Whitneyville Community donates $2,436 to Hamden’s Animal Shelter Gift Fund during October.
1) $350. was donated by the residents of Atria Senior Living at Larson Place.
2) The Whitneyville Wine Walk on October 5th was a sellout.
- $600. was donated by organizer Carol Cyr at Wine 101, which represented half of each $10 ticket sold.
- $236. was donated by Salon Metta through fall inspired hair styles by Libby Wamser, people massages by Sue Cohen and pet massages by Pepe Santorelli.
- $235. was donated by Jessica Hazan at The Soup Girl/The Scoop Girl.
- $175. was donated by Eamonn Ryan at The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant.
- $140. was donated from pet photos that were taken, printed and framed by Joy Bush Photography, Moto Photo, and Liz Hellwig at Framed.
- $125. was donated by Susan Gooley at Le Petit Gourmet.
- $ 75. was donated by Linda Mooser at Books & Company.
A special thanks to Linda and her staff at Books & Co. for coordinating the Whitneyville Fall Stroll. A free event that went on simultaneously.
- Connie Matheson from The Whitneyville Civic Association coordinated free pumpkin painting.
- Kayla Magliula from Spring Glen Veterinary Clinic passed out breed-specific, interactive, mugs, coasters & keychains.
- Spring Glen Veterinary Clinic also donated two, $100 gift certificates as raffle prizes.
- Patrice Norarfrancesco from Whitneyville Food Center provided a $100 gift basket.
- ACO Chris Smith represented Hamden Animal Control.
- Captain Sampari and Officer Vey represented the Hamden Police Department.
- Maureen Armstrong and her staff had a special story time, complete with a treat & fall craft, at the Whitneyville Branch of the Hamden Public Library.
- Thanks also goes to the community members who worked behind the scenes like Sandy Chen who donated her graphic skills, our friends at 12 Percent Imports and Hindinger Farm who donated the pumpkins for the pumpkin painting.
3) $500. was donated by former Whitneyville resident, Jimmy Kerrigan (HHS Class of ’76) of Manor St. When Jim’s home and town of Paradise, CA burned to the ground during the devastating Camp Fire in northern CA, core members of Gimme Shelter had a fundraiser for him (and those in his orbit) on February 2nd. Insurance claims have been processed and Jim is doing okay in nearby Chico, CA. We were humbled when someone who has been through so much overwhelming circumstances, decided to pay it forward with a donation to Hamden’s Animal Shelter Gift Fund.
Please understand that not every donation to the Animal Shelter Gift Fund comes through Gimme Shelter. A complete list of donations are included on each Hamden Police Commissioners’ meeting agenda, which may be found online.
In the spirit of Jim Kerrigan, it is our hope that you remember these community minded people, local businesses and organizations during the upcoming holiday season and throughout the year. Simply put – they did not have to do this. These merchants have banquet rooms, offer off-site catering, legal beverages, locally grown/homemade foods, unique gifts and gift cards. Gimme Shelter is just the catalyst here so don’t thank us – thank them!
Online Petition Reaches Goal
Gimme Shelter’s petition for Hamden’s 2019 Mayoral candidates to name a site as the future home of a Hamden Animal Shelter surpassed its goal of 2,500 names! No corporation is going to award Hamden money to idly sit in the Animal Shelter Gift Fund. By naming a site, complete with plans and a price tag, Gimme Shelter plans to start grant writing to solicit funds from outside the Hamden tax base. You may view the petition here.
Hamden Animal Control Officers (Chris & Mitch) have done an extemporary job at placing pets before the winter sets in. They have found forever homes for 5 pets formerly in their possession during October alone! Hamden currently has 3 dogs and 3 cats that it is renting cages for at various locations.
Per pet costs have increased from $10/day to $30/day during the current administrations term, when North Haven ended what was supposed to be a “6-month agreement” back in 2005. Taxpayers are now paying for costlier options that include $30/per pet/per day rentals, at area animal hospitals.