William Mattar Rescue a Shelter Animal Campaign

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Pets are beloved family members who bring years of happiness and joy to their families. They provide us with companionship and emotional support, which may reduce stress levels and feelings of loneliness. Pets stand by our sides during times of need, often posing the question, who rescued who?

As the cold weather moves in, William Mattar Rescue a Shelter Animal campaign highlights the importance of rescuing an animal in need from local shelters and rescues. All animals deserve a safe, warm, and loving home. Despite the hard work of shelters and rescues everywhere, it is estimated that millions of dogs and cats enter America’s shelters each year. Please consider rescuing or fostering an animal, donating, fostering, or volunteering at a local shelter or rescue. Every little bit helps.

Congratulations to the 2023 Pet Photo Contest winner, Sammi! 

Accompanied by her proud parents, Sammi had the opportunity to give back to the place that played a crucial role in finding her furever home—the Niagara SPCA.


Animal shelters and rescue groups are humane places overflowing with happy and healthy animals waiting for a home. Many animals that end up in shelters are usually there through no fault of their own typically because their human has a problem, such as an illness, divorce, or a move. Many animals living in shelters are already house-trained and are used to living with families, children, and even other animals.

Rescuing a shelter animal gives an animal a second chance, and you may also save it from being euthanized in an overcrowded kill shelter. Most rescue groups do not have brick-and-mortar facilities and depend strictly on foster homes for shelter and care. This can make it difficult to place animals in forever homes.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, each year, “more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and rescues and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet.” Most animal shelters do their best to take in unwanted pets and rehome them. Still, the costs associated with medical care, food, and shelter add up, making it extremely challenging for everyone involved to keep up the good work.

By taking home a new pet, you also make room at the shelter for another animal with nowhere else to go. This is especially important for senior pets, as they typically get a bad reputation because of the stigma associated with their age and potential growing medical needs. Senior pets may have an extended stay at shelters, but it does not necessarily mean they are not loving and loyal companions.

To all who love animals and want to help, we have a list of many rescue groups and animal shelters below. If you are not able to rescue an animal or become a foster, there are many other ways to help that can make a big difference. They are always in need of donations and volunteers to help the animals in their care while awaiting adoption. Monetary donations are desperately needed as many are struggling to gather funds to maintain or make needed improvements to their buildings, and medical costs often strain their budgets as well.


Buffalo & Western New York Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Rochester Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Syracuse Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Albany Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Binghamton Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Elmira Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Utica Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Aid and Resources for Animals and Pet Owners


The humane work conducted by animal shelters and rescue groups extends well beyond traditional dog and cat pet options. More and more shelters and rescues have opened their doors to other animals, including guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, and even horses and livestock. If you are interested in opening up your home to a rescue animal but are looking for something a little bit different, a great resource to start with is The Pet Shelter Project.


If you or your family are looking to bring another little smile into your lives or maybe find your next best friend, then we encourage you to visit your local animal shelter or rescue.

When you adopt a pet, the cost of a spay/neuter, first vaccinations, and even microchipping may be included in the adoption fee. This may help save you some upfront costs when adding a new furry friend to your home. The animal you select may also be housebroken, which will allow you to save on training expenses.

If you buy a dog from a pet store, online seller, or flea market, you may be getting a dog from a puppy mill. When you support a puppy or kitten mill you are supporting factory-style breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs and cats. Animals raised in puppy and/or kitten mills are housed in poor conditions with improper medical care, which may cause numerous medical or behavioral issues as a result. Mills confine the moms of these animals to cages to be bred over and over, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family.

Puppy and kitten mills will continue to operate until they lose support. By rescuing a pet from an animal shelter, you will have peace of mind knowing that puppy and kitten mills will not be profiting.

ASPCA Facts: https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics

  • Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year
  • Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year
  • Approximately 40% of dog owners and 46% of cat owners learned about their pet through word of mouth
  • Approximately 23% of dogs and 31% of cats are obtained from an animal shelter or humane society
  • About 710,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners



William Mattar Law Offices offers many helpful resources to help you find a shelter close to you. When you are ready to open your heart to a furry friend and give an animal a forever home, we sincerely encourage you to visit a local shelter or rescue group. We have links to over 100 shelters and rescue groups in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Binghamton, Elmira, and Utica areas. If you know of a rescue group or shelter in New York State that you do not see listed below, please email dawn@williammattar.com with the organization’s name and website link, and we will be glad to update our list.

In addition to rescue efforts, the shelters listed below welcome donations, supplies, and/or volunteers. Please visit their respective websites for more information.

At the bottom of this page, we’ve also included important links to resources and aid for animals and pet owners. If you are not in need of their services, please consider donations to help support their tireless missions of helping the smallest members of our community.

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