OUR ANIMAL WELFARE PHILOSOPHY
A just and compassionate world for all animals.
Together with our community, we better the lives of animals through justice, prevention, and life-saving care.
We embrace and recognize that Lollypop Farm donors are the heroes of our work — voluntarily offering time or money, no matter the amount — to support our mission. Together, our core values unify and guide us to provide the best service to the animals, our community, our organization, and ourselves.
Compassion: We show empathy and sympathy for what people and animals are experiencing through positive and constructive actions.
Communication: We engage in a two-way process to exchange thoughts, feelings, and ideas in pursuit of a mutually-accepted goals or direction.
Flexibility: We are willing and comfortable adapting to new circumstances and conditions.
Commitment: We persevere in our efforts to achieve our mission.
Teamwork: We collaborate and communicate to achieve common goals, understanding that the organization works best when unified.
Integrity: We pursue our mission with honor, fairness, and respect for animals, individuals, the organization, and our community.
Respect: We show consideration and professional regard for all aspects of the organization.
The 2021 – 2024 Strategic Plan will focus on Lollypop Farm’s expertise to help those facing difficult challenges, whether they be medical, behavioral, or otherwise. We will provide support and resources to keep pets in the community and out of the shelter environment.
Objective 1: Ensure Superior Care for Pets in our Community and Shelter
Objective 2: Attract and Retain the Best Employees and Volunteers
Objective 3: Fight Animal Crimes and Ensure the Humane Treatment of Animals
Objective 4: Be the Premier Resource to Keep Pets Healthy and in Homes
Objective 5: Ensure Financial Sustainability and Growth
Read more about our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan.
Our Animal Welfare Philosophy
Lollypop Farm is not your typical animal welfare organization. We don’t classify ourselves as merely a shelter, simply taking in and rehoming pets. Rather, we are your partner. We’ll work with you to build a just and compassionate world for all animals–to save animals from abuse and suffering, to find a resource to keep your pet, to guide you in adopting a new pet, to make the tough decision to say goodbye to your family friend or to share information on how to help animals in your daily life.
A force for justice.
At the very core of our organization is our charge to end animal abuse. From our founding in 1873 to end the abuse of working mules along the Erie Canal, Lollypop Farm has been fighting to improve the lives of animals. You have marched alongside our team of law enforcement officers on this path, speaking out for the voiceless to hold animal abusers accountable–saving countless lives.
Learn about our SPCA Law Enforcement services.
A pet resource center.
No two situations are alike when it comes to our families and our pets. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for pet problems. Every individual needs their own unique advice and resources to address whatever they are up against. That’s how we’ll work with you and your pet—as individuals.
We know that pets are family. But when issues with family pets arise, it’s hard to know where to start. When you reach out to Lollypop Farm, we’ll select from our many services, programs, and partners to guide you to a potential solution for your issue. Whether you are going through a temporary crisis or need to address ongoing issues, we’ll do our best to help you find a solution that keeps your family together, even stronger than before.
Learn about: Community Pet Care Resources, Lost & Found, Pet Behavior & Training, Pet Preparedness, Pet Pantry, SNIP, Community Cat Program, End of Life Services, and Workshops.
Sometimes, despite best efforts, a pet needs to be rehomed. Sadly, there may also be animals who are unwanted or not cared for. With the entire community as our partners, Lollypop Farm is here to help. Your support means that we can be a safe refuge for pets who have nowhere else to go, and we’ll do everything possible to give those pets their second chance.
Regardless of age, health issues or injuries, or behavioral issues, Lollypop Farm is here to help pets when other means have been exhausted. The life of each and every animal is valued—dog, cat, rabbit, gerbil, mouse, bird, goat, pig, sheep, chicken, horse, reptile, and more—and are all treated as individuals.
Our team of animal care experts provides personalized, compassionate, life-saving care, with the hope of sending each pet to a new home:
- We alleviate illness or injury through high-quality veterinary care, critical vaccinations, and spay/neuter.
- Daily enrichment keeps pets mentally healthy during their stay and focused behavior training rehabilitates unsocialized pets.
- Our extensive network of foster care volunteers extends our capacity for care and gives animals time in a home setting to grow or heal from trauma.
- We partner with other rescue groups and shelters when they may be the right option for some pets.
- Above all, the wellbeing of each pet and the safety of the community is our guide. If either is in jeopardy despite all of our efforts, we’ll make the difficult decision to say a compassionate goodbye.
- Pets in our care have the time they need, with no predetermined limits on their stay with us.
- We’ll guide adopters in their search for a new pet–finding the best match for both the pet and the family.
Learn more about animals for adoption.
We’re here for each other. Lollypop Farm looks to you to tell us what you need, to support our work, to speak up for the safety of pets, and to care for pets like family. And we’ll be here for you when you need advice, temporary help, or a new way forward. We’ll build a brighter future for people and animals—together.