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Local burn victim, Lucy received medical care and found a new home! With Lucy as our inspiration the "We Love Lucy Fund" will be used to help other animals in need of medical attention. Please consider making a donation to the Lucy Fund . LEARN MORE & SUPPORT CLICK FOR LUCY UPDATE

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Monday
Jul212014

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.

 

 

Monday
Jun232014

Thank you Laurie Hollywood

Thank you Laurie Hollywood for not placing time stamps on the foreheads of the many animals you placed:

1,458 dogs
1,399 cats
64 rabbits
52 birds
25 hamsters
7 guinea pigs
5 ferrets
3 pigs
8 reptiles
10 roosters & chickens 1 goose
1 hedgehog
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3,033 in total lives saved.


Saturday
May312014

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.

Thursday
Apr102014

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.
Wednesday
Oct162013

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