Two paws up! Puttin’ on the Dog returns to Greenwich

Tails will be wagging this Sunday as man’s best friend is celebrated at the 25th annual Puttin’ on the Dog festival right here in Greenwich at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.

The event now serves as a fund-raiser for Adopt-A-Dog, a dog and cat rescue sanctuary serving New York and Connecticut, but began as a means of assisting other animal welfare groups in the area, according to Allyson Halm, president of the organization.

Over the last 30 years, Adopt-A-Dog has rescued more than 10,000 animals, brought them back to health and found them loving homes. Unfortunately, Ms. Halm said, saving animals costs money, especially because the rate of animal surrender has recently exploded.

As one of the original volunteers who created Puttin’ on the Dog, the festival is “near and dear to my heart,” she said. And it is these kind of events that allow the organization to obtain enough funding to keep up with demand. Ms. Halm, a former animal control officer in Greenwich, has seen the need for animals to receive this kind of help first hand.

Held in Greenwich for the last 24 years, Puttin’ on the Dog has become an “icon” in town that everyone seems to know about, Ms. Halm said.

This year, however, Adopt-A-Dog hopes to reach more people than ever as it goes all out to celebrate the event’s 25-year milestone.

Sunday’s “festival of fun” for people and pooches will be hosted by meteorologist Bill Evans of ABC. The event will include three performances by Laughing Pizza, a popular family-friendly musical trio, as well as a comedic dog show with celebrity judges, an auction, and the public launch of its Tail Wagon Campaign, which will raise money to purchase a new vehicle that will be used to rescue animals and assist in home placement.

Police dogs from around the state will also be present, along with jugglers, stilt walkers and a poker-playing Yorkshire terrier, Ms. Halm said, and the traditional silent auctions will be “bigger and better than ever.”

Four-legged friends may also put their best paw forward in a number of contests such as “Pooch Who Can Smooch” to determine the best canine kisser, and Adopt-A-Dog’s famous costume competition.

As a means of giving back to its supporters, Puttin’ on the Dog is providing free admission to the festival for children under 12, and the event’s sponsor, Pet Pantry Warehouse, will hold a raffle in which one lucky pet owner will enjoy free dog food for a year.

Puttin’ on the Dog is a “celebration of pet ownership,” Ms. Halm said. “It’s iconic to me.”

The fun and games will take place Sunday, Sept. 23, at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park from 10 to 5.

To purchase tickets, visit To learn about Puttin’ on the Dog sponsorships, contact Frank Taylor at 203-761-6785 or [email protected]


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