Stamford Homeless Pets & OPIN

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(203) 977-4437
201 Magee Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902
Hours: Every day (including holidays): 8:00am - 4:00pm. Wednesdays: open until 7:30pm.
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About Outreach to Pets in Need (OPIN)

A Friend of the Stamford Animal Shelter since 2007

"putting an end to pet homelessness"

OPIN is an all volunteer, registered 501c3, non-profit organization. Our mission is to put an end to pet homelessness in Connecticut through medical treatment, training, public education and placement programs. OPIN supports pets at the Stamford Animal Shelter and beyond through a suite of welfare services.

Thanks to our generous donors, OPIN has been the SUPPORTING NONPROFIT of the Stamford Animal Shelter since 2007 and has worked along side the City of Stamford Animal Shelter and its Manager, Ms. Laurie Hollywood to develop and deploy programs supporting the OPIN mission and tenets in the existing facility. The Stamford shelter provides infrastructure and staff support, and OPIN provides dedicated volunteers, program funding, and access to veterinary and animal behavior professionals.

Thanks to the generosity of animal lovers from Stamford and surrounding communities, and adopters near and far, OPIN has been able to provide extraordinary care to the shelter's animals since 2007. On average the shelter takes in approximately 550 animals per year and OPIN provides approximately $60,000 per year in medical care alone. Now that's an awful lot of animals to provide care for, but there's not an animal that enters the Stamford Shelter that does not receive the necessary medical care it deserves. OPIN provides the shelter with:

  • medical care
  • diagnostics
  • surgeries
  • medicines
  • microchipping
  • supplies
  • food
  • dog training & evaluations
  • communication services, advertising & web services
  • public awareness
  • foster care
  • education and,
  • promotional events.

    As well, OPIN provides the public with:

  • FREE dog training every Wednesday night
  • a subsidized low-cost spay-neuter program for pits and pit mixes (Stamford Residents Only)
  • emergency medical assistance to qualifying responsible pet guardians who have fallen on hard times
  • low-cost microchipping and quarterly FREE microchip clinics (The Chip'n Project)
  • post adoption private in-home dog training sessions with a professional dog trainer
  • foster care through our SafePet program for animals owned by victims of domestic violence who have entered into the Domestic Violence Crisis Center of Stamford program.

    OPIN Website
    OPIN on Facebook


    We survive off of the skills and generosity of our fabulous volunteers. Not only is it fun, but each and every hour you give makes a direct positive impact on the wellbeing of our homeless pets. Ways to contribute:

  • Walk and socialize dogs
  • Help train dogs at our free, weekly obedience class
  • Cuddle and play with cats
  • Greet the public and help show them pets
  • Perform office work, data entry, and organization
  • Wash laundry and bowls
  • Help with marketing
  • Educate the community with our Pound Around Town program
  • Organize fundraising events
  • If you're interested in volunteering, fill out a volunteer application. After the Shelter Manager has reviewed your application, shelter staff will contact you with details on volunteer orientation.

    Which Form Do I Use?

    • If the pet has "(OPIN)" next to its name on Petfinder, please fill out the OPIN Adoption Application. OPIN pets are part of our non-profit program and usually in foster homes.
    • If the pet has "(Courtesy)" next to its name, please use the contact info on that profile. Courtesy pets are with other rescues or families, but we're helping spread the word.
    • For all other adoptables, please use the SACC Adoption Application. SACC pets are those legally under the Stamford Animal Care & Control shelter.

    If you'd like to become a foster home, please use the application(s) for the program(s) that interests you. OPIN foster homes take in pets from our shelter, providing them with a more engaging environment than the shelter can offer until they find their forever homes. SafePet Domestic Violence foster homes take in family pets of domestic violence victims on a short-term basis, usually during a transition period.