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New Haven, Connecticut, is home to a couple of different animal shelters that are all safe havens for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals in the area. These shelters house animals to keep them from harm while roaming the streets. The two main shelters in the New Haven area are the Animal Haven and the New Haven Animal Shelter.

The Animal Haven has been helping animals find new homes since 1948. While animals are under the care of the Animal Haven, they are spayed and neutered, given medical attention, and fed. As a no-kill shelter, the Animal Haven works to find all animals a new home instead of euthanizing healthy, adoptable pets. The shelter cares for animals 365 days a year, and works strictly off donations, fundraising, and adoption costs.

The New Haven Animal Shelter is the second-largest municipal animal shelter in Connecticut. Each year, the shelter takes in around 1,400 cats and dogs. The shelter has more than 65 dog runs, and hosts several adoption events each year. The New Haven Animal Shelter partners with other organizations to host said events, such as the Humane Commission, Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter, and the North Shore Animal League.

If you live in the New Haven area and are thinking about adding a furry member into your household, consider visiting these animal shelters. Staff can help you and your family find the perfect feline or canine match for your family and lifestyle.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in New Haven

  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    #1 Fur Ball


    You and your pooch won’t want to miss the annual Fur Ball. Join the Animal Haven at the Masonic Temple Building in New Haven, Connecticut, each October for a night of food and fun. You will be provided dinner, entertainment, and you can participate in the silent auction at the event!

    Tickets are $40 in advance of the event. Tickets purchased at the door will be $50 per person.

    The event begins at 5 p.m. and wraps up at 10 p.m.

    All proceeds benefit the Animal Haven in New Haven.

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  • Admission $25.00
    Month October
    Duration 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

    #2 Walk-a-Dog-Athon


    Each October, Animal Haven asks members of the New Haven community to come together to help homeless animals in the area at the Walk-a-Dog-Athon. The event begins with registration at 1 p.m. and ends with an auction at 3 p.m.

    Throughout the event, you can enter your dog in a trick contest, costume parade and contest, and participate in the 1-mile Mutt Strutt.

    Advanced registration is only $25 and comes with a long sleeve t-shirt. Get sponsors from your friends, coworkers, and family to raise money for homeless pets in the area.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month August
    Duration 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    #3 Woofstock on the Branford Green


    Your pup will love spending the day at an outdoor music festival dedicated to dogs! Located at the Historic Branford Green, the all-day music festival will feature a number of great musical acts that you and your dog can enjoy together. The event takes place in each August.

    There will be children’s activities, as well as a Hippie Costume Contest for your pup! Join in on the Woof Walk, which helps raise money for local shelters and rescues.

    Admission is free. The festival starts at 12 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month September
    Duration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    #4 K-9 Karnival


    Leash up your pup and head over to Shelton, Connecticut, for the K-9 Karnival each September. You can join the Trap Falls Kennel Club and watch live demonstrations from carting dogs and police K-9s. Sign up for the raffles and contests taking place throughout the day, and browse through dog-related vendor stands. There will be food available as well.

    If you haven’t had your dog microchipped, you can visit the microchipping booth at the event.

    The day begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m.

    Admission is free. Only leashed dogs are allowed to participate.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month April
    Duration 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    #5 Beer for Beasts


    Sixpoint Brewery is hosting a Dog Day called Beer for Beasts each April to help raise money for local animal shelters. Bring your leashed dog down to the Hops Company’s back garden for an afternoon full of fun activities at the brewery.

    Participate in the dog costume contest, enter the raffle, and view demonstrations from some amazing Army dogs! There will be a selfie station for photos with your dog, as well as vendor booths and music. KC101 FM will provide music and give away great gifts.

    Tickets are free, but $1 from each Sixpoint beer purchase will go to Shelton Animal Shelter and Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter.

    The event runs from noon to 4 p.m.

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