Acadia Antlers Adventures

Lance —  Sent an assortment of Acadia Antlers by his Aunt Rose to celebrate his new life — Dad has reported that not only is Lance happily chewing, but he is a big fan of our Moose Dust!!

Lance was a survivor of Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels. He has been at Best Friends Animal Society for the last seven years. While there Lance met many wonderful loving people who helped teach him to trust, love and move forward with his life.

Lance is now in his forever home!





K9 Kota —  When we found out about K9 Kota and all he had been through, we sent off an assortment of Acadia Antlers for him and the other K-9’s on the Winchester Police Force.  We are happy to report Acadia Antlers has kept Kota busy and content through a long recuperation!!

A Winchester, Va. police dog, recovering from an injury, is gaining support from around the world.

Dakota, or “Kota” as his handler Winchester Police Cpl. Brittney Kotynski-Neer calls him, underwent leg surgery after falling through a crawl space earlier this month. Kotynski-Neer responded to a home burglary and Kota tracked down two suspects in the home’s crawl space which proved too thin for his weight.

“We heard a loud crash, which subsequently was him falling through the ceiling,” Kotynski-Neer said.

She could hear his painful yelps.

“It’s hard … to hear those yelps and not be able to go to them, it’s crazy,” Kotynski-Neer said.

Despite his injury, Kota managed to hobble back up the stairs to make sure his handler was alright.

“I had turned around and Kota was standing there,” Kotynski-Neer remembered.

After Kotynski-Neer and another officer took the suspects into custody, they carried Kota to a police cruiser and drove him to an animal hospital.






K9 Basco —

Acadia Antlers has been sending antlers over to K9 Basco and his handler Tony in Afghanistan since early in 2013. I got a note not too long ago from Tony that said “I’m happy to report that my dog K9 Basco, which you guys have sponsored in the past in Afghanistan is retired and I have adopted him. Basco and I were together in Afghanistan for 4 years and now he’s coming home to live out the rest of his life in Sunny San Diego.. Thank you for your continued support to our dog teams that are deployed.”

Acadia Antlers is so proud to continue to keep our military heros busy chewing on our antlers!! Please become a fan of K9 Basco – Retired CWD and welcome him home!! I just got the OFFICIAL WORD BASCO IS ON HIS WAY HOME TODAY!! Congratulations Tony and K9 Basco — we so appreciate your service to our country!!


Our friend Tony Villalobos is FINALLY reunited with K9 Basco – Retired CWD — They served 4 years together in Afghanistan, and it took 6 months, but Tony was able to adopt him and they are together again!!


Branford’s Woofstock, a good vibe benefit for

Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By Evan Lips
Special to the Times

BRANFORD >> The Town Green was invaded Saturday by a horde of four-legged friends, all in the name of celebrating eight hours of peace and music.

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Ken Engelman, one of the organizers of ‘Woofstock,’ said the event’s second year dramatically outdistanced last summer’s edition in terms of popularity. The event drew 36 vendors, six times as many as it did in 2013.

But Engelman said he wasn’t surprised with the festival’s success.

“This is what we all worked so hard for,” he said. “But it will never be enough because the job of finding homes for dogs is a never-ending one.”

But what Engelman and other volunteers accomplished on Saturday certainly won’t hurt. The goal was to raise money for the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter through an auction, raffle and donations. The event drew hundreds of animal lovers and scores of dogs. Patrons and pups rocked out to live music acts like The Grateful Friends, Neon Ducks and The McLovins.

Some people, like Fall River, Massachusetts, couple Tyler Rocha and Rebecca Vasconcelos, traveled more than 100 hundred miles to attend.

“We heard about it and thought it would be a great time,” said Rocha, who held his 1-year-old beagle Phloyd.

Rocha added that he and Vasconcelos are also fans of The McLovins.

Vendors traveled to Branford all the way from places like New Jersey, where Acadia Antlers is partly based. The company sells shedded Maine moose antlers to be used as dog chew toys. Other vendors like Kristina Lough didn’t have to travel as far. Lough, who is from Branford, specializes in hand-painted glassware. She said the event was the perfect place to expand awareness of her business, Painted by the Shore, and added that she was happy to know that the vendor fee was “going to a good cause.”

Dogs were also not the only animals to hit the Green. One of the most popular booths was run by Andy Sollecito, a Springfield, Massachusetts, reptile handler who runs a business called EyeCandyExotix.

Sollecito says his business’s mission is to connect reptiles with pet lovers. Patrons took turns holding Sunny, an 8-foot long Burmese python. Dogs, meanwhile, were more interested in Tyrone, a tortoise who was more interested in dining on blades of grass than interacting with his canine onlookers.

Engelman said vendors like Sollecito are a sign that ‘Woofstock’ is growing in popularity. Sollecito did not make the trip last year for the event. He added that the mission of ‘Woofstock’ also fits with what he wants to accomplish — linking responsible pet owners with reptiles that are in need of a home.

Annie Hornish, director for Connecticut’s Humane Society chapter, also attended the event. Hornish said 2014 has been a good year for dogs as the state recently passed a bill that makes it the nation’s strictest when it comes to regulating puppy mills, a term used to describe mass-breeders who engage in inhumane breeding tactics. The new law means pet owners now can turn around and slap pet stores with retail and veterinarian bills for dogs and cats that immediately fall ill after purchase.

The statute also bars sales of cats and dogs purchased from breeders who have violated animal welfare regulations.

Other patrons of the festival included Mike and Sharon Esposito, who brought their 7-year-old bloodhound Clyde Wayne to ‘Woofstock.’

“It’s a great experience,” Sharon Esposito said. “Everyone here is so happy.”

Engelman said he hopes that happiness will be contagious and encourage more potential pet owners to adopt.

“People were lining up this morning to get in here,” he said about the event, which kicked off at noon and wrapped up at around 8 p.m. “There were a lot of good vibes here today.”

To see animals available for adoption, visit the shelter’s website at, or call 203-315-4125.

Call Evan Lips at 203-789-5727. Have questions,feedback or ideas about our news coverage? Connect directly with the editors of the New Haven Register at This story appeared in the New Haven Register.






 Gizmo of Gizmo’s Frens

This is our pal Gizmo of Gizmo’s Frens sitting right down at the Acadia Antlers booth at the Tate’s Play Date event in Connecticut today!! We were so excited that you got to meet Ryan and Carley today Gizmo, and that we are frens!!!!! It was great to see you and be able to help Carrie bring more awareness to folks about Animal Cancer and help her raise some funds to help families offset this huge expense! Working TOGETHER we can help great efforts like Tate’s Play Date!! Miss you already, and hope to see you soon!! xoxo
ps: glad you liked our Acadia Chicken Jerky… Isn’t it “CLUCK-ing ” Great?!

Dear excellent Acadia Antlers frens: *gasp* I absolutely could not believe it when I saw you today at Tate’s Play Date in New Haven, CT! I think all you do to help rescues is pawmazing and it was so exciting to see you for reals today. And that chicken jerky is DEELISHUS, thank you for that! Signed, your fren, Gizmo from Gizmo’s Frens


** Acadia Antlers NEWS **


We are excited to share that Acadia Antlers was a Platinum Partner in the 2014 I’m Not a Monster Holiday Drive to benefit homeless pets waiting in shelters across the country. We worked along with some great companies and the many wonderful Monster Elves to help raise awareness for great causes and shelters across the country!! Get to know these great elves at

monster holiday drive