Paws Clap for GAF Fundraiser

An evening of festivity is being readied on Saturday, September 14, to aid our furry friends—a DJ, dancing, dance lessons, gift baskets and hot and cold hors d’oeuvres are part of the Groton Animal Foundation (GAF), “Cause for Paws,” a yearly wine- and beer-tasting fundraiser.
The event will be at the Shennecossett Yacht Club on Eastern Point from 4 to 8 p.m.; more than a dozen vendors and donors will participate, coordinated by The Grapevine in Groton.
The Groton Animal Foundation (GAF), a nonprofit organization established in early 2007, operates an emergency medical fund which provides extra medical care needed by the animals housed in the Town of Groton Animal Control Facility, helping the animals become more adoptable.
In addition, GAF enlists veterinary clinics to help with a veterinary-bill subsidies for Groton pet owners who are financially challenged. The Town of Groton area includes City of Groton, Groton side of Mystic, Noank, Groton Long Point, and Navy Housing. Approximately 80 animals have been helped yearly at the facility and eight to ten veterinary bills have been subsidized.
GAF has a “Heat Kills” educational program to deter pet owners from leaving their animals in cars during the summer. In addition, a reading program allows children to take home a library “animal book” to read and discuss at the libraries with an appropriate expert. The GAF Animal Pantry helps people obtain food for their pets.
In addition to GAF’s annual wine tasting, GAF’s main revenues are from donations from animal lovers, plus grants including the Mystic Rotary Club, the Community Foundation, a Pfizer Volunteer Grant and matching funds, and the feral-cat project of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.
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