OPIN Celebrates New Office in Stamford!

On November 19th, 2015, Outreach to Pets in Need (OPIN) celebrated the opening of it's first official office space.  The celebratory cake cutting took place at the new location at 1747 Summer Street in Stamford, Connecticut.  Many past and present volunteers, adopters, and well wishers stopped by see the new digs.  The office is pet friendly and is a convenient, neutral place for potential adopters to meet available pets.  

Ali, Jenny, & Alex celebrate OPIN's new office location.

Learn About "An Act of Dog"

"In order to rouse the conscience of our nation for animals, Artist Mark Barone, has created a stunning collection of 5500 portraits of shelter dogs, illustrating the approximate number destroyed in shelters, everyday."  - from the "About Us" page on http://anactofdog.org/

OPIN is proud to have been chosen as one he 100 rescue organziation that will share in proceeds from purchases from An Act of Dog.  Every product saves a shelter animal!  Take a moment to learn more about this incredible project and very moving artwork.

Sal, Rest in Peace

Adopt a Senior Dog Stamford Connecticut SalIn Loving Memory

We lost Sal on Wed. 8/6.   Sal was a senior shelter dog dumped on the streets of Stamford. OPIN took him into our care so he would not have to spend time at the shelter.  Sal had a multitude of ailments and he fought a six-month battle trying to kick those illnesses. We are most grateful to Sal's foster dad and for the opportunity to allow Sal to enjoy his last six months of life being loved by a human.  

July 20th Rally: More Honking, More Signatures, More Informed

 

Stamford Animal Care and Control

Stamford, CT - Supporters for the humane treatment of homeless animals, a modern, no-kill shelter in Stamford, and  Laurie Hollywood, the woman who brought Stamford Animal Control out of “the dark ages,” were out in force for a second Sunday in front of the Ferguson Library in downtown Stamford.  The sunny afternoon brought no shortage of passers by intrigued as to what all the hubbub was about.  While many ralliers carried signs calling for Stamford politicians to end the bureaucracy that has kept adoptable pets in a state of uncertainty and caged in cells from a bygone era, for many on the street it was a surprise to think a town with a citizenry as well-off and educated as Stamford might return to a format where unwanted pets are treated in the same manner as refuse

As of this writing it can be noted that the city says adoptions are allowed, however when pressed, the policy seems unclear and seems to change daily. Inquiries indicate it’s a case-by-case scenario, where dogs available for adoption are unknown, many dogs are still in limbo, and Stamford Animal Control is still refusing to allow rescue groups to include dogs from the shelter in their list of available pets.No Kill Animal Shelter in Stamford CT

While collecting hundreds of signatures in support of a modern shelter some comments made included, “You mean they will kill dogs there?”, “Dogs aren’t walked?” , “Wow, what do you do when the shelter is full?”  to “Why can’t I adopt a dog now?” and “How can this be going on since May?”.   All excellent questions stop by next Sunday to sign the petition or sign online here - better yet contact the Mayor’s office and tell them it’s been too long and that you are tired of the gears of bureaucracy keeping your city in the dark ages.

 

 

A Lucy Inspired Song from Christina Capatides!

Writer/composer Christina Capatides is working on a piece called "Shelter," which she hopes to ultimately tour around as a fundraising event for animal shelters and other sorts of organizations that help dogs in need.  In it, she spotlights real life stories of particularly inspirational shelter dogs that she hopes might move people to action.

A friend sent Capatides the story on Lucy which led to the artist following Lucy updates on the web.  When Lucy was adopted, she wrote a song about her story. All we can say is WOW!! and I am sure Lucy is smitten.  Have a listen and pass this on…

 

Pull Yourself Together
Music & Lyrics by Christina Capatides


Kept us in the backyard
In a makeshift sort of doghouse,
My two babies and me.
And in the winters
With the kinda cold that splinters,
He’d throw us a tarp and leave.

And I'd say
To my kids,
I know you're scared;
But you pull yourselves together,
Pull yourselves together.
I know it's cold.
I'm shiv’ring too.
But you pull yourselves together,
Like I do.

Then in December,
Came the heater
He left under the tarp.
The flames were vibrant,
The burning silent,
And the smoke it billowed dark.

So I laid
Across my kids
And I said,
We will pull through this together,
Pull through this together.
I know it’s thick, I know it burns.
I'm hurting too.
But we’ll pull through this together,
Me and you.

They didn't make it
And I still can’t face it,
But the people here are nice.
The flames have spoken,
Left me blistered and broken,
But I made it out with my life.

I lay awake
Every night
And I think,
Can I pull myself together?
Pull myself together?
I'm bandaged up, but memories
Still rattle loose.
Can I pull myself together,
Like I do?

Then she found me,
Wrapped her arms around me
With soothing sorta eyes.
Spring comes after winter,
New skin from a blister,
And beginnings from goodbyes
I laid my head
On her hand
And she said,
We will pull through this together,
Pull through this together.
I've got a home, with a bed
Meant for you
Where we’ll pull through this together,
Like we do.
Me and you.
Me and you.

Great Afternoon at Bar Q

A big thank you to everyone who joined us last Saturday at Bar Q Stamford for "Paw Prints and Drinks”.  The weather cooperated beautifully, providing a sunny patio to meet some of our adoptables and explain the plight of homeless pets and their needs, within our community and the Stamford shelter. The event raised $2,020 and we could not have done it without the generosity and donations from PetSmart, Conair, Chelsea Piers and Bar Q.

Audrey & Riley were the winners of a big gift basket from PetSmart.  The basket was filled with dog toys, blankets , and other treats - many of which Riley donated back to the dogs at the shelter. Two OPIN adoptables joined us for the day. Volunteers Jim and Phyllis handled Cookie (a small social butterfly) and Lucy (a laid back girl).  Both dogs are currently available for adoption.

Bucky!

Bucky and Dr Cline from VCA ShorelineToday OPIN received an emergency call from our friends at VCA Shoreline in Shelton,CT. We were told about a very brave (10) week old shih tzu that needs help. The owners“claim” to have taken this puppy to a dog park where he was attacked by another dog.

The majority of the damage was to his eye area and enucleation surgery (eye removal)was required. The owners chose to leave this beautiful puppy behind, surrendering him to VCA Shoreline.

VCA Hospital in Norwalk saved our beautiful Lucy (Norwalk dog burned in fire) last January, and now their sister hospital, VCA Shoreline in Shelton. is doing the same for this puppy!!

Jen Colucci (OPIN Co-Founder) and I visited this pup this evening. We named him Bucky- for his strong superhero nature! Bucky licked our faces, loved the hugs and attention, and demonstrated the fact that he is an incredible four pound bundle of joy!!

Bucky is still on intravenous antibiotics and painkillers- he is young and strong and will heal. The fact that he has one eye will not prevent him from living a long healthy life.Bucky will need time to heal and then will go up for adoption.

Please help us raise funds for Bucky- every dollar helps! Tax deductible donations may be made on our web site - just click the "Donate" button over there on the left and place Bucky in the comment area,  or mail to OPIN PO Box 488 Riverside, CT 06878

No Caption Needed, Just Look at This . . .

 

Here are Kerri, Lucy and Kelli in a recent photograph.

This picture really does say it all.

 If you could have seen first-hand the condition poor Lucy was in just six months ago,

it would make your heart burst to witness how far she's come and how happy she is now.

Look at that smile!

 We thank all of you sincerely for sending your love, your prayers, your good wishes,

and, of course, your generous donations.

We know they played a significant part in her recovery.

 In honor of Lucy's phenomenal turnaround, OPIN has established the

We Love Lucy Fund

to provide veterinary care to other pets, like Lucy, with catastrophic medical needs.

With your support, we can continue to help all the ones who need us.

 

Thank you from all of us, but especially from Lucy.

 

Look at Lucy Now ! :-)

     There's been so much progress in dear Lucy's recovery since the last posting here!  Just compare the two photos above, and you'll see how far she's come -- thanks not only to her own amazing strength and spirit, but also to the outstanding medical care she's received, the love and attention of her doctors and technicians and OPIN volunteers (most notably Co-President Ali Girardi, who visited her virtually every day), and the spiritual and financial support of people from literally all over the world who've devotedly followed her heartwarming story.

     Currently Lucy is being fostered in the loving home of Kelli and Kerri, two sisters who cared for her throughout her recovery at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut.  These dedicated and compassionate professionals grew to love sweet Lucy as they tended to her physical and emotional needs throughout her recovery, and, just as important, Lucy grew to trust and love them too.  With the occasional visit to Ali's house to hook up with "Ali's zoo" (including four wonderful dogs who always welcome Lucy with exhuberance and camaraderie), our little champion finally is living the good life she so deserves.

     What could have been just another tragic horror story of animal abuse or neglect -- of which, sadly, there are far too many -- is turning out to have a very happy ending.  Thank you to everyone who said a prayer, shed a tear, called or wrote or emailed to express concern and support, made a contribution, or shared this story to raise others' consciousness about the proper respect for, and treatment of, all pets.  PLEASE, don't become complacent just because Lucy's story is concluding so favorably; rather, remember that there are millions of other Lucys out there, pets whose stories may or may not be as dramatic as hers, but whose needs for loving homes are just as great and just as urgent.  If you have room in your heart and your home, please consider adopting a homeless pet.

     WE ALL LOVE YOU, LUCY ! ! !