August 2018

Keep Your Pets 
Healthy & Happy

August is not only National Immunization Awareness Month for people, it's also for pets.
At ROAR, every dog and cat who is adopted is up-to-date on h is/her vaccinations. But it's up to you to keep them this way after they go home with you so they can live long, happy and healthy lives.

According to The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), there are five reasons why you should vaccinate your pet: 
1. Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses.

2. Vaccinations can help avoid costly treatments for 
diseases that can be prevented.

3. Vaccinations prevent diseases that can be passed not only 
from animal to animal but also from animal to human.

4. Diseases prevalent in wildlife, such as rabies and distemper, 
can infect unvaccinated pets.

5. Many areas, local or state ordinances require 
certain vaccinations of household pets.
Even if your pets stay indoors, they should have vaccinations. There are many airborne contagious diseases that they can contract through open windows. Dog parks, grooming salons and boarding kennels can also be very high-risk environments. Make sure that your pets are vaccinated before they visit these places.
Kittens and puppies are usually given their first shots between six and 16 weeks.  Essential vaccinations for your dog and cat include:
Rabies: All mammals can contract this potentially fatal infection. Also, most states have a legal requirement for dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies. This includes Connecticut.
Distemper: For cats, a distemper vaccination protects against Callcivirus, Panleukopenia and Viral Rhinotracheitis.  For dogs, it protects against hepatitis, distemper, parvovirus and Para Influenza.
Your veterinarian is the best resource that can help determine what vaccinations your pet needs and when. It will depend on their age, medical history, environment, their lifestyle and where you live. Also, your vet may suggest certain vaccinations if your cat or dog is outdoors or boarded often.
For more information, contact your local veterinarian and schedule a check-up for your pets for their overall health and to make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccines.
In This Issue
"Dogs Days of Summer" Event at Craig's Fine Jewelry to Benefit ROAR
Ridgefield-area residents can help support ROAR by shopping at Craig's Fine Jewelry store during its "Dogs Days of Summer" event on August 23, 24 and 25. Located at 394 Main Street in Ridgefield, Craig's Fine Jewelry will donate 10 percent of sales during the event to ROAR to support the ROAR Donofrio Family Animal Shelter.
The event kicks off on August 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will feature a trunk show with vendors including Dog Fever Jewelry. Shoppers can also sample wine and cheese. The event will continue on August 24 and 25 from  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Pet Profiles!
and KATIE:  
Love is all They Need!


A ndre and Antw an are young, very sweet, large black cats who were found on ROAR's doorstep in a sealed brown box with holes for air.  

The matter is still under investigation with Ridgefield's Animal Control Officer. However, ROAR was able to make both boys  available for adoption.

These handsome, two year old boys are looking   for their forever home with families who will love and cherish them as   they should be.

Andre and Antwan are active and get along with most of the other cats in ROAR's shelter but it depends on personality.

Antwan is the bigger of the two at 16 pounds. Andre is 12.4 pounds. 

Andre and Antwan would do best adopted out separately. They are house trained, up-to-date on vaccinations and are neutered.

This is how ROAR found Andre & Antwan when we opened up the box.

Katie  is a seven-year old boxer mix with a beautiful brindle coat. She is extremely sweet, gentle, and is VERY smart and soci al.
Katie came to ROAR as a local surrender. Her owner loved her very much but was no longer able to keep her.
Katie is well trained. She is currently housed with a very timid dog and she is doing wonderfully.
Katie is not fond of cats. Therefore, a "catless" home would be best.
She is up-to-date on her vaccinations, spayed, heart worm negative and micro-chipped.

Photo:  Michelle Williams

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Hometown Heroes
Kris Zulkeski Catches Up with Dorene Zurlo, 
a ssociate shelter director, volunteers and fosters
at ROAR, 
with Katie
 Q&A with Kris Zulkeski

Animal Control Officer, Ridgefield, CT
  Last July, Kris Zulkeski joined the Town of Ridgefield as its full-time Animal Control Officer after serving in a part-time role since February 2017. Not only was Ridgefield lucky to have Kris take on this important role for our community, ROAR is very fortunate to have him as a neighbor, collaborator and fellow animal advocate.
As part of his responsibilities, Kris oversees the town of Ridgefield's animal shelter, which is located at 40 South Street, directly across the street from our ROAR Donofrio Family Animal Shelter. During the past year, Kris and our ROAR team have been collaborating to share information about adoptee dogs, potential adopters and animal care. When ROAR knows a potential adopter is looking for a dog that might be a good match with one that Kris is trying to adopt out, we share this information. Also, Kris shares information with us when he's trying to place a dog that needs special care and might have a better chance of finding a home through ROAR.
Q: What inspired you to become Ridgefield's Animal Control Officer?
A: "I've always enjoyed helping animals and looking out for their well-being. Before my position in Ridgefield, I was the part-time Animal Control Officer for Weston. I also worked in the nuisance wildlife control industry for a few companies before starting my own business, Connecticut Wildlife, in 2012. Prior to this, I served in the Army for six years as an Infantry Mortarman and did a tour in Afghanistan.
I have a nuisance wildlife license for the town of Ridgefield, which enables me to deal with immediate wildlife threats to humans and domestic animals. If I receive calls about challenging scenarios with animals that are predators, I will go see if I can help and act as a liaison with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) until the state arrives and takes these cases over."
Q: How do you work with ROAR?
A: "ROAR is a great resource and networking partner to help find potential adopters for the dogs who are unclaimed and adoptable at our shelter. In addition, they've helped us find homes for dogs who are more of a challenge to place. For instance, we had an older dog who was in need of dental work. ROAR took the dog in, provided dental care and helped the dog find its new home through one of its adopters.
ROAR also helps us get the word out about lost dogs and dogs who are up for adoption at our shelter through their social media channels in addition to the Ridgefield Police Department. We all share the common goal of helping dogs find the right home."
Q: Do you have pets?
A: "I have a one-year old Boston Terrier named Rolly at home. When I was growing up, I had pet snakes, geckos, iguanas and chameleons."

Q: What is the biggest challenge of your job?
A: "One of the biggest challenges is educating the public about what Animal Control does and what we don't do. For example, most residents know that Animal Control helps with dog licenses, roaming dogs, and animal humane laws. But what a lot of people still might not know is we have an animal shelter for the town where we house and care for roaming dogs. Also, if your dog goes missing, residents should contact Animal Control first by calling 203-431-2771. ROAR doesn't handle these cases. Last year alone, we had approximately 65 to 70 roaming dogs that we took into our shelter. Our first priority is to reunite as many dogs as possible with their owners. If dogs remain unclaimed and are adoptable, we have a program in place to help find them new homes. In addition to networking with ROAR, Ridgefield Animal Control also works with other municipal shelters throughout Connecticut and other states."

Q: What is the biggest reward of your job?
A: "The biggest reward of my job is walking into the shelter on a Friday morning and not having a single dog here. What this means is that it was a great week for reuniting lost dogs with their owners and/or finding them new homes. It doesn't get any better than this."
Happy Tails

Nestle with her new family


Five months ago, ROAR took in a litter of tan and white puppies. They were, small in stature at the time, but BIG in personality! They were affectionately known as the "Candy Litter," and quickly won over the hearts of our staff, volunteers and everyone who came to see them.
The last to go home was "Nestle," who is as cute as can be and easily identifiable by her one upright ear and the other one that flops over. They say that good things come to those who wait, and Nestle did eventually find her forever home with the "E Family." They are enjoying her and recently checked in with us to share a quick note and some great photos! 

Thank you to the E Family and our wonderful  sponsors for making adoptions like Nestle's possible!                                                                         

"Hi, here's a few photos of our sweet Nestle. She is doing so well!

Loves to play with other dogs! She's got a beautiful play beau.
We couldn't be happier!  You all obviously took really great care of her 
for those four months and we are so grateful." - The E Family
Sweet Nestle

Did You Know?

You Can Shop Online & Support ROAR

If you are shopping on Amazon for items that you can't find locally , you can select Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue on Amazon Smile as the charity you support. 

ROAR's updated online wish list for shoppers who would like to donate much needed items for our shelter pets while they shop online can be accessed on ROAR's website here.

Save the Date!

Save The Date
ROAR l Redding Brewing Company Taproom 
Give Back Fundraiser
September 16 , 2018 
More details will be available in the coming weeks.