The Groton Animal Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which raises funds to subsidize the general needs of the Town of Groton Animal Control Facility and the medical needs of its residing animals. In addition, the Groton Animal Foundation advocates for the animals by educating the public and funding ancillary programs.
We’d like to announce a great new way you can support Groton Animal Control. Adrienne Pratt, a longtime supporter of GAF, has set up a website for her business, Porkchopstick Studios. Visitors can make donations through the site, and profits from the sale of some items will also be donated. The site features some wonderful wood cut designs, and a lovely tribute to Minnow, a cherished pet who was lost in 2014.
We’d like to thank Adrienne for setting up the Minnow Fund to benefit Groton animals, and to encourage everyone to check out her wonderful website.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2016 the Groton Animal Foundation sponsored a health and wellness project for pets of residents at Windham Falls Estates in Groton. Dr. Lawrence Monteiro from Four Paws Veterinary Services performed health and wellness examinations with help from veterinary tech, Mindy. The team verified rabies vaccine status and administered inoculations when necessary. In cases where major health issues were identified, the resident’s family was offered follow-up care. If the resident and/or the family cannot afford care, GAF will consider funding on a case-by-case basis through our vet bill subsidy program.
Given the success of the program on Wednesday, GAF will look to expand this project to other senior residences in the future.
Sadly, the Groton Animal Foundation has postponed our annual wine tasting fundraiser, originally scheduled for September 10th. As soon as we are able to re-schedule it, we will post the new date, and all other details. To all of you who generously support this event each year, we thank you and look forward to seeing you soon.
We are pleased to announce that the Groton Animal Foundation is one of 22 local animal rescue groups to be awarded grants through the The Peter Grayson Letz Fund for Animals and the Environment. The fund is administered through the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.
This generous grant will allow GAF to continue its vital mission of providing veterinary care to impounded animals, making them much more likely to be adopted. GAF also provided veterinary bill assistance to Groton residents who are struggling financially. We are very grateful to the Peter Grayson Letz Fund for this generous grant.
The Groton Animal Foundation is excited to announce our fundraising partnership with the 2016 Travelers Championship Birdies for Charity program! The Birdies for Charity program provides 501(c)(3) organizations in Connecticut the opportunity to raise funds by collecting pledges based on the number of birdies made by PGA TOUR professionals during the tournament.
At the conclusion of the tournament, the Travelers Championship will calculate the number of birdies made by the pledged amounts, and then will distribute invoices to each of our donors. For example, if an individual makes a $.02 pledge and there are 1,800 birdies made, then that individual will be asked to make a donation of $36.00 to GAF). The Travelers Championship will donate 100% of the proceeds to our organization.
Join us in this exciting fundraising initiative! With your help the Groton Animal Foundation will also be eligible for additional Birdies for Charity funds through the Bonus Bucks program. This year, each organization that raises money through Birdies for Charity will receive a 15% bonus on top of the pledges collected. The maximum bonus is $11,250 (which would equal 15% of $75,000 in donations collected).
In addition, the top-4 pledge collecting charities as of July 6, 2016 will qualify for an expo booth at the 2016 Travelers Championship, which is vital to the exposure of our organization.
Your pledge commitment to the Groton Animal Foundation will help to pay for more than $20,000 in annual medical care for animals at the shelter, making them more adoptable. In addition, funds raised will help defray the cost of veterinary care for pets of Groton citizens who struggle with bills. Making a per birdie pledge or flat-rate donation is easy. Simply visit our pledge website at Birdies for Charity to donate.
Thank you for your continued support of GAF!
The amazing girl scouts pictured below are Amelia, Riley and Jackie of Groton Girl Scout Troop 63124 along with Groton Animal Control Officer, Christine O’Brien. The girls held a donation drive, “Give Luck to the Animals that are Stuck”, for animal control by placing bins at local businesses. Mystic Pet Shop matched their donations in the bin at their store. The scouts did this from late February until just after March 17th, 2016. On March 25th, they delivered their generous donations to animal control. The girls were so proud, and we could not be more proud of them either! They brought everything from cat food, dog food, litter, to treats and toys! Once things were unloaded, they got a tour of the facility, where they met some of the animals available for adoption. The scouts are planning another drive in the future, so we will let you know when it’s happening.
Once again, we are overwhelmed by the selfless compassion and dedication of youngsters in our community, and we are so grateful for the support they receive from the business community and our equally charitable and generous citizens. Thank you everyone, for pulling together to help the animals!
We’d like to extend many thanks to Kylie Heard, age 13, who asked for donations to the animal shelter instead of presents for herself. Way to go, Kylie! We are inspired by such selfless compassion, and the animals will certainly benefit from all the wonderful donations. Thanks again to Kylie and all her generous friends and family who helped out.