Our Companions


Our Companions Animal Rescue is a Connecticut based organization that promises to always do the right thing for animals, regardless of the challenge or cost.

Friday, December 19, 2014

                                            Christmas Lights Go On at the Sanctuary
By Krystal Makowski

What a SUCCESS!


The magic all took place on December 7th, 2014 where our wonderful volunteers came to our Holly Jolly Lighting Event with their holiday spirit in tow to transform the sanctuary into its annual scenic display of snowmen and twinkly lights. It’s so beautiful that I dare you NOT to drive past the sanctuary blasting your most merry music with a hot cocoa in your mitted hand – you won’t be able to resist!

Our volunteers are full of love all year long as they dote on our amazing creatures so when the holidays come around and they step up their beautiful hearts to include creating a winter wonderland for all to see then it is a true thing of beauty. Please feel free to grab the kids –furry or human and check out the site for yourself.

If you happen to live closer to the North Pole and can’t make it to our wonderful little spot, then please enjoy some of the pics. We are so excited to show the world what we can accomplish with some donated lights and some hard work!




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ODD COUPLES





         You'd imagine in a cageless facility for cats that there's one question we would probably ask on a daily basis:

"Why can't you guys just all get along?!"  And, to a large extent . . . . you'd be right.

What you probably wouldn't expect is the other question we often ask: "Why is it you two get along so well?"

It's often interesting and fun to observe when cats are allowed to choose their own feline friends. (instead of us surprising them out of the blue with a new playmate).

At first, the relationships may seem a little unlikely (and sometimes they are) but, usually when we take a closer look at how they match up we find it's really not so surprising.
So, if you're thinking about adopting a companion for your cat you might be wondering what makes for a good match.

Although you can't predict with 100% certainty if your new kitty companion will be greeted with open paws - or open claws,  keeping in mind certain considerations will give you the greatest chance of success that your kitties will  develop a lifelong friendship.

First, you need to consider the personality and temperament of your cat - would your cat really like a companion or does he prefer to be an only cat? Cat's that are exceptionally territorial, aggressive, frightened of most things or just have trouble adjusting to any changes in their lives may not do well with a companion.

elderly cats or cats with illnesses would also be best left as only cats as the added stress can be difficult on their health.

If you do decide that your cat might benefit from having a feline friend then you want to choose a cat with a complementary personality.

If your cat is outgoing and assertive - look for a second cat who won't compete with that- choose a cat that's in the middle of the spectrum, not too assertive and not too timid either.

If you have a more aggressive cat - this type will do better with a self assured calm cat that would not allow himself to be overpowered by the more dominant one.

And a timid cat will do best with a cat who doesn't insist on being in charge.

A happy go lucky, confident kitty can be a calming influence on cats with personalities on either end of the spectrum.

And if you're wondering whether to go female or male, well that's not as important as getting the right match with personality and temperament.  However, cats do seem to do better with cats their own age and that have a similar size and build.  

Most importantly -choose carefully and don't make any quick decisions.





If you don't have any cats and want to adopt two- consider looking for already bonded pairs in rescues.  These kitties often sit in shelters longer  because people looking to adopt two cats aren't as plentiful as homes looking to add just one more.
It's often a sad dilemma for rescues - whether to break up bonded pairs in hopes they'll find loving homes separately or to hold out longer in hopes they'll be re-homed together (unfortunately while tying up space that could be used to rescue other cats).

We currently have two sets of pairs in the Sanctuary that are looking for homes together - both friendships formed at the Sanctuary.

Ashley & Frankie formed a connection when they met.
She - a timid 4 month old kitten that was found living outside has had a difficult adjustment living at the Sanctuary.
He- a 2 1/2 yo  super playful and full of energy guy that's also had a bit of a hard time making friends at the Sanctuary.
  Still not quite trusting of people Ashley found a loving mentor in Frankie- and somehow she stole his heart. Following him around taking comfort in his confidence- they played and interacted well- and have now become great friends.


 Charley & Sterling also found themselves giving each other double takes.
He (sterling) -A 2 1/2 y.o. handsome love bug also found himself having a hard time making friends at the Sanctuary.
She (Charley) - an 8 month old kitten overlooked time and time again by adopters- is also super loving and playful -and only just a little skittish.
 But - they had eyes for each other and now happily share a room together.









Our hope is that both of these couples can remain friends and continue with their lives in new homes ........together.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

GYPSY'S ON THE HUNT...FOR THE PERFECT HOME



Gypsy's hot on the trail of a new home.  She's looking high and low and everywhere in between.  Out in the field, in the local pet supply store, or under the furniture cushions, she'll find that warm and special family she deserves.

We don't know a whole lot about Gypsy's past.  She came from the south, but fell on hard times up here in Connecticut and ended up in a local animal control.  Someone along the line definitely cared for her well, though.  She came to us with delightful house manners and strong obedience skills.  But for Gypsy, the past is the past, and she is all about the future.  




Gypsy is having a good time with us here at the Our Companions Sanctuary.  She adores people and loves to get snuggly on a couch or bed.  As you can imagine, all of that searching can be exhausting and she's never one to turn down a chance to nap.  She also gets along well with other dogs and is a perfect playmate.  And as any good hound would, she makes sure to announce to us every noise or sight that's out of the norm. But as happy as she is, she still has an eye, and nose, out for that forever home that's just around the next corner.










Saturday, November 29, 2014

Birthday Party

The sun was shining, the birds were singing and all of creation was celebrating the amazing, hard, involved, fun, impacting work that has been done at the sanctuary over the past two years. Can you imagine?!?! Two whole years that the sanctuary has been caring for cats and dogs as they wait for their forever families to find them  -what an awesome reason to celebrate!  We partied with some fun games that spurred some great conversation about a multitude of the beautiful creatures that have graced out buildings over the past few years. When party-goers weren’t chatting with fellow volunteers they are writing “love notes” to the current pups and kitties, checking out the pet-o-lanterns that were carved by volunteers and their families, or enjoying some snacks under our brand new pavilion! It was so great to see so many volunteers in attendance and was another reminder as to how lucky our organization is to attract the best of the best! Please enjoy some festive pics of our party! We hope to see you at the next party!






Friday, November 21, 2014

suzy's Christmas wish

Just a quick story about one of our feline guests, Suzy, and how a little love and kindness gave her a new lease on life:

A special Christmas wish from Suzy to Santa. 

Dear Santa,
I have a special wish this year that I was hoping you could fill....I know it might be a tough one but please if you could only try......I want to have a home to call my own again. 

You see,  I came to the Sanctuary when my owner died in the winter of 2013.  She was sick for a while and couldn't care for me much in the end-so she sent me outside where I had to fend for myself for some time.  When she passed away it was winter and getting cold out- things were getting tough, but eventually some kind people came and trapped me in a cage and brought me to the Sanctuary.....well....I really wasn't very nice at first.
They took a little video of me when I wasn't so nice but really, I was just very scared at the time and didn't know what was going on.


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Now I've had a while to adjust and I've been working real hard at changing and trying to be a good kitty and everyone says I'm real sweet and lovable now.  I even have a new video to show how hard I have worked and how far I have come.


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So please Santa, if you know someone who is wishing for a cat this Christmas then maybe you could work something out for the both of us-because I'm really ready to leave here and move on to a home I can call my own.
Please   ....just take a chance on me.       Love,   Suzy




 Santa, if you are out there listening: Suzy is a sweet, lovable lap kitty who loves to snuggle.  She is almost 6 years old and prefers to be a only kitty. She had a rough transition when she came to the Sanctuary and was very fearful.  She really loves people and feels comfort when she is around people that she trusts - She's been at the Sanctuary nearly seven months now and is ready to give her gift of love and companionship this Christmas!


Friday, November 14, 2014

                Fall Clean Up Day

One again, the weather tried to thwart our plans to clean up the sanctuary but our dedicated volunteers were not giving in!  Despite the soggy conditions we were able to complete a variety of projects and prep the sanctuary for the Fall and Winter months ahead.  Some of the projects that we were able to tackle include clearing the path to the trail so that our dogs have safe passage to their adventurous walks, mowing and weeding near the houses, raking all of the leaves from the play field, moving a bunch of donated outdoor furniture to the pavilion, etc.











We are so grateful for the amazing people that were willing to show up and help us make these projects happen! The animals now have a clean and wonderful place to call their  own until they are welcomed into their forever homes! 








Monday, October 27, 2014

Zack's Having A Ball

Zack's Having A Ball!!


They say age is just a number and no one proves that more than our little Zack.  Zack came to us at the age of eight, but just start throwing some tennis balls and you'd swear he was a puppy.  The Our Companions Sanctuary was the perfect place him, with lots of loving volunteers who not only indulged his balls obsession, but brushed his curly fur and willingly gave their laps for his comfort.  He quickly made friends of all sorts and became a star of obedience class as well.  Zack did well and had lots of fun here, but it wasn't home and that's what he needed most of all.


You would think a great dog like Zack would have no problem finding a home in no time, but apparently, for some, age is more than just a number.  He stayed here for a few months, waiting for that home he was meant for, but he didn't complain and neither did we.  We loved having him around and knew we would miss him when that day finally came.  And come it did.  A lovely family came along with the perfect place for our favorite fuzzy friend and Zack went home at last.  





Zack's new family is in love with him, of course.  They tell us "Zack is doing fine. He is a wonderful dog...so cute...so smart...and so funny! Not only do we adore him, the neighborhood does too. He has met other dogs and interacts very positively. He loves the fenced yard and tires us out with throwing whatever toy he has chosen and bringing it back."  Zack is having a ball!!