Sunday, October 4, 2020

It’s going to be that time of the year again – time to celebrate our four-legged, furry or finned members of the family with a pet festival as the Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue & Adoption Center hosts Animal Awareness Day, noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, October 4, 2020 on the Branford Town Green.

The fun day has something for all ages, including live music, children’s activities, food trucks, live animals (mini horses!), live animal educational demonstrations, huge bake sale, booths featuring a variety of area animal care and rescue groups, as well as business vendors whom we all patronize to give our pets the best life possible, and you never know what other surprises may happen!

The highlight of the day, as always, will be the Blessing of the Animals at 1:30 p.m., the annual nod to the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, large and small. Half the fun is checking out the eclectic array of pets that make their way to the Green to be blessed by local clergy from several denominations.  In past years, that parade has ranged from dogs, cats and gerbils to horses, rabbits and birds.

To make all this possible, we need your financial assistance. There are varying levels of sponsorship ranging from $5,000 for presenting sponsor to $100 for bronze sponsor. All sponsorship levels include a booth. Vendor booth fees are $50 for businesses and $25 for rescue organizations and nonprofits through August 31 (fees will be $65 and $30 after that date).  Platinum or Presenting Sponsors who reply by March 31 get an additional perk of free tickets to our Fashion Show in April!

• Download the Sponsorship Form
• Download the 2020-AADVendorRescueForm

You can pay by mail, making your check (sorry, no credit cards) payable to Branford Compassion Club, and either mailing it to Chris Gagne, c/o BCC’s Feline Rescue  & Adoption Center, 2037 Foxon Road, North Branford, CT 06471, or bringing it there in person 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturdays.

The deadline is August 31.

The Branford Compassion Club, celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year, is a privately funded nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to raise awareness about the importance of spay-neutering felines, to aid in the adoption of homeless cats and care for those deemed unadoptable in area feral colonies. These feral cats are trapped, neutered and released into the perpetual daily care of BCC volunteers.  The shelter, which opened in 2011, has found forever homes for more than 2,400 cats, while BCC has adopted out several thousand more before opening the Feline Rescue & Adoption Center.