To Our Fellow Community Members:
While Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue & Adoption Center began the year making plans for our biggest fundraiser of the year in October, Animal Awareness Day … COVID-19 came along and everyone’s world changed. We do hope you and your family and friends are all staying safe & healthy!
Though we had to cancel other events and fundraisers planned for spring and early summer, we continued to hope that Animal Awareness Day would still happen in the fall. For many years this fun day on the Branford Town Green included live music, children’s activities, food trucks, live animals, live animal educational demonstrations, a huge bake sale, and booths featuring a variety of area animal care and rescue groups, and business vendors.
The highlight of the day was the Blessing of the Animals, the annual nod to the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, large and small. An eclectic array of pets always made their way to the Green to be blessed by local clergy from several denominations.
Unfortunately the Board of Directors only recently made the difficult decision to cancel the event. This was such a heartbreaking thing to do – it is our BIGGEST event of the year and brings together so many people in our community on the Branford Town Green to celebrate the lives of the animals who share our world. We kept hoping we could still have the event but a decision had to be made soon since so much planning has to be done in advance and there is still a great deal of uncertainty about how things will shake down in the fall with the pandemic.
However, we’ve come up with some ideas to have the event virtually with some online fundraisers! The Blessing of the Animals (which is what the day centers around) will be held as a drive-through event at the North Branford Congregational Church on October 4th. The celebration for 2020 has been renamed “Animal Awareness Month” and other things are planned during the month such as an online silent auction, a pet photo contest, a Yankee Candle sale online, to name a few.
To make all this possible, we need the financial assistance of the community. There are varying levels of sponsorship, as noted on the attached form, ranging from $5,000 for presenting sponsor to $100 for bronze sponsor. You can pay by mail, making your check (sorry, no credit cards) payable to Branford Compassion Club, and mailing it to Chris Gagne, c/o Branford Compassion Club, 2037 Foxon Road, North Branford, CT 06471.
The Branford Compassion Club, celebrating its 23rd 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. Though the shelter had to close to the public in March, we are continuing to do our best to rescue, care for, and find homes for the many homeless cats and kittens that pass through our doors. It has been a very challenging year for us and the entire country but we have to believe we will all get through it!
Christina Gagne, Event Chairperson
Dear Friend of the Branford Compassion Club,
The Branford Compassion Club is once again able to participate in the Community Foundation of New Haven’s- The Great Give on May 5-6, 2020, during the hours of 8:00am – 8:00pm!
You can support the Branford Compassion Club by making a donation on line– thegreatgive.org.
Be sure you select the Branford Compassion Club as your donor choice!
This year the Konopacke Fund at The Community Foundation has generously set aside $10,000 for a Great Give match pool that will be pro-rated by the number of donors to approximately 11 organizations that provide shelter to animals.
Our organization is on the list!
This means that we will get a pro-rated portion of the $10,000 based on the number of unique donors who make gifts between April 6 and May 6 at 8:00 p.m. For instance, if all of the eligible organizations have a total of 1,000 donors combined, then each donor we get will earn $10 for your organization.
Additionally, if you are a Branford resident, by donating to The Great Give, you will be able to further help the Branford Compassion Club!
The Branford Community Foundation will be awarding one $500 prize during The Great Give!
Our organization is eligible due to its participation in The Great Give and our organization’s location in Branford.
Please share and encourage family members, friends and neighbors to support the Branford Compassion Club during The Great Give!
Please mark your calendars for May 5 & 6, and take the time to donate!
We need every penny raised to continue to support our mission to neuter, vaccinate, test and provide medical intervention for every feline that passes through our doors!
Our Cats Need YOUR Help! As we find our way through this historical time with the current COVID-19 crisis, we need your help more than ever! Be a part of making a BIG impact on your community and help make giving history during The Great Give 2020!
Please join our campaign and help us reach our goal!
The Branford Compassion Club
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.
Margaret (Peg) Johnson
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!
Peg Johnson, President
& the Board of Directors
Online Fundraiser – March 21 – March 28, 2020
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