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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: ROAR. is a community funded and supported shelter for dogs and cats. It was established in 2000 and receives no local, state or federal aid. We are a small private shelter that accepts surrendered animals as well as abandoned and neglected dogs and cats in our community and the US. In addition, we accept dogs rescued from high-kill shelters in other parts of the United States. We also recognize the need and importance of bringing education about animal welfare into our community. Our Therapy Dog program services the area school as well as local nursing homes and hospices. Our newly expanded shelter will allow us to provide training programs for our volunteers, staff and the community.

Results: We have three fundraisers per year to benefit the shelter. ROAR with Laughter is our annual gala in February. Woof, Wines & Felines is our annual wine tasting and silent auction in June. Paws for the Cause is our annual dog walk for homeless dogs and cats in October. We are hoping to add more smaller scale fundraisers through out the year.

Target demographics: homeless dogs and cats find loving homes as well as community outreach

Direct beneficiaries per year: local families in need of pet food, countless school children with their reading, comfort to those in eldercare facilities. We aided a local women receive her service dog.

Geographic areas served: locally within Fairfield County

Programs: ROAR Therapy Dog Program, ROAR Senior for Senior Adoption Program, ROAR Pet Food Bank in conjunction with the CT Mobile Food Bank.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

The animals are well-socialized and well cared for here. The employees and volunteers are kind and manage the shelter well.

Review from Guidestar

1 Jess8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted a cat and more recently a puppy from ROAR, both were well socialized and in good health when I adopted them. I went back to ROAR numerous times when I was on the search for the "right" puppy (who fit my active lifestyle but could also double as a lap dog) ROAR was helpful in the search and I walked out in December with the most incredible puppy in the world. I love both of my boys and they get along famously. I simply cannot say enough good things about ROAR.

1 Annette9


Rating: 5

I went to ROAR to adopt a dog to be a friend to my 4 year old Lhasa Apso after our 13year old Elkhound passed. I had a wonderful experience adopting Sadie, a cattledog/shepard mix. The staff was caring, while also being clear about how important the home visit would be to the dogs initial meeting. It was handled with utmost care, and they have been best friends since.

I was so impressed by the adoption process, that I decided to volunteer as a dog walker. What a wonderful group of caring and conscientious people. The animals are respected, well-cared for and loved by the staff, volunteers and surrounding community.

Client Served

Rating: 4

It's a great shelter. The animals are very well cared for and they've saved countless from the south. I adopted a dog from there. He was a puppy when I got him and had gone to another family and then was returned. The dog is now in training to be my service dog and is coming along very well.

I only wish they reviewed applicants and chose the best one rather than do a first come first served basis. If they did this they would see less animals returned to the shelter, however I think they would have less money for the shelter so it may explain their motives. I just think less moves and changes of ownership is better for the dogs/cats especially at a young age.That's the only reason why this got a four instead of a five.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a kitten for my daughter from ROAR in December 2011. I just called and asked if they had any kittens. The staff was very friendly and helpful in telling me how to go about adoption. When I visited ROAR to choose a kitten I was very surprised how clean and organized the place was. My daughter actually got to cuddle and hold the kitten she chose while I filled out the application. Another surprise was that there was actually a line inside for these kittens! Needless to say we were approved and are very happy with our kitten and the whole experience with ROAR in general.