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Nonprofit Issues:

Address:

OPIN, Inc, Office only: 1747 Summer Street, Suite 1 Stamford CT 06905 USA

Mission:

Outreach to Pets In Need (OPIN) is an all volunteer nonprofit organization, and our mission is to decrease the population of homeless pets in Connecticut through medical treatment, training, public education, surrender prevention, spay/neuter, and placement programs.

Results:

Since 2007 OPIN has worked to put and end to pet homelessness within the community. We have no brick and mortar building but rather rely on foster homes for pets we rescue from Connecticut kill shelters, those abandoned at vet offices or, those we accept from community members who are in crisis. From 2007-2014, OPIN has supported the Stamford Animal Care & Control facility, financially providing: medical care, medicine, training, evaluations, microchipping, supplies, food, web services, networking, advertising, in-home dog training for adopted dogs and much more. OPIN worked along side Ms. Laurie Hollywood (former Director of Stamford Animal Control) to help with the adoption of over 3,000 pets (cats, dogs, birds, little furries, reptiles, etc.). Thanks to OPIN's funding, no pet of the Stamford Animal Shelter, suffering a treatable illness, was euthanized. Medical care was given no matter the cost, age or breed. Timeline: March 2007 - OPIN received 501c3 nonprofit status 2008 - Microchipping of the shelter animals and SNIP (Spay Neuter Incentive for Pits), a subsidy program is offered to low income Stamford families. 2009 - OPIN offers FREE dog training to the public, currently held at the Stamford Bartlett Arboretum on Wednesday nights. 2010 - Two foster programs are developed: the SafePet program provides foster care for pets owned by victims of Domestic Violence. It provides temporary housing for a pet during the owners time of transition. The second is for pets that come into OPIN's foster network. Foster homes provide a nurturing environment for pets from a shelter or otherwise, preparing them for a forever home. 2012 - Project Chip'n is launched. FREE microchip clinics are held each quarter at different locations within the City. This program aims at making pets safer and ensure a quicker reunion back home should the pet get lost and be picked up by Animal Control, a resident or a veterinarian. Our goal? To chip every pet! 2015 - OPIN leases a small office near the Stamford downtown to hold volunteer and board meetings, meet and greets with dogs and prospective adopters, event planning and small gatherings. 2016 - OPIN to unveil plans to build a privately owned, safe house/adoption and education center. None of what we have been able to do has been possible without the kind financial support of our donors with the local and surrounding communities and our incredible volunteers. Our first successful seven years deserves a special acknowledgement to Ms. Laurie Hollywood (former Stamford Animal Control Director). Her leadership, dedication, compassion and knowledge is unmatched!

Target demographics:

homeless pets at local Animal Shelters and within the community

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 500 homeless shelter, cats, dogs, birds, rabbits & reptiles and a number of pets owned by low income individuals who could not afford medical care for their animals.

Geographic areas served:

Stamford, Connecticut

Programs:

Medical care, education, dog training & evaluations, low-cost spay/neutering, microchipping, volunteerism, fostering of homeless pets and fostering of animals owned by victims of domestic violence.

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(203) 326-0216
http://www.opinpets.org

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Reviews for OPIN

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with OPIN since their inception both as a donor and a volunteer. It is one of the few animal organizations I have encountered that has not let ego nor money nor power overtake their love and care for the animals. All of their funding goes to their programs, especially medical care for those pets who may not survive without their help. Several dogs have come to them with Parvo and were saved because of the care they were able to provide. These dogs would have been put down or died if not for OPIN. Their focus is ALWAYS on the health and welfare of the animal whether it be for medical care, finding proper adopters, or offering help to those who can't afford to care for their pets, and those in domestic violence situations. The list goes on, but when compared to other organizations, OPIN wins . Our four-legged friends can't help themselves, and other groups somehow lose sight of that. OPIN does not.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

OPIN is an organization that was set up to support the Stamford Animal Shelter with funding and hands on help for things that are not paid for by the City of Stamford. People are not aware of how many animals are in need of medical care that come in to the shelter. OPIN has spread its wings to far more than this by providing foster homes for dogs that don't do well in a shelter environment, providing free dog training in order to minimize the return of dogs to the shelter and to help people help themselves with regard to training. They took in a burn dog victim of cruelty when nobody else would and provided funding for her care. They go far beyond the reaches of their original idea when it comes to care and provision for dogs, and they work with other rescue groups to find good homes and get the word out on the pets that are available for adoption. OPIN is a wonderful organization that has created awareness, financial help, and TLC for those pets and owners who are in need. Thankfully there are many caring donors who can keep OPIN alive and growing. OPIN puts the needs of the animals first which is a priority that sometimes gets lost in the business of other groups.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

OPIN has been a positive force in Stamford, CT and surrounding areas promoting adoptions and so much more. Offering free training classes for anyone who needs help. The training classes have helped keep pets happy in their homes and out of the shelter. They work tireless to promote spay/neuter, microchipping, education, adoptions, fostering, vaccinations, and much more. OPIN has provided the funding for medical attention to animals in need which city shelters do not provide and finding homes for these pets once they recover. Thank you OPIN for always being there for people and homeless animals.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have watched the great people of OPIN for many years, I am always floored by their ability to do so much for so many animals. Because of their efforts, I am honored to live in Stamford.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have seen OPIN grow over the years and watched as it has broadened its animal rescue and welfare capabilities. It is one of the 'great ones'! It has an exceptionally dedicated group of volunteers who work tirelessly. The level of integrity of the Board and the volunteers is unparalleled. It is an amazing organization.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have been involved with OPIN as a volunteer since 2008. This is the most dedicated, compassionate, giving group of people -- and they are all volunteers. There is a very small core group of board members and program directors that gives enormously of its personal time and personal resources. And those individuals are backed by a larger group of sincerely committed people that rallies to every call for help -- of time, expertise, and/or financial support. These people are all absolutely and tirelessly dedicated to rescuing, and improving the status of, homeless pets. They deserve everyone’s most unselfish support of their efforts so that they may continue their lifesaving work with needy companion animals, who cannot speak for themselves.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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1 person found this review helpful

From the minute I heard "the Lucy story" I became a fan of OPIN. Their level of commitment to the animals in our community is unmatched. From the dogs they pull from the pound and place in either foster or boarding, to the ones in distress that they fundraise for, to the awesome events they host to get these animals, especially pitties, before the public- they are very visible and doing an awesome job of educating the public. Not only do they talk the talk but they walk the walk and are ever so loving and compassionate towards all the dogs they own and represent. I am very grateful for OPIN on the behalf of the pups who need their amazing assistance.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have lived in Stamford for over twenty years and have witnessed the so many wonderful, beautiful benefits to this city, the animals that live here and the citizens that live here due to the fantastic groups of people like OPIN and others. I am constantly in awe of their dedication to make this world a more loving and safe place for animals and the people that love them.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My first OPIN review was written in 2013 and two years later I would recommend them even more. They are incredibly dedicated to the well-being of animals. If you are looking for an organization worthy of a donation in the form of either your time, needed items, or funds, you need look no further.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

We’ve been fostering dogs for OPIN for several years and they have been wonderful to work with every step of the way! Our current foster is a special needs dog with medical and temperament issues. OPIN has been working diligently to find him a forever home while providing much support and guidance. The message here is that even a special needs dog is worth saving and OPIN will go to great lengths in an effort to do so. They are a very caring organization and we are happy to help their cause!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

OPIN is a dedicated group run by all volunteers. Committed to the motto "each life matters" I have witnessed time and again, the passion and care given to all animals. From complimentary microchip clinics, obedience training, spay and neuter as well as medical attention all creatures great and small always get what they need. I have fostered many dogs that were surrendered to OPIN, and I look forward to fostering more. I also have made monetary donatations, and see each dollar going to work for the benefit of displaced animals. I feel very fortunate and proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I’ve been part of OPIN a little over a year and I have seen first-hand how passionate and caring this group of amazing people are. My friend and her dog Jakie have received assistance from OPIN to get him microchipped and neutered and this wouldn’t have been possible without OPIN’s help. Now Jakie lives a much better and safer life with her mom and they will be forever thankful for all you have done. Thank you OPIN!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

OPIN is a wonderful organization for animals and a fabulous resource for helping animals and the humans who love them. I can't tell you how many times people have come to me looking for help adopting, looking for fosters, looking for advice, looking to re-home their pets and I have referred them to OPIN, who have gone above and beyond to help them. Everyone I've ever referred to OPIN has praised them for their warmth, experience, helpfulness and humanity. OPIN is what animal rescue is all about.

 
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