Animal Awareness Month Events

VIRTUAL & ONLINE EVENTS  OCTOBER 2020

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
October 4 at 1:30 p.m.

A Drive-Through Event at North Branford Congregational Church
1680 Foxon Rd. (RT 80), North Branford

Vehicles may begin to line up at the church parking lot entrance at Rt. 80 & North St.  Volunteers will be there to direct you.  You will remain in your vehicle with your pet and the blessing will be administered by a Minister.

Exit will be out Church St. at the traffic light.

Personalized framed blessings will be available to order & purchase from our website for $10.00.  You can mail a check for $10.00 made payable to Branford Compassion Club, and send it to BCC, 2037 Foxon Rd., North Branford, CT 06471 . You MUST include the following information:  Your pet’s name, and your full name.  We must receive this no later than Oct. 20.  Framed blessings will be available to be picked up at the shelter on Oct. 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

With deep appreciation to Pastor Vance Taylor at NBCC, and the Reverend Lucy LaRocca, Vicar at Zion Episcopal Church, for donating their time  to bless our beloved pets!


PET MEMORIAL LEAVES
Selling October 1 – 31
To Decorate the Shelter’s Giving Tree of Life Mural

(CLICK HERE for details.)


NICK’S WICKS CANDLES
Selling October 1 – 31

Nick Vigliotti is a 9-year old local boy in Guilford who loves animals and started his own candle-making business during the COVID lockdown to help raise funds for local shelters and rescue groups!  Each month he selects a different animal rescue group to benefit from candle sales.  During the month of October, a portion of proceeds from his candle sales will be donated to BCC. 

Candles may be purchased at 2 locations in Guilford:

The Marketplace, 77 Whitfield St.
Ella’s, 90 Broad St.

or ordered from Nick’s Etsy Shop.

• Click here to learn more about Nick! *


PET FOOD & SUPPLY DRIVE ONLINE
October 1 – 31

Check our website for our current needs and you can order from Amazon Smile or Chewy and have your purchases shipped directly to the shelter!

Branford Compassion Club Fall Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Happy Fall! While many of our traditional fall activities such as fairs, football games, and festivals (including Animal Awareness Day on Branford Green) will not take place this year, we can still enjoy some of the simpler pleasures of fall, like admiring the beautiful colors of autumn leaves, sipping hot cider on a chilly day, carving pumpkins for Halloween,and cuddling up with our beloved furry friends.

And if you’re looking for a special buddy to snuggle with, Branford Compassion Club has many adorable cats and kittens of all sizes, colors and personalities looking for homes. To the animal rescuer, fall means the end of kitten season, although many will still be born in the coming months. It also forebodes the coming of winter along with a great number of assistance calls concerning homeless felines, feral and friendly, living outside. Needless to say, our urgency for funding never ends,and our finances dictate how many cats and kittens we can take in and provideveterinary care for.

Last month, we asked our supporters to renew their yearly sustaining sponsorships and new supporters to join them. The sustaining sponsorship program is so important because it ensures a steady stream of much-needed funding. I believe the program is vital to BCC’s survival and operation of our shelter. To renew your sponsorship or sign up as a new sponsor, please visit the sponsor page on our website. For those of you who have renewed your sponsorship or have signed up new this year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Our fate and the fate of our felines depend not only on our dedicated volunteers, but also on you, our generous and compassionate supporters.

Our biggest fundraiser of the year, Animal Awareness Day on Branford Town Green has been cancelled. Instead, we will be holding virtual and online activities throughout the month of October, renamed Animal Awareness Month. Activities for Animal Awareness Month include a drive-through Blessing of the Animals (Oct 4 at North Branford Congregational Church on Rte.80), Pet Memorial Leaves (purchase for a donation Oct 1-31), food drive,and Silent Auction (online Oct 16-18). We are so very grateful for our caring and generous sponsors in the business community (for the full list of sponsors see page 4). We hope that you will patronize them! Thank you sponsors! Please click here for all the details on Animal Awareness Month.

Click here to read more in our Fall Newsletter!

Thank you for your continued support and Happy Fall!

Best,

Margaret (Peg) Johnson
BCC Board President

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.

• CLICK HERE to read the full Branford Compassion Club 2019 Year End Report

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

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.


 

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