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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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.

Community Story


Rating: 5

My husband and I have been supporting O.P.I.N. since it's inception. This group of dedicated voulunteers in conjunction with The Stamford Animal Shelter do amazing work with an attitude that no challenge is too big. They resolve the problems for individual dogs with special medical needs or adoptions as well as the local Stamford, CT area pet population with programs such as spray/neuter, and micro chipping. We have not encountered a better run local non profit in our many years of supporting various organizations. Hopefully future years of support will allow them to help even more of the animals that are desperately in need of our help. Mike & Kathy A.