Last Saturday, June 9, PAWS of Greenwich had the wonderful opportunity to visit Newtown, CT for a very special pet adoption and family festival, which honored the life of slain Sandy Hook student - Catherine Violet Hubbard. The fourth annual Catherine's "Butterfly Party," is held each year, on or around her birthday, and celebrates her passion and love for all animals.
The Month of June is Dog License Month! Are your pups Greenwich-official? The Connecticut State law requires all dogs six months and older to be licensed by June 30. Dog licenses are valid for one year and must be renewed annually via the Town of Greenwich.
Cost: $8 if spayed or neutered | $19 for non-spayed/neutered dogs
Download & complete the license application: bit.ly/ctdoglicense
Provide a copy of current rabies vaccination
Provide a copy of spay/neuter certificate (ONLY if it's your first time applying)
Drop in the mail or apply in-person at Greenwich Town Hall
You will receive a new dog tag, that MUST be worn at all times
Call Greenwich Town Clerk’s office (203-622-7897) or visit: 101 Field Point Rd, Greenwich
Isabella Garrucho Fine Art Gallery in Greenwich Unveils “Anthropomorphic” Dog-Human Portrait Paintings by Acclaimed Artist Rachelle Oatman
Portion of Proceeds to Support Local Nonprofit, PAWS of Greenwich
Isabella Garrucho Fine Art Gallery (40 W Putnam Ave.) will debut their newest solo exhibition featuring a collection of anthropomorphic pet portraits by accomplished NYC-based artist, Rachelle Oatman. As part of the month-long, solo exhibition, Isabella Garrucho Gallery will donate a portion of proceeds from all sales to PAWS of Greenwich.
To celebrate the opening and partnership, the gallery will host a “PAWS for Art” opening night party on Wednesday, June 13, 6 – 9 PM at the gallery, located at 40W Putnam Ave. Artist Rachelle Oatman will be onsite to speak about her unique anthropomorphic paintings that combine dog portraits on the body of their owners, human body featuring contemporary fashion, haute couture, or historical costume. PAWS of Greenwich volunteers and founder, Jessica DelGuercio will be on site to speak about the importance of pets in our community and the organizations efforts to clean up the dog park, promote responsible pet ownership and more.
The partnership will continue later in June, with a PAWS Pop Up Shop at the gallery on Saturday, June 23. Local pet brands and artisans will be on site selling a variety of products. PAWS of Greenwich will also be on site with educational information about responsible pet ownership, pet owner resources and more. A portion of proceeds from all sales will be donated to PAWS of Greenwich. The community is welcome to come out and support all Greenwich PAWS on June 23 at Isabella Garrucho Fine Art Gallery.
Rachelle Oatman brings the urban myth that dog owners tend to look like their dogs – to a whole new level - with carefully crafted, manipulated portraits that combine people’s bodies with animal heads – normally dogs. From commissioned paintings that intricately combine a pet with the body and personality of its owner; to unique anthropomorphic characters featuring a portrait of a dog with a body dressed in vibrant fashions - each are intricately detailed to resemble the animal and reflect the personalities of both subjects.
Two such paintings that will be on display at the gallery include her popular “Diamond Dog” and “Napoleon Corenation”. View the collection of Rachelle Oatman’s paintings available for purchase at Isabella Garrucho Gallery: http://www.igifineart.com/paintings/rachelle-oatman/dog-portraits/
#StopTheTorture Campaign Launches in New York City Metro Area for Humane Society International
Social media influencers, marketing, and public relations professionals partner to raise awareness about the murderous "dog-torture" festival in Yulin.
In Yulin, China, June 21, is the start of an annual “festival” when dogs and cats – many of them stolen pets – are brutally beaten to death and then consumed. These animals suffer enormously – packed tightly together in tiny cages and driven for days without food or water to slaughterhouses and markets, before being cruelly killed in front of each other. Last year, Yulin authorities attempted to ban the sale of dog meat, but it was overturned before the festival began.
To help raise the public's awareness for this issue more than a dozen women and dog owners based in the New York Metro Area released images with their pets and the message “Stop The Torture” on Instagram. The campaign was formed to stir emotion and awaken audiences to the barbaric Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Images featured serious expressions with a URL (hsi.org/stopthetorture) to drive traffic to the Humane Society International's website to promote the organization's work to end the global abuse and torture of dogs…
PAWS of Greenwich a local animal advocacy nonprofit and a network of Greenwich-area dog lovers, owners, and businesses, will join forces this SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 11 am – 3 pm for a paw-some day of clean up and pet-friendly activities at Greenwich’s Grass Island Dog Park. To learn more about PAWS online at www.pawsofgreenwich.com…
Jessica DelGuercio, founder of PAWS of Greenwich, said there is no longer a push to extend dog season at the beach. However, she said one of her group’s priorities is for more improvements at Grass Island Dog Park. She thanked the department for putting gravel under a section of fence where dogs were getting stuck.
However, she said that shards of glass, metal and porcelain continue to bubble up.
On Thursday, June 15, 2017, The Town of Greenwich installed large signs at the trailhead of Mianus River Park stating – Park Restricted, Greenwich Municipal Code 7-30-3 No Commercial Use of Parkland and 7-31-10e Prohibits Advertising/Profit-Making Use of Parkland.
Without any prior notification from the town, and on that same day, dog walkers who travel those trails with their client’s dogs on a daily basis – were cited and given tickets for walking dogs.
Although many companies “profit” from the use of Town of Greenwich Parks property (summer camps, personal trainers, babysitters, food vendors, etc.) the Town is using these municipal codes only to target and ban dog walking companies. Why should only dog walking companies be targeted, while other profiting businesses are not?
Professional dog walkers using the park were told these signs apply to all town parks in Greenwich, including Greenwich’s only dog park on Grass Island. Companies were advised that the signs, and enforcement of the codes, were in response to isolated complaints from local residents who do not like seeing the dog walkers and their groups of dogs in the park.
Read the article written by the Greenwich Free Press, regarding July’s Town Parks and Recreation meeting discussion about the dog walker ban HERE.
We fear that the continued enforcement will:
- Inconvenience hard working dog owners who rely heavily on dog walkers to exercise their dogs
- Deny Greenwich residents use of parks by not allowing them to use parks through a proxy (dog walkers)
- Force successful area dog walking companies to close and leave employed dog walkers out of a job
- Force dog walkers to walk client dogs on dangerous, busy streets with no sidewalks
- Limit the exercise and socialization necessary for a well behaved dog
- Stigmatize Greenwich as an anti-dog town, harming its reputation and decreasing home values.
Our solution is for the Town of Greenwich to:
- Require dog walking companies and individual dog walkers to register with the Town and buy an annual permit. ideally, a portion of the funds from the permit would be used towards the maintenance of the trails and revitalization of the Greenwich Dog Park
- Require dog walkers to wear a badge or carry a permit when using parks;
- Establish reasonable hours for use of parks by professional dog walkers;
- Require dog walking companies to ensure all client dogs are vaccinated, licensed and tagged;
- Require insurance for all dog walking companies
Our Request: We hope to have your support in requesting the Town of Greenwich lift the dog walker ban from town parks by offering an annual permit to dog walking companies while supporting the reality that the Town of Greenwich has a need for the services of these dog caregivers for the convenience of residents and health of our furry four-legged friends.