July 1, 2022

MCCF Celebrating the Dog, Cat & Donkey Days of Summer

Middlesex County Community Foundation (MCCF) Animals: Respect and Friendship (ARF!)  will be hosting a party at the Centerbrook Meeting House on Wednesday August 24 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. to celebrate animals who are “workin’ for a living.”

MCCF’s ARF! Fund supports nonprofits making a difference in the lives of animals in Middlesex County — bring a can of cat or dog food, spend some time socializing with friends and fellow animal lovers, and support the great work of nonprofits providing care, resources and training to animals!

Animals do the darndest things … and many services wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for their special abilities. Animals perform many services, including Law Enforcement, Assisted Therapies, Hospice Comforters, “I can read” Library Listeners, and “Seeing Eye” Partners.

Middlesex County Community Foundation’s ARF! (Animals: Respect & Friendship) Fund celebrates animals who are “workin’ for a living!” and the people they work with. We are excited to be joined by two great women who share their work-a-day worlds with animals … (and one of them is bringing her partner!) — Kitty Stalsburg, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, and Connecticut Trooper Kerry Taylor and K9 Shutz. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding was awarded a grant in 2010-2011 from MCCF.

Kitty Stalsburg, Executive Director, will join us to discuss the work High Hopes does and the important role horses play in the therapeutic programs.  Connecticut State Trooper Kerry Taylor and her partner K9 Shutz are stationed in Essex. K9 Shutz is Trooper Taylor’s second canine partner, and he is trained in a number of important skills, including tracking, evidence recovery and building searches.

Vista Vocational and Life Skills, a 2010-2011 grantee of Middlesex County Community Foundation, will join the fun as they show off their newly re-launched Vista VittlesDog treats – delicious peanut butter dog cookies that “the dog in your life” will love!  These tasty dog cookies are packaged and assembled by Vista students and members utilizing Vista’s very own secret recipe!

Admission: $5 and one can or bag of dog or cat food (proceeds support the ARF! fund; food donations will be made to local rescue groups and animal shelters).