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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Keeping Pets Safe This Winter

Keeping Pets Safe This Winter

As winter bears down on our area, it is important to remember that our pets need extra protection from the cold temperatures, snow and wind. Most dogs - especially short hair breeds, small dogs, puppies and senior dogs - are…

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Dog Bite Prevention

A few statistics to keep in mind… There are 4.7 – 5.0 million bites per year nationwide Approximately 384,000 people seek emergency attention and an additional 466,000 seek other medical attention More than 50% of bites are on children under…

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Cable TV Feature – Pets On Demand

Time Warner Cable's local On Demand channel- Rochester On Demand channel 111- will now carry a bi-weekly series that highlights the animals available for adoption at the Animal Services Center. People interested in seeing the cats and dogs that are…

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