November 2019
Open Your Heart & Home
to a Senior Pet

November is ASCPA Adopt a Senior Pet Month. If you're looking to add a four-legged companion to your family, please stop by ROAR to meet some of our very special senior pets like Chips and Zoe who are looking for loving families.
While puppies and kittens are adorable, senior pets are just as loving and loyal. They just need someone to give them a chance to live out their golden years in a loving home. Also, adopting a senior animal comes with some great benefits:
  • Many senior dogs and cats are already house-trained.
  • 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.
  • You don't have to deal with constant monitoring and training that puppies and kittens require.
  • 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.
  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. Also, when you adopt a senior pet, you're not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, you're also saving a life.
In This Issue
Pet Profiles!
Come Meet Mack  and Caroline!
These Adorable, Friendly Sweethearts 
Are  Waiting for their Forever Homes!!!

Fun-Loving Mack

Mack is a lively and loving, one-year old boy with personality plus. There are many different kinds of cat purr-sonalities and Mack seems to be a blend of two. Not only will he be a close buddy who's great to have around, but he's also a cat who loves people and all the attention they give him.
Mack is a very sweet and playful boy who came to ROAR as a local surrender. He is strikingly handsome with bright golden eyes and a mix of silver, black and white fur, with unique markings scattered throughout.
Mack gets along great with all of our current kitty residents. However, he is so enthusiastic when he plays with other cats that sometimes he tends to go a bit overboard. With a bit of training, a cat savvy family can help him learn what's appropriate.
Mack is up-to-date with his vaccinations and has been neutered. He is ready to go home with his forever family!

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

Sweet Caroline

Sweet Caroline is a beautiful, two-year old Labrador Retriever mix who came to ROAR from Mississippi. This friendly girl is looking for a family to love and for them to love her back.
When Caroline goes on walks with ROAR's volunteers, she turns a lot of heads. Many people will say, "what a sweet, lovely dog!" In response, they will receive a big, friendly smile  from Caroline (see photo) and a wag from her fluffy tail.
Caroline loves boy dogs! She really enjoys playing with them (a good game of chase is one of her favorite activities). However, she prefers to avoid some girl dogs.
Caroline is spayed, micro-chipped and up-to-date on vaccinations.
Please Support Our Mission to Save Lives
To help rescue more amazing animals like Mack and Caroline, please ...  Donate Today!


This is a very important time of year for ROAR -- 
the Fall Appeal.  By donating to ROAR at donate, you can help us find 
Happy Tails for more animals.   Every donation goes towards providing quality care to all the dogs and cats 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
John & Emma

John recently shared a testimonial and update with us on how he is doing with Emma.
Emma waits for John on the stairs landing as soon as she hears his car pull into the garage. She often gets so excited she whines with excitement. Emma has filled a void making John so much happier - coming home to her after work each day gives John something to look forward to.
Emma is a very special dog and we are so happy that John's home is her forever home. They love walking and running together but also sitting on the couch to watch a show. Having Emma has encouraged John to go outside more and given him more confidence interacting with other people. Emma is a happy, laid-back girl, but is also protective of both John and their home.
Super-smart Emma understands John's commands and even responds to names of her stuffed animal toys.  "I really didn't know what to expect when I was getting Emma. I feel we are a great match and we love doing things together. I am really happy having Emma in my life. She is a wonderful companion and has opened up to me since I got her and I am opening up as well. Emma is an incredible dog who gives me unconditional love and support. I am really grateful that we have each other. Thank you, John"

We are so happy that we were able to help John and Emma find each other! They are a perfect pair.
Pets for Vets ® Celebrates 
10th Anniversary

On Oct. 20, 2019, Pets for Vets® celebrated its 10th anniversary with pairing U.S. Veterans with a skilled companion animal. To date, the organization has successfully made more than 350 Veteran-pet matches nationwide. At the Pets for Vets®-ROAR-Ridgefield, CT Chapter, which started in January 2015, 12 pets
 have been successfully matched with deserving American Veterans.
When many U.S. military members return home, they have scars (both seen and unseen) that make it difficult to transition back to civilian life. At the same time, millions of wonderful companion animals wait in shelters for a forever home. Pets for Vets® is the bridge that brings them together.
"Knowing that we truly are making an impact in the lives of these veterans is just incredible. The team-work, dedication and support from our volunteers and community helps us match a deserving veteran with a shelter dog or cat that has so much love to give and deserves their second chance as well in their forever home," said Didi Tulloch, Chapter Director, Pets for Vets® ROAR-Ridgefield CT Chapter. "A simple thank you does not even begin to convey how grateful we are to all those who have helped our chapter make and support these veteran-pet matches."
ROAR Therapy Dog Program
Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to these wonderful dogs and owners who recently graduated from our ROAR Therapy Dog Program and will now be ambassadors of ROAR assisting our community!!!
If you are interested in learning about the program and future training classes, please contact Kerry Dobson at

T raining classes are held in  ROAR's 
Blue Buffalo Community Room at the shelter.

Thank You!
Thank you Petfinder Foundation 
for the 2019  KONG Toy Grant! 
Our adoptable dogs love these KONG toys we received from the Petfinder Foundation! We  have been using them for enrichment activities and it's been keeping them busy, especially when we fill them with tasty, edible Kong stuffing recipes

The proof is in the doggy pudding. Just check out Caroline, Courage and Buckey below, who are all available for adoption at ROAR. They all approve with two paws up!



Thank You Contributors 
to Our Collection Boxes!

We know that you give without any expectation of recognition or personal benefit, and we are well aware of and grateful for your kindness. We wish to acknowledge it here. Your generosity, whether by pennies or large bills, adds up meaningfully and enables ROAR to carry on the life-saving care for our four-legged companions. 

We also thank the merchants who allow the placement and custodianship of these boxes. It makes a difference. Thank you all for your big-hearted concern for our animal friends!
If you are a local merchant who is interested in having a ROAR collection box in your place of business, please contact Janet at Donations to ROAR can also be made here
Why Do You Do What You Do?
"My heart belongs to my pup who was born in a rescue. 
I am filled with such happiness to be able to love him and give him the life he deserves. My hope is that I can help ROAR pets find their humans so they can live the lives that they deserve too."

- Donna G., Volunteer and Board Member

Upcoming Events
Ridgefield Holiday Stroll

Stop into  Weichert Realtors for some holiday cheer and meet some incredibly cute dogs from our shelter! 

 Friday, December 6, 
Weichert Realtors,  388 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT

Holiday Shopping at ROAR's Store 

Stop by for some great gifts! We will be selling ROAR clothing, magnets, hats, calendars (featuring ROAR animals), delicately used collars and leashes & dog clothing, and gift certificates that can be used for pet adoptions! 

 Saturday, December 7th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
ROAR Donofrio Family Animal Shelter, 45 South St, Ridgefield, CT

Please follow the path around to the side entrance (Blue Buffalo Room) 
instead of walking through the lobby for this event only.
Stop & Shop's Giving Tag Program:
Please Continue to Help Support ROAR!

Did you know that you can continue to support ROAR through Stop & Shop's Giving Tag Program? 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. You can also give ROAR your tag within five days of your purchase and we will submit it for the donation.  Please help us feed pets in need!
As always ...  Thank You 
to Our Sponsors and ..