5 reasons to bring home a tiny friend

Categories: Pet Care & Training
There are so many reasons to consider adopting a rat, mouse, guinea pig, or other type of small animal! In fact, we’ve compiled our top 5 reasons in this blog post. A little friend might just make a big difference in your life! Small animals can be very intelligent It’s true! Rats are especially smart …

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Positive Reinforcement Training Challenge

Categories: Pet Care & Training
We all love our pets for just who they are! But every now and then, a behavior will pop up that may require some work or practice. Many times this means training, for both pets and their owners, to help everyone live their happiest life under one roof. And believe it or not, training can …

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Check The Chip: The Difference Between Lost and Found

Categories: Pet Care & Training
It happens in the blink of an eye. You’re coming home, juggling groceries, and your curious cat slips out the door. Or your dog hurls himself in pursuit of a squirrel ripping this leash from your hand. In just a couple of minutes, your beloved pet has gone missing. Unfortunately, it happens all the time. …

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Farosh the Iguana Receives Essential Surgery

Categories: Pet Care & Training
There is no surgery too small (or too strange) for the veterinary clinic here at Lollypop Farm! Each and every day, cats and dogs are spayed and neutered in our clinic to keep them healthy and happy, and prevent the birth of future homeless litters. It may come as a surprise, however, to hear that …

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Visiting the Vet – a Necessity for Indoor Cats

Categories: Pet Care & Training
August 22nd, 2018, is a day dedicated to bringing cats to the veterinary clinic. But you might be wondering, why is an entire day dedicated to getting our feline friends to the doctor? While there are more pet cats in the United States than dogs, significantly fewer ever see a veterinarian. According to the American …

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Planning a safe and fun camping trip with pets

Categories: Pet Care & Training, Pet Welfare
Summer is here, and we’ve all got vacation on the mind! Are you planning a camping getaway and considering bringing your furry friend along for the fun?  If so, we’ve compiled a list of simple camping safety tips to consider when travelling this season. Preventing your pet from becoming lost (and knowing what to do …

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Pets in Hot Cars: How You Can Help!

Categories: Pet Care & Training, Pet Welfare
When temperatures rise, leaving pets locked in a car can be dangerous. High temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death. You can take these steps to protect pets in warm weather. In the below article, you’ll learn how to help a pet left in a hot car, safety facts, and other ways you …

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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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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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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.

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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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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A New Generation of Pit Bull Owners

Categories: Pet Care & Training
Chances are you have probably seen conversations in the news or on social media regarding pit bulls. Some are nervous about the dogs having heard stories suggesting pit bulls to be aggressive and possibly dangerous. But, a new voice has begun to change the conversation and paint a new picture for a category of dogs …

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Acupuncture: How ancient medicine helps today’s pets in need

Categories: Pet Care & Training, Shelter Life
Providing the best possible care for pets in need means going above and beyond to try new approaches for the challenges they face everyday. That’s exactly why Dr. Christine Garvey, a veterinarian at Lollypop Farm, became certified as a veterinary acupuncturist to bring innovative care to homeless and abused pets in our community. Acupuncture has …

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National Hairball Awareness Day: Tips for Avoiding Coughing and Cleanup

Categories: Pet Care & Training
If you’re a cat owner, you’re already familiar with the eventuality of hairball cleanup. You know it’s not the most pleasant experience – for you, or your feline friend. But you can do something about the occasional return of the dreaded hairball! In honor of National Hairball Awareness Day (Friday, April 28), we’re sharing a …

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Spit that out! A Resource for Identifying Household Pet Toxins

Categories: Pet Care & Training, Pet Welfare
In addition to caring for homeless pets in our community, Lollypop Farm is also here for you, pet owners, as an educational resource. Through communicating the basics of pet-related dangers in the home, we strive to keep pets and people in our community happy, safe, and thriving. Believe it or not, there are many different …

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From playful pup to therapy dog

Categories: Our Community, Pet Care & Training
At Lollypop Farm, it’s not just about placing pets into new homes; it’s about supporting pet owners to create meaningful bonds with their companion pets. In addition to working with the thousands of pets in the shelter, the Lollypop Farm Behavior and Training team provide advice, private consultations, and dog training classes to people looking …

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Build your own DIY Community Cat Shelter

Categories: Pet Care & Training
Have you ever wondered what you can do to help outdoor cats in your community? You can keep community cats in your neighborhood (whether they are feral cats or your neighbor’s outdoor cat who doesn’t want to come inside just yet), warm and safe from the elements by building this simple DIY cat shelter. Spaying …

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