On Friday, October 9th, 2015 Pets on Wheels of Connecticut held our first ever Growler fundraiser at Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield, CT. The event was attended by over approximately 150 people, and all who attended had an exceptional evening enjoying the brewery tours, a variety of beers, delicious food donated by local businesses and most importantly, supporting Pets on Wheels of Connecticut.
Volunteers, donators and generous supporters mingled, shared Pets on Wheels of Connecticut stories and rubbed elbows with local celebrities Mark Zinni from WFSB and Jennifer Bernstein from FoxCT. Together with their efforts, our auction bidders, donors and guests showed their support by helping to raise over $6,400 for our local non-profit and raise awareness of our mission in the greater community.
The evening was filled with a silent auction filled with generous donations including Cabot cheeses, Southwest Airline tickets, sports memorabilia from the New York Giants, New York Jets, New England Patriots, and Boston Red Sox, gift certificates from local restaurants and venues, and much, much more!
Thanks to the efforts of our wonderful volunteers and donors, and with the support of the Travelers Championship and Birdies for Charity, Pets on Wheels of Connecticut was able to raise $1,300 to help pay for veterinarian care and adoption fees for rescue animals placed with our recipients. Our volunteers worked hard to help spread the word and raise money for this annual fundraiser, and we can’t thank you enough!
Pets on Wheels of CT is blessed to have wonderful supporters who donate their money and time to helping people and pets in need. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to change so many lives!
Keep an eye out for information about the 2015 Birdies for Charity. The Travelers Championship will be June 22-28 this summer, but online pledging will open soon.
We are so excited at the idea of being able to help our returning veterans get the pet that they’ve always wanted. These people deserve our gratitude and respect, and this is our way of giving back.
A Glastonbury, CT based non-profit, Pets On Wheels of Connecticut is working with professionals counseling returning and past combat veterans who would benefit from having their own cat or dog, but need outside assistance for this to happen. Pets on Wheels of Connecticut provides this assistance after a professional has referred a potential recipients via our on-line application. The animals are adopted from local rescue shelters.
More and more veterans are being advised to adopt a pet upon returning home. Pets can help alleviate stress, loneliness and anxiety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says pets can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness. Pets can increase your opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities and opportunities for socialization. Caring for a pet is a very effective way to help veterans assimilate back into normal life. Pets on Wheels of CT is working in conjunction with rescue shelters, veterinarians, and social workers to match up pets with loving families. “We are so excited at the idea of being able to help our returning veterans get the pet that they’ve always wanted,” stated Elaine Papanic, Founder of Pets on Wheels. “These people deserve our gratitude and respect, and this is our way of giving back.”