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OPIN

Rating: 4.92 stars   52 reviews 1,259

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

OPIN, Inc, 25 Cantwell Avenue 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  

I had watched OPIN from afar, and was really impressed with their efforts to improve the lives of dogs in Stamford. And then OPIN helped me and my husband adopt the most amazing dog Milo. As first time dog parents (we were a home of many cats!), they were extremely helpful in answering all our silly questions, gave us great advice and were there for me to lean on when sadly Milo ate something that perforated his intestines, and we lost him after only 4 months. We we were heartbroken beyond repair. And while we haven't adopted again, these folks are the real deal and know what they are doing. I would adopt from them again in a heartbeat and hope to soon.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

OPIN is such a wonderful organization. The volunteers go above and beyond helping homeless pets.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

OPIN and those associated with the organization are so generous with their time and hearts. When our family needed help finding a loving caring home for our two labs OPIN came to the rescue. Not only did our dogs land on their paws they are still together which was an incredible relief. I have visited the dogs in their new home with my adult kids and have an open invitaion to do so at any time. Thank you OPIN and in particular Ali for being there when we really needed help.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

OPIN is a 501(C)3 all-volunteer pet rescue group in theory, but in actuality; OPIN is the synergy formed by altruistic volunteers, gracious donors and kind hearted community members that stride daily to make the world a better place for pets in need with a long term commitment to putting an end to pet homelessness, while sharing the deep rooted understood belief that each pet life matters! I am so proud to be part of OPIN, Inc.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I am a volunteer and Board Member with Outreach to Pets In Need (OPIN) and this organization has entirely changed my life! The synergy among the volunteers has helped the Stamford shelter pets and the community pets in so many positive ways! The OPIN sponsored dog training class has helped so many dogs get adopted, and at a much quicker pace. The foster program has taken dogs from the shelter and given them a chance to live in a traditional home environment- this helps showcase the dog in the community, provides a reduction in stress related shelter occurances and is such a rewarding experience for the foster families! The free microchip programs have protected hundreds of pets throughout the community, the snip program has reduced the number of potential homeless pets, and the regular community events have been a great place to bond with, and meet fabulous pet lovers throughout the community !

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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3 people found this review helpful

OPIN is one of the most giving group of people out there in the animal world. Their care, compassion, and dedication is never ending. They go beyond the call of duty whenever called upon. Not only do they place, foster, and find foster homes for animals that would never stand a chance, they also pick up a large percentage of financial bills for these animals. They are such an incredible asset to our community, and their hard work and efforts should never go unnoticed.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Our experience with OPIN has been incredible from the start. We began as a "foster family" for a 3 pound Malchi. She entered our home and never left. She brought new life to our 10 year old Havanese and a new dynamic to our family. She shows love everyday, as if she knows that she is one of the lucky ones who found a family that loves her. Ali Girardi, "knew" that when we said yes to fostering that she would loose a foster family, becuase she and the folks at OPIN know how to align pets with the right family. We would say to EVERYONE - be a foster family, it is so rewarding! We applaud the work that all of the OPIN Volunteers are doing and thank Ali Girardi for our PIAA MIAA Ferraro!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been able to witness, first hand, the level of time and depth of care and compassion this group affords to the pets in need within our community. They diligently focus upon ending pet homelessness and devote all their time and energy into making the World a better place for the pets in need!

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I recently began fostering a dog for Opin - this group is amazingly supportive and the true love of pets is shared by all ! Their presence and level of compassion within the community is top notch !

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I've been a volunteer and donor for the past couple years. The leadership team and network of other volunteers are committed to reducing animal homelessness in the community and caring for animals in need. The organization has very effective processes and programs in place to support these goals and plays an active and important role in our community.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for OPIN for about six months now. I have fostered a dog, taken shelter dogs to obedience training, and helped with microchip and adoption clinics. There are many noteworthy aspects of this organization; but, I will share three items that are most important to me. First, I like the proactive approach taken by the organization to prevent pet homelessness. They offer free obedience training classes to help people in the community with their animal's behavior issues and offer free microchip clinics to reduce the number of lost dogs. Second, I like the dedication of the senior leaders and the other volunteers. They work tirelessly to support the cause. Third, and probably the most important, I am very impressed by the effective partnership between OPIN and the local animal shelter in Stamford. The shelter is grossly underfunded. OPIN works to find foster and permanent homes for animals brought to the shelter. The adoption rate from the shelter is extremely high. I am very proud to support this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No significant improvements needed.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have supported OPIN and their incredible work, for years. Their service to the animals, Stamford Animal control and the public goes beyond the average non-profit organization. They are amazing and deserve recognition!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

OPIN is a wonderful organization that fosters, adopts out, protects, loves, and advocates primarily for needy, displaced, and deserving animals The founders and volunteers are organized, professional, beyond dedicated, and passionate, and are committed to working with the community to promote the absolute best outcomes. A+.

 
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