Be a Hero: Adopt a Pet

As autumn nears, the nights will begin to grow colder and the days shorter.  Most of us have the luxury of heat in our homes, though perhaps not the warmth of companionship. For some, another face could be the added boost we need to help lift us on dark, dreary days.
 
What better way to usher in the change of seasons than to adopt a pet from one of the many wonderful shelters serving Cattaraugus and McKean Counties. If adoption is not possible, the service of fostering an animal, or even making a donation to help cover the various expenses incurred to run a shelter and care for the animals, will bring the necessary supplies and much needed warmth to a cold nose.
 
(Please remember when adopting any pet, the most important thing you can do as a pet owner, is to have your pet spayed or neutered.  This includes barn cats.)
 
OUR LOCAL SHELTERS
 
Joyful Rescues
1319 Turock Dr., Cuba, NY
Ph. 716-372-3661
 
Joyful Rescues operates as a no-kill rescue facility that serves the Olean, Rochester and Buffalo areas. In 2003, Joye Turock officially founded the non-profit and continues to volunteer as the director. She calls herself the “silly person who started this.”
  
The organization is responsible for an average of 700 adoptions per year and has built a large base of volunteers. The shelter’s website features pets available for adoption, fundraising events, and even a “buy-a-brick” program to help raise additional funds.  Donations may be made directly on their website; checks may be mailed as well. The shelter is open to visitors on Saturdays from 11am-2pm with additional hours by appointment.
  
Up for adoption: Meet Sienna Bradley.  She is a black Labrador retriever/beagle mix, female adult, spayed.  Sienna was born in April 2009 and now weighs 30 lbs.  She is an adorable little girl that was turned over to Joyful Rescues because her owners “could no longer keep her.”  They said she is good with kids, cats and other dogs.  Sienna also does well on a leash.  If you are interested in Sienna, or would like to view and apply for another animal housed at Joyful Rescues, download the adoption application directly from their website.
 
Almost Home Animal Sanctuary
6251 Hart Rd., Little Valley, NY 14755
Ph. 716-938-6474
Almosthomeanimalsanctuaryinc.com
 
Almost Home is an oasis of respite for animals destined to be destroyed. It was born from the loving relationship between Laurie and Timothy O’Leary, DVM. When the two married in 2006, Timothy was practicing emergency veterinary medicine in Buffalo, and Laurie was running an elderly cat sanctuary on her apple orchard in Little Valley. The two fell in love, and the cat sanctuary transformed into Almost Home. According to Timothy, “The number of species increased by about 1300% when I moved here.”
  
The sanctuary does not adopt animals. However, it does provides low-cost services such as spaying and neutering, as well as emergency surgeries for people who cannot otherwise afford the costs; many of the region’s surrounding shelters turn to Almost Home when these special services are needed.
  
Laurie and Timothy recently installed a geothermal heating system for the sanctuary, which will cut energy costs in the long run. In addition, they plan to add a barn to be able to care for more animals.  Your donation can greatly help with both of these expenses, in turn providing extended life for even more animals in need.
  
Donations may be made online at www.almosthomesanctuaryinc.com. Checks may also be mailed to the address listed above.
 
Empire Animal Rescue Society
Salamanca, NY 14779
Ph. 716-397-5861
 
EARS officially formed in 2011 in Salamanca, NY through the combined efforts of many tireless advocates. It is a foster-based organization (with no physical location) dedicated to rescuing abandoned, abused, neglected and endangered animals, and facilitating the adoption of spayed, neutered and vaccinated dogs and cats. It also works with local animal control officers to educate as much as possible.
  
Special story: Some of you may remember the sweet white cat EARS rescued last month who was severely anemic and almost dead from a horrible flea infestation.  Well, things are looking up for her.  She was cleared by the vet and went off to her forever home with this wonderful lady.  She will now have the life all cats deserve.  Another successful rescue brought to you by the volunteers of EARS.
  
According to Tawnee Bocharski, EARS volunteer, “The need is always big and doesn’t seem to be slowing down much.” PayPal donations to the EARS organization may be made on the PayPal website by searching empirerescue@gmail.com. Supply donations may be made between 8:30am and 4pm at the City Clerk’s office in Salamanca City Hall, 225 Wildwood Ave.
  
Search Empire Animal Rescue Society on Facebook for more information on how you can get involved and to view animals in need, as well as other success stories.
 
McKean County SPCA
80 Glenwood Ave, Bradford, PA 16701
Ph. 814-362-8850
 
The SPCA in Bradford is the only shelter currently serving all of McKean County. They are a no-kill shelter and are stacked to the brim with animals in need of homes. No-kill means animals are not euthanized, unless they need emergency treatment and the funds are not available. McKean County PAWSS (Providing Animals With Special Services) is an emergency fund created to handle special circumstances for the McKean County SPCA.  The account was created to help with medical treatments and surgeries that the shelter’s general fund cannot financially cover.
  
Special story: Meet Lucy.  Lucy is a PAWSS baby who was saved.  She came into the shelter with a very bad front leg and was taken to the doctor, but there wasn’t anything that could be done to save the leg.  It had to be removed.  Thanks to generous donations made to PAWSS, Lucy was able to have the procedure to remover her leg.  Shortly following, she was fostered and then adopted by a wonderful couple … this little girl is living the good life now.
  
You may find a list of pets in need of fostering or adopting by visiting the McKean County SPCA shelter from 11am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday and until 4pm on Sundays. Please call ahead to notify the staff.
  
Donations can be made online to the shelter’s emergency fund listed above, and to the general fund by mailing a check made payable to the McKean County SPCA General Fund.
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