Branford Compassion Club 2019 Year End Report

Dear Friends,

What a year we had! We took in 283 felines, found forever homes for 223, spayed/neutered 47 and returned them to their feral colonies, enhanced the shelter with newly painted, renovated rooms and cat furniture, expanded our donor database, researched and pursued new grant-making organizations, and found thousands of new friends on Facebook.

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For most non-profits, every year is financially challenging, but 2019 was especially so for Branford Compassion Club. Over the summer months, our financial situation caused us to freeze new intakes to the shelter. In response, BCC added three more fundraisers to its calendar and created a sustaining sponsorship program on its website for supporters to donate monthly. We informed our supporters and the media about our uncertain fate and word of our financial troubles travelled fast. The Board of Directors and volunteers are so very grateful to everyone who came to our aid, whether donating through our monthly sponsorship program or offering assistance and words of encouragement. In times of adversity, you really do know who your friends are. And we know ours. We are happy to report we ended the year in the black, thanks to you!

This year, however, brings an additional challenge, one we share with the whole community and country: the COVID-19 virus. At this time, Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue & Adoption Center remains closed to the public, but we continue our mission of caring for homeless felines. Adoption applications are still being processed and approved adopters will be notified by email or phone. Applications can be downloaded here.

We look forward to the future, even though many challenges lie ahead of us. Our volunteers are dedicated, and our supporters are compassionate and generous. Together we will continue to give homeless, abandoned, and feral cats a better life.

Thank you!

Best Wishes,

Margaret (Peg) Johnson
Board President

2020 Kitten Appeal

Dear Friends of the Branford Compassion Club,

Kitten season is here and we need your help!

Although the kittens are adorable, the large numbers of moms and babies coming into our shelter, places a great financial burden on our already limited resources!

Each Momma Cat and kitten needs to be vaccinated and neutered or spayed, greatly increasing our veterinary bills over the next few months!

We also experience an increased expense, that is supply related – food, litter and cleaning, etc.!

This year, however, brings an additional challenge, one we share with the whole community and country: the COVID-19 virus.

At this time, Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue & Adoption Center remains closed to the public, but we continue our mission of caring for homeless felines.

We have had to cancel many events and our cats need your help!

How can you help support these adorable babies and their mom’s?

Send a donation via our website (click here) or send a check to:

Branford Compassion Club
P.O. Box 768
Branford, CT 06405

We need your support to make sure we can continue our mission to neuter, vaccinate, test and provide medical intervention for every feline that passes through our doors!

Thank you!

Peg Johnson, President
& the Board of Directors

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.

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.

Cool Cats Jazz Brunch Benefit

KICK BACK BEFORE KICKOFF AT NOVEMBER 3 COOL CATS JAZZ BRUNCH BENEFIT FOR BRANFORD COMPASSION CLUB

The Branford Compassion Club is presenting an encore of its popular Cool Cats Jazz Brunch benefit emceed by WTNH News 8 anchor Darren Kramer and featuring the esteemed Jeff Fuller and the Neighborhood Music School Premier Jazz Ensemble.

The buffet brunch is Sunday, November 3 at 11:30 a.m. at Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club, 2 Club Parkway. There is a donation of $50 a person. Tickets may be purchased online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4406272 or by email at bccspecialevents32@gmail.com.

The cool jazz of the Premier Jazz Ensemble quintet sets just the right vibe for a little repast before the Sunday football slate. If the music doesn’t chill you out, the club’s stunning views of Long Island Sound will, not to mention its renowned Sunday brunch. There will be a silent auction and cash bar.

Proceeds help defray operating costs at the nonprofit’s Feline Rescue & Adoption Center, 2037 Foxon Road, North Branford, and support its mission to feed, shelter and care for homeless, abandoned and feral cats and educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter population control responsible pet ownership and kindness to animals through community outreach.

“We are thrilled to bring back Jeff Fuller and his talented musicians, and we thank Darren for giving up a Sunday for us,” said BCC President Peg Johnson. “It’s a wonderful way to enjoy some great music and help our cause at the same time.”

Fuller, a performer, teacher and composer, is one of the most sought-after musicians in Connecticut. The award-winning bassist has toured with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan and Clark Terry. Fuller was the 2014 recipient of the annual Jazz Haven Award for “presenting and preserving the culture of jazz.” His trio featuring pianist Darren Litzie and drummer Ben Bilello has released three CDs.

Kramer, the popular anchor of WTNH News 8, has been in the news business for more than three decades. The Wisconsin native is a talented amateur photographer who gives generously of his time to charities. He has a large following on Twitter, where he is a prolific Tweeter of both wry commentary and news postings.

Branford Compassion Club was founded in 1997. Its Feline Rescue & Adoption Center has adopted out more than 2,600 cats or kittens since its 2011opening. To donate or for more information, visit http://www.branfordcompassonclub.org.

PHOTO CREDITS: Jeff Fuller: StudioDUDA Photography. Darren Kramer: WTNH