A proclamation has been signed marking Sunday, Sept. 15 as Responsible Dog Ownership Day. This annual AKC (American Kennel Club) event is hosted by the Shelton-based Trap Falls Kennel Club.

As part of its continuing public education program, Trap Falls is holding a one-day festival called Pawz in the Park at Ansonia’s Warsaw Park, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Initially developed 10 years ago by the AKC, Responsible Dog Ownership Day events now are hosted by several hundred member AKC clubs across the country every September. They raise public awareness of proper care, health and training of the family dog, who has become such a fixture in America’s households and hearts.

From police dog demos to vendors

This year, Pawz in the Park will feature rally and obedience matches, canine good citizenship demos and testing, police dog demos, and a low-cost micro-chipping clinic. In addition, a pet photographer, meet the breeds, best dressed and best trick contests, and obedience, rally and carting demos. There will also be vendors and raffles throughout the day.

The festival is free to the public and their leashed dogs. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation item for a local shelter, and those who do, will get a free raffle ticket. All money raised will go to local shelters and Police Puppy Funds.

Trap Falls Kennel Club is one of 5,000 nonprofit member clubs of the American Kennel Club. The club serves Fairfield and New Haven counties.