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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Director’s Cut

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

Letter From The President

Holidays are always a chaotic time of year with many holiday parties, shopping excursions and often extra house guests. Although we find ourselves with these ‘once a year’ happenings, it’s still important to maintain a consistent schedule when it comes…

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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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RAS Happy Tail: Emil

RAS Happy Tail: Emil

Here is a Happy Tail for Emil. "We took Emil (formerly Hobbes) home last Tuesday, and he has wasted no time making himself right at home. He is very curious and playful (the vet used the word crazy when we…

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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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Real Men Talking To Men

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.

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

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

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

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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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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