Letter from the President

I often receive many questions about the distinction between Verona Street Animal Society and Rochester Animal Services. So I thought I would take the opportunity to briefly share some information about the two organizations.  Rochester Animal Services (RAS) is the…

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The Director’s Cut

Typically at this time of year, I reflect on our accomplishments over the past 12 months.  I often highlight our live release rate, which is now over 90% and the 1,400 spay and neuter surgeries that we have performed for…

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2019 Highlights

During this season of celebration, we at Verona Street Animal Society (VSAS) and Rochester Animal Services (RAS) joyfully thank YOU, our community supporters, for facilitating our mission to serve the Rochester community and its animals in need. We are so proud of our…

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You ROC’d Our Day!

Thank you to everyone who donated to Verona Street Animal Society on ROC the Day. Thanks to your generous support, we raised more than $10,000 for Rochester Animal Services! Funds raised will go towards microchip identification, spay and neuter services…

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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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Finding Rover

We have a new social media tool to help reunite lost pets with their owners.  Finding Rover uses facial recognition technology to help reunite lost pets with their families, allowing anyone with computer access to be a superhero. If you…

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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

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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Ouija’s Happy Tail

This is Ouija. He was originally Abner when he adopted me on March 18th, 2017. I’m an avid animal lover and almost as much a Halloween lover. I was going through the mid-20s blues: had just moved to Rochester two…

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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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Pets for Life – Lola’s Story

For people in underserved communities, access to veterinary care is a major challenge. Often, even the lowest cost option available is out of reach. Rochester Animal Services’ Pets for Life (PFL) program is addressing this lack of accessibility by providing…

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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

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

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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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

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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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

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

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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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® 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

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

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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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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Why are Cybersports such a great deal: FIFA?

Sure thing, technologies such as augmented reality are major drivers for gameplay development. Several of the tournaments are streamed online to viewers over the internet. The professional cybersports companies and gamers come here to earn big money, instead sponsors attend in the hope of tapping into future market. Present “pro gamers”, are usually associated with broader gaming associations. Despite the fact that the practice of the digital gaming industry is similar to practice in other entertainment industries, but in particular, the digital game industry is accused of poorly handling its development talent. Moreover to allowing gamers to take a part in a given game, some game developers have added dedicated observing features for the benefit of spectators. Luckily, there are various opportunities. Cybersports is an opportunity for young people to take competitive gaming and make something more of it, even earning a living from it. Have you ever considered about the matter?

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Let’s talk about cybersport tournaments.

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How to become a professional player: StarCraft II?

To be honest, there are numerous aspects that you would like to think about e-sports tournaments. One recent study showed that the reduction from electronic sports is video game competitions, which most often play professional video games in teams that have gained popularity since the late 2000s, the most common genres are wrestling and real-time strategy. Professional eSports teams and experienced players come here to earn big money, so they can still be the best at this. Competitions can take place in large arenas, and crowds of fans watch on large screens, as in a baseball game. You only need to see how many thousands of people go to the arenas to watch eSports tournaments to see that the electronic games industry has grown from targeted markets to the mainstream. Most often, eSports takes the form of organized multiplayer electronic game competitions between players. You probably already read something about this. Let’s talk about the most popular features. What do you think about it?

Thinking about eSports?

Do not forget, think about StarCraft II. Many gamers know if you are considering video games, you should think about StarCraft II. What is the most important information you should consider in StarCraft II? In addition to the history of the game, the players themselves and their interesting rivalry lead this e-sports to even greater heights.

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Director’s Cut

December 2017 Working with animals is inherently challenging because we do not speak the same languages and their behavior is often unpredictable. At open admission animal shelters such as ours, many of the unwanted animals come in with medical or…

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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

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

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 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

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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Dealing with Food Aggression

Dealing with Food Aggression in Your Dog By Cassondra Fama Food aggression results from lack of a trust because your dog thinks you will take his food away. It can be a pretty scary situation to deal with especially if…

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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!

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 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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President’s Message: Fall 2016

  • November 8, 2016
  • News

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

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

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

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

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

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!!

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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City’s Dog Play Yard Burglarized

The Friends of Verona Street Animal Shelter (d/b/a Verona Street Animal Society) announced today that the trailer at the Animal Services dog play yard had been burgled.  There does not appear to have been forced entry but several items are…

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President’s Message: Summer 2016

Written by Jennifer Brown, Founder and President of VSAS. It’s summertime again and with that, lots of fun to be had with your furry friend; camping, hiking, family picnics or even the beach. However this season also brings many other…

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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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Decompression Time for Shelter Animals is a MUST!

Written by Shireen Abbasey Haynes. Adopting an animal from a shelter can be one of the best decisions you ever make in your lifetime.  Pets provide unconditional love, are non-judgmental and can provide you with health benefits such as lower blood pressure…

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Social Media Saves the Day….Again

In our last newsletter, we brought you the story of Gore also known as Logan while he was at Rochester Animal Services.  Gore had been missing from his family for four months before his video was spotted on a social…

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President’s Message: Winter 2016

Written by Jennifer Brown, President of Verona Street Animal Society When it comes to major life changes, considering how to help your pets through it should help reduce stress for both the human and the companion animal. Pets can sense…

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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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

  • November 5, 2015
  • News

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

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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National Veterinary Technician Week

This week is National Veterinary Technician Week!  While we value their work each and every day, we want to take time out of the week to say thank you for the unconditional love and care you provide to each animal…

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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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President’s Message: Summer 2015

Written by Jennifer Brown, President of Verona Street Animal Society When you bring a new member of your family home, you may want to include him or her in your plans, including travel. Cats, which are customarily attached to their…

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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

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

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?

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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Real Men Talking to Men

Real Men Talking to Men - Photography exhibit featuring Real Rochester Men The Real Men Talking to Men campaign launch photography exhibit will be held on Friday, February 27 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Rochester Brainery in time to…

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Thank You for Your Support.

As 2014 comes to an end, we wanted to take time to thank everyone that supports Rochester Animal Services and Verona Street Animal Society. The support of donors, sponsors, adopters, fosters, rescues, volunteers and staff provided us the resources to…

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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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Happy Tails Story

In the summer of 2012 I decided to get a dog. I knew that I wanted to adopt one instead of buying from a breeder. I follow the Rochester Animal Services page on Facebook, and saw a little white Pit…

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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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Help Our Cause

Animal Services intakes over 6,000 dogs and cats annually. Many are reunited with their owners, adopted into new homes, or transferred to partnering rescue organizations. Unfortunately, approximately 60% are euthanized. The event helps raise funds in support of the adoption…

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