ROAR Donofrio Family Animal Shelter

Our shelter, named for the Donofrio family in recognition of their generous and ongoing
support, reflects best practices in shelter construction and animal care.
It is a warm, safe, welcoming place for homeless pets to recover and await adoption.
ROAR’s staff and team of volunteers provide loving care, daily exercise & playtime, grooming,
training medical attention and individual kennel accommodations to create a home-like environment.

Nutritious food is generously provided by Blue Buffalo company, a long-time friend and sponsor of

Our Mission

ROAR was founded on the simple principle that we would provide animals in need with the same love, care and compassion we show our own family pets. Since we opened our doors in 2005, we have placed more than 5,000 neglected and unwanted cats and dogs in caring homes throughout Ridgefield and our surrounding towns.

But our mission does not end at our shelter’s door. ROAR’s staff and volunteers are also committed to enhancing the remarkable bond between people and pets through our education and outreach programs, sharing information about the rewards of adopting a pet, responsibilities of pet ownership, and working with student groups in developing ways to “give back” to animals in need.

ROAR Therapy Dogs Program

Dogs and their owner/handlers give back to the community in many ways.  One important way is our ROAR Therapy Dogs program.  We are reaching out to the community to put smiles on the faces of seniors in elder care facilities, and to help young readers with one-on-one reading programs.   We also visit area schools to extend our efforts to help children with special needs.

We do in-house screening and training for dog and owner teams.  All gentle and social dogs are potential candidates.  For more information, please contact the Shelter at  Or call us at 203-438-0158.

Pets for Vets – ROAR CT Chapter

Our goal is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter dog that is specially selected by our professional staff.

The Pets for Vets team interviews each veteran to ascertain what he or she is looking for in a companion animal and what their specific needs require.

We pair this with his or her personality and lifestyle to make the perfect veteran-pet match.

Visit our website for more information on this wonderful new program.

ROAR ….. saving & changing lives one tail at a time

Sometimes it’s hard to tell who benefits more from the ROAR experience – the animals or the people.  Whether you choose to make a donation, adopt a pet, volunteer your time or join one of our community activities, becoming part of the ROAR family is a decision you will never regret.