Companion Connection

About Us

Companion Connection is a non profit organization with IRS 501c3 status.  We are dedicated to improving the lives of abused, abandoned or neglected dogs and cats in Alexander,, Arkansas and surrounding areas.  We do not take in owner-released animals, but focus on helping unclaimed animals and reducing the  pet overpopulation number through our relocation program and numerous spay/neuter programs.

Due to unexpected circumstances, Companion Connection is no longer an active rescue organization, however, there is a large sanctuary for our “Unadoptable” cats that have been with us for several years and has protected outside access for our feline friends.  You will find information on these cats on the Sponsor A Cat page.

Companion Connection promotes spay and neuter programs as well as the Trap-Neuter-Return program as the only humane method of effectively reducing the feral cat population.

Our Companion Animals:

Our companion animals are rescues.  They have been saved from abandonment, neglect or abuse.  Therefore, many have “special needs” ranging from emotional—needing extra time to get to know you—to dietary needs.  Our animals are free to roam about their shelter areas rather than being caged.  It is a different type of environment than the typical shelter so the animals are happier and therefore, healthy.

Companion Connection’s Mission:

Companion Connection is committed to ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals, protecting the public health and welfare of the citizens of Saline County, through education and enforcement of State laws and local orders and showing respect and compassion to all.  We promote spay and neuter programs as well as the Trap-Neuter-Return program as the only humane method of effectively reducing the feral cat population. 


What you can do to help:

Companion Connection depends on donations to feed, house and provide medical care for all the animals at the sanctuary.  Donations may be monetary or in the form of food, litter, towels and sheets.  Please see our wish list for more ideas.  We are also in need of volunteers to help keep the sanctuary clean and the cats socialized.  If you can help us in any way, we would love to hear from you.


Rehoming your companion animal:

Companion Connection does not take owner surrender animals.  Rather, we try to educate how the companion animal can remain in the family and provide guidance when and where we can.  Many landlords DO accept companion animals.  Many assistance living locations now allow companion animals; acknowledging the importance in the senior’s quality of life.  While moving can be stressful, the companion animal would much rather remain with its family.  Adding to the family?  Companion animals welcome the new comer and have even become their guardian angel —alerting the parents of impending danger.  Companion animals can go into deep depression when separated from their human family.  Don’t cause your furry family member unnecessary pain.




Contact Information:

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated...

I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." -Mahatma Gandhi-

We are a non profit

organization.  Please make a tax deductible donation today!

Board of Directors:

Ellette H. Vinyard, Executive                  Director and Founder

Jerry Vinyard, Director  Volunteers

Lisa D’Amato, Director PR



Jerry Vinyard,  President

Monnie DeUnger, Vice President

Ellette Vinyard, Treasurer

                                , Secretary




Larissa, born in 2008, is a feral that lost her colony home.  She is living out her life here at the sanctuary.  It’s a tough job, but we keep her current on her vaccinations!

Gladys, born April of 2009 is another feral gal that lost her colony home.  We promised her all the comforts we can provide and in return, she now lets me love on her! 


Tara says, “More Please!”

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