Our Companions Animal Rescue

Our Companions Animal Rescue is a Connecticut based organization that promises to always do the right thing for animals, regardless of the challenge or cost.

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Come for a Visit

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Wouldn’t you love to visit a place where homeless dogs and cats live with the love, security, and comfort of a real home? Well, you can! The Our Companions Animal Rescue Sanctuary, in Ashford, Connecticut, is open to the public every Saturday afternoon from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

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Stop by, and one of our friendly staff members or volunteers will guide you through the living space we’ve set up for these animals in need. In Sebastian House, you can get to see cats climbing and playing, or just curled up in a chair in the sunlight. You can even get to say hello and give a little petting or playtime to many of them. Then you can head over to Henree House, to see our doggie dormitories, where our dogs get to rest up after a big day of hiking and playing with our volunteers. There will even be one or two of our greeter dogs around for some snuggling and maybe even some face licks.

 

This summer and fall, you can also witness the work going into our expansion, as the construction and preparation of three new buildings finishes up, allowing us to help even more dogs and cats in need. So, come see the exciting work that we’re doing here in Ashford. Our staff, our volunteers, and most importantly, our dogs and cats, would love to meet you.

 

Super Cool Drone Footage of Sanctuary Construction

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Lucy supervises dog cottage construction

Last year Our Companions Animal Rescue successfully completed a one million dollar capital campaign allowing us to begin Phase 3 of construction that will double the housing for animals at our Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary helps our community’s most vulnerable animals by providing them a home-like setting that is conducive to a longer-term stay: a low-stress, enriching atmosphere that encourages healing and rehabilitation.

Recently OC volunteer and photographer Ian Green took his drone up for a fly to capture some pretty cool aerial images of the new construction progress, Video courtesy of Ian Green Photography.

 


Also, don’t forget you can see the progress in person! Each week the Sanctuary is open to visitors for tours on Saturdays from 1-3PM. Here’s more information on visiting. We will keep you updated on our opening this fall.

Hope to see you soon!


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The new cat cottage, outside and in

 

 

Phase 3

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Our Companions was founded in 2002 after receiving a gift of 43 acres of land in Ashford, Connecticut. Ironically, this property, formerly a factory farm for laying hens, has been transformed into a Sanctuary that offers a unique and much-needed resource for homeless cats and dogs.

The animals at our Sanctuary, most of whom are older, traumatized, abused, or neglected, are the types of animals that would likely be euthanized in a traditional shelter. Our Sanctuary helps these animals by providing them a home-like setting that is conducive to a longer-term stay: a low-stress, enriching atmosphere that encourages healing and rehabilitation. The Sanctuary also serves as an adoption center, providing an inviting place for people to meet our animals and find the perfect addition to their family.

The complete, multi-phase Sanctuary construction plan entails 17 cottages for cats and dogs, an education center, a dog park, walking trails and nature preserve. Thanks to generous support within the community, we successfully demolished the defunct factory farm and completed Phase 1 of construction. Subsequently, we completed Phase 2 in 2013.

The chart below illustrates our progress thus far, as well as future construction phases. Thank you so very much for your past and continued support.

Phase

Details

Goal

Fundraising Status

Project Status

Demolition Demolish defunct factory farm $300,000 Completed Fall 2008 Completed Winter 2009
1 First rescue cottage, welcome center, garage, site work & vehicle purchase $1,000,000 Completed Spring 2011 Completed Fall 2012
2 2 more rescue cottages, Remembrance Wall and Reflection Gardens $630,000 Completed Spring 2013 Completed Fall 2013
3 4 more cottages
(two feline and two canine)
$1,000,000 Raised $1,000,000 Begin construction 2017
4 10 more cottages and education center $3,5000,000 TBD TBD

 

Phase 3 Cottage

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