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March 2021
10 Toxins to Keep Out of the
Reach of Your Pet's Paws

Did your pet eat grapes? Ibuprofen? A plant? There are potential pet poisoning concerns all around us - in our homes, yards, the woods, fields, etc. All too often pets are endangered as a result of their natural curiosity.

In 2019 alone, the ASCPA's Animal Poison Control Center (APCC)helped over 232,000 animals. The Center provides important and sometimes lifesaving information to pet owners in the U.S.

March is National Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month and it's an important time to make sure you understand what potential harmful poisons are in your home and yard. While accidents can always happen, the less accessible any of the items are, the less likely your pet is to get into them.
The top 10 most commonly reported pet toxins to the APCC:
1. Over the counter (OTC) medications - Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, joint rubs and herbal supplements all fall into this category and are commonly found in homes, pursues and backpacks.
2. Human prescription medications - Rx's including cardiac, ADHD, thyroid, and antidepressant medications make up a significant amount of cases.
3. Food - Xylitol, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic and protein bars account for the majority of food pet toxin cases.
4. Chocolate - Dogs especially love chocolate and find it hard to resist. More than 67 cases per day are reported.
5. Veterinary products - Most dogs find chewable medications tasty. If given the chance, they will eat the entire container. 
6. Household items - Home improvement projects can expose pets to many potential toxins such as paint, adhesives and spackle. 
7. Rodenticide - Depending on the type, mouse and rat baits can cause bleeding, kidney failure, seizures or even death.
8. Plants - Most of the severe cases involved cats and lilies.
9. Insecticide - Safer alternatives and better handling of these products will continue to decrease cases and help keep pets safe.
10. Garden products - Many pets find fertilizers (especially organic products) irresistible. Make sure your pets aren't "helping" when you are out working on your lawn or garden.
If you suspect your dog or cat is suffering from poisoning, call your emergency vet right away. You can also call the 24-hour ASPCA APCC at 888-426-4435, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The APCC free mobile app can also help you quickly identify over 300 potential everyday hazards and provide crucial information about the severity of these and critical next steps.
In This Issue
Do You Know What Pet Dangers are in Your House?

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Please donate today to our 2020-2021 Annual Appeal so that we can continue to deliver on our mission. 
Read our Annual Appeal Letter to find out more. 
Pet Profiles!
Come Meet Mini & JD!!!
These sweet, loving rescues can't wait to find their forever homes!

Mini is a five-year old, beautiful, orange tabby girl. Her backstory is a bit confusing before she came to our shelter. However, it is clear that she was someone's pet at some point.
She was quite hesitant with people at first. As a result, Mini went straight from ROAR's intake to a foster home. She's a cat who wouldn't have done as well if she went into the cat room with other residents. Volunteers also going in and out wouldn't have been a conductive environment for her.
After a lot of patience with very slow interactions in her foster home, Mini showed that she is a sweet, loving, and playful little girl. According to her foster Mom, Mini is doing fantastic! She just blossomed and asks for pets all the time now. She purrs like crazy too.
Mini will still need a quiet home willing to give her the decompression time she needs. However, once she does and trusts you, she's all love! It took her about three weeks to feel really settled into her foster home.
Mini is spayed, micro-chipped and up-to-date on vaccinations.

***Please remember to keep your cats indoors, 
especially during this time of year.***

JD is a handsome, four-year old boy who came to ROAR from South Carolina with his brother Marvin. He is a medium-sized mixed breed with chocolate, brindle and white in his short coat.
We don't have much of JD's or his brother's history. However, they have shown us that they are sweet and loving boys who can't wait to meet their new families!
JD is good with other dogs. However, he can play harder at times which can be a bit intimidating for a smaller dog.
He is neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and is micro-chipped.

To help rescue more amazing animals like Mini and JD, please...
Happy Tails!!!

Pepper "Pip"

What's better than having one cute kitty friend at home? Having three! Pepper, more affectionately known as "Pip," was recently adopted from the shelter and brought home by her new family to join her new siblings. While cats sometimes take awhile to adjust and set boundaries with each other, we were happy to learn that these three are doing just great together - running, playing and cuddling. There's nothing better than a cute kitty (or three) to keep you warm in the winter months!

Thank you to the B Family for adding Pip to your pack and providing a great forever home for her. And many thanks to our friends at  Blue BuffaloCanine CompanyAdam Broderick Salon & Spa, Madelyne Gray Interiors, and Tito's Handmade Vodka for making Happy Tails like this one possible.

"Hello ROAR. We just wanted to give you an update on Molly, now named Pepper. Pip is doing great. She is growing fast. She has boundless energy. She plays fetch with us. And she is getting along well with the other two cats. Especially Simon (the gray one in the pictures). Thank you so much for taking care of her until we were able to get her. She's been wonderful." ~The B Family
Recent Adoptions

Thank You to Our Adopters!!!

Thank you to all of our adopters who opened their hearts and homes and recently made these lucky kitties, cats, puppies and dogs a part of your packs!!!

Calling All Canine Fosters!!!

ROAR is Looking to Expand Our Roster of Canine Fosters in the Near Future: 
Could it Be You?
ROAR will have a need for more dog fosters shortly and we would like to start by requesting your help today! We are looking for homes that can potentially foster either puppies or adult dogs away from the existing pets in the family if at all possible (although at times, there will be a need for other dogs to socialize with our ROAR dogs).
The dogs will be up-to-date on all age-appropriate vaccines and have health certificates from their sending rescue veterinarians. After the application process is completed, ROAR will provide all needed items to care for your foster dog.
All of our fosters say that this is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have! Knowing that you are helping to get a dog adopted by giving them the opportunity to live in a home for a short time, is priceless.
Our needs will be anywhere from one week to a month or two but we are currently focusing on the shorter-term fosters; one to two weeks.
Please email volunteer@roarshelter.org if you are interested and want to learn more about it.
Did You Know?

5 Fun Facts About
the Dogs of Ireland
  • The high-spirited Irish Setter is mischievous, intelligent, independent, and a stubborn redhead who will remain a puppy for a long time. Everyone knows that retrievers retrieve, but how do setters "set?" Setting means locating and pointing at game birds. Using his/her keen sense of smell to locate the bird, an Irish Setter will then hold a pointing position, indicating the direction where the bird is hiding.
  • Big Red was made in 1962 based on a 1945 novel by American author Jim Kjelgaard. The movie is named for an Irish Setter who prefers bounding through the woods to being groomed and trained for the show ring. A 10-year-old orphan helps care for the dog and falls in love with him.
  • The Irish Water Spaniel's two coats and webbed feet between its toes serve an important purpose. The short, dense, thick undercoat provides warmth while the outer, longer coat gives added protection and water resistance. After many retrieves in the coldest water, the dog's skin will likely remain dry. Also, it's webbed feet support its powerful swimming ability
  • The Irish Wolfhound is the largest dog breed in the world. Males reach 32-34 inches in height. It's an extremely fast-moving, intelligent, animal that hunts by sight. Its sheer size, long legs, and distinctive broad chest, and muscular body, grant it both a commanding and elegant appearance. Owners are as loyal to the breed as the hounds are to them.
  • Famous Irish Wolfhound owners have included Richard III, Anne Boleyn, Henry VII, Queen Elizabeth I, George Washington, Robert Kennedy, the singer Sting, composer Leonard Bernstein, model Claudia Schiffer, TV personality Conan O'Brien, and reality TV producer Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey
Why Do You Do What You Do?

"I volunteer with the ROAR show to help share information about what a great organization ROAR is! I also hope that being able to show off the wonderful dogs and cats brings in more families so we can be sure to match them up with best pet for them.  black_paw_prints.jpg
Dana U., Production Crew, Animal Rescue - ROAR Ridgefield 
Thank You!

Fairfield County's Giving Day
Thank you to all who chose to participate in Fairfield County's Giving Day and contributed to ROAR!!!

We appreciate your incredible support so much.

 When we come together, we can truly make a difference in saving lives!

"Why We Give" Video

Leading up to Giving Day, committed volunteers, Bill and Wendy Warnecke, posted a video about their fostering experience for a shot at the "Why We Give" prize. We asked you to view and like their video and you did. 

We are happy to report that it was just announced that they won 2nd place and $500 was added towards ROAR's Giving Day campaign! 

Thank you Warnacke's for all you do for ROAR and thanks to all who liked their video. Every one of the dogs in their video were eventually placed into loving homes.

Stop & Shop Ridgefield and to Our Local Community
Thank you Stop & Shop Ridgefield, CT for selecting ROAR as the designated non-profit to receive the donation from the purchase of each reusable Community Bag during February 2021.
ROAR automatically received a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Stop & Shop store located at 125 Danbury Road, Ridgefield CT. 
When shoppers purchase the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at any Stop & Shop store in Connecticut during other months, they have the opportunity to direct a $1 donation to ROAR by using the attached Giving Tag. 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 more information on the Stop & Shop Giving Tag Program, visit stopandshop.bags4mycause.com.
Cellar XV Wine Market
Thank you to our friends at Cellar XV Wine Market for hosting the fundraiser to benefit ROAR during Puppy Bowl weekend!  

Your support is greatly appreciated!