Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Castile, pets.


Information sourced from a press release, file photo

Because cats breed so readily, a few unsprayed female cats can quickly turn a few strays into an unmanageable hoard. Due to the number of hoarding situations addressed in 2016, New Start Kitty Shelter adopted out 789 cats.

To facilitate these adoptions without adding to the cat population, the Castile-based rescue spends up to $1,000 to $3,000 a month on spay/neuter alone. Some months it came to $5,000 to $6000. Most of the grants available are designated for low-cost spay/neuter of owned cats. There is also assistance through a coupon payment plan.

While the low-cost spay/neuter program is important for the community, it does not support cats that come from hoarding, strays, or from owner surrenders to the shelter.

"As always, there were no shortages of cats to rescue and shelter during the past year," said A New Start Kitty Rescue Shelter's Co-President Vickie Bly at its recent annual meeting. "We were crazy busy last year…cleaning up messes where people have accumulated cats that have not been spayed."

The Kitty Rescue is an all-volunteer organization that provides services to Wyoming and surrounding counties. Operating on a $30,000 yearly budget, the funding comes from direct donations and fundraisers held throughout the year.

Officials say, while their fundraising efforts are fruitful, they are still a few thousand dollars short for the upcoming winter months.

In addition to direct donations, volunteers are needed for cleaning the shelter and litter boxes, assisting or organizing fundraisers, transportation, and cuddling frightened kittens. Donations are also needed for raffle baskets, food, and scoopable litter.

Donations can be sent to 6342 Denton Corners Road, Castile.

For more information on A New Start Kitty Shelter visit volunteers at the AppleUmpkin Festival this Saturday and Sunday in Wyoming or call (585) 493-5206.

For information on low-cost spay/neuter call (585) 493-5956.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm
posted by Billie Owens in pets, news, announcements.
Press release:
Volunteers For Animals is proud to announce that we have once again been awarded a grant from the ASPCA to provide low-cost spay and neuter of canines and felines belonging to NYS residents who receive public assistance. (ASPCA -- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
The grant, via a voucher system, will cover the spaying or neutering of the pet, a rabies vaccine, a distemper vaccine and deworming.
For many years, Volunteers For Animals has been committed to spaying and neutering all animals prior to adoption at the Genesee County Animal Shelter. We are now expanding that commitment to help pet owners in the community.
We understand the pressing need to spay and neuter dogs and cats to alleviate the pet over-population epidemic. Volunteers For Animals has partnered with local veterinarians and their staff to provide quality, low-cost services to low-income residents in Genesee and surrounding counties.
We believe that not only will this program help to reduce the pet overpopulation problem but will benefit the quality of life for both pet owners and pets. We believe that sterilized pets present a win-win situation. The pet is generally healthier and the pet-owner relationship is generally less stressful and, therefore, more enjoyable.

The voucher is $20 and the pet owner must show proof of public assistance. It is for Orleans, Wyoming and Genesee county residents. We accept cash or checks only, no credit cards.

To receive a voucher, the pet owner must come into the Shelter during adoption hours to purchase the voucher. We have four local vets who participate and the pet owner makes their own appointment for the surgery. An email can also be sent to for more information.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm
posted by Billie Owens in health advisory, Attica, pets, rabies.

Press release:

Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Public Health Advisory

Keeping Wild Animals – Unsafe, Illegal and Inhumane! 

RABIES ALERT! STOP! and THINK! Do NOT touch! It can kill! Any mammal is able to get rabies, it is very important to get your pets vaccinated and not to touch or handle any stray or wild animals including baby animals and bats.

“The Health Department has had several cases where people have taken in wild animals (babies) and / or played with stray cats and dogs which have led to unnecessary post exposure treatments and/or having to put the animals down (euthanize) them to be tested," stated Paul Pettit, director of Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

"Because rabies is in New York State ALL wild and stray animals that come in direct contact (bitten or scratched with broken skin and saliva exchange in open wounds or mucous membranes – eyes, nose, and mouth) with humans and domesticated animals are assumed to have rabies...even if they don’t.

"The only way to know is by testing the animal, which means it has to be euthanized. Whether the animal has rabies or does not, it is dead. Not only are you putting your family and friends at risk of a deadly disease, those who think they are ‘helping’ an animal could be giving it a death sentence."

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Infected mammals can spread rabies virus to humans and other mammals through the saliva and spinal fluids. Rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms appear.

Pettit notes, “It is illegal to possess any wild animal that naturally lives in the state. Not only do these animals have the potential to spread rabies, but they often carry parasites, or may carry diseases that can be spread from animal to human.

"It is important to leave wild animals alone! More times than not baby animals are not orphaned but are kept hidden while the parents can hunt for food or stay away to protect them from predators. Nature will take care of nature. Wild animals have had to be put down because humans have interfered in their lives.”

The best way to keep pets safe from rabies is to vaccinate them and keep their shots up-to-date.

By avoiding contact with stray or wild animals, saving the bat / animal that may have had contact with humans / domestic animals, and reporting an incident to your local Health Department, we may be able to avoid unnecessary medical treatment that averages over $3,000 per person.

Take note of the upcoming FREE anti-rabies immunization clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets. The animal must be three months of age or older. Additional clinics can be found by checking the web sites or calling your local Health Department. Check your county web site for pre-registration instructions. Each dog, cat, and ferret must be accompanied by someone who can control it:

  • Wyoming County: Wednesday, July 20, at the Attica Town Highway Department, Route 98, Attica. The clinic runs from 6 to 8 p.m. (Registrations until 7:45 p.m.) This is a FREE clinic to Wyoming County residents ~ Donations are gratefully accepted! Out of county residents will be charged $10 per animal.
  • Genesee County: Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Genesee County Fairgrounds, 5031 E. Main St., Batavia. The clinic runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Dog, cat and ferret vaccinations are free for Genesee County residents. A $5 voluntary donation per dog, cat, or ferret, is appreciated to offset clinic expenses. Non-county residents must pay a mandatory $5 fee for each dog, cat, and ferret immunized. Speed up the registration process during the clinic by registering your pets ahead of time! To pre-register your pets visit:
  • Orleans County: Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Shelby Highway Department, 4062 Shelby Basin Road, Medina. The clinic runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. You must arrive no later than 11:30 to ensure that you will be served. Clinic staff reserves the right to decline service to late (after 11:30) arrivals. To pre-register go to this site will have an Orleans County button/link before the scheduled clinics.

    For information on Health Department services contact,

  • Wyoming County Health Department at: 786-8890 or visit their web site at

  • Genesee County Health Department at: 344-258,0 ext. 5545 or visit their website at Visit Facebook at Genesee County Health Department and Twitter at GeneseeCoHealthDept.

  •  Orleans County Health Department at: 589-3278 or check out our website at:   Visit Facebook and Twitter: the user name for both is OrleansCoHealth.

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm
posted by Billie Owens in pets, animal rescue, Attica.


"Luckson" -- a "very large" green-eyed all-black cat from Water Street, Attica -- has been missing for several nights now and the owners are hoping someone took him in during the severe weather conditions.

They would love, of course, for their dear, four-legged friend to be returned. They are just worried sick about their shelter adoptee and hope Luckson's luck has not run out.

If you know of his whereabouts, please contact Brittany Boyce at 585-813-2772.

UPDATE: Luckson has been found.

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