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Celebrating 20 Years of Saving Lives. 2000-2020
ROAR NEWS
June 2020
Edition
June is Adopt a 
Shelter  Cat Month

It's raining cats! More than 3.2 million cats enter U.S. animal shelters each year (source: ASPCA). Also, early summer is the peak time when kittens are born and when rescue organizations and shelters take in the most abandoned kittens and cats. To raise awareness of this, the ASPCA designates June as its annual Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.
 
ROAR and its volunteers are getting ready for the influx of homeless kittens and cats to arrive so we can  provide a warm, safe place for them until they can be placed in caring, forever homes. However, we need your help. Below are five ways you can help decrease demands on our shelter:

  1. Adopt a Cat - We have a wide variety of wonderful cats in many sizes, colors, fur length, and personality who are waiting to find a loving home. While kittens are adorable and can be a lot of fun, please also consider adopting an adult cat. The chances that adult cats will find their forever homes usually drop in the summer since they are often overlooked when there are more kittens. You can find out more about ROAR's adoptable cats by clicking here.
  2. Volunteer as a Foster Family  - If you can't adopt, consider fostering. ROAR cats and kittens go into foster homes when they are too young/small/sick to eat on their own, need special care or are recovering from major surgery. ROAR provides food and litter and covers all veterinary care. Click here to find out more about ROAR's Foster Care Program.
  3. Spay or Neuter Your Cat - Please help control the population of homeless cats by spaying or neutering your feline. The stray/feral cat population in the U.S. is estimated to be in the tens of millions. Even if you have an indoor-only cat, there's always a chance he or she could escape to the outdoors. Also, cats can become pregnant when they are only five months old and can have up to three litters a year. The good news is that kittens as young as two months and weighing two pounds can be safely altered.
  4. Donate Supplies - Your local shelters and rescues are always in need of supplies, but now more than ever. ROAR is especially in need of paper towels right now. Please visit our wish list to find out what other items are needed most. You can also become a volunteer and donate your time.  
  5.  Talk to Your Kids - It is never too early to teach your kids about responsible pet ownership. Explain why it's important that all cats are spayed or neutered, encourage them to always adopt a shelter pet, and help them increase awareness at school, in clubs and with friends.  



In This Issue
Reminder -  Call  Us to Schedule an Appointment  if You're Interested in Adopting 
To follow current state guidelines, ROAR is continuing to schedule appointments by phone for potential  adopters to visit our animals. This is helping us monitor and control  the correct number of capacity in our small shelter.

 Please call us at 203-438-0158, Monday through Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or on Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. to make an appointment. 

Our shelter is located at:
45 South Street, Ridgefield, CT

To view our available adoptable cats and dogs,  visit us   here .
Pet Profiles!

              
MEET DAISY & MINNIE!

THESE SWEET KITTIES ARE 
TWO  PEAS IN A POD 

Daisy and Minnie are best buddies and adorable little girls! Daisy is a tabby cat with beautiful chocolate markings. She is just two-years old. Minnie is a black cat who is approximately one-and-a-half years old. They are both very sweet and loving although Daisy is a little more on the shy side. They absolutely adore each other so we would love to keep them together!

Daisy and Minnie came to ROAR from A Pathway to Hope, a foster-based rescue organization in Northern New Jersey. ROAR recently started partnering with A Pathway to Hope to help find homes for more rescue cats.
 
Daisy and Minnie are spayed, micro-chipped and up-to-date on vaccinations.




Thank you for supporting our mission and helping to make a difference in the lives of so many less fortunate  cats like Daisy and Minnie and dogs.

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ROAR Foster Success Story
Gene Finds His Forever Family

From time to time, we have animals that need to go into a foster home. For instance, kittens or puppies who need bottle feeding, dogs or cats who need extra human interaction and socialization to prepare them for adoption success, animals that need daily medical care and a quiet environment, or animals recovering from a surgical procedure. 
 
Approved foster families provide a safe home, love and supportive care. ROAR provides food, litter (cat fosters), training (dog fosters) and all veterinary care for the fostered animal on an as needed basis.
 
Gene arrived at ROAR at the end of January. We don't know a lot about his background other than he came from Mississippi to New Jersey and then we took him in at our shelter. Shortly after, Gene tested positive for heartworm. As a result, this 10-month old Black Lab mix wasn't allowed to expend all of his puppy energy or play with other dogs. He needed to stay pretty quiet and go into foster care while he received treatment and healed.
 
In April, Sue and Alex S. volunteered to foster Gene. Heartworm treatment is not easy to go through for dogs or the people caring for them. Sue and Alex have handled it incredibly well and have been very patient through a lot of uncertainty not only with Gene, but with the situation at large.
 
According to Sue and Alex, Gene is doing great! It took a little while for him to settle down. However, they have been able to keep him relatively quiet while he's been going through treatment.
 
So, what kind of home would Gene do best in? It turns out it's their home!!! Sue and Alex just recently decided to adopt him.
 
While Gene will still need to be retested in nine months after his June test to make sure he's heartworm negative, this lucky boy is now with his forever family in a loving home.
 
Thank you, Sue and Alex for providing Gene with amazing care and adding him to your pack!
 
For more information about ROAR's Foster Family Program, please contact us at shelter@roar-ridgefield.org .
ROAR Therapy Dog Parade
Five ROAR Therapy Dogs Visit  Benchmark Senior Living

A few of our Therapy Dog Teams recently participated in a parade for the staff and residents at 

Samson, Hope, Kiki, Matsu, and Brady are part of our 2019 Therapy graduation classes. 
The dogs were so excited to work and provide smiles to the residents!







ROAR Makes First Dog Rescue Transport
During COVID-19 Panemic
ROAR made it's first puppy and dog transport during the pandemic on May 20th with The Muppets Litter (11 puppies), and two dogs. 

We would like to thank everyone who made this possible:


 Some of the dogs and puppies are featured in the photos with our sponsor logos matching masks and dog bandannas.

Why Do You Do What You Do for ROAR?
A Therapy Dog's Perspective: 

"Why am I a therapy dog? I lost my job recently when my grandpa passed away. Made me sad. So my mom and I trained as a therapy team so I could go back to work, get lots of petting, but most of all make people happy. Recently during the pandemic, we participated in a parade and waved to seniors sitting outside and in their rooms. I hope they were smiling. Let's do it again! "

- Samson, ROAR Therapy Dog Team Member 
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Thank You!
S! Canine Company
 
Many thanks to Canine Company for helping ROAR with dog training sessions!   We had a session with trainer Ashley, and it happened to be virtual!

We wanted to learn about some confidence building exercises to do with one of our shelter dogs and reached out to our friends at Canine Company for advice. 

During this pandemic, we are grateful they have designed virtual sessions to help pet owners (and even shelter staff like us) discuss a training plan with them and also see the behaviors and progress of the dog on their screens.
S! Ridgefield Thrift Shop
 
ROAR is very grateful that we were a recipient of a 2020 grant from Ridgefield Thrift Shop earlier this year. The grant will help provide veterinary care for dogs and cats that come to the shelter. 

This is Sandy who came to us in the first transport from The Homeward Bound Project of Mississippi we had during the pandemic. We are happy to report she was adopted! 

ROAR Executive Director and Sandy wore matching thrift shop logo masks and dog bandannas as a little thank you. 

We look forward to the re-opening of Ridgefield Thrift Shop, when they select the right time.
S Tiger Sports

ROAR's friends at Tiger Sports recently surprised us with a donation of these vests they designed for our evening dog walkers to be safe and visible. 

We are so fortunate to be part of Ridgefield with its community support and friendships. 
Thank you Tiger Sports!!!


S! ROAR Volunteers
 
Thank you to our ROAR volunteers who have been  diligently coming into our shelter through the quarantine to ensure that the dogs get out and the cats are socialized. 

Our staff has gone above and beyond, but without the volunteers coming in (while practicing social distancing and wearing masks!), the animals would have been lost. 

Our volunteers are an integral part of taking care of the animals and we are hoping to be able to get them all back in as soon as we are allowed to. For now, their patience in alternating weeks on their shifts has been outstanding and very helpful!