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August 12, 2017 - 5:13pm


Stan's Harley-Davidson hosted its annual Hogs for Paws rally today, with proceeds benefiting Volunteers for Animals.

Photos by Alecia Kaus/Video News Service.







August 8, 2017 - 10:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in pets, animals, batavia, news.


This brother and sister pair of 1-year-old cats are missing on Montclair Avenue.

Their owners had just moved into a new residence and about an hour later, the pair managed to slip out, so the owners don't even know where to look.

Both are spayed/neutered.

They've been missing since Sunday.

They are likely being shy and hiding.

If found, call Miranda at (585) 813-2428.

August 2, 2017 - 1:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pets, animals, news.


Sadie is missing near the Pembroke Travel Plaza.

Alyssa Coker has been traveling from California to New Hampshire with her mother and three dogs. They stopped for a break at the Pembroke Travel Plaza yesterday and when it came time to get the dogs back into their vehicle, a diesel pulled up behind them and the driver released his air brake, which startled Sadie.

The 2-year-old black border collie mix weighs about 50 pounds. She was able to bolt away, running past the plaza building, past the gas station and into the woods.

"We have been searching for her but haven't found her yet," Alyssa said. "I am completely devastated, heartbroken and desperate to find her."

Some residents in the area have aided in the search.

She was last seen with a teal-colored leash and collar. There is current contact info on her tags. She is micro chipped. She is skittish, but she may not run if people approach her.

Alyssa's number is (209) 815-0233.

UPDATE: Alyssa requests that anybody who sees Sadie to not approach her. There have apparently been sightings and Sadie has fled.  Aylssa says Sadie is scared and skittish. There are professional volunteer trackers helping her.  She asks for phone calls from anybody seeing Sadie. 

August 1, 2017 - 8:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pets, animals, batavia, news.


Bitty is missing. Slipped out of her house last night. She was last seen near Main and Ross going through the funeral home parking lot.

UPDATE Wednesday, 5 p.m.: Bitty is home, safe.

August 1, 2017 - 6:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, pets, batavia, news.


David Austin said this dog just wandered into his yard at 256 State St., which is next to the high school. He's hoping somebody comes and picks it up soon. Dave can be reached at (585) 300-3441.

UPDATE 9:12 p.m.: The puppy is back home, safe.

July 18, 2017 - 10:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, pets, east pembroke, batavia, news.


Lauren Brick says "Tucker" is just like part of the family and she's missing him terribly since he went missing yesterday in the Slusser Road area of East Pembroke.

He's super friendly, she said, and doesn't bark. He has a pizza collar. Call Lauren at (585) 300-8795 if you can help find Tucker.

July 14, 2017 - 1:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, pets.

City police are responding to a residence on Ellicott Avenue for a person complaining that "their neighbor's dog is using their lawn as a bathroom."

July 12, 2017 - 2:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, volunteers for animals, pets.
Press release:
Volunteers For Animals is proud to announce that we have once again been awarded a grant from the ASPCA to provide low-cost spay and neuter of canines and felines belonging to NYS residents who receive public assistance. (ASPCA -- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
The grant, via a voucher system, will cover the spaying or neutering of the pet, a rabies vaccine, a distemper vaccine and deworming.
For many years, Volunteers For Animals has been committed to spaying and neutering all animals prior to adoption at the Genesee County Animal Shelter. We are now expanding that commitment to help pet owners in the community.
We understand the pressing need to spay and neuter dogs and cats to alleviate the pet over-population epidemic. Volunteers For Animals has partnered with local veterinarians and their staff to provide quality, low-cost services to low-income residents in Genesee and surrounding counties.
We believe that not only will this program help to reduce the pet overpopulation problem but will benefit the quality of life for both pet owners and pets. We believe that sterilized pets present a win-win situation. The pet is generally healthier and the pet-owner relationship is generally less stressful and, therefore, more enjoyable.

The voucher is $20 and the pet owner must show proof of public assistance. It is for Orleans, Wyoming and Genesee county residents. We accept cash or checks only, no credit cards.

To receive a voucher, the pet owner must come into the Shelter during adoption hours to purchase the voucher. We have four local vets who participate and the pet owner makes their own appointment for the surgery. An email can also be sent to [email protected] for more information.
July 5, 2017 - 9:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in animals, batavia, animal rescue, pets, news.

A few minutes ago, a deputy was dispatched to check on the welfare of a "big yellow cat in the area of the animal shelter" -- to make sure the feline was "by the side of road" -- (as opposed to being in the road, we're guessing). Once on scene, the officer reported "no sign of Garfield east or west of the road" and then went back in service.

June 30, 2017 - 4:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, pets, Elm Street, batavia, news, notify.


"Zeva" will soon need a new home.

The friendly pooch was reportedly left at an apartment at 17 Elm St., Batavia, after the owner moved out.

Somebody called police yesterday evening and reported the apparently abandoned dog and a police officer picked it up and took it to the shelter.

The address is the same apartment where another dog, on April 30, got itself stuck on the eve of a second-floor deck and then fell off when the owner was brought back to the residence by a police officer.

Today, the owner -- whom we're not identifying by name at this point because she hasn't been charged with a crime, and it's not certain she will be -- went to the animal shelter and signed the necessary paperwork to surrender ownership of Zeva.

She reportedly told staff she had left the dog rather than take it to the shelter because of a requirement that the owner acknowledges that the animal could potentially be euthanized. Animal Control Officer Agie Jaroszewski said the form is standard procedure for most shelters but doesn't mean the animal will be put down.

Alecia Kaus with Video News Service posted a report about the dog on Facebook yesterday and a women said the dog had been hers, but that the dog was being taken care of and that she retained access to the apartment until the end of the month.

"I was the owner," the woman wrote. "And to be clear again have posted all week about finding her a home and was just with her at 7 pm last night to walk her feed and water her."

There is not information available on the status of the other dog that was at the apartment April 30. Police have yet to determine what will happen with the case.

Below, photos from April 30.



June 18, 2017 - 1:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron, news, pets.


"Huckleberry" was last seen on North Bergen Road near Route 237. He is chipped and belongs with Cindy Matthews and Chris Oehler. Call Chris at (585) 315-2995 or Cindy at (585) 455-9377.

UPDATE: Huckleberry is home safe, thanks to an alert reader.

June 17, 2017 - 4:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pets, animals, news, batavia.


A resident on Slusser Road, between Pratt and Killian roads, reports his neighbor's dog took off last night around 8:30. He answers to "Ruben." If you have information about the dog, call Amy at (716) 998-1860 or Tom at (585) 993-2163.

UPDATE: Ruben is home safe.

June 14, 2017 - 5:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, pets, news, batavia, walmart.

Two dogs are locked in a black Ford Explorer in Row 7 at Walmart with the windows rolled up.

A deputy has been dispatched.

June 8, 2017 - 6:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Lost Dog, pets, batavia.

This afternoon, a reader named Tracy Gaus submitted this photo of a lost dog and sent us this email:

"This very friendly dog was found wandering around our back yard (at) 3701 Pearl Street Road, Batavia. The dog does have a choke collar with a rabies tag. But no other ID. Can anyone help us find his home? I can be reached at (585) 409-0826."

UPDATE Friday, June 9, 2:37 p.m.: We are happy to report that shortly before 9 a.m. this morning, Tracy Gaus emailed us and told us the dog has been reunited with its family.

June 3, 2017 - 3:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in volunteers for animals, batavia, news, animals, pets.


Volunteers from Volunteers for Animals were at the Animal Shelter today collecting donated scrap metal as a fundraiser for the shelter and the support provided by Volunteers for Animals.

May 31, 2017 - 12:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in alexander, news, animals, pets.

"There's a loose dog killing his neighbor's chickens -- occuring now," says a dispatcher about a call just received. The incident is at 2414 Walker Road, Alexander. Sheriff's deputies are responding.

UPDATE 12:05 p.m.: An officer at the scene reports the dog has tags, but he can't get close to the dog (to read them). An animal control officer is responding.

UPDATE 12:08 p.m.: The officer is able to read the phone number of the dog's owner on a tag and provides it to the dispatcher.

May 17, 2017 - 9:13am
posted by Howard B. Owens in pets, animals, bergen, news.


This dog was found on Reed Road in Bergen this morning. It's only tag is a rabies tag from Texas. Stacy Stanton found the dog and said the dog is very sweet. She called Animal Control and was keeping the dog this morning until an officer picked up the dog.

UPDATE: Owner and dog have been reunited.

May 14, 2017 - 8:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, pets, Oakfield, news, animals.

A caller has a pig cornered at 3600 Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road.

A deputy who has responded is going to check with neighbors to see who might have lost a pig.

UPDATE 9 p.m.: It sounds like the pig's owner has been located.


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