February 2020

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
If you have a new puppy or kitten at home , one of the most important decisions you will make for your pet is spaying or neutering.  According to The ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.  These are healthy animals, most of whom would make wonderful pets in the right homes.

Benefits of spaying and neutering include:

1) Your pet will live a longer, healthier life  - Spaying or neutering your cat or dog will help him or her live a longer, healthier life. Spaying female cats and dogs greatly reduces their risk of uterine infections, breast tumors, and some cancers. Neutering your male pet helps prevent testicular cancer and prostate issues.

2) You can help reduce stray cats and dogs  - By spaying and neutering your dog or cat before the spring and summer months when there is a rampant overproduction of puppies and kittens, you can help decrease those numbers for ROAR and other shelters and save animals' lives.

3) Your dog or cat will be better behaved  - Neutering your male dog can greatly reduce the chances for him to roam away and find creative ways to get out of your home to find a mate. Once he roams, there is a greater risk of him getting hit by a car or into a fight with another male dog. Unneutered dogs and cats are also more likely to mark their territory by spraying. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering too. If you have a spayed female pet, she won't go into heat and advertise for mates by yowling and urinating more frequently.

4) Spaying/neutering is cost effective - The cost of spaying or neutering your pet is significantly less than the cost of caring for and vaccinating a litter of puppies or kittens. It's also less expensive than handling the medical and behavior issues that you can prevent. You can help keep the price down even further by looking into low-cost spay/neuter programs in your area. Many rescue organizations and animal shelters including ROAR require spaying or neutering before they will release an animal, and the cost is built into the adoption fee.

5) It will benefit the entire community  - Spaying or neutering your puppy means fewer unwanted animals roaming our streets. Strays are more likely to cause trouble, such as destroying property, causing car accidents, and scaring or even biting kids and adults. Issues like these can negatively influence a community's opinion about dogs, even though it's only a few strays causing the problem.

For more information on the benefits of spaying and neutering your pet, tips and recommendations, visit the ASCPA or talk to your veterinarian.
In This Issue

Did You Know?

Your company may offer matching donation opportunities to non-profits.

This means that if you make a monetary donation to ROAR, your contribution would be doubled to help us rescue, care for and adopt even more dogs and cats. 

For additional details, please contact Kerry Dobson at

We LOVE updates from our adopters! 


  we'd  LOVE  to hear from you!

ROAR Annual Gala 2020

  Purchase Your Tickets Now for 
ROAR's Annual Gala, "ROARing 20!" 

Visit our site  here .

March 7, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Le Chateau, 1410 Old Post Road, South Salem, NY

If you love animals and want to make a difference in their lives,  we hope you will 
mark your calendar and reserve your seats for our event as we celebrate 20 years! 

Pet Profiles!
   They Are as Sweet as Can be!!!


These precious felines desperately need a loving home!
Gabe and Lucy have only known one home in their entire lives. For seven years, their compassionate mom provided them with the best home two cats could possibly have. They were dearly loved and life couldn't have been better until their wonderful world dramatically changed. A short while ago, their dear mom succumbed to cancer due to the atmospheric conditions after 9/11 in NYC.
You couldn't find two sweeter and loving cats! Gabe is a handsome, stocky, deep brown tabby and a big love. Little Lucy is a sweetheart, with silky black-and-white fur and an expressive little face.
In spite of the upheaval in their lives, they are the most delightful and friendly cats, with super charming personalities.
Although Gabe is 12-years old and Lucy is 10-years old, neither look their ages. They are healthy, current with vaccinations, and have been spayed/neutered.
The volunteers at ROAR have opened up their hearts to Gabe and Lucy. Each day they see changes from two nervous felines to furry lovebugs who are starting to feel comfortable in a whole new world.
Gabe and Lucy need to feel the comfort and warmth of a home again soon. Ideally, they would continue to live together, but may be adopted separately.

***Please remember to keep your cats indoors, especially during this time of year, as predators are actively preparing for the harsh weather ahead.***

To help rescue more amazing animals like Gabe, Lucy and Bingo, please...

Photo by Debbie Collenstein Rabinowitz

Meet Bingo, a large fourteen-month old Black-and-Tan Coonhound mix. While the song goes, "there was a farmer who had a dog and Bingo was his name oh," ROAR's Bingo came from S.A.F.E. (Saving Animals From Euthanasia) in Florida, and little is known about his background.
However, we do know that Bingo is a sweet young boy with a lot of energy. He exhibits a lot of the characteristics of the Black-and-Tan Coonhound, which is a true American original. With storied Yankee ingenuity, frontiersmen crossed European Foxhounds and Bloodhounds to create this unique breed.
Black-and-Tans are large, strong athletic hounds who have amazingly sensitive noses, long velvety ears, a coal-black coat with tan accents, black pencil marking on their feet and "pumpkin seeds" above their expressive eyes. They are laser-focused on the trail of a raccoon. However, Black-and-Tan Coonhounds love company and enjoy a cozy warm spot near their people or with other family dogs.
Given B&Ts are foremost a working dog and prey-driven, a strong leash and, preferably, a sturdy fence are highly recommended. A Black-and-Tan Coonhound might be too much dog for the lifestyle of some owners.
If you enjoy outdoor activities like running and hiking and have experience working with large dogs, Bingo would love to meet you! Due to his size and exuberance, Bingo would do best in a home with no young children.
Bingo is up-to-date on vaccinations, micro-chipped, and neutered.
To help rescue more amazing animals like Gabe, Lucy and Bingo, please...

Maddie's Fund Nationwide Foster Program

Thank you to Our Volunteers and Staff for Helping to Make the Program a Success!

ROAR worked with Maddie's Fund Nationwide Foster Study in late 2019. The goal of the study, carried out by Arizona State University in conjunction with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and funded by Maddie's FundĀ®, is to learn more about how foster programs affect dogs as well as shelter staff and volunteers.

ROAR was one of 100 shelters nationwide to participate. Our volunteers and staff stepped right up to make sure it was a success! It took us a few months but we were able to get 40 adult dogs on field trips to homes, on hikes, visiting downtown and even just going for car rides. We called our program 'ROAR Around Ridgefield' and even though our part of the research project has ended, we are still sending dogs out for a few hours a day every chance we get.

"Participating in this project opened our eyes to how much improved a dog's behavior can be once they have a chance to go out on field trips," said Dorene Zurlo, associate shelter director, volunteers and fosters at ROAR. "They seem to be more settled here while they wait to go to their forever homes."

A HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers and staff for helping to make this program a success! And of course, to Maddie's Fund; we couldn't have participated without their support!

If you are interested in becoming a foster for ROAR, 
please email for more information.
Why Do You Do What You Do?

"I knew from the first time I visited ROAR that it was a very special animal rescue organization that cares about the well-being and happiness of every single cat and dog who enters its doors. As a pet parent of a rescue cat (my second one) who loves animals, this really hit home with me. Volunteering at ROAR gives me an opportunity to share news and success stories about its adoptable cats and dogs, the amazing people who care for them and support from our community. There is nothing more rewarding." 

- Karen K., Volunteer
Please Help Support ROAR

Stop & Shop Community Bag and Giving Tag ProgramPlease Continue to Help ROAR!

All you need to do is visit any Stop & Shop store in Connecticut, purchase their reusable "Give Back" bags and complete the tag found on the bag to direct the $1 donation to ROAR. 

For additional information, please visit Stop & Shop's website  here.

Please help us feed pets in need! 

Coins for a Cause

Through its new "Coins for a Cause" program, Fairfield County Bank is making it possible for you to donate your loose change to ROAR. 

The program enables you to use Fairfield County Bank coin machines to donate their change to local non-profits enrolled in the program.  

All you need to do is fill out the Coins for a Cause deposit slip for ROAR. Then you just need to simply use the coin machines to count the coins and bring the coin machine slip and deposit record to any local Fairfield County Bank teller to be deposited into ROAR's account. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to ROAR.

Visit to find the office location closest to you.

Donate Your Newspapers

ROAR is always in need of newspapers. Also, rolls 
of newspaper print or butcher paper are great substitute, which can be found at craft stores or purchased online and shipped to our shelter.  

ROAR also accepts donations of gently used pet supplies, towels, toys and blankets/comforters up to full size,  and  opened and unopened bags of dry dog and cat food. For more information, please visit ROAR's site here.
Do You Have Family or Friends
Who Live Near Leland, MS?

  If so, please encourage them to volunteer at Animal Relief & Rescue Fellowship (A.R.R.F.).  We have a strong relationship with this rescue and they are in need of volunteers to help social and exercise their dogs.  

For additional details, visit A.R.R.F.'s website.