Your Community Partners

Caring for pets means meeting a wide range of needs beyond health care. Fortunately, there’s a whole community of organizations and businesses eager to help.

Here’s where to meet the local groups that we recommend to our pet-loving families.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Hotline

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is staffed 24 hours with veterinary health professionals who have been specially trained in veterinary toxicology. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call the ASPCA 24 hour emergency Animal Poison Control Center hotline at (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee is applied to your credit card.

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Cat Tales

VCA Shoreline has recently partnered with Cat Tales Inc., a Connecticut-based, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the quality of life and improving the well-being of abused, neglected and abandoned cats and kittens within our community.

On Saturday April 5th 2014, VCA Shoreline, Cheshire and Norwalk, proudly joined Cat Tales in supporting their mission by becoming a sponsor of their annual “Cats in the Castle” fundraiser and wine tasting event, which was held at the St. Clements Castle in Portland, Connecticut. With many donated items being raffled off at the live auction, the biggest prize of the evening was an African Safari for two!

VCA was proud to donate a large gift basket that included over $350 of cat supplies and services, as well as many other giveaways for pet care and health. We were thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic event that raised over $11,000!

We look forward to our continued collaboration with Cat Tales Inc. throughout the year.

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EARS - Emergency Animal Response Service

The Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service is an organization designed for rapid-response to single emergency events (such as a household fire) or larger disaster incidents (such as hurricane evacuation) for animals in our state. If called upon, the EARS Team can provide technical rescue, triage, transport of animals to veterinary clinics, and establish temporary sheltering for a wide variety of animals. EARS is entirely run through the commitment of volunteers, and no one involved in the organization receives any payment for their participation, they are brought together by a love and dedication to the safety of animals in our communities.

Members of the EARS Animal Rescue Team must complete and adhere to training provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as additional training given by EARS itself. The most important part of this training involves the Incident Command System (ICS), which was established by FEMA to assure that all emergency services, disaster response teams, and similar organizations operate under the exact same guidelines. This allows EARS to seamlessly work together with local fire departments and emergency services, the Red Cross, CERT Teams, and various other relief organizations.

In addition to preparing training and responding to animal emergencies, EARS also places a large emphasis on public outreach and owner education through community programs, library lectures, and many other events throughout the year. Our aim is to encourage everyone on ways to be prepared for all types of emergencies and keep their animals safe. The EARS Team hosts Pet First Aid training, microchip clinics, outreach programs at pet supply stores and animal hospitals, and much more. These are aspects that any individual can be involved with, even those with no training in emergency response, animal rescue, or animal handling. This will help ensure that in emergencies there is accurate information regarding animal issues being distributed to the communities, and assistance is available where needed and that preparedness, planning, and response for animals in disaster situations is present and understood.

VCA Shoreline is thrilled to be a partner of EARS and we look forward to continuing our community outreach and owner edcuation with them. Please check back for upcoming events this summer/fall.

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STARS - Stratford Animal Rescue Society

The Stratford Animal Rescue Society (STARS) is a non-profit group founded in September 2000 with the unaminous support from the Stratford Town Council. Our mission is to facilitate and expedite the adoptions of homeless animals into loving homes as well as, provide food, medical care and necessities for the animals impounded at the Stratford Animal Control Facility.

The Stratford Animal Rescue Society (STARS) works in collaboration with Animal Control for the Town of Stratford, Connecticut. STARS. was founded in response to the large number of adoptable homeless animals impounded at the Stratford Animal Control Facility. The group is funded by private donations, public fundraising and grants.

Through fundraising endeavors and public support, STARS is wholly dedicated to its mission. An impounded animal at the Stratford Animal Control Facility receives the following as a means of life longevity, pet overpopulation control and to make a more balanced animal for the purpose of permanent adoption:

Vaccines
Disease Testing
Spay / Neuter
Veterinarian Recommended Medical Care
Microchipping
Socialization
Training
Exercise

For more information and to make a donation, please visit their site.

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Trupanion Pet Insurance

Pet insurance from Trupanion covers 90%* of actual veterinary costs with no limits on payout. Call 855.270.6576 or visit trupanion.com/VCA
*Terms and conditions apply

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CT SART - Connecticut State Animal Response Team

CTSART is based on a similar program in North Carolina, NCSART, which was founded after Hurricane Floyd claimed more than 3 million domestic and farm animals. Many could have been saved by a coordinated emergency response plan.

CTSART is based on the principles of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) . Its functions involve a coordinated effort between governmental agencies and private organizations. Using ICS as a set of core principles, CTSART develops units addressing all aspects of disaster response on a regional basis within Connecticut.

Our structure is organized at the grassroots level as Regional Animal Response Teams(RART). RARTs are under the jurisdiction of local, Regional and state emergency management, and include animal control officers, cooperative extension, law enforcement, veterinarians, public health, agriculture and concerned citizens.

The Incident Command System (ICS) has been recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as the most effective system for managing emergencies. This system is a component of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

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Project Precious Rescue

PPR is a small scale rescue, and our animals are placed in carefully screened foster homes while they are waiting to find their forever homes - we do not have a facility/shelter.

Our Mission: The mission of PPR is to rescue adoptable animals who may otherwise face homelessness or death, and find them loving forever homes. Our goal is to provide the best veterinary care, and we strive to place our animals in carefully screened homes that best match their needs. We rely solely on donations, and do not profit from our work. We rescue on our terms - dogs and cats, and do not discriminate against age/breed.

PPR believes every animal deserves a second chance!

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Trap Falls Kennel Club

Since 1968, Trap Falls Kennel Club (TFKC) has been an active non-profit all-breed member club of the American Kennel Club®. TFKC is devoted to the betterment of the purebred dog and is an advocate for the purebred and mixed breed dog as a family companion. Additionally, Trap Falls strives to promote responsible dog ownership in the community through public education programs and events.

Our members are interested dog lovers, pet owners; breeders; trainers, participants in Therapy Dog programs, and exhibitors in conformation, obedience, rally, agility and other competitive dog sports.

Two big events on which Trap Falls prides itself are its annual AKC all -Breed dog show in Springfield, Massachusetts and Responsible Dog Ownership Day in September, which celebrates the joy of dog ownership in a fun family-friendly atmosphere. Trap Falls has received the AKC® Community Achievement Award for hosting a successful Responsible Dog Ownership Day, multiple times.

Trap Falls also has a long tradition of community service and public education – offering training classes in obedience, Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) training and testing, and TDI® (Therapy Dogs

International) testing; hosting free programs on doggie safety; donating supplies and funds to local shelters and Hurricane Sandy victims, and sending needed supplies overseas to K-9 units based in Afghanistan and Iraq. Most recently TFKC helped fund, with AKC Reunite, the purchase of a new K-9 officer in Newtown CT.

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Waggle

Waggle is the only pet-dedicated crowd-funding platform that partners directly with leading veterinary providers to reduce economic euthanasia in pets, thereby giving options to pet guardians and second chances to the pets they love.

The critical partnership between Waggle and veterinary partners ensures that recipients are vetted and truly in need – a claim other crowd-funding platforms can’t guarantee and makes Waggle unique. For added security, funds are released directly to veterinary partners and not to pet guardians.

Donors make a significant impact on the lives of pets and their guardians in a self-sustaining, radically transparent way. They can also choose to follow the treatment and recovery of the animal they have sponsored – and take pride in knowing that their donation has saved a life.

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