In 2013, a group of four Ledyard residents saw a need to help the pets within our community. Little did we know that this idea would be so enthusiastically received and evolve into a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that would serve our local shelter, the Ledyard Animal Control, and the pets in need within our community.
You are continually amazing us and humbling us with you generosity and desire to give. You have kept us going by opening up your wallets or filling up our donation boxes with pet foods and supplies. Your children have brought us their piggy banks, set up Lemonade stands, and had birthday parties where they asked for “gifts for the animals” instead of themselves. Because of your kindness, each animal that enters through the doors of Ledyard Animal Control has had a warm bed, food to eat, and medical attention if they need it.
Since 2013, our efforts have expanded and we have been able to create new projects that have allowed us to reach more animals in need. Each one has a different focus but they all have a common goal…to make the lives of these animals better. We are often asked, “What do you do?” or “How do we help?” Below find a list of our various projects and funds. Also, be sure to check out our Donate page where there is a multitude of ways to give to C.H.A.I.N. so we can give back to the animals in need.
What We Do!
Through our Pet Food Assistance Program, we furnish food to our shelter, the Ledyard Animal Control; the Ledyard and Preston Food Pantries; the Ledyard Senior Center; and various rescues. During the holidays we work with the Town of Ledyard Social Services Department to offer pet gift bags to their clients in need. So, we always a need for pet foods and treats. We have donation boxes at Grimm’s Furry Tails and AA Lock and Key in Ledyard, Gales Ferry Landing and Fireside Brickoven Creations in Gales Ferry, and Big Y in Norwich. You can also find us on Amazon and Walmart with our Wish Lists that gives items needed by C.H.A.I.N. and the Ledyard Animal Control.
With our Emergency Medical Fund, we fundraise to meet the medical needs of some of the pets at the shelter when their care goes beyond what the shelter can afford. The funds will pay for surgeries or treatments so the pet can recover, become healthy,and find a home.
The Oliver Project is a stray and feral cat assistance fund that helps to cover the spay and neuter costs of any feral cats they may trap and release. We also use funds from this project to buy traps and other needed supplies.
The Fixed 4 Life Fund raises money to cover the costs of spays and neuters needed at the Ledyard Animal Control. In 2017, we also began giving out vouchers to Ledyard and Gales Ferry residents to pay towards the cost of a spay or neuter for their pet.
Our,Santa Run for the Pets, is a very heartwarming program that allows kids in the Ledyard and Gales Ferry area to write letters to Santa for their pets. In turn, Santa makes a special delivery to each home bringing the pet the gift the child wished Santa to bring it. It is always an event that is filled with smiles, laughter, tail wags, and happy meows.
C.H.A.I.N.'s Lost Pet Squad assists residents in their search for their lost pets.Be sure to check out our Ledyard Lost and Found Pets page that lists pets missing and found in Ledyard and Gales Ferry along with our surrounding towns.
Whiskers in Wonderland is our annual event that offers pet and kid photos with Santa, lots of raffle baskets, vendors, and a craft corner for the kids. All of the money raised from the sale of raffle tickets and Santa photos goes to the medical fund for the Ledyard Animal Control shelter pets.
For those unaware, we also have a group page on Facebook. We do most of our conversing there so please join it also as it will keep you up to date on all we do.
Those who stand with us, we are like links in a chain, joined together by our love and compassion for animals. We are Ledyard’s Citizens Helping Animals In Need. Won’t you join us?