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.
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!
Margaret Johnson, President
Branford Compassion Club will be holding its Annual Holiday Cookie Sale on Saturday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at BCC Feline Rescue and Adoption Center Lobby, 2037 Foxon Road. Great selection of cookies will be available baked by elves and only $5 for a baker’s dozen. Plated and wrapped cookies will also be available for the purrfect holiday hostess gift. And while you are there, don’t forget to check out the Wishing Tree.
The Wishing Tree fundraiser runs from Saturday, November 30 through Saturday, January 4, 2020. Choose a gift tag off the tree and return with your gift for the kitties any Saturday during December. For more information about the cookie sale or the kitties’wish list to Santa, please visit http://www.branfordcompassionclub.org.
Please join us for dinner at Rosso Vino restaurant in Branford with wine tasting by Murphy Distributors on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue & Adoption Center. Donation $50.
Enjoy this evening that includes a selection of wine tastings and a delicious dinner with minestrone soup, choice of house salad or Caesar salad, choice of eggplant or meat lasagna, and bread pudding for dessert, with coffee or tea. Cash bar.
All to help save homeless cats!
Thanks in advance for your support!
Can’t attend the dinner? You can still support BCC with a tax deductible donation.
Avant Garde Holistic Center will sponsor “An Evening with Spirit Medium Althea DePascale,” a fundraising event benefiting Branford Compassion Club on Saturday, September 14, from 7-9 p.m. at Avant Garde Holistic Center, 328 E. Main St. DePascale is a spirit medium who has the ability to connect with loved ones and pets that have crossed over to the other side. The evening event is a gallery-style presentation, and not everyone will receive a message. The suggested donation is $10. For reservations, call 203-481-8443 or email AvantGardeCT13@yahoo.com.