President’s Message: Fall 2016

President’s Message: Fall 2016

Written by Jennifer Brown, Founder and President of VSAS. As we come towards the close of another year, it is always fun to look back on all the accomplishments that have happened for VSAS including taking over the Foster Program…

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RAS Happy Tail: Clover

RAS Happy Tail: Clover

Here is a Happy Tail for Clover. "Welcome our new baby, Clover The Squirrel Golder (aka Clovie, aka Squirrelly Girl)  Adopted from Verona Street Animal Society on Friday September 23, 2016. We are so so excited to be kitty parents!"…

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RAS Happy Tail: Kermit

RAS Happy Tail: Kermit

Here is a Happy Tail for Kermit (formerly known as Tank) "This big baby is Kermit, fka Tank, who joined our family just over a year ago. He fits right in and is our constant copilot, cuddler, and kiss giving…

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The Myth Of Declawing A Cat

The Myth of Declawing a Cat

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes. Many people assume declawing a cat is the same as trimming their nails, or for people, like getting a manicure. In fact, declawing is a cruel and inhumane practice. Declawing a cat is akin to cutting a…

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Putting Their Best Paw Forward

Putting Their Best Paw Forward

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes. Rochester Animal Services takes in approximately 2,000 dogs and 1,600 cats per year. Most are strays, some are surrenders and a few are brought in by the Rochester Police Department (RPD) because of warrants or arrests. No…

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Make Them Work For Their Food

Make Them Work for Their Food

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes. For the past 5,000 – 10,000 years, humans and felines have shared a wonderful co-existence together. Many ancient civilizations like the Egyptians revered cats and as the old joke goes, cats have never forgotten that. It is…

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Skunked!!

Skunked!!

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes. As we move into the fall months, you may notice a skunk’s distinctive odor in the air more often. Skunks are more active at night now as they search for burrow holes to camp out in for…

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RAS Happy Tail: Archie

RAS Happy Tail: Archie

Here is a Happy Tail for Archie, formerly known as Simon. "This past January I adopted a 2 year old little orange boy named Simon. He didn't answer to it at all so now he is named Archie and he…

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RAS Happy Tail: Bailey

RAS Happy Tail: Bailey

Here is a Happy Tail for Bailey. "My name is Sarah, and I adopted Bailey from RAS on May 21rst.  I  just wanted to share with your organization how unbelievably happy my family is with Bailey. She was ready to…

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Two Are Better Than One

Two are better than one

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes. Animals, like humans, are social creatures.   They often seek out and enjoy the company of other animals.  Bonded animals can be siblings, parent-child or they can be animals who have lived together in one home.  While it…

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Swimming Safety For Dogs

Swimming Safety for Dogs

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes. Many dogs enjoy cooling off from the hot summer weather in the backyard pool.  It can be fun to watch Man’s Best Friend jumping in and paddling around.  But, just like with humans, swimming safety is essential…

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Will Work For Food

Will work for food

Rochester Animal Services sometimes has cats that may not be suitable for adoption as house pets. Cats in the barn and working cat program came in as strays and fall into three categories: Cats with litter box habits that make…

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Heat Exhaustion In Pets

Heat exhaustion in pets

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes. As temperatures rise in the summer months, cats and dogs become more susceptible to heat exhaustion or hyperthermia.  Hyperthermia, just like its polar opposite, hypothermia (low body temperature) can be fatal to our furry friends. Humans have…

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Introducing A New Pet To Your Home

Introducing a New Pet to Your Home

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes. As summer approaches, many people are inclined to introduce a new pet to their home.  The increased daylight hours and warm sunshine put everyone in a nice frame of mind.  The beautiful weather allows people to be…

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The Director’s Cut: Winter 2016

The Director’s Cut: Winter 2016

Written by Chris Fitzgerald, Director of Animal Services It has been an unusual winter with temperature fluctuations and sporadic snowfall but progress continued undaunted at Animal Services.  Proactive outreach efforts were emphasized in our field services and were bolstered by…

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week!

This week is National Volunteer Week which is about recognizing our outstanding volunteers that do so much for our cause and the animals in our care.  Verona Street Animal Society (VSAS) and Rochester Animal Services (RAS) rely heavily on the…

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RAS Happy Tail: Coco

RAS Happy Tail: Coco

Here is a Happy Tail for Coco, formerly known as Mimiz. Coco was adopted into her new home with her new sister Cubby. "Just thought I would share with you, we adopted our dog from you guys almost two years…

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RAS Happy Tail: Toby

RAS Happy Tail: Toby

Here is an amazing Happy Tail for Toby. Our pets are there for us as much as we are there for them. "Last Valentine's Day I went looking for a new kitten. I had just lost my cat after 21…

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RAS Happy Tail: Anjuna

RAS Happy Tail: Anjuna

Hi! I just wanted to share our happy tail with our cat Anjuna (fka Sandra) we adopted from RAS a few weeks ago. She's been a great addition with tons of personality, sass and love. She enjoys playing with her…

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RAS Happy Tail: Luna

RAS Happy Tail: Luna

Here is the Happy Tail for our girl Luna, formerly known as Clemintine! We adopted Luna back in early November when she was underweight, very timid around people, terrified of the outdoors, and didn't seem interested in playing. Despite her…

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The Director’s Cut: Winter 2016

The Director’s Cut: Winter 2016

Written by Chris Fitzgerald, Director of Rochester Animal Services I wrote a separate and lengthy piece that included reflections on where we started, our many accomplishments, and where we are heading. I encourage you to read that one too, however…

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The Power Of Social Media

The Power of Social Media

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes Everybody loves a happy ending.  And that’s exactly what Shannon Chatterton and her family were hoping for when their dog, Gore, disappeared. On July 15, 2015, Shannon and her husband, Justin, were at the hospital delivering their…

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Bang On Your Hood, Save A Life!

Bang on Your Hood, Save a Life!

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes During the cold winter months, cats often look for shelter from the elements.   One of the warmest spots can be found right in your car’s engine.  Unsuspecting people may start their cars not knowing that there is…

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Once Upon A Tail Is A Huge Success

Once Upon A Tail is a Huge Success

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes “Once Upon A Tail” is Rochester Animal Services’ own reading program.  Children spend a couple of hours reading to an adoptable animal.  The benefits for both children and animals are remarkable.  Children can practice their reading skills…

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Pets And Inhalers Do Not Mix

Pets and Inhalers Do Not Mix

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes During the winter months, chronic health conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may flare up in the cold weather.  A common treatment that many people may have in their homes is an inhaler.  An…

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Veterinarian Of The Year Award

Veterinarian of the Year award

Written by Christopher S. Fitzgerald, Director of Animal Services ••••••••••• Last week, Dr. Andrew Newmark, head veterinarian of Rochester Animal Services, received the Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Association (GVVMA).  This award is given…

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Adopt A Senior Pet Month

Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month and we’d love for you to consider giving a home to our older cat or dog in need. Animal shelters across the country are full of animals of all shapes, sizes, breeds and…

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October Is Pit Bull Awareness Month

October is Pit Bull Awareness Month

Written by Diedra Kirk, Photo by Liz Kowaluk The term “pit bull” is not a specific breed but more of a label based upon visual identification used to describe several recognized breeds and mixes thereof including American Pit bull Terrier,…

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Director’s Cut: Summer 2015

Director’s Cut: Summer 2015

Written by Chris Fitzgerald, Director of Rochester Animal Services In the previous issue, I shared some tips for ensuring that your pets stay safe and secured at home with their owners.  I thought I would take the opportunity to devote…

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RAS Happy Tail: Pixie

RAS Happy Tail: Pixie

This is Pixie, our little tuxedo kitty. She was adopted from RAS in April at 8 weeks old. She is napping with her favorite bud, Romeo. He is also an RAS alumni from April of 2009. Pixie loves to cuddle…

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Exercising Your Pet’s Brain

Exercising Your Pet’s Brain

Written by: Shireen Haynes All animals have a need to learn. Some behaviors are innate and do not have to be taught. For example,  dogs will scent mark to let other dogs know that this is their territory.  Cats have…

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When Is It Time To Say Goodbye?

When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?

Written by: Shireen Haynes The benefits of pet ownership are endless.  Pets can comfort us when we are sad.  They make us laugh with their funny antics or weird quirks.  We spend hours with them just doing nothing.  They weave…

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