April – May Newsletter

Adoption Stats & Volunteer Hours

119

Adoptions Year to Date

605+

Volunteer Hours Year to Date

894

Clinic Surgeries Performed Year to Date

Volunteer Shout Outs

Shout out your fellow volunteers that go above and beyond expectations by submitting the following form.

Shout outs will be featured in next month's Newsletter!

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Debbie Nichols

Debbie has been volunteering at POA doing a variety of tasks, most recently as Clean and Feed Team Leader. Debbie is always willing to help in any way, from volunteering for the many fundraising events, placement team and most recently coming with me on a trip to Hartford to pick up a mom cat and kittens. Debbie is an outstanding person and goes above and beyond in everything she does. POA is lucky to have Debbie in our organization.

Nominated by Martha Murray

Mary Kelly

My appreciation goes out to Mary Kelly who takes the time out of her busy schedule to help me with the cat intake every other Saturday night and also helps name many of the cats. Mary also is a team leader for the cat socialization team and part of the amazing bio team. I also in admiration of the bio team, which I know has many members and their creative writing skills. Many times it is the bio that brings the adopters to POA. Thank you Mary and also the bio team.

Nominated by Martha Murray

Adoption Success Stories

Kirby finds his forever home

After almost one year living at the East Hampton shelter, Kirby finds his forever home!

Kirby was a stray that was never claimed. He was extremely overweight and could barely get out of his own way. We put him on a strict diet and started a new exercise regimen. It took several months, but we helped Kirby to lose over 20lbs and get acclimated to walking 1 mile every day!

After many months, we discovered that Kirky has Cushing’s Disease. This diagnosis made the likelihood for adoption low given the expense required to maintain a Cushingoid dog.

And then came Geoff! Geoff had just lost his best friend Roman a few days before. A few years ago, Geoff moved back home to take care of his father when he was dying of cancer.  Roman was his father’s dog. Geoff and Roman formed a special bond and Geoff took care of him until it was time to say goodbye.

Geoff never imagined that he would find a dog so quickly after losing Roman. Kirby has some similar personality quirks and traits to Roman and they look a great deal alike. Geoff thought Kirby seemed like a perfect match and wanted to help give him his second chance!

Geoff plans to spend as much time as possible at home with Kirby. He has a fenced yard and a great neighborhood for walking. Once he is settled, Kirby will have his own bedroom with a full-size bed, or he can sleep with Geoff (Geoff’s mom even bought Kirby his own new sheet set). Geoff will also be planting green beans in his yard because he knows it is Kirby’s favorite snack.

Congratulations to Kirby and Geoff!

Ella's Story

Ella was found motionless in the middle of the road.  She wasn’t hurt, just terrified.  You see, she was outside, alone, and completely blind.  The people who found her knew they couldn’t leave her in the road, so they took Ella home and contacted Protectors of Animals. We couldn’t say no to such an incredibly sweet cat with such a heartbreaking story.  When Ella arrived, we suspected from her bulging eyes that she had glaucoma, a very painful and irreversible condition in cats.  Sadly, we were right.  The pressure caused by the glaucoma was causing Ella a great deal of discomfort, so the decision was made to remove her eyes so that she could have a better quality of life.
Ella was a wonderful patient and recovered quickly.  She became a volunteer favorite with her sweet (and occasionally sassy) ways.  A few weeks ago we posted her for adoption.
And held our collective breaths.
Because Ella was adorable.  But black cats are not usually the first chosen.  Add blindness to that.  And some people, we knew, would be put off by the fact that Ella’s eyes had been removed.  We also needed the right kind of home for Ella.  Little kids would probably not be a good idea because Ella (like any blind cat) needs to know where things are.  A very chaotic home would not be a good fit.  And while Ella had been fine with other respectful cats at the shelter, a blind cat is often bullied.   So we knew that it might be hard to find the right match.
There was some initial interest in Ella but no instant match.  We were despondent.  But we reminded ourselves that we only need one adopter.  Just one.
And then we heard from Annie.  Annie took Ella home on Saturday.  We have already received two updates.  Ella is exploring.  Ella is having supervised visits with Annie’s cat and while they aren’t best friends yet, they are getting along.  Ella spent her first afternoon napping in Annie’s lap.  Ella is already so loved. We are thrilled at every word.
But honestly we didn’t need to read the words.  Because Annie also sent photos.  Including this photo.  And the naked joy on both faces told us everything we needed to know.
This.
This is the magic we hope for. This is why we stay in rescue even though it can be unimaginably hard sometimes.  Because other times a blind, abandoned cat finds the person that she was always meant to find.

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

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Event Successes

Betty White Challenge - The Final Numbers Are In!

February 28, 2022

$21,629 raised!  Thank you to everyone who took the #bettywhitechallenge to honor the incredible Betty White.

 

 

Shelter Practice & CEU

Cat CEU

Cat Pawsitive Webinar 6; Fear Free Cat Handling

Register here:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtfumtrT0iHdDtDmetS3vpjl8o5U-6O5wZ

 

Dog CEU

Helen St. Pierre's Workshop on Canine Learning Theory & Ethology

Meet The Board

Steven Black

CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?

I currently work in both the investor relations advisory and digital marketing space, where I enjoy finding new methods to maximize efficiency on every level across businesses and organizations.

I've worked on some very cool projects over the years.  One involved a leading role in a Buick commercial, which I concepted and starred in myself.

Also, fun fact - my grandparents live across the street from Matthew Perry’s grandparents… so I can say I’ve swum in Matthew Perry’s family’s pool.

I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, and hiking with my rescue dogs. I also like boating, and consider time spent on the water as my “second home.”

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH POA/BOARD?

I initially joined POA as a volunteer back in 2011 on the dog team.   I officially joined as a board member in November of 2021.

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE ON THE BOARD?

I lead many of the technical operations/behind the scenes at POA, including the website!

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF ABOUT THE POA ORGANIZATION?

Their commitment to the animals, animal welfare, and their wonderful volunteers.

View the latest Board Minutes here*.

*board minutes will be on a delay due to need for board approval before releasing.

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