August 2019

Five Tips for Keeping Your Canine Cool & Healthy

Wow, it's sure hot and muggy. That's because we're in the Dog Days of Summer, the hottest, muggiest days of the year. Typically, the Dog Days of Summer is the period when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun, from July 3 to August 11.

While warmer weather is a great time to spend more time outdoors, if you are feeling the effects of hot, muggy, sultry, "weather that you can wear," you can be certain that your dog is too.

Below are five ways you can keep your dog cool and healthy:

1) Never Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car - - It can take minutes for a pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car. On a 78-degree day, temperatures in a car can reach 90 degrees in the shade and top 160 degrees if parked directly in the sun. Also, leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in several states.
2) Protect Paws from Hot Pavement -- Follow the seven-second rule. Place the back of your hands on the pavement for seven seconds. If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot to walk your dog. Pavement can reach up to 130 to 140 degrees, even if the temperature is only 80 to 85 degrees outside. Walk early in the morning or late in the evening when surfaces are cooler.

3) Keep Your Dog Well Hydrated -- Offer your dog plenty of fresh, clean water and be sure it is available at all times. Even if your dog is resting under a shady area outdoors, the heat may cause dehydration over a period of time. If your dog is panting heavily and the nose and skin appear dry, he or she may be dehydrated. Take your dog inside and offer cool water to drink. Wipe your pet down with cool water.
4) Give Your Dog a "Kiddy Pool" -- Dogs who love the water, love it even more during the hot months since getting wet keeps them cool. Providing a small, kid-sized pool will go over big.

5) Make Cool Treats -- Chilled or frozen dog treats are a great surprise for your dog. Not only will they help cool your dog off, they can also help relieve boredom when he or she is cooped up inside. 
In This Issue
Puppy Ice Pops
One cold healthy treat your dog will love that you can make at home is Puppy Ice Pops.

This treat only uses one ingredient -- chicken or beef broth (fat-free, low-sodium, no onion ingredients). Freeze broth overnight in ice cube trays or mini-muffin pans. You can feed a few alone as treats for your dog or try placing them on top of kibble or in the water bowl to enhance flavor. You can also experiment with mix-ins like finely diced carrots, apples, or lean meat.

Alternatively, you can cut fresh watermelon into chunks and freeze them. Dogs love these mildly sweet frozen treats on a hot day.
Pet Profiles!
Come Meet Zoe & ROAR's Adoptable Kittens!
They Are as Cute as Can Be!

Zoe with some of her favorite toys


Zoe is a sweet American Bulldog mix who came to ROAR as a local surrender a few months ago.

This seven-year old cutie is currently in one of our wonderful foster homes and is learning how much she loves to snuggle.
Miss Zoe was overweight when she came to us. However, with a balanced diet and exercise, she is already 20 pounds lighter. Zoe bonds well with people after she gets to know them. She enjoys walks, and loves hanging out  and watching TV. Zoe really is a great dog! 
She also has her own Instagram! You can find her at Zoe.roar

We love Zoe and want to see her find her forever home, and so do our friends at Canine Company! The family who adopts Zoe will not only be getting an amazing companion, but Canine Company will also donate one free at-home Manners Obedience Training lesson and one free Mobile Grooming session if the adopting family lives within their service area.
Zoe is up-to-date on vaccinations, micro-chipped and spayed.

To schedule a meet and greet with Zoe, please call the shelter ahead of time at 203-438-0158.
The kittens you see in the picture (taken during their Kate Spade photo shoot) have already been adopted. However, the kittens who are available at ROAR now are just as cute.

Assorted Kittens

It's Kitten Season!!! And ROAR is continuing to experience an influx of homeless kittens at our shelter and trying to find them forever homes.
Available kittens for adoption at ROAR include:
CT Lakes Litter: ~DOB: 4/23/19
Alexander (male, black)
Bantam (male, black) - Adoption pending; accepting back-up applications
Hayward (male, black)
Lillinonah (female, black)
Zoar (male, black)

Additional Kittens
MaryAnn (female, black/white) ~DOB 3/20/19
Wanda (female, tabbie) ~DOB 3/20/19

Birdie (female, grey tortie) ~DOB 5/21/19
Bumble (female, grey tortie) ~DOB 5/21/19. Adoption pending: accepting back-up applications. 

All of the kittens are up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations, FelV/FIV negative, de-wormed, spayed/neutered and micro-chipped.
Please remember to spay or neuter your cat. 
More than 3.2 million cats enter  U.S. animal shelters each year (source: ASC PA).
  DONATE TODAY to help save lives!
ROAR Giveaway News
Liz S. picking up her Pet Emergency Kit at ROAR
Meet our June Winner & Enter to Win ROAR's August Giveaway!

Congratulations to Liz S. on winning ROAR's Pet Emergency Kit Giveaway!!! Also, thank you to everyone who participated. ROAR received tremendous interest in the giveaway -- 60 people submitted entries for  a chance to win the kit.

The winner was drawn by our Executive Director  Kerry Dobson on June 28th with an assist by Willa the cat, ROAR's official greeter at the shelter.

ROAR's Cooling Mat  Giveaway  in August

To help keep your dog or cat,  enter for a chance to win ROAR's cooling mat giveaway in August.

Send ROAR your name, e-mail address and phone number to  to enter by August 29.

ROAR will select and notify the winner on August 30.

The winner will have 30 days to pick up his/her cooling mat at the ROAR Donofrio Family Shelter located at 45 South Street in Ridgefield, CT.  

Why Do You Do What You Do for ROAR?

"Down through the centuries, people have brought dogs and cats into their lives, sometimes for work but mostly for companionship. Too often, there are instances where people have violated that bond, resulting in abuse or abandonment of their animal companions. For me, being affiliated with ROAR, I get to see firsthand how these loving and trusting animals get a second chance to connect and reestablish that bond with people who will care for and cherish these animals in a loving forever home.  It is truly gratifying."

Tom Z, Board member  black_paw_prints.jpg

Upcoming Events

Two Ways You Can Support ROAR at 
Stop & Shop in August

Purchase Reusable Bags & Stuff a Van Event
Did you know? Consumers across Connecticut will start paying a 10 cent tax on all single-use plastic bags starting on August 1. Also, there will be an outright ban on single-use plastic bags on July 1, 2021.
At check out, our neighbors in New York have already become accustomed to hearing the question, "Do you need a bag?," and if the answer is yes, being charged. This will now be the norm in Connecticut too.
For an opportunity to go green by using recyclable and reusable bags and help support ROAR, please visit any Stop & Shop store in Connecticut, purchase their Community Bag and complete the  Give Back 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.
ROAR is also holding a Stuff a Van event at Ridgefield's Stop & Shop on Sunday, August 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to collect dog/cat food & treats and kitty litter for our Pet Food Pantry.
Please help us feed pets in need!

BMW of Ridgefield to Host 
"The Ultimate Pet Adoption Event"

You're invited to The Ultimate Pet Adoption Event at BMW of Ridgefield in partnership with ROAR to help find animals a new home! Join us at BMW of Ridgefield on Saturday, August 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ROAR will be at the event with some of our adoptable dogs and kittens, in hopes to find their forever homes!
ROAR to Participate in Clear the Shelters Event

On, August 17,  ROAR will participate in the fifth annual Clear the Shelters event. NBC and Telemundo are teaming up with shelters across the U.S. for the national pet adoption drive.  More than 1,000 shelters and rescue organizations are already planning to participate.
Last year, more than 100,000 pets were adopted from over 1,200 shelters across the country. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped 256,688 pets find forever homes.

Don't Miss These!

August  Give Thanks bags
Stop & Shop stores in CT

August 3 - BMW Adoption Clinic, 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ridgefield BMW, Ridgefield, CT

August 4 - Stuff a Van Event
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Stop & Shop, Ridgefield, CT
August 4 - Playhouse Green Expo. Ridgefield
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Playhouse fields, Ridgefield, CT
August 17  - Clear the Shelters
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
ROAR Donofrio Family Shelter
45 South Street, Ridgefield, CT

August 24   - Ridgefield Youth Football and Cheer
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Loundsbury House, Ridgefield, CT

September 7 - Kiwanis Dog Jamboree
Weston school property
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

September 26 - Gallo Celebrity Bartender

Thank You

ROAR Wishes to Express Our Heartfelt Gratitude to: