps people who care enough about cats to seek help for an abandoned cat living outside or help those who are no longer able to physically or financially care for their own cats, which can be a heartbreaking and stressful situation.

While no donations will be solicited at the open-house party, information about becoming a sustaining sponsor or donating to BCC may be found at its website at http://www.branfordcompassionclub.org.

Animal Awareness Day 2020

It’s going to be that time of the year again – time to celebrate our four-legged, furry or finned members of the family with a pet festival as the Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue & Adoption Center hosts Animal Awareness Day, noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, October 4, 2020 on the Branford Town Green.

The fun day has something for all ages, including live music, children’s activities, food trucks, live animals (mini horses!), live animal educational demonstrations, huge bake sale, booths featuring a variety of area animal care and rescue groups, as well as business vendors whom we all patronize to give our pets the best life possible, and you never know what other surprises may happen!


CLICK HERE for more information, including Sponsorship Opportunities and Vendor/Rescue Organization Registration.


 

BCC Holds Two Winter Fundraisers to Benefit Homeless Cats

Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue & Adoption Center kicks off 2020 with two fundraisers to keep the kitties warm and fed this winter. The first is a food and supply drive on Saturday, January 25 (snow date is Feb 1) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its shelter, located at 2037 Foxon Rd. The kitties’ wish list includes Purina Friskies Chicken or Turkey Pate, Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet Chicken or Turkey Pate for cats or kittens, Earthborn Feline Primitive dry cat food and Yesterday’s News cat litter. For a complete wish list, please click here.

BCC’s second fundraiser, “Hearts for Cats,” runs during the entire month of February. It’s the purrfect gift for your valentine cat lover. With a donation of $25 or $50 you can dedicate a heart on BCC’s Donor Wall Tree of Life to that special valentine or pet. Pink hearts can be purchased with a $25 donation and red hearts with a $50. The name of that special person or pet will be inscribed on the pink or red heart painted on the donor wall tree. All donations will benefit the BCC homeless cats.

BCC is in great need of volunteers at the shelter to help feed, clean and socialize our cats. There are immediate opening for morning and evening shifts. Volunteer application forms can be found on the website or call 203-483-6369. You can also stop by any Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cats and kittens will surely help you get rid the winter blues and put a smile on your face.

2019 Annual Appeal

Dear Friends,

Our funding needs are great because we consistently live our mission!

The mission of the Branford Compassion Club is to provide for the feeding, shelter and care of homeless, abandoned and feral cats; to educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter population control, responsible pet ownership and kindness to animals; and to establish an ongoing community network to achieve these goals.

We need your help to accomplish this mission!

In many ways, 2019 has been another successful year of cat rescue. We have accepted more than 221 cats and adopted out over 183 since January 1st, bringing the total adoptions since we opened our shelter in 2011 to more than 2033! Cats are domesticated animals that deserve to be housed in loving homes. These cats no longer face the possibility of being injured, hungry, or disease-ridden. They are now in loving homes and no longer cause stress to residents of those neighborhoods, who worried daily about their fate!

Large numbers of intakes bring great financial challenges. Most of the cats and kittens that enter our shelter have had no veterinary care. Often, they suffer from illness, malnutrition, parasites and neglect. Most of our senior cats require costly dental surgery and blood work prior to adoption. Our adoption fees do not even begin to cover the cost of the care we provide.

During this past year the board and volunteers have focused our efforts on increasing our funds to sustain our mission. Our monthly expenses hover around $12,000 and we have instituted several new funding programs to help support our increasing expenses. These include a “Sustaining Donor” program and “Support a Shelter Cat” program. We have applied for and received grants, participated in The Community Foundation’s “Great Give” and held many fundraisers, including Comedy Night, Animal Awareness Day and Cool Cats Jazz Brunch.

Some of our cats have rescued and improved the lives of their new owners! They have helped their humans cope with bereavement, pain management, and change of life events such as retirement or a child leaving home!

It is important for people to know that we receive no municipal funding from any town and many state programs have been eliminated. Our operating costs in all areas – shelter maintenance, supplies, and veterinary care – continue to increase. With the exception of one paid shelter manager, our shelter is run entirely by dedicated volunteers! We are a non-profit, no-kill, volunteer-driven program.

Thank you in advance for your support, generosity and compassion!

If you have given to us recently, please accept our heartfelt appreciation!

Sincerely,

Margaret Johnson
Margaret Johnson, President