Gracie is doing great, we love her very much. She is very spoiled and loves to cuddle. She has made lots of new friends that she plays with. Her favorites are Brody (a Bernese mountain dog puppy) and cooper (a golden retriever). Here are some pics.... Love, Gracie and Elyse
Here’s an update on our friend Blue: For refresher OPIN covered eye surgery and medical for Blue and the lucky guy found an incredibly loving home with Susan. Here are some pictures from Blue’s trip to the beach last month, reports are that he loves it there. While Blue could be known as a very energetic pup, we hear he is also capable of being an incredibly calm cuddle buddy on the sofa. Susan, thank you so much for giving Blue an awesome life!
Special thanks to Toni for sharing a picture and update on the latest member of the pack:
Judy, recently adopted, is settling in nicely with Sarah (10+) and Arthur(1 1/2). All three came from the Stamford shelter at different times and fill my home with love and giggles. Judy was very apprehensive and timid at first, but is quickly putting Arthur in his place and runs and plays with him constantly. She gets along well with Sarah who is now given more peaceful time to just be a queen. Thanks to all of you for giving me a super trio. ~ Toni
We’re very happy to update you with a very warming tail, our beloved Ice has found a forever home. The proud boy pictured here caught the eye of Michele and Betsy at OPIN’s recent “Pup Hub” event.
A short time later they stopped by the Stamford Animal Care & Control with their yellow lab Brady so the two dogs could meet. OPIN:Outreach to Pets in Need, sponsors a free to the community, group training class lead by Rob Mullin of K9 Wizard & Company, a perfect time for the dogs to meet and have their interaction observed. All went well with Brady and Ice and Ice moved into his new forever home. Ice was renamed “Griffin” and as you can see he and Brady get along great on the couch as well!
Our sincere “Congratulations!” and thank you for changing a life!
Just wanted to send a picture of Rocky and Bonnie smothering me on the couch. Love it.
His neutering went flawless, he is settling in nicely. Just a pistol and Bonnie loves him so much! Boys are totally bonded and helping in his training. Will try and get him to Stamford shelter for some training tips, but he is doing well.
Thank you for helping make this
Better late than never....
I just wanted to reach out to you again and say THANK YOU! Thank you for making me come to the shelter before we went to see Fred at his foster house. I believe everything happens for a reason, and I was meant to meet Luna first! I feel incredibly grateful to have found Luna and cannot imagine life without her! She has adjusted so well and has exceeded all expectations I had! She already knows basic commands, loves going to the dog park to play with other dogs and has turned into a complete bed hog at night! I love her so much and couldn't ask for a better dog!
Thank you again! It's incredible what you are doing for these animals, you should feel very proud of yourself!
PS...I've attached 4 of probably 1 Million pictures I've taken of her so far! She is too darn cute!
Today is 8 weeks that I adopted beautiful Blue from the Stamford Animal Shelter. After 10 vet visits, 2 surgical procedures and almost 6 weeks in an E collar I am thrilled to report that we got the "all clear" from Dr Lazarus yesterday! His entropion eyelids are finally fixed and have healed properly. Today we were able to resume our regular activities. We took a 3 mile run along the beach this morning and a nice long walk around the neighborhood this evening with lots of snoozing on the sofa in between. As you can see in the photo, Blue is getting ready to greet trick or treaters in a couple of days!
Many thanks to Dr. Lazarus and Todd the Tech (Blue's favorite!) at Rippowam...they were wonderful throughout the entire ordeal.
Many thanks to Dr. Sturh at Animal Eye Clinic in Wilton. He and his staff are true dog whisperers. I am in awe how they calmed this HIGH energy puppy to give him a complete eye exam. Many thanks to OPIN for ALL you do. I promise Blue will have a very nice life in my care.
Sincerely, Susan Stanek
This is one of our happiest tails this year…
Mia was pulled from the New Britain kill shelter in May 2011 and stayed with us for almost two year because of her dislike for other dogs.
She got a great feel for the home life while being fostered by OPIN volunteer Carrie.
Recently Mia found her forever home with Michael - who as it happens is from New Britain himself.
It was love at first site as evidenced by this incredible greeting Mike received when he returned from his weekend away!
The Bond between man and dog is simply amazing !!!
Pets in Need isn’t limited to Dogs and Cats- Thumper is one happy bunny is his new Greenwich home with OPIN volunteers, Peter and Angela !
"We just want to thank you for the gift of Bonnie and Clyde. They are the best dogs! We love them to pieces and are so grateful to you for bringing them into our lives. [We] made a donation earlier in the year in appreciation. Wishing you a happy, healthy new year."
- Barbara and Steve H.
"I just adopted Princess Snow White, an elderly dog, from OPIN and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for helping Princess to survive her three operations so I could adopt this beautiful dog. If they had not put her picture on the Internet I never would have seen Princess. They worked so hard, saving her life after all the traumas she went through. She had cancer two times and had a growth removed, and also was spayed. OPIN even found donors to help pay for her operations -- just amazing! Princess never would have survived if it weren't for OPIN. They found her wandering the streets and in very bad condition. They are incredible people, full of love and compassion. They made sure she was well nurtured and even got her a foster mother to help her transition to a fur-ever home. They made sure that I would provide a decent home for this poor traumatized dog. OPIN even delivered her to me on that special heartwarming day when I met these beautiful people!! Princess is thriving and she is definitely a survivor -- a happy ending! What a difference they make in society for animals and people!! I love you all. Thank you, OPIN, all the best to you all."
OPIN has adopted out our first cat – congratulations to Katy Destiny Purry!
Katy is the surrogate mama cat who saved baby Leroy's life by caring for, and nursing, him as her own kitten when he was found abandoned at just a few weeks old. OPIN's amazing volunteer foster mom took Katy and Leroy into her home and allowed nature to take its course, in a warm, friendly, loving environment. (This same foster mom also welcomed a one-year-old Staffie mix into her family at the same time. What else can we say but...what an angel!) When it was time to separate Katy and Leroy, our great friends at New Canaan Mounted Troup (NCMT) rode in to the rescue: first they fostered Katy, and now Anne, the barn manager, has adopted her -- new name "LV" –- into her home. Thank you, Anne and NCMT! Katy, now known as LV, is a lucky kitty, now in her awesome “furever” home with three cat siblings!
newcanaanmountedtroup.org, you are the best!
This is a story of a "furever" foster . . .
Once upon a time, there was a sweet young Staffordshire terrier who was languishing, thin and in poor health, in an overcrowded shelter. This unfortunate fellow was rescued by OPIN in March of 2012, was given the veterinary care he needed, and began the road to a full recovery. To help him on his way, a wonderful family in North Stamford opened their home to him as a foster, and . . . well, as they say, the rest is history. These kind people fell in love with Pico, adopted him in September, and now, just take a look at his Christmas card photo. Do we have to say any more?
Please consider fostering a homeless pet. There is nothing that equals a nurturing home experience in preparing an animal for future rehoming. And there's nothing more gratifying to a loving pet guardian than to provide an innocent dog or cat the opportunity to flourish away from the noisy, crowded and overwhelmingly stressful shelter environment. And who knows? -- you might just meet the next love of your life that way. Pico's amazing parents did.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good life.
We truly feel that it's mutual, too!
“Patches (formerly Riley) was adopted by us about 4 months ago. He brings so much joy to our lives! We take Patches everywhere they will allow us! He loves going to the park and running with me and walking with my husband. He also loves to snuggle with us. He is what we call our 55-pound lap dog! From the first moment we met him, we knew he was the one, and I could not get him out of my mind. I am so happy that we found him and he found us. As much as we rescued him, he has helped us! After only 4 months I cannot imagine life without him!”
“Here is a picture of Arthur (remember the movie of the same name?) at ease in his new home. I refer to him as the bouncing bulldozer … he is a bit of work, but I think with some more training and constant discipline, his sweetness will shine and sparkle. Thank you so much for alerting me to his availability … Stamford Animal Control was wonderful. I so enjoyed working with you, and if anyone I know is looking to adopt, I will refer them to you.”
" ... The best that you can do is fall in love."
“I just wanted to let you know how wonderful this past year has been with Newton. We consider May 28th his birthday (as that was the day we got him from OPIN), and he has been a true joy. He's doing wonderfully well and he certainly is a well-loved dog; we are sure the feelings are mutual. We took him to an event called Pooches on Parade the day before his birthday, to benefit a local shelter and rescue group. He won a prize as Oldest Dog, which came with a toy and -- best of all -- dog treats, so he was pretty pleased with himself. Here is a photo. Thank you so much for rescuing this remarkable dog. He's truly a special fellow who owns our hearts.”
- Diane and Tom
Many, many more happy birthdays to Newton with his loving family!