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Animal lovers throughout Hamden and the surrounding areas encapsulate the meaning of "dog lover" with the way they dedicate their time and love to animals in need. There are a number of shelters in the area that are doing big things for dogs of all sizes. Committed volunteers give their time in order to ensure proper care of the displaced dogs of Connecticut. Two shelters in particular that are in and near Hamden are Where the Love is Animal Rescue and The Animal Haven. 

Where the Love is Animal Rescue, located right in Hamden, is an institution that has been serving the animals of Hamden and the surrounding community since 2011. They have saved over 500 cats and dogs by taking them in and placing them in secure and safe fur-ever homes. The group places their animals in loving foster homes in order to ensure they receive the love of a normal household life. 

Doing work that makes a definitive impact, The Animal Haven is making steps forward for the wellbeing of dogs all over. This North Haven animal shelter goes to great lengths to ensure their animals are well cared for. They are thoughtful when considering the placement of their animals in permanent homes. Until these sweet cats and dogs find their true home, they are loved greatly by the volunteers and staff of the non-profit. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Hamden

  • Admission FREE!
    Month October

    #1 Where the Love is Fall Festival

    Have fun while you benefit a wag-tastic cause serving the animals of Hamden and the surrounding areas! Where the Love Is Rescue puts on an event tailored to dogs and their fun-loving humans. Whether you want to attend with your family, your friends, or just your four-legged best friend, there are plenty of activities for all to enjoy. Pony rides and bounce houses are there for kids to let loose and have fun with new friends. Humans get to enjoy cupcakes, kettle corn, and other delicious food and products from over 70 local vendors! Treat your pup to a day of fun - getting to know new friends and bonding with you in a unique experience.
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    Month May

    #2 Dock Dogs Diving Extravaganza

    Head on over to Cheshire Park for a wonderful day of fun for both you and your pup. This free event is hosted by Thompson Feed and offers a number of fun activities. Most notably, this event features an aquatic competition in which your dog can show off his agility and endurance while reaching new levels of fun. The tournament for dogs takes place in a 40-foot pool and offers plenty of competitions for your dog to participate in. While taking a break from the action of the games, check out K9 demonstrations performed by the dogs from the local police station and presentations on a variety of dog-loving topics.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    #3 Walk-A-Dog-A-Thon

    A walk in the beautiful setting of The North Haven Town Green is sure to be loved by both dogs and their humans! The afternoon Halloween celebration continues after a 1-mile dog walk. Enjoy entertainment including live music, a pet parade, a costume contest, and delicious food. Enter in the raffle to win prizes or browse the booths of vendors offering a wide variety of goods. These vendors supply a large range of products from the latest and greatest dog treats to the most trendy merchandise for you and your pup. This event is free and open to all dog lovers!
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    Duration Dawn-Dusk, Year-R...

    #4 Hamden Dog Park

    Tucked into the beautiful Basset Park is the loved-by-all Hamden Dog Park. The wooded park features fun trails on which you and your pooch can embark on grand adventures. The park also offers plenty of shade under which you both can relax and enjoy a fun day in the great outdoors. The park features one play area for large dogs and one for small dogs. This ensures quality playtime for all participants! Always clean and full of friendly people, opportunities for fun are presented at every turn. Engage in a lively game of fetch with your beloved pooch or take part enjoying conversations with fellow dog-lovers.
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    #5 Wentworth's Homemade Ice Cream

    Next time you want to treat yourself to a nice ice cream cone, treat your dog, too! Enjoy a homemade cone of homemade ice cream with homemade sprinkles on top! Sit in the shaded outdoor tables with your dog by your side while he enjoys the very special dog-friendly ice cream made right at Wentworth's specifically for dogs. The ice cream shop provides a friendly and laid-back atmosphere where you and your furry friend (and human friends) can enjoy a nice break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Be sure to put this on your list of places your pup will love!
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