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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
OPIN is such an amazing organization, helping so many precious animals in need. OPIN has so many loving, life saving stories such as "Lucy" ...Check out Lucy's story, she is the reason why I started donating to OPIN...and its because of so many other loving stories that I continue to support this organization all the way from California.
Having been a part of OPIN for many years, I've seen it evolve into something better and better each year. This rescue group has great goals and dreams that will certainly become a reality with all the dedication and commitment each Volunteer and Director has for the welfare of the animals and families that need their assistance. "Each Life Matters" is something they live by.
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.
OPIN is such a wonderful organization. The volunteers go above and beyond helping homeless pets.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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!
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!
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 !
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.
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.