Celebrating 20 Years. 2000-2020
December 2020
Happy Holidays from ROAR!

'Tis the Season for Cat Lovers!!!

December is Cat Lover's Month. To celebrate the holiday, please help adoptive cats find their forever homes. Here at ROAR, we have a wide variety of cats and kittens who are available for adoption. They come in different sizes, ages, colors and mixes. They have their own unique personalities too! Some want to be the life of the party and play, play, play! Others are more laid back and would like nothing better than to cuddle up on your lap or take a cat nap in a favorite sunny spot.

Cats make us feel loved, needed, safe and trusted. They bring us comfort, constancy, pleasure, laughter and a sense of wonder. Did you know that they are also good medicine? Petting and brushing a cat can help decrease the pain of arthritis, and it takes less than 10 minutes with your cat to feel less anxious or stressed.

Five ways you can celebrate National Cat Lovers Month:
  • Adopt a Feline Friend - If you are ready to welcome a new addition to your family, please consider adopting a cat or kitten from a shelter or rescue organization. There are many cats and kittens just waiting for a family to take them home and love them.
  • Volunteer Your Time - Many local shelters have cat socialization programs to help adoptable cats and kittens find their forever home.
  • Donate Supplies - Shelters and rescue organizations are always in need of supplies. ROAR's wish list can be found here. You can also donate dog and cat food. ROAR has a Pet Pantry that helps provide free food to people who are in need. We accept unopened canned dog and cat food that does not exceed its expiration date. We also accept opened and unopened bags of dry dog and cat food. Please note that opened bags of food are donated to Wildlife in Crisis.
  • Help Foster Cats & Kittens - Fostering cats and kittens is a wonderful way to help them find homes. ROAR occasionally has animals that need to go into a foster home. Being a foster family is a great way to volunteer with ROAR. Approved foster families provide a safe home, love and supportive care. ROAR provides food, litter (cat fosters), and all veterinary care will be covered for the fostered animal.
  • Spread the Message - You can also help cats by posting information on social media.

If you already have a cat or kitten at home, show him or her some extra TLC this month!!!
In This Issue
ROAR's Holiday Hours for Scheduling Appointments 

Expanded hours for adoption appointments:
  • Tues., December 22, 10:oo a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tues., December 29, 10:oo a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Closing Early (by 1:00 p.m.):
  • Thursday, December 24 
  • Thursday, December 31 

  • Friday, December 25
  • Friday, January 1 
Please Support Our Mission to Save Lives

Please donate today to our 2020-2021 Annual Appeal so that we can continue to deliver on our mission. Read our Appeal Letter to find out more!

Pet Profiles!
 Come Meet KIMMIE and LUCY
These Sweet Souls Can't Wait to Meet You!

Kimmie is an adorable, little two-year old mom who was found by the side of the road with her seven kittens. Her rescue was life-changing and she soon found herself under the loving care of the staff and volunteers at ROAR. Kimmie took great care of her babies and now that they have all found homes, it's her turn.
Kimmie is an extremely loving, sweet and gentle cat. She has gorgeous bright eyes and elegant and shiny fur with a distinctive white spot. 

She's shy and quiet and would feel comfortable in a small space at first. Soft and quiet toys will be soothing to her. However, time and patience will bring you and Kimmie love and companionship. Once she gets used to new noises and smells, she will be inquisitive about other spaces and will follow you are around rubbing up on your legs and rolling over waiting for affection.
Introducing new family members one-by-one will help her from being overwhelmed. She would also prefer to not have male cats around.
Kimmie is spayed, micro-chipped and up-to-date on vaccinations.
Call ROAR during open hours, at 203-438-0158, to set up an appointment to meet Kimmie.

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


Miss Lucy is still available! While nothing is sadder than a dog being used only to breed, and then discarded, almost as sad is a dog who has spent seven years of her/his life in a family, then a baby comes along with allergies and the dog is surrendered to a shelter. This is exactly what happened to Lucy and she is now with us at ROAR. However, their loss is our gain!

A sweet, seven-year old Rottie mix, Lucy enjoys outdoor activity and indoor snuggles, as well as quiet time. She will keep you physically active and make you laugh.

Because she is a senior dog, Lucy's adoption fee is only $200, but is waived to an active and over 65 senior able to adopt her.
Pets can play an important role in our lives as we age, as the need to feel needed and appreciated for what you do increases. Pets fulfill this need because they depend on their human companions for care and attention. In return, they offer love and unqualified acceptance.
Lucy will do best in a home without other dogs or young children or grandchildren. She is spayed, up-to- date on vaccinations and micro-chipped.

Call the shelter to make an appointment to meet this awesome girl!

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

20 for 20 in 2020 Campaign
Help ROAR Rescue More Amazing Animals 
Like Kimmie and Lucy!

During the last eight months, many people have made generous contributions to ROAR through our  "$20 for 20 in 2020" donation drive. We're now in our final month of the campaign and we are hoping you will be able to help support us by making a donation of $20 (or more) on the 20th of December
 Your donations are greatly appreciated and will enable ROAR to continue on its mission to support and deepen the bond between humans and animals, built upon unconditional love and acceptance. Our mission has never been more important than it is now. To read our annual appeal letter, 
please click on the following link. 

November 2020 Adoptions
Thank You to our November Adopters!!!

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

Winter Holiday Safety Tips

Seven Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe

To keep your pet safe during the winter holiday season and prevent emergency veterinary visits, below are seven tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

  1. Plan in advance - Make sure you know how to get to your 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic before there's an emergency. Talk with your veterinarian in advance to find out where you would need to take your pet, and plan your travel route for emergencies. Always keep the following numbers posted in an easy-to-find location in case of emergencies: your veterinarian's clinic phone number; 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic (if different); and the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 1-888-426-4435.
  2. Keep people food away from pets - If you want to share holiday treats with your pets, make or buy treats formulated just for them.
  3. Decorate with care - Lights, ornaments and Christmas trees can make the holidays festive, but they also pose risky temptations for our pets. Trees can tip over if your pets climb on them or try to play with the lights and ornaments. Consider tying your tree to the ceiling or a doorframe using fishing line to secure it. Water additives for trees can also be hazardous to your pets. Do not add aspirin, sugar, or anything to the water for your tree if you have pets in the house. Broken ornaments can cause injuries, and ingested ornaments, tinsel and other decorations can cause intestinal blockage or even toxicity.
  4. Make sure toxic flowers and festive plants are kept away from pets - Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, and holly are among the common holiday plants that can be dangerous and even poisonous to pets who decide to eat them. Poinsettias can be troublesome as well. The ASPCA offers lists of plants that are toxic to dogs and cats here.
  5. Extinguish candles when you leave a room - Candles are attractive to pets as well as people. Never leave a pet alone in an area with a lit candle; it could result in a fire.
  6. Unplug decorations while you're not around - Cats, dogs and other pets are often tempted to chew electrical cords.
  7. Clear trash away where pets can't reach it - Ribbon, other packaging and decorative items could be tempting for your pet to play with or consume. Also, take out the trash to make sure your dog or cat can't get into it, especially if it includes any food or food scraps.
Why Do You Do What You Do?

"When I first moved to the area, I was looking for a way to get involved in the community. My love of animals - dogs in particular - made ROAR the perfect choice for me! It makes me feel good knowing that something as simple as a walk off property, a throw in the yard, or a cuddle out front on the bench can make a difference for the dogs that come through ROAR. My mood is always much brighter when I leave the shelter after my shift than when I walked in! In addition to walking the dogs, I help ROAR with their various graphic design needs. It's something I really enjoy doing and am happy to be able to support them in another small way. I truly believe that I receive way more from ROAR and the dogs than I give!"
- Heather W., ROAR Volunteer
Thank You!

November Guests!!!

 Thank you to our guests for appearing on our "Animal Rescue - ROAR Ridgefield" show on Comcast Channel 23 Danbury in  November!

Our weekly show airs live on Facebook at Channel 23 Danbury here typically on Wednesday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. It also airs on TV for those who subscribe to Comcast on Channel 23 on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

Our Volunteers & Fosters

A very big thank you to all ROAR volunteers and fosters that have stayed on with us to help take care of the dogs and cats through the past nine months. Your dedication and commitment are very much appreciated! It's been a very difficult time but the respect, understanding and patience you have all shown has been commendable. We have had to change protocols and procedures on you often, but you have all been up to the challenge. It is what has helped to keep all of you and the staff safe and healthy! Here's to a happy, healthy and bright new year in 2021!!!