Summer Adventures – July Sanctuary Update

Hi Everyone!

Here we are at the height of summer. Long, warm days, and a world of fun things to do. It’s a time for travel and adventure, for going new places and seeing new things. Now for me, that usually means finding new ice cream shops in different areas of the state, but I’m sure many of you have your sights set on bigger goals. Whatever you have on your summer agenda, I hope you enjoy it to the fullest.

Of course, the dogs and cats at the sanctuary also have big summer adventures on their agenda. Getting the dogs out on field trips to local hiking destinations has always been a big part of our operations here. Bringing them to new places is a great way to enrich their lives and work on their training skills. We also get to learn more about them and what kind of lifestyle would work best for their forever home. It’s a win for everyone!

And the cats have their own outdoor adventures, as well. They may not be traveling the scenic trails of northeast Connecticut, but they certainly get their fill of sun in their catios and in Serenity Play Yard. Cats like Gator and Lucky run to their carriers when it’s time to head to the play yard. It’s been a huge bonus for the lives of the cats.

So enjoy some snapshots of the dogs and cats enjoying all that summer has to offer during their stay at the sanctuary.

Ripley’s Corner Office

Hi Everyone!

The Great Outdoors!! Meh! Don’t get me wrong. I like a sunny spot on my catio as much as the next cat, but all that adventure seems like an awful lot of work. Especially when there’s so many warm laps and comfy chairs nearby. But if getting sweaty and fighting off bugs is your thing, good for you!

Well, whether you’re an “indoor cat” or an “outdoor cat,” volunteering at the sanctuary is just what you’re looking for. Stay inside and enjoy some snuggles and play time with the cats. Or head outdoors for adventure with the dogs. Or better yet, do both!! And of course, spread the word about us. We are finally back to recruiting new volunteers again and need lots of help to get back to our pre-pandemic volunteer participation. Click here to head to our new volunteer recruitment page and pass the information along. We really appreciate it!


And of Course…Adoptions!!

We didn’t have big adoption numbers for July, but it was an exciting month nonetheless. After tons of patience and hard work to help Magic find her social side, she went to her new home this month. That opened a spot for the cat team’s next project, Shazam! On the dog side, little love Teddy went home with one of our very own volunteers, Elizabeth. That made room for us to bring in another little cutie, Kiwi.

Thank you all so much for whatever way you support us and our mission. We couldn’t do it without you.

Jon Phillips

Sanctuary Director

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  1. Jeanne on August 4, 2021 at 10:25 am

    I adopted Frankie from Our Companions several years ago. He is a beautiful big orange tabby. It took a few years for him to come out of his shell, but he has finally found his voice. He likes to sing to his favorite toys every night, and often brings them upstairs for me. Anyway, I love to see your stories and updates on these wonderful animals. I hope they all find a loving home.