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!
Peg Johnson, President
& the Board of Directors
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!”
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!
Margaret Johnson, President
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!
Branford Veterinary Hospital
Branford Community Foundation
The Dogfather Mobile Grooming
Guilford Savings Bank
Nick’s Wicks Candles
Aquatic Pool & Spa Services
Companions & Homemakers
In Memory of Jupiter Johnson
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.
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!