The Lollypop Farm Blog

Hear the latest stories from Lollypop Farm when you sign up to get The Inside Scoop.

Kitten Shower Helps Homeless Litters

Categories: Happy Tails
During the spring and summer months, kittens arrive at animal shelters in droves, often motherless and requiring round-the-clock care. “Kitten Season” poses a need for both foster volunteers to care for these babies, and supplies to ensure their survival. Kitten Season Just last week, a single bottle baby was brought to Lollypop Farm early in …

Read More

A Big Issue with Little Pigs

Categories: On the Farm
It’s not very well known, but there is a big issue with little pigs. Lollypop Farm currently has over 20 potbellied pigs, the majority of whom were admitted because they were not the “micropig” their family was expecting. Time and time again, sickly, malnourished and mistreated pigs arrive at rescue shelters, their conditions often misunderstood …

Read More

A second chance for Chester Cheese Doodle

Categories: Happy Tails
You would never know from Chester Cheese Doodle’s affectionate personality and humorous cattitude that this orange fellow suffered terrible neglect before coming to Lollypop Farm. The 2-year-old fluffy feline arrived at Lollypop Farm in January of this year. He was suffering from conjunctivitis and painful bladder stones, and if that wasn’t bad enough, his front …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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. …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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.  …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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, …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More