A Sparkling Occasion!

A Sparkling Occasion!

FeralCare is having their 3rd annual Tree of Lights ceremony on December 10 at Paradise Green in Stratford. People send in a $5 donation for the memory of each pet, and they will place a white light for deceased pets, and a colored light for living pets. This is a very popular fundraiser because it’s affordable and even makes a great gift–they will do a gift card for people who want them for Christmas.

They accept donations for this fundraiser from now until the end of the year because the tree stays up and lit all through December until January 1, 2012. They add lights as we get more donations.

Mail your donation: FeralCare, P.O. Box 954, Stratford, CT 06614 or make a donation through PayPal: Visit and click on the PayPal button. Include your name, address and name(s) of pet(s) you are commemorating in the comments box.

FeralCare began in 2006 as a non-profit, all-volunteer organization in response to the dramatic rise in the stray and feral cat population throughout Connecticut. Their volunteers have worked with local communities throughout the state to implement trap-neuter-return (TNR) solutions, and in the last four-and-a-half years, have served more than 3,000 cats and kittens.

FeralCare will now open The Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic, a five-day-a-week, low-cost spay/neuter facility for cats and dogs to further reduce the overpopulation of unwanted animals in our area. The new building will be located in Stratford with a projected opening in early 2012.


PAWS Welcomes New Director

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Michele Rinaldi, as Shelter Director. Michele joins PAWS with a wealth of both business and animal care experience. Most recently, she was the Executive Director at Adopt-A-Dog of Armonk, NY and Greenwich CT. Michele is also a licensed Veterinary Technician, receiving her B.S. in Veterinary Technology from Mercy College. Prior to her role at Adopt-A-Dog, she held Vet Tech and Hospital Manager roles with the Veterinary Referral Center (NJ) and The Animal Hospital of Berlin, CT. She shares her home with five rescue cats all of whom are either seniors or special needs. Please join them in welcoming Michele to the PAWS family.

PAWS is a non-profit animal shelter dedicated to the rescue and placement of homeless and abused pets.

For more information about PAWS, visit; call 203-750-9572;


Friends Of Shelton Dog Park Presents ‘Beagle Scout’ Award To Local Boy Scout

The Shelton Dog Park sports a great new information kiosk, thanks to Jake Johnson of Boy Scout Troop 27, based in Shelton, CT. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Jake planned, designed, raised funds for and (with a little help from his friends) built the new information kiosk at the park.

“The kiosk is one of the best-designed and –built kiosks in Shelton,” said Mandy Oram, “and we are so pleased to have it, as it allows us to post information and news regarding the dog park and dog related issues in a weatherproof and visible location.”

Jake spent several months in the planning stages. He visited various locations in Shelton with existing kiosks to get design ideas. He also consulted with both Ron Herrick, Director of Shelton Parks & Recreation and with The Friends of Shelton Dog Park to get their input on the type and size of kiosk they would like for the park. Jake then designed the kiosk on paper, made a list of all the supplies needed to build it and presented his project to the troop leadership for approval. Once approval was granted, he worked to raise funds and solicit donations of materials from local individuals and businesses. Jake estimates the cost of materials to build the kiosk at over $750.00, all of which was contributed by generous local donors.

Jake handed the keys to the new information kiosk to The Friends of Shelton Dog Park in a ceremony at the Dog Park. In recognition of Jake’s hard work, and in a nod to his Eagle Scout aspirations, the Friends presented Jake with a ‘Beagle Scout’ award in thanks for his outstanding contribution to the Shelton Dog Park. For more information, contact Mandy Oram by phone at 203-922-2643, email: The Friends of Shelton Dog Park website is


New Store New Idea

Shortly after the opening of a store, Global Pet Foods, was approached by Darien resident Joanne Smith asking whether the store would be interested in working with a rescue group Though based in Indiana, nearly 100% of AdoptALabs are adopted by families in New England, and the group was looking for a safe and functional spot to hand off the dogs arriving to their new families from Indiana.

Soon plans developed for Global Pet Foods to host adoption events for AdoptALab’s “Operation Little Dog” which rescues small breed dogs and puppies from breeders when the puppies get too old to be sold. works with breeders who surrender unwanted puppies of 12 weeks and older so that loving homes can be found for them.

Over the three-month period that AdoptALab’s Operation Little Dog has been hosted by Global Pet Foods, over 150 pups have been adopted to families all over New England. All the puppies are up-to-date with shots and have been spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

In addition to their Darien Store, Global Pet Foods also has a smaller location in Stamford. Due to space restraints, they are not able to host puppy adoptions at this location, but they have hosted a couple of small cat/kitten adoption events in the Stamford store.


New Canaan Nature Center

New Canaan Nature Center December 2011 Events, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan CT. Visit for more information.

  • Winter Wonderland Festival, Sat., Dec. 10, 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. The Center will be decorated to depict a nature-inspired winter wonderland, complete with an elaborate electric train display featuring handmade scenes of “Winter in New Canaan.” Santa Claus will arrive at noon to meet and greet children and pets until 2:30 p.m. Have your photo taken to benefit New Canaan Nature Center animal care ($10 donation, 5×7 print provided).
  • Holiday Night Hike, Fri. Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m. Bundle up for an after-hours adventure at the Center! Resident naturalists will guide the group on a night-time journey along our trails to explore the sights and sounds of the winter night. The group will after the hike, gather around the campfire to roast marshmallows and warm up. Cost is $5/person for members or $8/person for non-members (FREE for kids under 3). Call 203-966-9577 to register.


500 Pets & People At

Greenwich’s 4th Annual Parade & Costume Contest

Due to freak weather conditions the Howl & Prowl Costume Parade and Contest was rescheduled twice and finally, on a sunny, warm Sunday, was held on November 6 in Greenwich, CT where two hundred and five (205) dogs and their families were registered to participate. Over 500 people from Fairfield and Westchester Counties enjoyed the exhibits, free treats for dogs and people, DJ Eric, a Children’s Activity area, hot dogs, ice cream and a parade with treat stops at various local merchants on Greenwich Avenue.

“It’s so great to see so many people come out with their pets to show support for Adopt-A-Dog even though we had to change the date. The storms this year have caused so much damage to the shelter and any funds we raise will be put to great use” said Allyson Halm, President of Adopt-A-Dog. “Corporate support this year has been remarkable, as they see how much people in this area love their dogs” continued Allyson.

Adopt-A-Dog, Inc., a local non-profit rescue, shelter and adoption agency dedicated to finding good homes for adoptable dogs and cats sponsored the event. Members of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce (event partner) hosted treat stops along Greenwich Ave. For more information about Adopt-A-Dog call 203-869-6444 or visit


Three Ways to Give!

This holiday season, let the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) help you find the perfect gift!

The Ultimate Gift: A Yellowstone Adventure–The WCC is offering supporters the chance to travel with them to Yellowstone National Park with wolf experts at a time when the Park is virtually void of visitors and when the animals are most visible. A portion of your trip fee will help send WCC educators along.

Give Twice with a Gift from WCC’s Website Shop – Find extraordinary and affordable gifts starting at $3! When you purchase any WCC item–from plush toys to calendars to WCC sweatshirts and more–you are giving twice: Once to the gift’s recipient, and once to the wolves at the WCC.

For info go to or contact Spencer at 914-763-2373 x2 or


  • Thursday, Jan 4 - Thursday, Jan 4

    Building Winter Cat Shelters

  • Sunday, Jan 21 - Sunday, Jan 21

    TNR CertificationWorkshop

  • Tuesday, Feb 13 - Tuesday, Feb 13

    Bottle Feeding Orphaned Kittens

  • Thursday, Feb 22 - Thursday, Feb 22

    TNR Certification Workshop

  • Tuesday, Mar 13 - Tuesday, Mar 13

    Taming Feral Kittens for Adoption

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