What: Massive Tag Sale, Bake Sale and Mini Psychic Readings by Ginny
Where: 457 Ocean Drive West, Stamford
When: Saturday, May 5th, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Come and hunt for your treasures and help animals in need! The contents of three car bays full of items include: artwork, housewares, kitchenware, exercise equipment, books, clothing, baby gear, furniture, electronics and pet supplies including flea collars, Martha Stewart dog bowls, brushes, and toys.
The funds raised will be split between the two non-profits – OPIN and Friends of Felines.
OPIN's fundraising efforts go toward Stamford Animal Control's operating budget to cover a range of needs including dog food, dog training and evaluations to medicine and veterinary surgeries—surgeries like this one for Egypt the cat, that ran about $2,500.
With a budget around $379,000 and shrinking, the shelter—which is about the length of half a football field—is in a bit of disrepair and could use an expansion as more and more animals get brought in. As it is, the shelter can only afford to keeps its doors open and staff four animal control officers to cover all seven days a week. The rest of the work is done by volunteers.
Friends of Felines is something of a sister group to OPIN. The foster-based organization recently found a base for their operations at PetSmart in Stamford and support the Stamford Animal Control shelter by pulling cats whenever possible.
OPIN's ongoing fundraising efforts also go toward the eventual replacement of the dilapidated cement block building on Magee Ave. The city of Stamford has allocated $1.5 million toward the project and OPIN's goal is to match that amount through fundraising.
OPIN is the all-volunteer, registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that has supported the Stamford Animal Shelter since 2007. To learn more about OPIN, visit www.OPINpets.org.