Archive for September 26th, 2009

September 26, 2009

Missing Cat- Four Corners

A grey and black stiped cat possibly wearing a red and black collar with no tags has been missing since September 20th in the Clinton Hill / Andrews Rd. area. He answers to the name “Soj”. If you see or have seen this cat, please call (203) 808-1528 or (203) 879-6269.

September 26, 2009

Pet Parade To Benefit Rescue Group

The Animal Rescue Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to finding new homes for stray and unwanted animals is steppng up efforts to raise awareness and funds to build an animal shelter. The first ever pet parade will be held on Sunday Sept. 27th at 11 am. Line up will begin at 10 am at Bill & Sam’s Diner. The parade will then move north along Wolcott Rd and end at Peterson Park. A free pet expo will follow until 4 pm, promising fun for kids and their pets and families. Eight different Wolcott pizza restaurants will be participating in the “Save the Crust for the Dog” pizza tasting contest. Any resident can purchase a slice of pizza from any of the eight restaurants and then vote for their favorite.

Funds from the fundraisers will go towards building a new animal shelter in Plymouth after a former shelter burned down in November 2008. “The building was very old and it went up in minutes. But thanks to the volunteers there, no person or animal was killed or even injured” in the fire, says Wolcott Municipal Animal Control Officer Joe Ouimet. The shelter housed both dogs and cats. Stray cats are actually more common than dogs, says Ouimet. ARF currently is referring prospective owners to the Waterbury and Bristol municipal pounds for adoptions. Town and city municipal pounds are for impounding or quarentining problem animals but they also pick up strays. Those stray animals often are turned over to organizations like ARF, but without a shelter they often stay in the municipal pounds. This is a problem because when the pounds fill up, some animals are likely to be destroyed.

The Animal Rescue Foundation tries to step in to find good homes for those strays and abandoned animals. They also become involved if a family or individual must move from a house to an apartment that doesn’t allow pets, or if an owner passes away. Prospects for building a new animal shelter are promising and the organization has already bought the land for it to be built upon. In just under a year since the fire, the organization is just about halfway to its goals for building a $500,000 facility capable of handling the number of animals ARF expects to care for and provide facilities for adoption, care, and volunteerism. “The facility will handle over 20 dogs and about 30 cats,” says Ouimet who also serves as the group’s fundraising chairman.

The town is expected to come out in force for the parade and fundraiser Sunday morning. Dunkin Donuts will be handing out free coffee and donuts. Mayor Dunn, Police Chief O’Leary, State Rep. Corky Mazurek, and other dignitaries will be on hand for the festivities as will several civic organizations. Any questions about the event, ARF, or future fundraising should be directed to Fran Culver at 879-0662 or Joe Ouimet at 879-1414.