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

Animal Awareness Month – Thank you!

The Board of Directors at Branford Compassion Club would like to thank the following sponsors who so generously supported Animal Awareness Month in the month of October!

Platinum Sponsors:
Autografix
Branford Veterinary Hospital
c2c Graphics
WordWorks LLC

Gold Sponsors:
Susan Barnes
Branford Community Foundation
The Dogfather Mobile Grooming
Guilford Savings Bank
Shore Publishing
Nick’s Wicks Candles

Silver Sponsors:
Aquatic Pool & Spa Services
Companions & Homemakers
In Memory of Jupiter Johnson
Eunice Lasala
Pawson Group

Bronze Sponsors:
Physical Fitness LLC
Shoreline Pet Lodge
Van Wilgen’s Garden Center

Though we were not able to have our annual event on the Branford Green, we are very grateful to everyone who contributed to and supported these various events, raising $8783.00:

  • Sponsorship Donations: $5550.00
  • Silent Auction: $1205.00
  • Pet Memorial Leaves: $1840.00
  • Nick’s Wicks Candles: $188.00

In addition, many people donated much-needed pet food and supplies all month.

Deep appreciation to Pastors Vance Taylor of North Branford Congregational Church and Lucy LaRocca of Zion Episcopal Church who kindly donated their time and services to bless the animals coming to the Blessing of the Animals Drive-through on October 4th.

Also thank you to the following volunteers who helped with these events: Donna Doherty, Susan Barnes, Judy Thompson, and Dick Hasbany.

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

We Need Your Support! Become a Sponsor Today!

Dear Branford Compassion Club Supporter,

This year 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.

Our face to face fundraisers had to be cancelled and new on-line events had to be created to meet our growing needs!

Our average expenses are hovering at $12,000 a month!

This kitten season we rescued 18 mom cats and 113 kittens. As of August 3, 62 kittens and 12 mom cats are in foster care, awaiting adoption. This week our pending vet bills for non-routine care is approaching $2,500.00!

Please choose a giving level below and help us continue our mission by becoming an Annual Sustaining Sponsor:

Protector – $600 (only $50 a month)
Champion – $300 (only $25 a month)
Guardian – $120 (only $10 a month)

Send a donation via the donation buttons below or send a check to:

Branford Compassion Club
P.O. Box 768
Branford, CT 06405

For a few dollars or less a day – you can make a huge difference in the quality of life for our furry friends!

As a Sustaining Sponsor you will help ensure a steady stream of needed funding that will enable us to continue our mission to neuter, vaccinate, test and provide medical intervention for every feline that passes through our doors!

Abandoned cats are dependent on us to provide a safe haven where they can receive medical care and get the help they need to find a forever home!

Branford Compassion Club has been here since 1997, and we continue to provide vital and lifesaving services to cats and kittens in need but, we can’t continue to do this without a major increase in sustainable support!

We cannot continue our mission without an increased source of sustainable funding. We urgently need your help, and all donations of any amount are always appreciated!

Thank you in advance for your support and generosity! We count on you, as an animal lover, to continue our mission!

Sincerely,

Margaret Johnson, President

* Please consider a gift sponsorship for a hard to shop for family member or friend!


CLICK HERE TO BECOME AN ANNUAL SUSTAINING SPONSOR NOW!

ALTERNATE: Become A Sustaining Sponsor
with Monthly Payments (Via Paypal Only)!

The Branford Compassion Club is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


 

Animal Awareness Month

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.

• Download a Sponsor Form
• Read more about Animal Awareness Month

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!

Sincerely,

Christina Gagne, Event Chairperson