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.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

We fought the law and the law.....no wait.....we won!


Well. . . . truth be told it wasn't actually a fight.....and....not exactly with the law.  


 BUT... 

it's an adoption story that's encouraging and inspiring just the same.

It all began with the sad ending of a beautiful life.  In late December, two of our volunteers, Tom and Dave, lost their beloved companion Portia, after 12 joyful and eventful years. 
 
portia
A rescued kitty, she was a cherished princess that added a special joy and meaning to their lives.


As animal lovers and owners we've all been there - that unimaginable loss, the pain that follows, and the huge hole that it leaves in our hearts.

As time goes by we manage to move forward:  never getting over the loss but getting through it somehow.  The sad memories are eventually replaced by the happy ones and we find ourselves ready to give our love again to another animal in need of rescue.

Tom and Dave faced this slow, challenging journey while continuing to volunteer their time to the Sanctuary.

FAST FORWARD TO APRIL AT THE SANCTUARY.

Two sisters Abby & Chelsea joined our Sanctuary family.




chelsea

abby


 Their story typical of many:  the family received them as kittens and they lived together for the next three years. 
 In an ironic twist which will become apparent later -the family then came to us for help as they were only allowed to have one animal with them in their apartment.  Wanting to keep them together they gave up both and we welcomed them into the Sanctuary.

Meanwhile,  Tom and Dave's visits continued and one day they found themselves turning that corner.  Craving that special bond one can only share with an animal, missing that furry greeting at the end of a long day - 
 Yes,  they decided that they were ready to adopt again.

They were drawn to Abby and Chelsea and soon decided that they were the ones  - one for each of them!

With the decision made the anticipation grew.  Like expectant parents they were excited and started making plans for their new "kids" to come home.

They had just one last hurdle to clear.   They lived in a condominium complex where the rules were clear,  tenants are allowed two animals:  one dog and one cat - period.

But they weren't overly worried.  They were prepared to petition the association and ask for permission to own two cats - confident the request would be granted.

When the answer came back no- with no further explanation, their hopes were dashed instantly.  They were crushed at the news but accepted it with heavy hearts  understanding those were the rules and not looking to be troublesome.  They drew back and tried to rethink how they would now move forward once again.

But our story isn't sad and doesn't end there.

Knowing we had found the perfect owners that would treat them right and keep the girls together we were not ready to give up the fight.  And, with Tom and Dave's permission we drafted and sent letters stating our case to the association- even preparing to make a plea for Tom and Dave  for an exception in person at their meeting if necessary.

Amazingly,  in less than a week, the association had reversed its original decision and said yes to our request.

Tom and Dave were free to adopt both Abby and Chelsea!

Congratulations to Tom and Dave, we wish them well and hope this journey they have begun will bring them lots of laughter, joy and plenty of furry kisses.  (hopefully we'll pass along a photo of the happy family soon).



Kudos to Tom and Dave for respecting the rules and trying to go about the adoption process in the correct manner.  
 And to the condominium association  for listening to us with an open mind and realizing that rules can be changed for the benefit of all.


Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama


A quick update on one our our other furry friends:  Casey

Casey has been adopted! One of the vet techs who helped take care of Casey when he first came to us (and picked off all those awful ticks)  fell in love with him.  A couple of visits to the vet later she decided she wanted to add him to her family forever.

We'll miss you Casey :)

Also - although reliable numbers are hard to find below are some statistics that are a little disheartening to read.  It's good to know that today more and more resources are available to help people who want to keep their pets and to help them successfully re-home pets without having to surrender them to shelters first. Winning even small battles can result in changes that have positive lasting results.

ASPCA


FACTS ABOUT ANIMAL SHELTERING
Across the United States, volunteers and staff in animal shelters and animal control facilities see the results of irresponsible pet ownership and dog and cat overpopulation every day. However, there is very little reliable data available to illustrate this issue on a national level. The following figures were gleaned from independent random studies and the best estimates by experts in the animal welfare and related fields. These should be considered ballpark figures only. Most of the studies were national and there is tremendous variation by region.
There are about 5000 community animal shelters nationwide that are independent; there is no national organization monitoring these shelters. The phrases “humane society” and “SPCA” are generic terms; shelters using those names are not part of the Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA. Currently, no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement.
2002 Figures
Animal Shelters
  • Approximately 8-12 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year and approximately 5-9 million are euthanized (60% of dogs and 70% of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. These are national estimates; the percentage of euthanasia may vary from state to state.
  • Less than 2 percent of cats and only 15-20% of dogs are returned to their owners.* Most of these were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips.
  • 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.*
  • Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. 75% of owned pets are neutered

Friday, August 15, 2014

Shelby's Coronation


Shelby's Coronation
 
One word jumps from everybody's lips when they see Shelby...princess!  Especially when she is perched on a lap that she has made her throne.  She surveys her subjects and lets them know that their adoration is well deserved.


Shelby has not always been so regal, however.  She came to us from animal control after she was found running loose and lost.  When she arrived, she was very scared and suspicious...and loud!  She did not want to be left alone in her crate and not only would she let you know about it, she'd let anyone within a 500 foot radius know about it.  We moved her in with a roommate, Allie, and showered her with lots of exercise and attention, and the noise level lowered considerably.


Today, Shelby has assumed her reign in a lovely home that adores her as much as we do.  She has a new roommate and friend and rules with a benevolent heart.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Allie Is Moving On Up

Allie Is Moving On Up!

Allie's future is looking bright.  Allie came to us from a home that may have loved her, but could not take care of her.  She was nine years old and was rarely taken out of her apartment home for any exercise or adventure.  She was overweight with poor muscle development and fell into a bit of a depression over the loss of the only home she had known.

But thanks to the work of our volunteers and her new friends, Shelby and Zack, Allie quickly rebounded and decided that walks and playtime were a bunch of fun.  And then came her absolute favorite activities: trips to obedience class and trips to the local state park for a dip in the river.  And while she was never one to seek out lots of attention, you could just look into her eyes and see how content she had become.  


Now a great young couple that shares Allie's quiet, soulful personality has found her and brought her home.  She's living in a house with a yard and gets to go on lots of trips to the park.  And even better, she'll be continuing her favorite activity: obedience class.  Allie's come a long way and shown amazing resilience and enthusiasm.  We'll miss her.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Zoey Has Gone Home


Zoey Has Gone Home

Zoey found her forever home last week.  Zoey came to us just a little while back and, luckily, we were just a quick pit stop on her journey home.  She arrived a little overweight and with symptoms of food allergies that included skin and ear irritations.  Nothing a little Our Companions TLC couldn't fix.  Our volunteers came to her aid, gently seeing her through her transition to our facility and getting her on to a healthy exercise routine.


Zoey blossomed into a sweet girl that everyone loved during her time with us.  She enjoyed her walks and playing fetch, though she was definitely a little disgruntled at being put on a diet (who isn't?).  Zoey's new family took her home on Friday.  They will continue her progress and spoil her in the healthiest possible way.  We will miss her, but everyone is so happy she landed right where she belonged. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Summer Fun

Summer’s in full swing here at the Our Companions Sanctuary in Ashford and our dogs are taking full advantage of the beautiful weather for some fun and adventure.  As part of our efforts to give them the fullest life possible, we’ve provided them with lots of activities and a few luxuries to enjoy this summer.  Both of the dog cottages have doggie pools for cooling off in the hot sun, and no one appreciates in more than our Lucy.  She rarely comes back from walk without taking a relaxing dip. 


Of course, what would summer be without a trip to some local attractions.  Some of our fantastic and caring volunteers have taken been taking our dogs out to the local state parks for a little outdoor adventure time.  Gidget has become quite the intrepid hiker, taking trips to several state forests for some communing with Mother Nature.  Not only is it great for the dogs to get the extra exercise,  it’s a valuable chance for  many of the dogs to work on their social skills out in an unusual environment.  Skills they can take with them to their future forever home. 
 


And with our lovely sanctuary property, dogs have all the joys of summer right outside their backdoor.  Our nature trail, play yard, and open fields have been providing hours of summer fun to our dogs and to our volunteers.  There’s nothing Henry loves more than to take a volunteer for a walk, following his nose wherever it leads him and exploring the beautiful landscape we have right here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A tale of three kitties

buttercup

We've all been there, sailing carefree down the highway of life, then suddenly, without warning, we hit those little bumps that send us stumbling - life has tossed us a curve.

But, somehow, we recover and end up back on our feet and on our way again....until the next time.

Our intake room at the Sanctuary is where we first encounter those kitties who have hit their bumps along life's  highway.  It is here that we provide comfort, support and love. And, where we evaluate them medically and socially to give them what they need to get back up on their feet and on their way to a new home and a happy life.

noah

The three kitties that currently reside in our intake room are prime examples of the different and unique backgrounds and personalities that we encounter at our rescue:

Noah lived a pampered life as an only cat his entire 13 years, doted on by his elderly owner until she passed away.
 On June 27th  we welcomed in Noah, a bit overweight and with painful arthritis in his hind hips.  This mellow, slow moving guy often spends his time in bed and is facing some health challenges ahead.

 Buttercup, a sensitive and very cautious 2 year old girl was found as a stray by a local Animal Control Officer.  She is sweet,  very shy and timid and prefers to spend a lot of time hiding in- or under her bed.   She joined us on July 1st, unfortunately, the rest of her background is a mystery.


casey

Finally  there's Casey, an eight week old kitten, found dehydrated, starving and covered in parasites, alone on the side of a road in Eastford.  He joined us on July 3rd. After a few scary days of questioning if he would even survive, his health improved and now he is full of non-stop, rambunctious kitten energy.

This unlikely trio came together in our intake office and  quickly changed their status from simply roommates to roommates and friends....and they have helped each other heal along the way: 

The fearless helping the fearful and the energetic helping the weak. Encouraging each other to get up onto their feet  and to get back into the game.  

Their journey to healing has begun:





Sunday, July 6, 2014

adoption news

It was a bittersweet day at the Sanctuary this past weekend.

Our two sweet little girls Forrest & Jenny left the nest and are now enjoying life with their new loving family together.       And..by the way..yes, Forrest turned out to be a girl!



Mom, Penelope, now free of her mothering responsibilities can return to the simple pleasures of being a cat:   eating, napping and terrorizing all the stuffed mice in the house.



In incoming news we recently welcomed a new little boy, Casey

Casey was found wandering the roads of Eastford, starving and alone. After a check-up and cleaning at the vets, and a nice hearty meal, Casey settled in
 for a good nights rest.


Now, he's a lovable, content, playful purring machine happy to fall asleep in your lap.

Soon he'll be joining our other fun kittens still available for adoption.








We still have a number of kittens available for adoption: check them out on our website, or in person at our public hours at the Sanctuary.
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