Celebrating 20 Years of Saving Lives. 2000-2020
ROAR NEWS
September 2020
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Disasters Don't Wait - 
Plan Today & Include Your Pets
National Disaster Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote disaster planning now and throughout the year. If you haven't already developed your plan, prepare one now and include your pet.
 
Why? Disasters don't wait. Hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, severe storms and floods have caused damage and displaced thousands of families and their pets from their homes around the U.S. during the last few months. On top of this, we are still battling a pandemic. Therefore, it's more important than ever to take extra precautions when considering your emergency plan.
 
Below is a checklist from the ASPCA with helpful information and tips you can follow to make sure you'll be ready when a disaster strikes.
  • Food & Water - At least three days' worth for each pet in airtight containers, plus bowls and a manual can opener.
  •  Medications - Several days' worth in a childproof container, clearly labeled with name, dose & strength.
  • Carrier - Lightweight crate or carrier to ease transportation and keep pet from bolting,
  • Comfort Items - Familiar toy or bedding to comfort your pet.
  • Sanitation - Plastic bags to clean up after pets, plus litter or newspapers as well as a litter box for cats.
  • Leash - Leash and collar or harness with current ID tag (address, phone and email address, microchip number).
  • Shelter - List of local pet-boarding facilities, lodgings or nearby friends and family who will allow you to stay with your pet or will take care of your pet.
  • Pet First Aid Kit - Kits are easy to assemble and most items can be purchased from a drugstore.
  • Action Plan - Agree with family or roommates where to meet if you're not together when a disaster strikes and make sure everyone knows where emergency supplies are location.
     
It's also critical to have contact information for your veterinarian, local animal control, boarding facilities, vet emergency clinics and the ASPCA's Animal Control Center. 
In This Issue
ROAR Therapy 
Dog Program

ROAR will be holding a screening day for its Therapy Dog Program on September 19th for anyone who is interested in participating with their dog. All gentle and social dogs are potential candidates. 
 
ROAR's Therapy Dog teams visit with seniors at elder care facilities, young readers in one-on-one reading programs and children with special needs in area schools.
 
Please email Kerry Dobson at director@roarshelter.org for more details.

Pet Profiles!
Come Meet Sweet Apricot and Lucy! 
   
              
 
 
Apricot

This young, little girl is about one and a half years old. Apricot is initially shy with people which is not surprising since she grew up outdoors. However, once she realizes you are there to give her love and treats she becomes your typical sweet and loving cat! She absolutely LOVES being pet!
 
Apricot tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which is a type of "slow virus" that affects the cat's immune system. FIV is a cat-only virus and cannot be passed in casual contact between cats. Felines with FIV often live long and perfectly normal symptom-free lives. To learn more about FIV visit FIVCats.com and read an article here
  
Apricot is spayed, micro-chipped and up-to-date on her vaccinations.

Please contact the shelter at 203-438-0158 to meet this special girl!!

Lucy
 
Miss Lucy is an adorable, sweet and loving seven-year old Rottie mix who desperately wants to find her forever home! She spent seven years of her life with a family until a baby came along with allergies and then she was surrendered to us.
 
Lucy enjoys outdoor activities including playing with toys, running around the yard and going on hikes. She will not only keep you physically active, she will make you laugh! Lucy will also just as quickly snuggle up with you indoors and watch a movie.
 
Since Lucy is a senior dog, she is also available for ROAR's senior to senior program, which waives the adoption fee.
 
Lucy would 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!

Thank you for supporting our mission and helping to make a difference in the lives of so many homeless cats and dogs like Apricot and Lucy.
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ROAR's "20 for 20 in 2020" Donation Drive
Please Continue to Help Support ROAR!
  
Now in its fourth month, donors can contribute $20 (or more) on the 20th of each remaining month of this year. Donations are being accepted here.
 
Donors wearing masks and taking proper safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic are also welcome to donate cash or checks in person at the ROAR Donofrio Family Animal Shelter at 45 South Street in Ridgefield, CT. 
 
Every 20 dollars donated to ROAR helps support the housing, veterinary care, feeding, training and placement of neglected and needy dogs and cats.
 
Your generosity allows ROAR to continue on its mission to support and deepen these bonds.

For more information about ROAR and its "$20 for 20 in 2020" campaign, contact us at 203-438-0158.
Clear the Shelters Month in August
Thank You to All of Our Adopters & Donors
for Helping ROAR Make Clear The Shelters Month a Success!

Thank you to all of our August adopters who opened your hearts and homes and made these lucky pups, dogs, kittens and cats a part of your packs during Clear the Shelters Month in August!!! Overall, 22 ROAR dogs and cats went home with their new owners.
 
Due to the extended day that ROAR stayed open on August 29 for adoption appointments, four more dogs went to their forever homes. 

Also, as a result of the generosity of our donors, we were able to raise more funds to help care for our animals.
 

This year's initiative took place from August 1 through August 31 instead of one day to help individuals and communities continue to practice safe social distancing measures. Across the country, more than 130,000 pets found new homes. The national fundraising campaign resulted in more than $1.185 million in donations to benefit participating shelters/rescues. 
Happy Tails!
Dixie & Louie



What's better than adopting a cat or dog from the ROAR shelter? How about adopting two or more! Many of our adopters have had such a great experience bringing a rescue pet into their homes from our shelter, that they often return for another, and we aren't surprised. Our incredible staff and volunteers make it their mission to match the right pet with the best home, so that the family feels good and the cat or dog is comfortable in their new home. Sure, some shelters may have more adoptions than ROAR does each year, but we take pride in the quality of our matches! Dixie the dog and Louie the cat were no exception. Both pets had particular needs when we were searching for their forever homes, and the 'W Family' was the perfect match for them. Both have thrived after being adopted by this wonderful family!

Thank you to the "W Family" for adding Dixie and Louie to your pack, and many thanks to our friends at Blue Buffalo, Canine Company, Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, Madelyn Gray Interiors, Tito's Handmade Vodka, BMW of Ridgefield, and Fairfield County Bank for making Happy Tails like this one possible.

"Dixie is doing great! She is sweet and affectionate and loves to do whatever we are doing... especially hiking and swimming. She is extremely fit and holding steady at a perfect 58lbs. She was 65 when we first got her. I also hope to resume her training and start agility with her. Just for exercise and fun. She has a lot of energy!

Louie has quickly become our friendliness cat of the four. He loves everyone! Every morning he flops down beside my husband's keyboard and is quite persistent for attention. He loves to knock stuff off the table and counter ... just because he can. He loves to lay close beside me but never on my lap. He still has his boundaries. He is doing well on a twice a day meal schedule and has lost a lot of weight. He is lean and long! He loves stretching out to his full length!

There are a lot of animals that don't show their true colors in a shelter or just need some time to adjust and gain some trust. All Louie needed was patience, stability and lots of love. He is the best!

Dixie came into our family shortly after we suddenly lost our dog Finn. She has helped us just as much as we have helped her. She's a blessing!!"

Why Do You Do What You Do for ROAR?
"Khloe and I volunteer for the ROAR Dog Therapy program because number one, we love to be with children. It is priceless to see the joy on their faces when we walk through the door. I also love the fact that the kids can express themselves when they read to Khloe.

ROAR Dog Therapy is a way for us to give back. Our daughter Brooke had learning disabilities and I remember a ROAR therapy dog helping her during her struggles. It's very close to our hearts. We are so fortunate and blessed to be part of this amazing organization. 

 
- CDM and Khloe, ROAR Dog Therapy Team

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Events
Clear the Shelters Adoption Story Challenge:
Please Vote for ROAR Dogs Elsa and Callie!!!


Elsa

The Animal Rescue Site and Greatergood.org, in partnership with NBC and Telemundo owned stations' Clear The Shelters campaign, are giving every shelter that participated in the drive a chance to win even more cash grants and prizes in the Clear The Shelters Adoption Story Challenge!
 
How You Can Support ROAR
 
Please vote for ROAR dogs Elsa and Callie as your favorite shelter adoption success stories from September 15 through the 30 on the Shelter Challenge site here! You can participate by voting once a day, every day.

This is a chance for our shelter to win Shelter Challenge grants that fund shelter, food, and care for our animals while they wait to be adopted into furrever homes.
Callie
  • Grand Prize: $10,000 cash grant & $2,500 worth of pet supplies
  • Second Place: $4,000 cash grant & $1,000 worth of pet supplies
  • Third Place: $2,500 cash grant & $1,000 worth of pet supplies
  • 12 Runners-Up: $1,000 cash grant & $500 worth of pet supplies
  • 2 Weekly Winners: $500 Gift Code to the Animal Rescue Site Store
You can also create an account, support us in other contests hosted by the Shelter Challenge, and most importantly, share this great opportunity with your friends. Every vote counts - thank you so much for being involved!

Join ROAR & Canine Company in Virtual Event on Preparing to Bring 
Your Rescue Dog Home

Are you thinking about adopting a rescue pup or do you already have a rescue pup at home? Please join ROAR and Canine Company in a one-hour Zoom presentation on "What to Expect When You are Expecting to Bring Home a Rescue Dog."

The event will take place on: September 17th, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Please call the shelter at 203-438-0158 to reserve a spot!!!

Canine Company Manners Instructor/Operations Manager Ashley Donegan will share insight and tips on what you should consider and prepare for when your new furry loved one comes home with you. From manners training, crate or boundaries training in and outside your house, potty training, grooming, etc. She will also provide information about Canine Company's resources to help with these different topics.
Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix
 

Calling all dog lovers! Johnny Peers and his personality-plus dogs are back to tickle your funny bone - or bury it! Johnny and his crew of rescue pups are returning for an outdoor canine circus that will have the whole family howling with laughter and begging for more! 

Presented by the Ridgefield Playhouse and ROAR, the event will take place under a tent on the field next to The Playhouse on: 

Sunday, September 27th at 2:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
 
Sponsored by Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital and orthodontist Dr. Blaine Langberg, the show is for the dog lover in all of us. 

A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, Johnny Peers has been working with dogs since he adopted his first puppy, Freckles, a Beagle mix. Since their debut, the Muttville Comix have appeared on David Letterman and at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus, even The White House!

The event will be socially-distanced and chairs will be provided for all ticket holders. They will be pre-assigned based on the date of ticket purchase and members will receive priority seating. For additional information and to purchase tickets, click here.
 
Bow WOW Art Dogs Event to Benefit ROAR
 
Calling all artists! Calling interested individuals! You can participate in Bow WOW Art Dogs, a new community event organized by the ArtFul Visual Arts Initiative, and benefit the animals at ROAR. How?  We will be one of the three local organizations that will receive donations from this event.
 
Local businesses and citizens can sponsor fiberglass resin dog statues to be decorated and displayed all over Ridgefield, CT. Local artists can submit design proposals and, pending selection, will be commissioned to bring their Art Dog design to life. Beginning in the spring 2021, the completed Art Dog statues will be displayed around downtown Ridgefield.
 
A "parade,"coordinated by ArtFul and ROAR, will include a map designating the locations of all completed statues and community events including dog portraits, dog grooming, and "Find The Chihuahua Scavenger Hunt."
 
In September 2021 (date TBD), an auction of the completed Art Dog statues will be held at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. All net proceeds will benefit ROAR, The Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. The event will include both a silent and live auction for the "Art Dogs."

For additional information on ArtFul Visual Arts Initiative and the Bow WOW Arts Event, click here
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