November 2018

November is ASCPA 
Adopt a Senior  Pet Month

If you've been thinking about adding a new furry friend to your family, consider adopting an older dog or cat. While puppies and kittens are adorable, senior pets are just as loving and loyal. Also, there are several benefits when you bring an older dog or cat into your family:
You don't have to deal with constant monitoring and training that puppies and kittens require.
  • Many senior dogs and cats are already house-trained.
  • You won't have to deal with puppy teething. 
  • Senior cats often know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys are for biting (not your feet or hands) too.
  •  Since senior pets are fully grown, you'll be immediately aware of important information like personality type and grooming requirements, making it easier to choose the perfect pet for your family.
  It is a sad fact that senior pets are often the last to be adopted from shelters. When senior dogs and cats are adopted, they seem to understand that they've been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it. In addition, when you adopt a senior pet, you're not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, you're also saving a life.
If you're feeling inspired to bring home an older pet into your home, stop by ROAR to meet some of our very special senior pets who are looking for loving families. You can also check out our adoptable senior dogs and cats here.  

In This Issue

Pet Profiles!
Meet Calvin  and DAISY...
They're both as sweet as can be.


Calvin can't wait to meet you! This sweet, handsome, two year old boy came to ROAR from Cape May, New Jersey. He is a playful, affectionate and caring cat. He can be a little shy at first, but is very loving once he gets to know you.
Calvin is neutered, micro-chipped and up-to-date on his vaccinations.

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


Come meet our little girl Daisy! She is a sweet, little Pointer Hound mix pup, who is eight months old. She loves attention and can't wait to meet her new family. Daisy was found, skinny and starving along a road in Mississippi. She apparently had been hit by a car, sustained a leg injury and was no longer of any use to her "owners." Sadly, in her short life, it seems her experiences are those learned only in a kennel.
Despite her young ordeal, Daisy is friendly, smart, kind and alert -- true to her breed. At ROAR, the staff and volunteers work tirelessly to enrich every animal's life who enters. When volunteers took Daisy to the beach recently, she loved her car ride, walking along the Sound and meeting new two- and four-legged friends. And while visiting a volunteer's home for a day, she was in awe of television, new smells and sounds, and the garage door opening.
Full grown, Daisy will be medium-large in size. Her coat is easy to maintain and is a very fashionable liver on white with ticking. Daisy adjusted nicely to her paw injury. She enjoys the playful company of other dogs and will make a great family companion especially with continued socializing skills.
For the lucky family who adopts her, Daisy will reward them with unconditional love, every day, faithfully.
She is up-to-date on vaccinations and micro-chipped, and will be getting spayed soon.
Please Support Our Mission to Save Lives
To help rescue more amazing animals like Calvin and Daisy, please ...  Donate Today!

This is a very important time of year for ROAR  - the Fall Appeal. To read more about some of the special lives that ROAR touched and changed over the past year, click here. We hope their stories inspire you to donate generously so we can find Happy Tails for more animals. Every donation goes towards providing quality care to all the animals we rescue.

When you support ROAR, you save lives and pay it forward!
November 11th is Veteran's Day

ROAR would like to extend our thanks to U.S. veterans and service members for protecting and keeping us safe.
Pets for Vets® -- ROAR Ridgefield CT Chapter
Russ & Tink

Russ recently shared a testimonial and update on how he is doing with Tink.
"I enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1998 and have deployed twice as a Combat Medic to Iraq. For my first deployment, I worked in the EMT (Emergency Room) of a Combat Support Hospital during the busiest phase of the Iraq War and regularly received mortar fire during my second. As one can imagine, I saw and experienced many things that no one should ever have to. All of this led to pronounced anxiety and PTSD that has affected me in many different ways.
A few years after my second deployment, I heard about the Pets for Vets® - ROAR CT Chapter and contacted them about a companion animal. Shortly after, I was matched with an amazing dog, Tinkerbell. She is named after Tinkerbell from Peter Pan who is known for always fixing things. She has done an amazing job at 'fixing' so many different aspects of my life.
There have been many days where she put a smile on my face just from how excited she was to see me at the end of a long work day. I have always been a person that needs to be constantly busy and there have many times where she has looked so cute watching me that I had to stop what I was doing to spend time with her or where I said, 'I should sit with her on the couch and eat dinner instead of at my computer.' She also helps to show me the importance of stopping to smell the roses because during her beloved walks, she frequently stops to smell something. This helps me to relax and enjoy life instead of feeling the need to constantly be busy.
I have spent a lot of time cuddling with her during and after having an intense emotional event. This brings me a lot of peace and a strong sense of companionship because she is there to comfort me without my needing to explain what happened. She is just happy to be with her Daddy.
She has also done an incredible job of bringing me closer to other people in my life since I can't always be the one to watch her. I communicate more frequently with my family now which started because I was checking in on her. I also visit my second family on a weekly basis for dinner now since they watch her once a week and I cook dinner for them.
Contacting the Pets for Vets® - ROAR CT Chapter and taking Tink into my life has been one of the best decisions that I've ever made. I will be forever grateful to Pets for Vets® and Tink for making such a difference in my life."                                 
Happy Tails
Daisy & Bailey

Sometimes we receive letters from ROAR adopters that make us smile and cry at the same time. This was definitely one of those! These folks adopted their first dog from ROAR in 2009, and came back two years later to find her a sister. They ended up with two wonderful family members who forever changed their lives.
Thank you, 'R Family' for opening your home to these dogs. May Bailey's memory live on forever. Many thanks to our friends at Blue Buffalo, Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, Canine Company, Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, BMW of Ridgefield, and Fairfield County Bank for making Happy Tails like this one possible.
"Hi there. We owe you a long overdue thank you for changing our lives!
In 2009. my wife and I were blessed in finding out about ROAR. We decided to add to our family and stopped in to visit the shelter. We met with Brandi and found the most wonderful dog Daisy. She is our first baby. She's a hilarious big black goof ball and fit our personality perfectly. She truly changed our life and couldn't imagine life without her. A few years later in 2011, just after Hurricane Irene, we decided Daisy needed a sister. Again, we found the perfect fit, Darla, who we renamed Bailey.
We just lost Bailey unexpectedly after having her for a little over seven years. She had the biggest heart, it was even too big for her little body. She was very stoic and had a sweet and gentle soul. She was a therapy dog to everyone that knew her. Her kind spirit will be forever with us. She made you feel loved even on the worst of days. Seven years was not long enough to have with her but at least we were in each other's lives for seven years. Three years ago on her adoption day anniversary we welcomed our daughter into our lives. Bailey loved having a baby in the house and was even happier to have a toddler to chase her around. Bailey was just teaching her the joys of playing fetch. I just wanted to let you know that you have a great Shelter and that you truly are changing lives for the better. From the bottom of my heart, I truly hope you know how awesome you guys are! Below are a few pictures of Daisy and Bailey. Please let everyone at the shelter know how thankful we are for what you do." ~The R Family

Upcoming Events
Bikers and Barks

Come see ROAR and our adoptable dogs at 
Harley-Davidson's  pet adoption event!

 Saturday, November 3rd,  11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
51 Federal Rd., Danbury, CT

(Rai n date is November 4th)

Top Hat, Tails and Purrls
ROAR Annual Gala 2019!

Join us for a special event to help us find every pet 
 a palace of his or her own.

As always...