Last year the local community lost a beloved woman who was a staunch activist and great humanitarian, as well as a lover of all animals.
Robin Latta Tweedy of Branford was a dedicated feral feeder for BCC for a long time and worked hard and tirelessly to support our efforts and our mission. There will be an online estate auction running from February 25th through March 4th to disburse Robin’s belongings. Robin had asked that 20% of the proceeds from this auction be donated to BCC. Among other items, the auction will consist of eclectic antique and vintage items including artwork, jewelry, glass, decorative items, and porcelain. Certainly, something for everyone!
Please click on the button below to see and participate in the auction. We hope you will find something that will not only give you enjoyment but will honor Robin’s life by helping to support the cat shelter that she loved.
If it weren’t for BCC, I would never have adopted my beloved cat Jupiter. He was the sweetest cat and the greatest joy of my life! His adoring eyes would follow me from room to room. So, every time I hear about a stray or abandoned cat in need of rescue, I always think about Jupiter – and want to help!
Never has the need for rescue been so great or our veterinary cost, due to serious health issues and volume, been so high. We exceeded our 2021 budget for veterinary care in September. By the end of October our expenses had exceeded last year’s by more than $36,000, despite the considerable discounts received from our dedicated team of veterinarians.
Yet, we remain firm in our mission 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.
2021 has been a very busy year for us! We have accepted more than 264 cats and kittens since January 1, some of which require a high level of veterinary care and socialization to become adoptable. In the same period, we adopted out over 194, bringing the total adoptions since we opened our shelter in 2011 to more than 2,516! We currently have more than 160 cats and kittens under our care in foster homes and in the shelter. Our shelter manager receives daily requests for rescue assistance from people facing eviction because of related Covid-19 job loss, people finding and feeding stray cats living outside, and local animal control agencies.
The high volume of intakes results in financial challenges that our adoption fees do not even begin to cover. As a non-profit, no-kill, volunteer-driven program with just one paid shelter manager, 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.
We have implemented additional fundraisers to make sure we can still accomplish our mission, despite the high bills, but we can’t do it without your help! Thank you in advance for your support, generosity, and compassion. If you have given to us recently, please accept our heartfelt appreciation.
Margaret Johnson President
or send a check to: Branford Compassion Club P.O. Box 768 Branford, CT 06405
We are very appreciative of the support of all our sponsors and vendors who make this event possible!
Platinum Level Sponsors $1,000.00
Premier Subaru/KIA Branford Veterinary Hospital Susan Barnes WordWorks LLC Lakes Vet Services
Platinum Level In-Kind Sponsors c2c Graphics (donation of graphic design services) WPLR (radio station’s tent hosted by a WPLR personality) Autografix (donating the creation and printing of our publicity banners) DC Hall Rental Service (donating tents, tables, and chairs)
Gold Level Sponsors $500.00 Pawson Insurance Branford Community Foundation
Gold Level In-Kind Sponsor Shore Publishing (donating ads in The Sound newspaper)
Silver Level Sponsors $250.00 In Memory of Jupiter Johnson, from Peg Johnson Mary Norcott Pemberton
Bronze Level Sponsors $100.00 Branford Dental Care Christina Gagne Pieper Veterinary Dockside Seafood & Grill Restaurant Physical Fitness LLC
Vendors (and the merchandise they sell) Rutted Road Pottery – pottery Hogan’s Hope – books, dolls, votives Designed for Paws – clothing & accessories for pets & humans Renewal by Anderson – window & door replacement A Moment in Time – spiritual items Tastefully Simple – spices, sauces, meal kits We Let the Dogs Out – dog walking and pet-sitting Magick Cottage – tarot card readings, gifts Rod’s Woodworking – wood-crafted items Scenic Route Candles – scented candles Still Hill Stitcheries – quilted items such as aprons, table runners, pet beds
Rescue Groups Tail to Paw Animal Support Where the Love Is Desmond’s Army CT Votes for Animals
The Branford Compassion Club is a privately funded nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to raise awareness about the importance of spay-neutering felines, to aid in the adoption of homeless cats and care for those deemed unadoptable in area feral colonies. These feral cats are trapped, neutered and released into the perpetual daily care of BCC volunteers. The shelter, which opened in 2011, has found forever homes for more than 2,400 cats, while BCC has adopted out several thousand more before opening the Feline Rescue & Adoption Center.
Never have the number of felines in our care been so high and we need your continued support!
As of today, we have: 80 kittens in foster care, 46 adult cats in foster care, and 72 cats in our shelter, for a total of 198 cats/kittens!
Our vet bills have reached new heights, due to the high number of cats with critical health issues. This month we are expecting a vet bill over $25,000.00!
In order to continue this level of support we need more of you to join us as recurring, Annual Sustaining Sponsor:
Protector – $600 (only $50 a month) Champion – $300 (only $25 a month) Guardian – $120 (only $10 a month)
Send a donation via our website (see below) or send a check to:
Branford Compassion Club P.O. Box 768 Branford, CT 06405
For a few dollars or less a day – you can make a huge difference in the quality of life for our furry friends!
As a Sustaining Sponsor you will help ensure a steady stream of needed funding that will enable us to continue our mission to neuter, vaccinate, test and provide medical intervention for every feline that passes through our doors!
An additional way to support us monthly, is with recurring/auto-ship subscriptions at Chewy! * Just remember to ship to Branford Compassion Club, 2037 Foxon Road, North Branford, CT 06471
Abandoned cats are dependent on us to provide a safe haven where they can receive medical care and get the help, they need to find a forever home!
Branford Compassion Club has been here since 1997, and we continue to provide vital and lifesaving services to cats and kittens in need but, we can’t continue to do this without a major increase in sustainable support!
We cannot continue our mission without an increased source of sustainable funding. We urgently need your help, and all donations of any amount are always appreciated!
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity! We count on you, as an animal lover, to continue our mission!
Sincerely, Margaret Johnson, President
* Please consider a gift sponsorship for a hard to shop for family member or friend!
CLICK HERE TO BECOME AN ANNUAL SUSTAINING SPONSOR NOW!
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The Branford Compassion Club is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
BRANFORD COMPASSION CLUB HOSTS ANIMAL AWARENESS DAY OCT. 3, 2021 ON THE BRANFORD TOWN GREEN and the Annual Blessing of the Animals
Dear Friends and Supporters:
That time of the year is coming up again – time to celebrate our animal friends of the family with a pet festival as the Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue & Adoption Center looks forward to once again hosting Animal Awareness Day noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 on the Branford Town Green. This year we will join the Friends of James Blackstone Memorial Library on the green for their annual HUGE book sale – so there will be a lot going on with many people enjoying both events!
You may be aware that Animal Awareness Day had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The celebration was modified to virtual and online events during the month of October (Animal Awareness Month!) which included a drive-through blessing at a local church parking lot, and other online fundraisers such as a Silent Auction and candle sales. We all deeply missed our day on the Town Green celebrating with local animal lovers across the state.
Though the pandemic is still present, things are getting better and we are hopeful that by October more normalcy will be returned to our lives so we are moving forward with our plans for Animal Awareness Day! It’s a fun day for everyone, 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! The highlight of the day, as always, will be the Blessing of the Animals at 1:30 p.m., the annual nod to the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, large and small. An interesting array of pets always makes their way to the Green to be blessed by local clergy from several denominations. In past years, that parade has ranged from dogs, cats and gerbils to horses, rabbits and birds.
We are looking for many vendors to join us as well as our fellow rescue/non-profit groups. There is still a fee for vendors but this year we are waiving the fee for rescue/non-profit groups because we understand that the past year-plus has been a difficult time for all of us financially. One request – if you sign up and find that you can’t make it, please let us know in advance. Since we are sharing green space this year, there is a possibility that we may need the space for someone else.
You can pay by mail, making your check (sorry, no credit cards) payable to Branford Compassion Club, along with your completed form, and mailing them to Chris Gagne, c/o Branford Compassion Club, 2037 Foxon Road, North Branford, CT 06471. The deadline is Aug. 31.
The Branford Compassion Club, celebrating its 24th anniversary this year, is a privately funded nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to raise awareness about the importance of spay-neutering felines, to aid in the adoption of homeless cats and care for those deemed unadoptable in area feral colonies. These feral cats are trapped, neutered and released into the perpetual daily care of BCC volunteers. The shelter, which opened in 2011, has found forever homes for more than 2,400 cats, while BCC has adopted out several thousand more before opening the Feline Rescue & Adoption Center. The shelter still remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 but the need to rescue and find homes for thousands of homeless cats in our community remains a high priority.
For more information about BCC, please call 203-483-6309.
Your support is deeply appreciated!
Chris Gagne, Board of Directors and Fundraising Chairperson