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.


 

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!

Peg Johnson
President
The Branford Compassion Club

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