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Paws for Celebration Sets Single-Event Fundraising Record for Cosgrove Shelter

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On June 24, Paws for Celebration raised approximately $300,000 to support the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. Shown here, left to right are shelter volunteers Rose Miko , Gina Regel, shelter director Laura Burban, shelter Volunteer of the Year Kathi Otto, North Branford shelter commission representative Stephanie Malkin, and volunteer Nicole Eairheart.

Photo Courtesy Laura Burban

On June 24, Paws for Celebration raised approximately $300,000 to support the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. Shown here, left to right are shelter volunteers Rose Miko , Gina Regel, shelter director Laura Burban, shelter Volunteer of the Year Kathi Otto, North Branford shelter commission representative Stephanie Malkin, and volunteer Nicole Eairheart. (Photo courtesy Laura Burban)

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At the June 24 Paws for Celebration event, Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter Director Laura Burban (center) is joined by Anthony

At the June 24 Paws for Celebration event, Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter Director Laura Burban (center) is joined by Anthony "Unk" Daros (right), who served as first selectman when the original shelter opened in 2003, and current Branford first selectman Jamie Cosgrove. (Photo courtesy Laura Burban)

On June 24, Paws for Celebration gave supporters of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter a great reason to celebrate: raising approximately $300,000, the most ever raised by a one-time fundraiser, said Laura Burban, shelter director.

Supporters attended the fundraising soiree held at Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford. As part of the event, the shelter also recognized Volunteer of the Year Kathi Otto.

The no-kill municipal shelter serves the Towns of Branford and North Branford. The funds raised will support the continuing efforts of the CosgroveSavingLives fundraiser established in 2020. The fundraiser has already surpassed its $1 million goal, with currently over $1.4 million pledged toward the revised $4.595 million project cost to renovate and expand the shelter at 749 East Main St.

As of July 6, the shelter has been operating out of a temporary location at 11 Cherry Hill Road in Branford.


Pam Johnson covers news for Branford and North Branford for Zip06. Email Pam at p.johnson@shorepublishing.com.

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