Archive for November, 2008

Holiday Giving, Part IV
November 22, 2008

So dogs aren’t your fancy?  Neither are horses or other farm animals?  Say you’re a cat lover?  Well, have we got the group for you!


F.O.B.A.C. (Friends of Berlin Animal Control, a non-profit organization) has an incredible program founded by a good friend of mine; Jan Lund.


Years ago, Jan, the Berlin Animal Control officer, figured there HAD to be a way to help reduce the state’s cat over-population.  She knew that in a five year period, one female cat can be responsible for TWELVE THOUSAND kittens (that’s a LOT of kitty litter!). The State of Connecticut does not require municipal animal control pounds to take in stray cats, so they’re more often dumped along roadsides and left in apartments than dogs are. They seem to be the “forgotten” and “disposable” pet.  Jan’s a cat nut, plain and simple.  She’d do anything for a stray kitty.   

So she started the Central Connecticut Cat Project.  In a nut shell, it’s a program designed to help reduce the over population of cats by offering low cost spay and neuter clinics for pets as well as for feral (wild) cats. She runs a clinic once a month and they just keep coming.


The group also helps with TNR (Trap Neuter and Release) programs.  In this way, feral cat colonies are identified, trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and released.  Those cats within the colonies that are deemed adoptable are taken into foster homes and prepared for adoptions. 


Those cats who are deemed not to be adoptable into homes are sometimes taken and placed into farm environments.  These cats make excellent barn cats!  They’re spayed or neutered and vaccinated.  They’re worked with by Jan’s volunteers and, once socialized, they’re paired in twos and the new owner is given instructions on how to make these cats a part of their farm.  It’s a win-win for both the cats and the farms.


Jan and her volunteers feed and provide shelters for many of the cat colonies in her area.  They also take from municipal pounds cats and kittens (and pregnant cats) that have not been claimed.  Once in foster care, they’re vetted and matched with potential adoptive homes.


But they can’t do their work without financial help from folks like you!  Jan and her group work day and night for these forgotten critters.  They could use your help!  So if you have a cat lover on your holiday list, or you’d just like to show Jan support for what she does, please feel free to donate!



Donations can be made to


 The Central Connecticut Cat Project

P.O. Box 1

Kensington, CT 06037




The Central Connecticut Cat Project, as well as F.O.B.A.C. have many cats available for adoption.  Feel free to visit their site to learn more about how you can take one of these forgotten kitties home.  See their available pets for adoption at:


Central Connecticut Cat Project





Holiday Giving, Part III
November 15, 2008

 This week, we’re going to introduce you to two very different rescues.  Well, they’re not rescues in the traditional sense, though.  They’re more like sanctuaries. They take in the abused, neglected, cast-offs of society and heal them inside and out.  Then they give them the love and support these animals need until they leave this world.  These are two very special groups and I’ve known their founders for years.  Take my word for it; these folks are dedicated, special people who do what many other rescues can not.


The first is Out to Pasture Farm Rescue.  Now, I’ve known Carrie Haggart, the founder, since I was a kid.  Carrie and her family were always taking in what we all called “basket cases”.  They were injured, neglected critters who desperately needed help.

She and her family would care for these creatures with incredible love and if they could not be placed, they would stay with their family.


I can remember when Carrie had Lord Edward’s Grooming Room in Newington.  I used to bring Bandit there for baths.  Carrie had this little Chihuahua type dog that had been in some sort of accident.  This little dog lost bladder control and had to wear a diaper.  Now, while most folks would not keep a dog like that, Carrie simply changed its diapers on a regular basis and bathed this pooch every night to ensure its cleanliness.  It was not even an issue to her.  It was just part of her daily routine.


Carrie’s love for the under-dog (so to speak) stayed with her as she grew up.  Now she’s got an incredible rescue going out in the Coventry area. To quote her website, Out to Pasture is “a family run, non-profit animal rescue / rehabilitation organization that cares for animals in need.  Their goal is to give these animals which are elderly, abused, terminally ill and / or physically challenged, a home where they can live out their natural lives with the physical and emotional support they deserve.”


So if you’d like to give Carrie and the crew at Out to Pasture a donation on behalf of someone or someone’s pet, I know they can sure use the help.  Please click on the link below to learn more about the crew.



Out To Pasture Farm and Rescue


Donations can be sent to Carrie at the address below:


Out To Pasture Farm & Rescue, Inc.

PO Box 310174

Newington, CT   06131-0174



Now the next place I want to tell you about is Rainbow End Farm in Granby, CT.  The founder, Rosia Kennedy, is one of the coolest people I know.  I met Rosia through my work as the Granby animal control officer.  I think our first meeting was over a rabid skunk around her barn.  She was so concerned for this poor skunk I thought she was going to refuse to let us take it! 


After that episode, we chatted about her farm.  Rosia is an animal nut.  And I mean that in the nicest way.  She’s nuts about her critters. She started Rainbow End back in 1999.  She’s taken in animals that have been neglected or abused as well as animals whose owners are no longer able to care for them.  She’s taken in animals from every situation I can think of.  When ever one of them passes on, she calls me and lets me know she’s got room “for one more” if I know of any needing help.


Rosia’s rescue focuses on farm animals.  She’s got cows, pigs, horses (and recently took in two mini-horses), donkeys, goats and even rabbits. 


Once an animal is in Rosia’s care, they receive what ever veterinary attention they need.  Once their physical needs have been met, she starts on their emotional needs.  She tells me that the mini horses need manners so she’s currently working on them.  Picture this woman who is all but five feet tall, getting these mini horses into shape!  These animals stay with Rosia until they pass on, hence the name Rainbow End Farm.  She’s been called a rescue but she’s more like a sanctuary, where these animals can live with love and understanding from this little, spirited woman with the huge heart.


She’s been showcased in the Hartford Courant and has received publicity from many other sources as well, but things are tough for her, too.  Even though times are tough, though, Rosia is tougher.  She’s determined to make sure all of her animals continue to get the love and care they deserve. 


Want to help?  I know Rosia can always use things like hay and bedding.  For that, please contact Larry Bannish at The Feed Warehouse in Southwick, MA (just over the CT line) at 413-569-3233.  Larry knows exactly what kind of hay and bedding Rosia uses.


Now to make a donation on behalf of the animal lover on your holiday list, or to just make a donation to help Rosia keep going, please send your tax deductible donation to


Rainbow End Farm

c/o Rosia Kennedy

4 Haleview Drive

Granby, CT 06035


Together, we can keep both Out to Pasture and Rainbow End Farm doing what they do best – Taking care of those who can not take care of themselves!


Holiday Giving, Part II
November 8, 2008

Last week I told you we’re going to be giving you various organizations that can use some help.  Making donations to these organizations on behalf of an animal lover in your life not only benefits the organization, but it also gives both you and the person you’re giving on behalf of some nice, warm fuzzies!

We’ve told you about my organization, Bandit’s Place, Inc., Animal Rescue, as a rescue for dogs, some cats, birds, reptiles, etc. so let’s look into another rescue.


Second Chance Ranch Equine Rescue is located in East Granby, CT, on Seymour Road.  Now I’ve known these folks for a few years and I have to say, they ROCK!  This is a non-profit (which means your donations are tax deductible!), volunteer equine rescue that provides quality care and placement for equines in need.


They were established in 1996 and work tirelessly to prevent animals from needlessly going to slaughter and to find them permanent, loving homes.  They care for these creatures as if they were their own children!


These equines are taken from situations of neglect, abuse, etc., and are brought back to health (both physically and mentally) by a team of VERY dedicated folks.  Some of these animals require extensive veterinary care which is provided by the rescue.  They’ve taken in some incredible cases and turned them around and I can tell you they are very, VERY dedicated people!

Once these animals are made fit for adoption, they are able to go to new homes.  If, at any point in their lives, the adopters find themselves no longer able to properly care for these equines, they come back to Second Chance Ranch.

Adopters go through the same application process as every other animal rescue – You have to be able to prove that you’re able to properly care for the animal you’re interested in taking home.  You have to meet and interact with the equine you would like to adopt several times to ensure a good fit.  Second Chance has further requirements for adoption that they’d love to go over with you if you’re interested!!!!


Not able to adopt but still want to help?  Well, Second Chance gives you the opportunity to sponsor an animal as well!  This way you can have that great feeling that you helped make it possible to save an animal!


Have a horse lover on your holiday list?  Why not donate funds to Second Chance on behalf of that person – or on behalf of someone’s beloved horse….


So here’s their address – and remember, all donations are tax deductible!!!




Second Chance Ranch Equine Rescue

P.O. Box 452

East Longmeadow, MA 01028-0452

(Don’t worry – their in CT, it’s just that the mailing address is in MA)


Or you can go to the web site!


OR you can E-mail them!



So go and look – it won’t hurt!  And it will give you another idea for holiday giving!  Here’s a listing of the rescues we’ve highlighted so far – I’ll add to them every week and remind you of who does what…


Bandit’s Place, Inc., Animal Rescue


All pet rescue


Second Chance Ranch Equine Rescue





Second Chance Ranch is having a fund-raising dinner


It’s a comedy show and a buffet dinner!

Doors open at 5:30 pm

Elks Lodge

N. Maple St., Enfield, CT


Tickets $25.00 each available at the door!


Questions?  Call 860-749-8434




It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like ……Holiday Shopping Time!
November 1, 2008

Well, I can not tell you how glad I am that Halloween is over!  Seems like it’s getting less and less popular as the years go by, and I end up buying way too much candy for way too few trick-or-treaters…  Oh well…. Time to move on to that holiday after the next one – You know, the Ho Ho Holiday we all blow our bank accounts over, not to mention our nerves.


So I decided that I’m going to do something different for everyone.  On behalf of all the homeless, needy pets out there in shelters across the state, I’m going to give every holiday shopper a way out of those long lines, testy sales-people and baggage lugging.  A way that the shopping can be done stress free and from home!


As I have said many times, shelters across the state are in need of financial help if they’re going to be able to help those in need.  Over the next few weeks, I am going to showcase different shelters that could use donations.  Donations that can be made on behalf of someone who loves animals, who lost an animal, or someone who just wants to help and get that “feel good” we all like!  The shelters I will be highlighting are all registered, non-profit organizations so your monetary donation is also tax deductible!


The first one is, well, mine.  Bandit’s Place was started many years ago on behalf of my dog, Bandit.  She was my first rescue dog and, as it turned out, was the most incredible, sweet, intelligent dog I’ve met!  She was an extremely abused, frightened puppy who came from the dog pound in New Britain and was with me for ten great years, through good and bad.  She died in my arms in 1992 and I promised her then that I would do what ever I could for neglected and abused animals just like her.  I kept that promise and opened up Bandit’s Place, Inc., Animal Rescue.


Through the years, Bandit’s Place has managed to help hundreds of animals find new, permanent, loving homes.  We average about 150 pets a year through direct placement and referrals.  We’ve had them born here and helped them cross over that rainbow bridge as well.  They are all loved and cared for and every one of them leaves with a kiss, a hug and a promise of a better life.


We take dogs, cats, birds and certain reptiles from where ever – “It matters not where they come from but it matters greatly where they go” is our slogan.  I’ve traveled as far as Kentucky or as close as Hartford to get animals in need.  Once here, they receive medical care and training as well as love and comfort. 


In 1997 I started doing weekly television appearances to promote animal adoption from the 169 municipal animal pounds in the state.  The message was that there were hundreds of pets available throughout Connecticut at shelters and pounds that no one knew existed.  We got the word out and hopefully helped at least a few get new homes.  I plan on continuing what ever I need to do in order to keep the shelters known.


So, if you’d like to help Bandit’s Place keep things going, please think about making a financial contribution!  You can read up on us at   There, you’ll be able to read up more on us and our mission.  Our mailing address is


Bandit’s Place, Inc.

C/o 70 Granville Road

East Hartland, CT 06027


As I said, over the next few weeks I’ll be high-lighting several different rescues – those for horses, for water fowl, for cats, etc – and you’ll be able to pick the one that best matches the person you’d like to donate on behalf of!

So sit back, relax, and ENJOY the holiday season for once!