Marge’s Happy Tail

Marge’s Happy Tail

I recently adopted Clara, now Marge, and it was the most seamless amazing process!  I came in, fell in love and she left with me. Every single one of your volunteers and employees were polite, informative and just amazing. Marge is…

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The Director’s Cut

The Director’s Cut

With our fiscal year coming to a close and another one beginning, there is a lot happening and a lot to be excited about. The major annual fundraiser was another success. Our partners at VSAS recently hired a volunteer coordinator.…

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Letter From The President

Letter from the President

Supporting the senior pets we know and love is just another phase in the human-animal relationship. Many people express concerns about how to navigate the aging process with their pet, but just like with aging people, we can approach this…

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Avril’s Happy Tail

We adopted Avril, an approximately 1-year-old stray, from Rochester Animal Services in April of 2018 and she completed a missing piece of our family’s puzzle. She’s loving, she’s silly, she’s mouthy and she has the sad face mastered! We can’t…

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Director’s Cut

Director’s Cut

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…

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Hop On Down To RAS

Hop on Down to RAS

By Shireen Haynes Did you know that Rochester Animal Services often have rabbits available for adoption? Rabbits make wonderful pets. As with adopting any animal, it’s best to do your homework first. Rabbits are social and inquisitive creatures. They like…

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Once Upon A Tail

Once Upon a Tail

By Grace Spampinato and Shireen Haynes There are many benefits of reading for children.  Reading helps to improve vocabulary and language skills.  As children read, they learn words, sentence structure and new ways to use their words in both speaking…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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