BRANFORD — Does your dog like live music? How about parading around the green dressed in costume and sniffing new friends?

You can bring your canine friend to the Branford Town Green, Saturday, Aug. 10, where bands will entertain you and your pooch. It’s the only day dogs are allowed on the historic green, and the event benefits the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter.

The fun begins at 11 a.m. with Woofwalk, a 2-mile dog-walking experience. Then from noon to 6 p.m., multiple bands provide music, and over 50 pet-friendly vendors offer human food and dog treats.

Your dog can also enter a doggie costume contest, celebrating Branford’s 375th anniversary. The costume should display what Branford means to you – a special Branford hangout or event or even a lobster roll. Other activities include a raffle table with over 60 baskets, crafts for children and information on animal care.

Admission to Woofstock on the green is free, although a free will donation of $5 is requested to help support the work of the Cosgrove Animal Shelter. Or donate needed shelter supplies such as rawhide chews, beds, clay kitty litter. Registration for the Woofwalk is $25. Pre-register your dog at: For questions, contact Laura Burban, director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter: 203-315-4125. All donations are tax deductible. The shelter is located at 749 E. Main St., Branford, next to the recycling center.

The Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter established in 2003. In addition to rescuing homeless animals of all kinds and offering animals for adoption, the shelter provides rehabilitation to the most abused, neglected and sickly animals; rabies and microchipping clinics; a pet food pantry for people going through hardships; pet-certified therapy dogs to hospice and assisted living residents; therapy pets for special-needs children; seniors matching seniors program; low or no-cost spay-neuter certificates; adoption services and counseling for new pet adopters; transportation assistance to veterinarians for disabled or senior pet-owners; and humane education programs for schools and groups.

Connecticut Media Group