We are excited that Rochester Animal Services has been chosen to be an official Pets for Life (PFL) Mentorship Partner. As I have mentioned in previous newsletters, we commenced door-to-door outreach in September 2016 and have been increasingly focused on this type of proactive support throughout Rochester’s most underserved neighborhoods. For the past year, we have been collaborating with the Humane Society of Greater Rochester in providing free veterinary resources and supplies to pet owners in 14605 through door-to-door outreach. That project has followed the Pets for Life model and was funded by the Elinor Patterson Baker Foundation. Pets for Life, a program of The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS), is a social justice driven approach to creating access to pet services in underserved communities where such resources are limited or non-existent.
Serving our community by providing pet owner support for spay and neuter, basic veterinary wellness care and pet supplies, is at the core of our mission. The Pets for Life outreach model has given us the tools to expand our reach and be of service to both people and pets in such a positive and consistent way. Now, as an official Mentorship Partner, Animal Services will benefit from additional support from the Pets for Life team in the form of grants, in-depth training, and ongoing guidance to help us sustain the outreach program long term.
In addition to the PFL grant project in 14605, Animal Services also provides similar supportive services in other underserved neighborhoods throughout the City of Rochester. In those areas, we employ the same type of door-to-door, information sharing, and support pursuant to the PFL model. Animal Control Officers provide pet owners with a variety of pet care supplies obtained through grants and donations. In these areas, free spay and neuter services are also facilitated through a no-cost voucher program. Recipients can redeem the vouchers for free pet spay and neuter and vaccination services at Rochester Community Animal Clinic and other participating veterinary clinics.
This is such an exciting time for Animal Services. We are reimagining our organization through positive programs and services that extend beyond the shelter walls. By removing barriers, we are supporting pet retention and promoting adoptions like never before. These efforts help reduce shelter intakes and lengths of stay for animals in our care, which in turn translates to maintaining a high save rate. It is a great time to get involved as a volunteer. If you are interested in joining the volunteer team with any of our programs, please contact us at AnimalServices@cityofrochester.gov.
Together we are making a difference.