from January 2017

 To all concerned,

Thank you, thank you for your aid in helping pay for the medical bills for my beautiful dog Lilly.  She had major dental problems and was in severe pain even though never acted the part.  Now she is a brand new chihuahua.  Her personality has completely changed.  She dances and runs like a brand new puppy of 8 years.  Again, thank you for your wonderful deeds.

God bless you.  Happy New Year.  

Norman B.  

Norman & Lily

Norman & Lily

Charlie Critically Needed Vet Services, OPIN Steps In

Dear Jenny:

I cannot express the depth of my gratitude to Opin for saving the life of my beloved (and wonderful!) five-year-old cat, Charlie (birthday in 4 days - on January 24!), by kindly offering me a no-interest loan to pay for Charlie's critically needed veterinary services.
We had been to two other places prior to our arriving at Rippowam Animal Hospital with whom you work, and who heroically rescued Charlie from demise. At these prior facilities, I had incurred some $5,000 in costs, but with Charlie's life threatening medical issue remaining unresolved. The second of these organizations   finally told me that Charlie needed surgery -- but demanded payment in full, up-front, of an shockingly exorbitant amount of money, that I no longer had.  Without your generous contribution, and Dr Lazarus' (of Rippowam AH) quick action, sincere and constant caring, and brilliant double surgeries -- Charlie would not be alive today. Opin has put the heart and soul back into Veterinary Care so that loving pet owners can pay off veterinary bills over time (like in the old days) to save their pet's lives. Opin are compassion in feeling and action, and you have a great partner in Chief Surgeon Dr. Lazarus and his Rippowam Animal Hospital - where the most reasonable fees cover the most superlative and dedicated care. Opin and Dr. Lazarus approach veterinary medicine and treatment the humane way -- and with outstanding excellence.

God bless you!

With deepest gratitude,

Claire S.



Pookie Needed Emergency Surgery for an Infection - June 2016

Dear Opin pets,

We would like to thank you guys so much for helping us get Pookie back to health. We were all scared that we didn't have much options to choose from when Pookie was very sick. We were losing hope but thank goodness we found you guys. Pookie is grateful she is back to her old self again. Thank you again we appreciate the generosity from you guys. 

Mildred P.

OPIN Helps Teeth Extraction Expenses


January 2, 2016
Dear Jenny,
I am thanking you for a grant that you extended to me in October for the extraction of several teeth on my dog Foxy. I'm sorry to be so late to thank you for your help, but I'm just recuperating from two major operations.   Foxy is a rescue dog and came to me several years ago already with a bad mouth.  So I thank the High Ridge Animal Hospital and you for your care and help.
With much appreciation, 
Helen K.


Thank you so much for all your help

Our dog hurt her eye so badly that she needed it removed. Thanks to meeting Ali at the Greenwich 'Puttin on the Dog' we were able to find Rippowam Animal Hospital and with your help save our little frenchie. 
OPIN is such a fabulous organization that I hadn't known about. I will look forward to receiving your newsletters and be involved. The dog training looks fun too. 
Ali was so kind and supportive Following up with us and helping. Her eye was pretty gory and the dog was in extra pain . I didn't realize how much until once the eye was removed did she get back to her old self. 
What a wonderful organization and everyone at Rippowam was so great . 
Thank you again, 

OPIN to the Rescue! - 07/08/2015

OPIN to the rescue

OPIN to the rescue! My American Bulldog, Khaleesi, needed emergency life saving surgery. With the resources and network OPIN has at their disposal they helped turn a traumatic and overwhelming situation into something manageable and life saving for my puppy.

I'm forever grateful to this great organization and all the hard work they put in to help save and protect our cherished furry little family members.

Thank you OPIN!!



Thank you - 06/30/2015

I wanted to take the time to thank you for all your assistance in our dogs time of need. When our Snoopy got sick and we didn't have the funds, we didn't know what we were going to do. I was online researching options and OPIN came up. I sent a frantic email in the middle of the night. My email was answered the next day and OPIN provided much needed assistance. You were our safety net when we didn't have one. We are forever grateful. I hope you know what a valuable service you provide to the community and our pets. 
Thank you, 


I don't know how to tell you how wonderful OPIN is. - 09/26/2014

Dear Ali and staff,

I don't know how to tell you how wonderful Opin is.

I just heard about OPIN about 4 weeks ago.My little dog had been sick but I thought she had a little more time left. I left for work and my dog was about the same as she has been.  I spoke to Opin about her and they made an appointment for me at their vet.  But when I got home my dog had taken a turn for the worse.  As bad as she was Opin was there for her right to the end. I still don't know how to thank them for all they have done for me I think this is a wonderful organization and their program to save the animals is great.

I want to thank all of you again for everything. 

Mr. Greco


I can't thank you all enough - 03/17/2014

Message: Dear Ali and Opinpets:

I can't thank you all enough for your help in getting Danny Boy the surgery he needed to survive. I thought I was at a dead end and was going to have to put my poor little baby down... I wrote to you last Sunday night explaining my situation and Ali called me first thing Monday morning and was able to get Dr. Lazarus at Rippowam Animal Hospital to agree to do the surgery ... 

It has been five days since the surgery and my baby boy is doing fantastic! He was in some pain a couple days after the surgery & I told Ali & she arranged to have Rippowam keep him there for the day while I was at work so they could give him some meds and keep an eye on him so he wouldn't be alone. Everyone, especially Ali, has been so kind and empathic to my situation and I cannot thank you all enough. Ali...if it were not for you, I would not have my sweet dog right now. I will never forget how you went above and beyond to help us out!

Opinpets is a wonderful organization and without it, I could never have saved Danny Boy's life.

Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

The McGhee Family


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Thank you so much - 10/20/2013

Dear OPIN,

Thank you so much for being gracious enough to answer my phone call for help in placing Lexi, the Pit Bull I had been fostering over the summer. I appreciated you letting me bring to the Adopt A Dog event in Greenwich and in Stamford. You were the only agency that replied to my requests for help. Lexi now a has a new Forever Family and is quite busy keeping up with three children and their friends!

Thanks so much!

Marina Schafrick.

OPIN forever home for pit bull

We want to thank you - 12/04/2012

Earlier this year we adopted a cat that was brought to the Stamford Animal Shelter in June 2011. We learned that she had been taken to the hospital and received veterinary care and tests through the Stamford Shelter donations.

We want to thank you for supporting the Shelter and for not giving up on this senior, special-needs kitty. We love her and are happy that she is part of our lives.

Thank you for your great work.

Ellen and Peter L.

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God Bless OPIN and all its volunteers - 11/15/2012

God Bless OPIN and all its volunteers. Now let's get behind them in their efforts to raise money for a much-needed new state-of-the-art facility, which the City of Stamford should have built long ago!

As a Stamford taxpayer, I would like to see some of my tax dollars spent on building a new shelter.


[Written in response to the help OPIN offered the Stamford Animal Shelter in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. ]

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OPIN does a great job! - 11/13/2012

OPIN does a great job!

Having adopted our dog from the Shelter, we have seen how much good work is dome there and we continue to support both organizations whenever we can.

We really look forward to the day when they announce that we have raised enough for a new Shelter. Laurie and OPIN are working really hard as are all the volunteers, to make that happen!

God bless all the workers and volunteers for SACC and OPIN!

Kerri B.

[Written in response to the help OPIN offered the Stamford Animal Shelter in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. ]

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Thank heavens for Angela - 05/02/2012


Thank heavens for Angela Carella and her wonderful story with pictures RE: the animal shelter in today's Advocate. Hope some of the animals mentioned will be adopted as a result of the article. Wish the enclosed could be more, and hope other animal lovers will respond.

Thank you so very much for all you do - you're a special person.

Gail C.

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