The seaport city of Bridgeport may have a long and proud history, but the city’s attitude towards its canine population certainly isn’t stuck in the past. Whenever dogs in and around Bridgeport suffer abuse, neglect, or abandonment, there are plenty of excellent animal welfare groups ready to help out.
The Connecticut Humane Society is a shining example. Founded in 1881 as a private charity, this is Connecticut’s oldest animal welfare organization. With a vision to create a state where each companion animal finds a permanent, compassionate home, the Connecticut Humane Society provides adoption services, medical care, education, and acts to prevent animal cruelty in Bridgeport and the surrounding areas. As an independent non-profit that receives no funding from the government or any national humane organizations, it relies entirely on generous public donations to continue its important work.
The SPCA of Connecticut also works tirelessly to help animals in need. Based in Monroe, this no-kill shelter has placed thousands of adoptable dogs and cats into their forever homes. With the help of dedicated staff and a team of compassionate volunteers, the group is a non-profit organization that’s always on the lookout for extra support.
Stratford Animal Rescue Society is yet another non-profit animal welfare group funded by private donations, public fundraising, and grants. Founded in 2000, its mission is to arrange the adoptions of homeless animals into loving homes throughout the area and to provide essential food and medical treatment for the animals impounded at the Stratford Animal Control Facility. Thanks to the help of the animal-loving public, it’s made a huge difference in the lives of many unwanted dogs.
Each year, Stratford Animal Rescue Society helps abandoned, abused, and neglected dogs find new, loving homes. To help continue this wonderful work, it holds the annual Fall Festival to Benefit Animals, a pet-friendly fundraising event held in Paradise Green Park. What first started out as a small dog walk has quickly grown into an action-packed community festival full of paw-some fun for dog lovers and their pets! Highlights include the ever-popular one-mile dog walk, educational speakers, live music and entertainment, pet contests, and a wide range of vendors. Check it out with your furry friend and help raise money to support a very good cause!
Free Halloween fun for you, your pet, and the whole family? Just tell us where to sign! This annual Halloween Pet Parade is a fabulous community event that promises non-stop entertainment for pet lovers and their furry friends. Sponsored by Pequot Library and the Connecticut Humane Society, the parade starts at Five Corners and follows the fire truck to Pequot Library's Great Lawn. Pets and their people are encouraged to dress up and get into the spirit of the day, with prizes for the best costumes and treats for all pets that participate! The event also features live entertainment, free refreshments, and some grrr-eat old-fashioned Halloween games on the library lawn. Best of all, it’s free!
What could be better than a fun day out in the sun with your pooch, the rest of the family, and heaps of other dog lovers? Nothing, that’s what — which is why the Westport Dog Festival is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated annual events for Connecticut dog owners! Held in May at Winslow Park, this day of dog-friendly community fun raises funds to support local non-profits. Some of the paw-sitively pet-acular highlights include delicious food, live entertainment, face painting, heaps of vendors, and dog training sessions! Pooches can also enjoy canine competitions, a doggie fun zone, and a fast-paced obstacle course. Needless to say, your dog will have a tail-wagging good time.
Bikers Against Animal Cruelty (BAAC) is a non-profit group of motorcycle enthusiasts that advocate against animal cruelty and neglect. Each year, the organization holds an annual rally and adoption event in North Haven Fairground Park. This pet-friendly event promises an afternoon of fun for the whole family, including a paw-some car/bike show and plenty of great food and live music. Vendors, raffles, and prizes will all be at this event, and you can even come face to face with some adorable adoptable animals. The $20 admission fee includes free food, so take your vaccinated, non-aggressive pooch along and join in all the fun and games!
The Ridgefield Operation of Animal Rescue (ROAR) teams up with Blue Buffalo to host the annual Furry Scurry Festival. Held at the Ridgefield Recreation Center, this grrr-eat event features the Very Scary Furry Scurry 2-mile walk/run and Kids’ Ding Dong Dash in support of the local ROAR animal shelter. You can enter the race with your dog for $35 and join plenty of other like-minded animal lovers as they pound the pavement. The race is followed by a paw-some pet-friendly festival, entry to which is $10 and features food trucks, live music, tons of games and activities, and a stack of pet product vendors! Two- and four-legged guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their spookiest Halloween costumes, making this a howlingly-good event to enjoy with your dog by your side.