VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center

Our Pet Care Partners

Caring for all of your pet's needs takes more than we could ever provide alone. Here are some local organizations and businesses that we recommend to our patients and their families.

  • Cat Tales

    VCA Shoreline has recently partnered with Cat Tales Inc., a Connecticut-based, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the quality of life and improving the well-being of abused, neglected and abandoned cats and kittens within our community.

    On Saturday April 5th 2014, VCA Shoreline, Cheshire and Norwalk,  proudly joined Cat Tales in supporting their mission by becoming a sponsor of their annual “Cats in the Castle” fundraiser and wine tasting event, which was held at the St. Clements Castle in Portland, Connecticut. With many donated items being raffled off at the live auction, the biggest prize of the evening was an African Safari for two!

    VCA was proud to donate a large gift basket that included over $350 of cat supplies and services, as well as many other giveaways for pet care and health.  We were thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic event that raised over $11,000!

    We look forward to our continued collaboration with Cat Tales Inc. throughout the year.


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  • ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Hotline

    The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is staffed 24 hours with veterinary health professionals who have been specially trained in veterinary toxicology. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call the ASPCA 24 hour emergency Animal Poison Control Center hotline at (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee is applied to your credit card.

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  • STARS (Stratford Animal Rescue Society)

    The Stratford Animal Rescue Society (STARS) is a non-profit group founded in September 2000 with the unaminous support from the Stratford Town Council.  Our mission is to facilitate and expedite the adoptions of homeless animals into loving homes as well as, provide food, medical care and necessities for the animals impounded at the Stratford Animal Control Facility.

    The Stratford Animal Rescue Society (STARS) works in collaboration with Animal Control for the Town of Stratford, Connecticut. STARS. was founded in response to the large number of adoptable homeless animals impounded at the Stratford Animal Control Facility.  The group is funded by private donations, public fundraising and grants.

    Through fundraising endeavors and public support, STARS is wholly dedicated to its mission. An impounded animal at the Stratford Animal Control Facility receives the following as a means of life longevity, pet overpopulation control and to make a more balanced animal for the purpose of permanent adoption:

    Disease Testing
    Spay / Neuter
    Veterinarian Recommended Medical Care

    For more information and to make a donation, please visit their site.

    Visit STARS (Stratford Animal Rescue Society)

  • EARS (Emergency Animal Response Service)

    The Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service is an organization designed for rapid-response to single emergency events (such as a household fire) or larger disaster incidents (such as hurricane evacuation) for animals in our state. If called upon, the EARS Team can provide technical rescue, triage, transport of animals to veterinary clinics, and establish temporary sheltering for a wide variety of animals. EARS is entirely run through the commitment of volunteers, and no one involved in the organization receives any payment for their participation, they are brought together by a love and dedication to the safety of animals in our communities.

    Members of the EARS Animal Rescue Team must complete and adhere to training provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as additional training given by EARS itself. The most important part of this training involves the Incident Command System (ICS), which was established by FEMA to assure that all emergency services, disaster response teams, and similar organizations operate under the exact same guidelines. This allows EARS to seamlessly work together with local fire departments and emergency services, the Red Cross, CERT Teams, and various other relief organizations.

    In addition to preparing training and responding to animal emergencies, EARS also places a large emphasis on public outreach and owner education through community programs, library lectures, and many other events throughout the year. Our aim is to encourage everyone on ways to be prepared for all types of emergencies and keep their animals safe. The EARS Team hosts Pet First Aid training, microchip clinics, outreach programs at pet supply stores and animal hospitals, and much more. These are aspects that any individual can be involved with, even those with no training in emergency response, animal rescue, or animal handling. This will help ensure that in emergencies there is accurate information regarding animal issues being distributed to the communities, and assistance is available where needed and that preparedness, planning, and response for animals in disaster situations is present and understood.

    VCA Shoreline is thrilled to be a partner of EARS and we look forward to continuing our community outreach and owner edcuation with them. Please check back for upcoming events this summer/fall.

    Visit EARS (Emergency Animal Response Service)

  • Trupanion Pet Insurance

    Pet insurance from Trupanion covers 90%* of actual veterinary costs with no limits on payout. Call 855.270.6576 or visit
    *Terms and conditions apply

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  • Karen Olio, MA, Med, LPC

    The loss of a beloved pet can be as heartbreaking as the loss of a family member or friend. We all need places of comfort and understanding to grieve the loss of our precious companions. VCA VREC in Norwalk is offering a pet loss support group on the first Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30pm. The group will be led by Karen Olio, MA, Med, LPC who is a loving pet owner and licensed professional counselor. You are not alone with your grief.

    Everyone is welcome.

    VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center

    123 West Cedar St

    Norwalk CT 06854



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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center
895 Bridgeport Avenue
Shelton, CT 06484
Phone: 203-929-8600
Fax: 203-944-9754

In the event of a pet medical emergency, no appointment is needed. We are open 24/7/365 to help your pet. For directions to our facility, please call us at at 203-929-8600.