Events

Vendors Wanted for Animal Awareness Day in October

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.

• Download the Vendor/Rescue Application is attached.

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

2021 Kitten Season Appeal

April 2021

Dear Friend 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.!

The COVID-19 virus continues to bring additional challenges!

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 still need your help!

How can you help support these adorable babies and their moms?

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 2021

BRANFORD COMPASSION CLUB HOSTS ANIMAL AWARENESS DAY and the Annual Blessing of the Animals
OCTOBER 3, 2021 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 the Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue & Adoption Center looks forward to once again hosting Animal Awareness Day noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, October 3, 2021 on the Branford Town Green.

Unfortunately, as you remember, this event 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 sweeping our country, we are hopeful that by October some sense of 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.

To make all this possible, we are in great need of your financial assistance. There are varying levels of sponsorship, as noted on the attached form, ranging from $5,000 for presenting sponsor to $100 for bronze sponsor. All sponsorship levels include a booth space if you choose to use it. We are also offering vendor booth space (form attached) and those fees are $50 for businesses and $25 for rescue organizations and nonprofits through Aug. 31 (fees will be $65 and $30 after that date).

2021 AAD Sponsorship Form

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 BCC’s Feline Rescue & Adoption Center, 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 chriskat32@aol.com

Holiday Basket Sale!

 

Thanks to the unexpected snow fall last Saturday, you have a second opportunity to shop at our Holiday Basket Sale!

Saturday, December 12th 11:00am – 12noon!

SHOP EARLY! FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

“We will have a wonderful selection of beautiful baskets with themes such as wine, Italian foods, tea, candles, spa items, cats, hot chocolate, Christmas decorative items, family entertainment, cookie baking, margaritas, and more! We also have a Jim Shore cat statue, and a hand-crocheted afghan!”

2020 Annual Appeal

Dear Friends,

Despite the major impact of Covid-19, we are continuing to live our mission!

We continue 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.

2020 has been a busy year for us! Covid-19 has had a major impact on the shelter, not only affecting the way we have had to do our fundraising but, affecting how we manage our daily care and processing of adoptions, while implementing all PPE precautions to keep our volunteers safe!

We have accepted more than 248 cats/kittens and adopted out over 183 since January 1st, bringing the total adoptions since we opened our shelter in 2011, to more than 2,290! We currently have over 134 cats and kittens in our care, spread out between foster homes and our shelter! Our shelter manager receives requests daily for rescue assistance from people facing eviction, because of related Covid-19 job loss and local animal control agencies.

This increase in intakes has brought financial challenges and our adoption fees do not even begin to cover the cost of the care we provide. 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.

However, there are many cats that rely on the shelter for a higher level of veterinary care, making it harder to find forever homes, and these cats need your continued support!

We need your help to continue accomplishing our mission!

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