Branford, CT – The Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter launches the public phase of a campaign to raise $1,000,0000 toward the renovation and expansion of the shelter’s building and grounds on East Main Street.
The Saving Lives One Animal at a Time Campaign launched publicly today on Facebook Live, with a heart-wrenching story of Freedom, a look at the new shelter design, the announcement of the Rescue Brew promotion with Stony Creek Brewery, and an invitation for supporters to donate and join the cause at www.CosgroveSavingLives.org
“The Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter was started through broad community support,” notes Branford First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove, “it opened 17 years ago, and since that time, that support has flourished.”
According to Shelter Director Laura Burban, the Shelter is, “a very unique and special place. In addition to our typical animal control duties, we host up to 750 adoptions each year…including dogs and cats, guinea pigs and hamsters, and all sorts of other domestic animals. We also hold programs like animal camp, reading to the animals and rabies clinics.” The Shelter hosts more than 10,000 visitors per year (approximately 5x the average municipal shelter).
In September, the Branford Representative Meeting approved a $2.85 million plan to renovate and expand the Shelter. The new Shelter will double in size – from 2,600 square feet to more than 5,000. It will include separate entrances for (1) animals, staff and vets and (2) the visiting/adopting public.
There will be new spaces: a community room, animal visiting rooms, open cat play area, outdoor cat play area, animal quarantine, pregnant/newborn cat room, additional critter space, a small barn, a pet food pantry, outdoor play areas and walking paths. Existing areas will be renovated: redesigned lobby, redesigned and upgraded kennels, redesigned grooming area, and additional parking. The ventilation system will be completely reworked to avoid the spread of infection and air conditioning will be added to the dog kennels to allow for more humane treatment in the summer.
The Saving Lives One Animal at a Time Campaign began quietly over a year ago and has already raised more than $725,000 toward its goal of $1,000,000. Campaign co-chairs Eric Maass and Lauren Freedman have assembled a group of more than 20 residents and supporters to lead the campaign. Because of COVID-19, the public phase of the campaign is being conducted on a peer-to-peer basis on www.CosgroveSavingLives.org
Those who want to help can visit the site to donate or to become a Shelter Ambassador. Shelter Ambassadors can set up their own fundraising pages and encourage friends to donate, host a Yappy Hour, or design a personalized event or fundraising effort. The all-online effort allows people to connect virtually – sharing personal photos and stories and building a community of animal supporters that go far beyond Branford or North Branford (the two towns officially served by the Shelter).
Stony Creek Brewery, a local Branford business, has stepped forward to help with the effort by creating Rescue Brew, a special IPA featuring pictures of animals that have been adopted from the Cosgrove Shelter. “We wanted to help the Cosgrove Animal Shelter in their effort to rescue and give new lives to abandoned animals,” notes Ed Crowley, Jr., president of Stony Creek Brewery. “A portion of the proceeds from every 4-pack of Rescue Brew will benefit the Shelter.” To order Rescue Brew, call Stony Creek Brewery at (203) 361-7100. A 4-pack (featuring the same animal) is $15.00 and a 24-can case (featuring all six animals) is $90.