The Director’s Cut

The Director’s Cut

The Director’s Cut I recently had a conversation with someone who told me that she could not visit the shelter because it would be too sad and she would want to take all of the dogs home. Over the years,…

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Letter From The President

Letter from the President

Calling all volunteers! VSAS is looking for people who want to share some of their talents to support a mission of helping Rochester’s animals. Are you creative? Well our furry or sometimes not so furry friends could use your skills.…

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Happy Tail – Bodhi

Happy Tail – Bodhi

This is my Bodhi. Summer 2016, Bodhi, (fka Maximus), came to me as a foster, through the rescue I work with. Bodhi has experienced the worst of humanity, (he was used as a bait dog), yet is THE happiest, lovingest…

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Happy Tail – Chia

Happy Tail – Chia

In 2012 I was happily volunteering for Rochester Animal Services. I specifically chose to work with the dogs because I knew that I didn’t have the time or the lifestyle for a dog, and I didn’t want to be tempted…

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Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Adopt a Senior Pet Month By Shireen Haynes November is “Adopt a Senior Pet Month” and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Our goal is to decrease the stigma attached to adopting a senior animal and let as many…

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Finders is Not Keepers

Finders is Not Keepers By Shireen Haynes Good news! You were able to contain that stray dog running down the street or the cat that keeps sleeping on your front porch. Now what? Do you think, “Hey, this dog/cat is…

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Director’s Cut

Director’s Cut

The Director’s Cut Summer 2018 It was a busy spring as usual with increased shelter intakes, planning and execution of our fun-filled annual event The Fast & The Furriest®, and the closeout of another fiscal year. In May, I had…

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Letter From The President

Letter from the President

Hello and welcome to another beautiful season full of outdoor events, travel and adventure! We hope you and all the members of your family (regardless of leg count), find themselves healthy, happy and well! As we find ourselves out and…

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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Dog Parks

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dog Parks

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dog Parks By Shireen Haynes As the weather warms up, many people are looking for activities they can enjoy outdoors with their dog. Dog parks are just one option. Official dog parks are sections of…

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Hiking With Your Dog

Hiking With Your Dog

Hiking with Your Dog Shireen Haynes Summertime is a nice time to be outside and active. Our area offers many fabulous county parks and, within driving distance, some great state parks as well. Hiking is a wonderful activity that you…

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Happy Tail – Sully

Happy Tail – Sully

"I came to the shelter in January just to look at the dogs. When I saw Sully, he had the sweetest face and I knew I wanted to bring him home. After having the chance to play with Sully in…

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Happy Tail – Tigger

Happy Tail – Tigger

"This is Tigger. We went to Rochester Animal Services to adopt a dog, but the one we wanted was already adopted. (I promised my husband we would ONLY look at that one dog.) Our boys asked if we could adopt…

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2018 Fast And Furriest®

2018 Fast and Furriest®

2018 Fast and Furriest® By Shireen Haynes On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Rochester Animal Services (RAS) and Verona Street Animal Society held their annual fundraiser, The Fast & The Furriest®. The 10K and 5K races attracted more than 600 runners.…

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Director’s Cut

Director’s Cut

The Director’s Cut Spring 2018 Love your dog – get a license. In addition to having your pet spayed or neutered, licensing your dog is the single greatest thing you can do to support animal care and control in our…

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Letter From The President

Letter from The President

Spring 2018 It's every pet owner’s worst fear.... a door is open, a screen is clawed through, the back gate is ajar and your beloved pet isn't anywhere. You search high and low calling their name, shake the favorite treat…

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Introducing A New Pet To Your Home

Introducing a New Pet to Your Home

Introducing a New Pet to Your Home By Shireen Haynes As spring and summer approach, 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…

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New York State Animal Rights Legislation

New York State Animal Rights Legislation

New York State Animal Rights Legislation By Andy Gallant and Shireen Haynes There are two pending bills in the New York legislature that would greatly benefit our pet population. The first bill is Assembly bill A-653 which promotes understanding, awareness…

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Is Your Backyard Dog-Safe?

Is Your Backyard Dog-Safe?

Is Your Backyard Dog-safe? By Lucy Fagan Common Backyard Dangers to Dogs Dogs are a crucial part of American's lives, with 89.7 million registered as pets in the United States in 2017. Dogs are wonderful companions who offer unconditional love…

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Letter From The President

Letter From The President

Summer into Fall is beautiful in our area and if you’re spending allot of time outdoors with the many festivals going on, please stop by The Play Yard at Rochester Animal Services. Located next to Brown Square Park, The Play…

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Director’s Cut

Director’s Cut

In mid-June, Aimee Sadler, founder and CEO of Dogs Playing For Life™, brought her training program to Rochester to provide a 5-day refresher on the core principles, basic guidelines, handling techniques, use of communication tools, safety, and other components of…

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ASPCA Launches Mobile Apps

ASPCA launches mobile apps

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has launched a mobile application available for both Apple and Android users.  The app is free and provides lots of useful information.  With the app, you can access critical…

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Director’s Cut

Director’s Cut

Director’s Cut Last year we updated our mission to clarify our commitment to helping animals and people in the Rochester community. All of the changes that we have made over the past few years have been focused on concentrating our…

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Letter From The President

Letter from the President

As we enter the Spring season, pets are out and about, exposing themselves to more potential illnesses. For pets that are indoor only pets, we bring in other potential hazards on shoes and clothing. When in doubt, bringing pets to…

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Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung Michele H. Martell With the onset of warmer weather, we have even more opportunities to take our furry friends for walks outside. Walks are a wonderful and essential activity for our fur babies – the exercise, bonding…

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Give It Time!

Give It Time!

How many of us after having met a new friend, we were so happy to connect, thrilled even! Well it is the same way with an animal friend. We are so happy to meet them and introduce them into our…

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A Labor Of Love

A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love By Shireen Haynes Cary LaForce moved to the City of Rochester about three years ago. Everywhere she went, they heard nothing but great things about Rochester Animal Services (RAS) and Verona Street Animal Society (VSAS). At…

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