Saving Lives One Animal at a Time

Saving Lives One Animal at a Time Supporting A New Shelter
Saving Lives One Animal at a Time

A New Shelter for Animals and People

We're planning a new shelter to serve the Shoreline! Our current shelter will be fully renovated and lots of new space will be added. We need your help!

Your gift will support renovated kennels, new cat rooms, space for sick and pregnant cats, a pet food pantry, community room, pet visiting rooms, new ventilation, outdoor play areas and trails.

The towns of Branford and North Branford are supporting this renovation and expansion, but it will only happen with significant private support.

Thank you for being part of our team - together we can save lives!!!!

More Space - Inside and Out!

The new Shelter will have expanded cat space, pet adoption visiting rooms, upgraded kennels, additional quarantine space,
separate ventilation to prevent the spread of infection, a medical visiting room, a pregnant cat room, separate offices for animal control activities and a separate entrance for stray and roaming animals.

There will also be a community room, space for our many volunteers, adoption visiting rooms and a generous, adoption-friendly lobby for people.

Outside, we'll have expanded play areas, a barn, walking trails, a pet splash pad, more parking, and a safer driveway. Learn more about the project here.

Freedom's Story

Freedom was found on the side of the road on July 5th. He was bloody, cut, missing parts of his ears, and close to death. ​Freedom had been used as a "bait" dog in an illegal dog fighting ring.

When he was brought to the shelter, we weren't sure he'd make it. But after many surgeries, physical therapy and months of rehabilitation, he regained his health. His story went viral and people from all over the world supported Freedom's slow return to health.

By working with our volunteers and staff, Freedom began to trust people again. When he was ready, Freedom was adopted by a young woman from Middletown, Connecticut.

Today, Freedom is affectionately considered the "Mayor of Middletown" because everywhere he goes, people know him and stop to give him love.

Freedom, and thousands of animals like him, have love and forever homes because of the Cosgrove Animal Shelter and its generous supporters.

About the Shelter

The current Shelter is more than 17 years old and in desperate need of repair. Our space is overcrowded and we must turn away animals, volunteers and adopters regularly. A new Shelter will allow us to safely care for pets and people.

Lots of friends from the Shoreline and beyond are joining together to help us make this vision a reality. We hope you will be part of the Cosgrove Animal Shelter success story!

Our Fantastic Community!

Our fantastic community is made up of volunteers, supporters, adopters, staff and friends.

We do so much more than animal control. Animal outreach, education, medical care, clinics, adoption services, and even Animal Camp are among the Cosgrove Shelter's amazing programs.

Make a Gift!


Make a generous gift to help animals in need - every dollar matters!

Pick the level that's most meaningful for you. You'll help countless animals find safe shelter and a forever home.

That makes you a Top Dog!

Become a Shelter Ambassador!


Create your very own fundraiser - for your birthday, with a Yappy Hour, or through some other creative approach that is distinctly YOU.

It's simple! Just register and set up an account to become one of our Shelter Ambassadors. You'll have your own page to tell your story.

And that's the Cat's Meow!

Shelter Naming Opportunities Available.  Click HERE to view them or contact Laura Burban to learn more. Leadership Gifts may be pledged over a period of 3 years.