Branford Compassion Club Hosts Animal Awareness Day On October 2

Branford Compassion Club Hosts Animal Awareness Day with the Annual Blessing of the Animals OCTOBER 2, 2022 on the Branford Town Green

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 we once again host Animal Awareness Day from noon – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 2, 2022 on the Branford Town Green. This event benefits the Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue & Adoption Center.

It’s a fun day for everyone, including music, children’s activities, food trucks, live animals (mini horses!), live animal educational demonstrations, a giant bake sale, booths featuring a variety of area animal care and rescue groups, as well as craft and business vendors, and you never know what other surprises may happen! This year we have use of the entire green and will be utilizing the giant “circus-style” tent that will still be on the Green from events held prior to ours. There will be an option for you to either be under the large tent or bring your own. More on that later if you sign up!

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. Click here for a Vendor Application.

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 me directly. We encourage you to pass on the application to any other vendors or animal rescue groups you may know who might be interested in joining our event. The deadline to respond is August 31.

This is a big year for the Branford Compassion Club, celebrating our 25th anniversary in existence while rescuing and finding homes for several thousands of homeless cats since we began! BCC 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. Those feral cats are trapped, neutered and released into the perpetual daily care of BCC volunteers. Our Feline Rescue & Adoption Center, which opened in 2011, although currently still closed to the public due to the pandemic, continues to rescue and rehome cats on a daily basis, and this need and this challenge remain a high priority.

We look forward to and greatly appreciate your support!

Chris Gagne, Board of Directors and Fundraising Chairperson

BCC 25th Anniversary Gala & Animal Awareness Day 2022

BCC Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Dear Friends,

Branford Compassion Club (BCC), a feline rescue and adoption organization, is in its 25th year of saving felines and controlling the homeless feline population in Branford and nearby communities.

On Friday, September 23, BCC will celebrate this milestone with a gala at Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford. A celebratory dinner, with special guest songwriter Julie Gold, is planned. Gold is best known for her 1991 Grammy Award-winning song “From a Distance,” which, as recorded by Bette Midler, peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, Branford philanthropist, arts and theater impresario Colin Sheehan, who, among his many duties, serves as the town’s Arts, Culture & Special Events Coordinator, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

BCC is currently offering combined sponsorship packages ranging from $500 to $5,000 for the gala in September and its annual Animal Awareness Day on October 2.

Our feline rescue has weathered many storms during its 25-year history, but thanks to generous donors and dedicated volunteers, we continue to fulfill our mission, and we look forward to the next 25 years.

I have attached our Sponsorship Form with details on each level of sponsorship. We are passionate about our mission and hope you share our love for helpless and homeless animals.

Thank you for your time and consideration!

Kind regards,

Peg Johnson, BCC President

Estate Auction to Benefit BCC

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.

NOTE: This is a sale of partial contents. The larger things were donated to other charities, and many items taken by family members.

To learn more about this amazing and compassionate woman, please also read her obituary here.

Branford Compassion Club thanks you for your support!

2021 Annual Appeal

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!

Dear Friends,

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

or send a check to:
Branford Compassion Club
P.O. Box 768
Branford, CT 06405

Animal Awareness Day 2021


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

Bronze Level In-Kind Sponsor
Chabaso Bakery (donating bakery rolls)

Food Trucks
The Chef Truck
Sully’s Good Humor

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.