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ROAR (Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue) Reviews


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3.5
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A Compassionate Director 3 average
5 posted by kylerivard, on 2014-09-26 18:49:38
The current Director of ROAR is a dedicated professional. Her integrity, honesty and professionalism are exemplary.
1 posted by tayjane1, on 2014-06-19 19:47:31
Money
Proactive Redemptions 3 average
5 posted by kylerivard, on 2014-09-26 18:48:00
ROAR is a 501c3 private organization, working entirely from generous public donations. The responsibility of lost/found pets falls under the jurisdiction of the state funded Animal Control Facility, located directly across the street from ROAR. ROAR is a private shelter and does not receive any funding from the town of Ridgefield, nor the State of CT. It is not affiliated in any way with the town/state run Animal Control facility. However, ROAR gladly will post pictures and lost posters submitted by private citizens, in hopes of reuniting families and lost pets. Many times when a frantic call is received from a previous adopter stating a pet has gone missing, groups of ROAR staff and volunteers assist in the search process. Each time this has happened, happily the pets were found!
1 posted by tayjane1, on 2014-06-19 19:47:19
They won't even take dogs from the area. My dog was found a town over and roar wouldn't accept. I got him from animal control and he's the most mellow dog.
Volunteers 4 average
5 posted by kylerivard, on 2014-09-26 18:37:57
Very committed group
5 posted by KerryMorrissetteRivard, on 2014-09-25 22:32:03
There are a dedicated group of longstanding volunteers who give very graciously of their time and compassion to the animals at ROAR.
2 posted by tayjane1, on 2014-06-19 19:46:32
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Public Relations/Community Involvement 3.7 average
5 posted by kylerivard, on 2014-09-26 18:37:40
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5 posted by KerryMorrissetteRivard, on 2014-09-25 22:30:19
With their Therapy Dog Program, and great involvement of many local school groups and organizations (girl scouts, etc.), ROAR is proudly involved in the local community.
1 posted by tayjane1, on 2014-06-19 19:46:25
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Medical and Behavior Programs 3.7 average
5 posted by kylerivard, on 2014-09-26 18:37:29
Excellent
5 posted by KerryMorrissetteRivard, on 2014-09-25 22:28:11
ROAR employs the highest standards of shelter medicine to its guests, and works very closely with a team of exemplary veterinarians. Volunteers and staff provide quality, appropriate enrichment to each animal they care for, under the guidance of Certified Dog Trainers and an Animal Behaviorist.
1 posted by tayjane1, on 2014-06-19 19:46:17
They kill dogs for being "unmanageable"
Pet Retention 3.7 average
5 posted by kylerivard, on 2014-09-26 18:37:14
(no comment)
5 posted by KerryMorrissetteRivard, on 2014-09-25 22:22:58
The staff at ROAR work very closely, in a nonjudgmental fashion to ensure the needs of the community and its pets are dealt with in a compassionate manner. They provide a much needed and appreciated pet food pantry to aid families in feeding and providing preventative care to their pets. Many times this assistance will allow a pet and family to stay together.
1 posted by tayjane1, on 2014-06-19 19:45:57
(no comment)
Comprehensive Adoption Programs 3.7 average
5 posted by kylerivard, on 2014-09-26 18:37:06
(no comment)
5 posted by KerryMorrissetteRivard, on 2014-09-25 22:17:03
ROAR's adoption policies and involvement in the community are top notch.
1 posted by tayjane1, on 2014-06-19 19:45:46
All in it for the money. Kill dogs.
Foster Care 3.7 average
5 posted by kylerivard, on 2014-09-26 18:37:01
(no comment)
5 posted by KerryMorrissetteRivard, on 2014-09-25 22:15:20
ROARS' staff and volunteers provide loving foster homes to cats and dogs on an individual, as needed basis. This is a program that has room to grow at ROAR, with the hopes that many more families will open their hearts and homes to assist in this life saving gift.
1 posted by tayjane1, on 2014-06-19 19:45:29
(no comment)
Rescue Groups 3.7 average
5 posted by kylerivard, on 2014-09-26 18:36:56
(no comment)
5 posted by KerryMorrissetteRivard, on 2014-09-25 22:11:05
(no comment)
1 posted by tayjane1, on 2014-06-19 19:45:22
This shelter kills.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 3.7 average
5 posted by kylerivard, on 2014-09-26 18:36:48
(no comment)
5 posted by KerryMorrissetteRivard, on 2014-09-25 22:09:41
ROAR partners with another wonderful local animal shelter that provides clinical spay and neuter services to all of its guests. In support of their mission to end overpopulation of unwanted pets, no animal is adopted out of ROAR unless it is spayed or neutered.
1 posted by tayjane1, on 2014-06-19 19:45:02
(no comment)
Feral Cat TNR Program 2 average
4 posted by kylerivard, on 2014-09-26 18:36:38
(no comment)
1 posted by KerryMorrissetteRivard, on 2014-09-25 22:05:38
ROAR is a small shelter, and does not currently have a feral cat TNR program in place.
1 posted by tayjane1, on 2014-06-19 19:44:55
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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