Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. "The Link" Newsletter Vol.19 January 2016
Ledyard C.H.A.I.N., Inc.
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Citizens Helping Animals In Need

3rd Annual Show the Love Campaign
 
We have dusted ourselves off from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and pulled up our boot straps, ready to kick off 2016 with our 3rd annual Show the Love Campaign.

Your donations will allow us to replenish our pet food supply and will also allow us to have funds to put on the events we have throughout the year that assist the Ledyard Animal Control and our other projects. It will also give us a little cushion in the event of emergencies at the Ledyard Animal Control when a sick or injured pet arrives.
 

Our success in meeting these goals is dependent on your help. We are asking you to Show the Love and donate in what ever way you can. Share our needs with your family, your friends, your co-workers or classmates. Please, ask them to support our efforts as well. Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. is comprised of a volunteer Board of Directors. All donations are targeted for animal care and welfare. No amount of support is too small or insignificant. We graciously thank you for believing in our mission.

Ways To Donate:

  1. Directly from this our fundraising page.
  2. By going to our webpage. On the homepage you will see a red donate button at the top of the page.
  3. By check. Please make it payable to: Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. Inc. and mail to:

Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. Inc
          2 Village Drive
          Ledyard, CT 06339

Electronic donations are made securely through PayPal using your own PayPal account or with your credit card. A PayPal account is not necessary to send a donation via PayPal
 

If you would like to donate food directly to us you can do so by using our donation boxes at AA Lock & Key, Grimm's Furry Tails, Ledyard Senior Center, and Fireside Brickoven Creations. If you prefer to shop online you may use our wish list on Amazon or Walmart at:

Walmart Wish List

Amazon Wish List



 

CT Emergency Animal Response Service
 

Pet Emergency Preparedness & First Aid Class

Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. will be hosting a special event for the Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service (E.A.R.S). They will be coming to Gales Ferry to put on a Pet Preparedness and Pet First Aid Class for the public.

They will be covering how to make sure you're ready for disasters that may impact your pets. What you should always have on hand in case of emergencies. Tips for evacuating with your pets. And ways to create a Pet Preparedness Plan. They will discuss basic pet first aid, including how to address common pet emergencies such as toxic ingestion, injuries, choking, and others, as well as how to safely transport your pet to an animal hospital, and what resources are available in emergency situations.

The class is only $20.00 per person, which includes a handbook, materials, and a raffle ticket for your chance to win one of their popular EARS Pet First Aid Kits. Payment is due on the day of the event BUT YOU MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO THE EVENT. To register go to:

http://www.earsct.org/event-registration.html

This will be a very cool class so you will not want to miss it. It is only open to 20 people so don't delay. For more details go to:

https://www.facebook.com/events/128330627550872/

Any donations collected during the event will go towards their fundraiser for a new Animal Ambulance that will service the state of CT. If you will not be coming to the event but would like to donate to this cause go to their Go Fund Me page at:

https://www.gofundme.com/EARSAmbulance

 



We receive many of the items needed for the Ledyard Animal Control and to support C.H.A.I.N.'s projects from our Amazon Wish List  If you prefer to shop online you can always purchase through the Amazon Wish List and the products will come directly to us.

To see the Amazon Wish List go to:  Amazon Wish List



 
Help the Ledyard Animal Control Every Time You Walk Your Dog!.
 
If you have an Android or iPhone you can download the app that will set this up on your phone. Ledyard Animal Control has been added to the list of shelters for WoofTrax and Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. is available through ResQwalk, 

For Wooftrax: After you download the app onto your phone, take the phone with you when you walk your dog(s). Simply press the “start” button and the app will keep track of all your walks. For every mile you walk, a donation is made to the animal shelter of your choice by wooftrax. Check them out here:

http://WoofTrax.com/

Then for ResQwalk: Each week ResQwalk announces a donation pool and in order for a rescue to receive donations from the pool, its supporters simply need to check-in to the app when they go for a walk.

Earning donations from ResQwalk is simple. All you need to do is have your supporters download the app and select your group as the beneficiary for their walk.

The link to download for Android is:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.resqwalk&hl=en

The link to download for iPhone is:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/resqwalk/id889050235?mt=8

 

Donations of Food and Supplies

We have been humbled and amazed at the generosity shown by our community through the purchasing of goods from our Amazon Wish List, the foods and supplies left in the donation boxes, and donations of cash in our donation jars.

In January 2016 we distributed:

255 lbs of Dry Food
60 Canned Foods
24 Boxes/Pkgs. of Treats
 

 

Support Us - Visit Our Donate Page

We have so many ways that you can give to Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. Visit our donation page on our website to find out more. Some options are free to you but still give to us. Check it out at:

http://ledyardchain.org/?page_id=1416
 

Some of you may not be aware of our C.H.A.I.N. Lost Pet Squad. It's something we started not long after the group formed. It is simply a project made up of volunteers. When I get news of a pet missing in our community, I start the ball rolling by putting it on our Ledyard Lost and Found Pets Page and the Ledyard Animal Control Facebook page. From my list of volunteers, I give them a shout out on Facebook or text them by phone to see if they are around and can go drive through the neighborhood to see if they get a sighting of the pet, notify their neighbors, and if needed, help the owner make and/or put up posters, flyers, etc. to get the word out.

Also, if you have not liked our Lost and Found Pets Page please do. I also add area pets missing as I realize many of you may work, travel, or have family and friends in those areas.
https://www.facebook.com/LedyardLostandFoundPets

Also be sure to check out our album of lost pets in Ledyard and Gales Ferry in case you happen to spot one of them. You can find it on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.303406729765096.60167.295552033883899&type=3
 
Comments From C.H.A.I.N......

Our first month into 2016 has been a good one for C.H.A.I.N. We have been able to start offering pet foods to our Ledyard Food Pantry and the demand has become bigger than our supply. So, if you get a chance to pick up a can or two of food to pur in our donation boxes we would appreciate it. As for dry we can use the smaller sizes that are in the 3-5 lb range.

We will be having our first community meeting on Feb. 20th and we hope to see many of you there. We are looking to get our community more involved in what we do so if you want to learn more please come. All of the details are in an article above.

The bullet proof vest has been ordered for K9 Lambeau and we are anxious for it to in the next month. We will also be meeting with the Ledyard Police Department soon in regards to our next project for K9 Lambeau so stay tuned!

Our mission is the animals and we will continue to do all we can to make sure those that find their way to the shelter have all they need till a home can be found for them. With your help we will keep growing and our outreach will spread to more that need us.Thank you to all the individuals and businesses that give to us so that we can have what the animals need. Without all of you we would be nothing so all my applause, my thanks, and my sincere gratitude goes to all of you.

Please stay in touch with us on Facebook. We'd love to hear your questions, see pictures of your pets, and learn what things you would like to happen with Ledyard C.H.A.I.N.This group is for you so your input and participation is needed and wanted. Tell your friends that if they want to receive these newsletters in their emails to please sign up through Facebook or our Website.




 
      Happenings at Ledyard Animal Control

 

As always the Ledyard Animal Control officers were busy. Here is a list of the animals that went through the shelter .

January 2016

Dogs Found Stray/Roaming: 2
Dogs Surrendered to Shelter By Owner: 3
Dogs Reunited with Owners: 2
Dogs Adopted: 0

Cats Found Stray/Roaming: 1
Cats Surrendered to Shelter By Owner: 5
Cats Adopted: 1

Keep up with the pets for adoption at the shelter by going to a site that Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. has set up to advertise their pets up for adoption. You can find it at:

http://www.adoptapet.com/ledyard-animal-control/


Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. Community Meeting
 
DATE: FEBRUARY 20, 2016
PLACE: LEDYARD LIBRARY MEETING ROOM
TIME: 2PM

We so many times have people ask us, "What do we do to become a member?", "How do I volunteer?", "What does C.H.A.I.N. do?" or "Do you have meetings?" Well, we want to answer all of those so we are going to have a community meeting to give our supporters, volunteers, and those who want to know more about us to get together to ask questions and share ideas.

We will discuss our projects, our plans for 2016, and the many different ways you can help our organization grow! Kids are more than welcome because we love getting the younger ones involved too. So, please join us and bring your ideas, questions, and desire to help.


     

The Oliver Project-
A Stray& Feral Cat Assistance Fund


          

We set up this fund to raise monies that will help cover the costs to spay/neuter feral cats, to buy humane traps, and to get needed materials to build shelters and feeding stations to protect the cats from inclement weather.

Why is it named the Oliver Project? In early 2013, a kitten named Oliver was found abandoned by its momma at the young age of 2 weeks old. Oliver fought hard, but due to the difficult lives these momma cats have in the wild, Oliver did not get the care he needed in the womb or after birth. Oliver died unexpectedly at the age of 7 weeks. A promise was made to Oliver then that he would not be forgotten. So, this fund has been named after him to let it be a reminder of the job we need to do for all the others out there like him.

Since the creation of the Oliver Project, we have been able to make some great progress for the feral cat colonies in our community. For the month of January we were able to cover the costs to neuter one more cat.

We are also happy to say that another cat was trapped was tame enough that she was able to find herself a home and is no longer living in the wild!!Thank you to the Ledyard Animal Control for making this all possible.

If you would like to contribute to The Oliver Project please go to our fundraising page at:

https://www.youcaring.com/ledyard-c-h-a-i-n-512463
 

 
             
  

  

Thank You For Giving


A dear family had this wonderful and exceptionally large pet bed that they wished to give to a new home. They contacted C.H.A.I.N. and we were able to make another another pup VERY happy. The bed is big enough for himself and even a kitty or two that might want to join him. Enjoy Shadow!!

            

 



 

Rabid Fox Found In Ledyard

.A fox found in the Avery Hill area tested positive for rabies. It is for the safety of your pets to make sure they are all vaccinated for rabies to protect them from other wildlife and animals that might be infected. In the state of CT it is the law to have your pets current on their rabies vaccinations.
             




 

Join the Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. Crafters!

Are you crafty, artistic, like to create or build? Well we can use your help! Our crofters make goods that can be given to the pets at the shelter or offered to C.H.A.I.N. to offer in raffles or on our event tables to raise money for the organization. Items do not have to have a pet theme but it is fun when they do. Interested? Please get in touch!

On May 21st, C.H.A.I.N. will be attending an event called Canine's & Crafters hosted by the Mystic Lions. So, we are going to need lots of craft items for out table! Put on your thinking caps and starting crafting!!
 

Items Needed for C.H.A.I.N. and LAC

Sometimes we have a special need or request from the Ledyard Animal Control that is above and beyond their normal wants. So, here is a list of what we are looking for if anyone can help.

1. Canned KITTEN food.
2. Also looking for the Little Tikes outdoor gym pieces to put out for the pups to play on. I have put a few pictures below as examples.

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