Wednesday Nights: FREE Dog Training!
6:30 pm18:30

Wednesday Nights: FREE Dog Training!

  • Bartlett Arboretum

Love your dog but feeling the stress because he/she is not trained?

Two nonprofits, OPIN & the Bartlett Arboretum, join together as a community, offering:  FREE Dog Training with Trainer Rob Mullin of K9Wizard & Co. 

OPIN is pleased to announce this partnership with the Bartlett Arboretum; without their help we couldn't offer this service year round. Classes are open to everyone and are held every Wednesday night (6:30-7:30 pm) at the Bartlett Arboretum located at 151 Brookdale Road in North Stamford (map) (Silver Education Building-lower back entrance in cold and in inclement weather and outdoors on the Great Lawn in nice weather). Your dog will learn the basics: to walk nicely on a leash, to sit, stay, down, and to interact positively in the presence of other dogs.

Your dog should be outfitted with a 6’ standard lead (no retractable leads) and a choke collar.  Please bring a copy of your dog’s rabies and license certificate (not the metal tags) to the first class. 

Donations are always welcomed. 

Please sign up for our newsletter on our website or "like" us on our Facebook page to be notified of changes/cancellations to classes.  

9:00 am09:00

Support OPIN with Best Friends "Strut Your Mutt" in NYC

  • Hudson River Park
Team OPIN at Strut Your Mutt 2015

Team OPIN at Strut Your Mutt 2015

On October 1st, Team OPIN will strut in NYC for the seventh year in succession to honor shelter dogs across America that are euthanized through no fault of their own.  

Please Donate or Join Team OPIN at Strut Your Mutt Here!

This year, we walk for two special pups that joined the OPIN family on August 31st.  William and Harry are two sweet, innocent, 10-week old English Bulldogs who have been fighting for their lives to overcome the very contagious and often deadly virus, Parvo. William, who initially appeared to be the stronger of the two, has taken a slight turn for the worse and is fighting a strong fight.  


They are now the 7th and 8th parvo infected dogs that we've been asked to take in so they can receive the very expensive medical treatment they require.  

To the breeder looking to make a quick buck, these little guys were worth zero once they became ill, choosing to kill these pups rather than provide them medical care.  To OPIN, William & Harry are royalty, to be respected regardless of their illness.  They are dignified and worthy of the names we have chosen for them.  

The estimated cost to treat these boys is approximately $6,000. They are currently in isolation and ICU at our vet's office. We need your help so we can continue to save the most critically ill animals that come our way, just like William & Harry.  The cases we take on are never easy, but regardless of cost, each life is precious and OPIN is there from beginning to end for the neediest of animals it helps. 

Please donate to Team OPIN today or join our team and walk with us on October 1st (with or without a dog).  Thank you for helping us to continue to reach out to pets in need.  And William & Harry thank you too.

In just a week or so, OPIN will be searching for foster, with the intent to adopt homes for each of these boys.  This must be a home with no other dogs (cats are fine) and have no contact with other dogs for a least a month while they completely shed their viruses. There will be strict sterilization protocal that must be followed.

And once vaccinated for Parvo, William & Harry will have built a strong immunity against the disease.  They'll never have to worry about becoming ill again.

OPIN reminds you that Parvo is highly contagious and a simple vaccine can save your dog's life.  Donate to Team OPIN or here on the OPIN website.

Please join or support OPIN at this great event!

Please join or support OPIN at this great event!

11:00 am11:00

Bark in the Park

  • Latham Park
Bark in the Park 09-11-2016

Bark in the Park
A special day for our four-legged friends!
Enjoy lots of activities to keep families and their pets entertained including: K9 demonstrations, agility course, fun contests, adoption area, microchip clinic, vendor booths, and much more!
Bark in the Park will feature:

  • Agility Course provided by Bandilane Canine Center
  • Photo Booth sponsored by Bulls Head Pet Hospital
  • Pet Healthy and Safety Demonstrations
  • Costume and Trick Contests sponsored by High Ridge Animal Hospital
  • Hydration Station/Splash Zone sponsored by Choice Pet
  • Adoption Area
  • Pet Vendors
  • Door Prize Giveaways
  • FREE HomeAgain microchips provided by OPIN
  • And More!


6:00 pm18:00


  • Harbor Commns Park - Near Exhale

Yoga For Good With Exhale + Outreach to Pets in Need

Exhale + Stamford’s Outreach to Pets in Need (OPIN) are teaming up to flow for (and with!) our furry friends! Co-founded by shelter volunteers, OPIN promotes adoption of homeless animals and provides assistance to pets through medical treatment, training and education. Let’s get in down dog for the dogs starting with a fur- and family-friendly flow yoga class led by the ultimate yogi (and proud pet owner!) Elysa DeMartini. Stick around after class for pet-friendly trunk shows, sips + snacks, and a summer party in the park!

$30 Suggested Donation - All Proceeds go to Outreach to Pets in Need (OPIN)

Sign up on the exhale app or call 203.391.5350

11:00 am11:00


  • Life Cycle LLC

Come join OPIN for a RUFF RYDE on July 10th!! Or, register for a ryde any Sunday in July to support animal rescue. LifeCycle is a fantastic studio offering spin classes, yoga and TRXHiit Classes. They are located on High Ridge Road above Noelle Spa. This studio does SO MUCH to help charities locally, nationally and globally. Use this dedicated link to sign up: