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Protecting your pets from household toxins

Categories: Pet Welfare
Did you know that the third week in March was #NationalPoisionPreventionWeek? You may or may not know, there are several pet poisons and toxins that can be found in the average household.  Household pet toxins can be divided into four major categories: food, human medications, plans, and household products. I’d like to start by talking …

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Leela’s Weight Loss Journey

Categories: Pet Care & Training
Leela’s appearance was shocking when she first arrived at Lollypop Farm. This 6-year-old shepherd/Rottweiler mix was carrying quite a lot of unnecessary weight, and it was taking a toll on her body. Weighing in at 147 pounds, even walking a few steps took a lot of out Leela and left her breathing heavily. She would …

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Healing with Holly

Categories: Pet Welfare
When longtime Lollypop Farm foster volunteer Liz was rushed to the hospital on Sunday, December 3rd, her life changed forever. Suffering from a stroke and meningitis, Liz’s road to recovery was going to be long. Liz was in the hospital for two weeks before she was released to go home. Luckily, Liz had an amazing …

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Chloe’s Transformation: A Tail of Hope

Categories: Happy Tails
When Chloe first arrived at Lollypop Farm in early December, this 6-year-old Boxer mix was in a sad state. Suffering from alopecia and dermatitis, she was covered head to toe in sores and scabs. Chloe was shaking in the back of her kennel, and in need of immediate veterinary care. Chloe’s previous owners had realized …

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Tails of Hope: How your support makes the difference

Categories: Our Community, Pet Welfare, Shelter Life
Every year, thousands of pets are brought to Lollypop Farm. Some will be surrendered because their family is longer able to care for them, and others are rescued because they were abandoned or abused. But thanks to animal lovers like you, there is hope. Because of you, these pets are not forgotten and receive a …

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No Task (or Cast) Too Small: Avery the Baby Chinchilla

Categories: Pet Welfare
There is no task, or as it would happen, cast, too small for the veterinary clinic to tackle here at Lollypop Farm. Avery, a 1-month-old baby chinchilla, arrived at the shelter in early February. This tiny critter, already delicate due to his age and size, was in rough shape. His owner decided to surrender Avery …

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Celebrating Lilla’s 8th Birthday

Categories: Shelter Life
On Thursday, February 8, Lilla turned 8 years old! It has now been over a year since Lilla first arrived at Lollypop Farm, and she is still waiting for her happy home. While some pets take longer than others to get adopted, Lilla has taken extra time due to her severe food and environmental allergies. …

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A new home for mom and pups

Categories: Pet Welfare, Shelter Life
When Biscuit, a 7-year-old Shih Tzu, was surrendered into our care. She was very dirty and covered with lice. Here, Biscuit finally began to receive the care she had always deserved. And it was here that Biscuit had a litter of puppies. Biscuit received treatments for her lice, and the puppies were doted over by …

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What’s your pet’s 2018 resolution?

Categories: Pet Care & Training
You love your pet. You wouldn’t change one whisker. Well…except for… Even the sweetest cat or well-intentioned pup can have certain behaviors that just drive you and your family nuts. Maybe your dog has been using up his extra energy digging? Or maybe your cat can sometimes get a little bitey? You’re not alone. Many …

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Welcoming New Baby Goats Born at Lollypop Farm

Categories: On the Farm
On an unseasonably warm afternoon in late December, we welcomed the arrival of Noel and Harvey, two beautiful baby goats born at Lollypop Farm. Rescued from deplorable conditions The two nannies (another word for mother goats), Katrina and Darcy, originally came to us in July when the organization assisted the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and …

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Pet Safety: When the Weather Outside is Frightful

Categories: Pet Care & Training, Pet Welfare
Brrr… It’s that time of the year again, Rochester. Temperatures are dropping and the snow is falling. The winter season is not without its challenges. From chapped paws to dangerously low temperatures, our four legged friends need our help to stay comfortable and safe through the winter months.  Here are some helpful hints to keep …

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Our Pets and Allergies: Knowing the Difference Between Environmental and Food Allergies

Categories: Pet Care & Training
Have you ever wondered if your pet might be experiencing an allergic reaction? When we think of allergies, we generally think of the sneezing, runny eyes, and hay fever. But in cats and dogs, allergies tend to look a little different. When allergies present themselves in our pets, they do not usually cause respiratory signs.  …

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Big Birds with Big Personalities: Caring for Macaws

Categories: Pet Care & Training
Often when large birds become available for adoption at Lollypop Farm, we get questions from the public about what it takes to own such a bird. Their beautiful plumes and playful personalities are enticing to seasoned bird owners and non-bird owners alike! However, we ask that adopters interested in large birds like macaws have prior …

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Pumpkin Treats Your Pup will Love!

Categories: Pet Care & Training
Everyone loves a Thanksgiving treat! While your pup may be begging to try some of your turkey, stuffing, and pie—sharing table scraps can sometimes hurt your pup’s health. Keep them happy and healthy with this easy recipe for pumpkin treats! They’ll love them.

Ripley’s Legacy Helps the Healing Hands of Lollypop Farm

Categories: Our Community, Shelter Life
If you don’t know it’s there, you might pass right by, but behind a pavilion on the farm walk is a very special place. It’s Ripley’s Garden, a place of peace and healing for the people of Lollypop Farm. When Sharon Coates and Bruce Zaretsky, of Zaretsky and Associates, Inc., a Rochester landscape design company, …

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The Happy Tail of President & CEO Alice Calabrese and her New Pup Ali

Categories: Happy Tails, Shelter Life
October is Adopt a Dog Month; so, it seemed a good time for me to share the story of my most recent adoption, Ali (pronounced Alley as in Alley Cat). Ali was named after my son’s favorite video gamer, Alastair Aiken or Ali-A for short. Ali was brought to Lollypop Farm almost two years from …

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Discovering New Connections with Pets

Categories: Pet Care & Training, Shelter Life
You love your pet! There isn’t anything you wouldn’t do for them. Whether it’s buying them their favorite food or cuddling on the couch with them for just a little while longer even when you’re already running late. Their your best friend, your family. But we also know you’ve had that moment, when you’re looking …

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Boy Scout Helps Horses Overcome Obstacles to Adoption

Categories: On the Farm, Our Community
John Santowski, a member of Boy Scout Troop 167 in Pittsford, NY, first came to Lollypop Farm to help a fellow scout with an Eagle Scout project. During that time on the farm yard, he recognized that many of the horses at Lollypop Farm need help learning to trust their riders in order to find …

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A Dog Named Dolly Learns to Trust

Categories: Pet Care & Training, Shelter Life
When Dolly first arrived at Lollypop Farm in May, she was so frightened that she spent her first days cowering and growling in the back of her kennel. Dolly’s family had been going through a divorce, and she wasn’t able to stay in her home any longer. Dolly was so afraid that she wouldn’t even …

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Abandoned Kitten Learns to Walk Again

Categories: Happy Tails
Five-month-old Spirea was named after the bush he was found under. This little kitten was abandoned just outside of the doors of Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester. A visitor spotted him lying underneath the brush and alerted our staff, who rushed outside to help this frightened kitten. He was unable to use …

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