The Little Guild, the only limited admission shelter in northwest Connecticut, was founded in 1960 by Muriel Alvord Ward and Eleanora Kleinschmidt. The current 3,000-square-foot facility accommodates 16 dogs and 25 cats comfortably at any time.

This commitment to the development of the animals is what sets the Little Guild apart from other shelters and rescues. We don’t just pass animals through our doors. We help them grow and be good citizens. Both for themselves and for the loving families we match them with.

Dog application / Cat application

Temporary location
Foote Field
Furnace Brook Road
Cornwall Bridge, CT

Visiting hours
Monday/Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday- Friday – 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Contact & more info


Young Male (altered), Terrier Mix – 1 year

Cookie is an energetic, playful boy who is ready to play or snuggle at a moment’s notice. He is a wonderful balance of rambunctious and affectionate. While he may get over excited at times, he responds well to correction and guidance and is truly eager to please and be a part of a happy family. He is friendly and gets very excited to meet new people. His play style can be overwhelming to lower energy dogs. He has high energy and loves to chase balls and toys. He will thrive in an active household and will benefit from moderate to high levels of exercise. With proper guidance, Cookie will be a delightful addition to your family!

Approximate Weight: 31 lbs
Estimated DOB: 4/1/2023
Good with Cats: No
Good with Dogs: Selective
Intake Date: 3/2/2024