Adopt-A-Dog, a nonprofit shelter and sanctuary for rescued cats and dogs, has received a $15,000 donation from the Veterinary Cancer Center that will be used to support animal care and adoption initiatives.

The money will also contribute to the production of Adopt-A-Dog's 25th anniversary Puttin' on the Dog fundraising and adoption event, on Sunday, Sept. 23.

The Veterinary Cancer Center of Norwalk is a practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals and led by a team of board-certified oncologists. The VCC participates in clinical trials with organizations such as Animal Clinic Investigation to advance comparative oncology and veterinary medical research.

"Not only are we a team of doctors, we're also a team of animal lovers and are sympathetic to the plight of all those in need," lead oncologist Dr. Gerald Post said in a release. "Upon learning about Adopt-A-Dog's health and education initiatives in the care and placement of its animals, we felt strongly that theirs was an organization we could help. The VCC is proud to support Adopt-A-Dog's efforts."

The VCC is a premier sponsor of Puttin' on the Dog, a day-long festival at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich and presented by Pet Pantry Warehouse. Among the featured activities are fun dog competitions, auctions, pet adoptions, demonstrations, a children's entertainment area and performances by Laughing Pizza. The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Dogs are welcome at the event and owners are encouraged to enter their dogs into one or more contests in advance. An $18 special family ticket package is available online only in advance of the event; $25 the day of the festival. Children 12 and under admitted free.

"We are so grateful for the support of the Veterinary Cancer Center and we're thrilled to receive such a generous donation," Adopt-A-Dog President Allyson Halm said in a release. "Their commitment to positive animal welfare aligns with our own and we feel confident that hundreds more adoptable dogs and cats will not only receive expert care, but will be placed in safe, permanent homes as a result of this gift."

For information on adopting a dog or cat, call 914-273-1674 to schedule an appointment. For information about VCC, visit www.vcchope.com.

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