William Mattar Rescue a Shelter Animal Campaign
RESCUE A SHELTER ANIMAL
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.
HELPING IS MORE THAN JUST ADOPTION
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.
SHELTERS AND RESCUE GROUPS:
Buffalo & Western New York Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups
- 7 Heart Maternity Rescue
- A Purr-Fect Fit Animal Rescue and Adoption Center
- ABC Basset Rescue
- Akron Canine Rescued Angels
- Awesome Paws Rescue
- Be Their Voice Rescue
- Bernard’s Beagle Rescue
- Black Dog, Second Chance
- Bright Star German Shepherd Rescue
- Buddy’s Second Chance Rescue
- Buffalo City Animal Shelter
- Buffalo C.A.R.E.S. Animal Rescue
- Buffalo Greyhound Adoption
- Buffalo Paws and Claws Animal Shelter
- Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue
- Buffalo Underdogs
- Cattaraugus County SPCA, Olean
- Diamonds in the Ruff
- Educate A Bull
- Erie County SPCA, West Seneca
- Empire Animal Rescue Society
- Feral Cat Focus of WNY
- Furever Friends of WNY
- Hamburg Mutts for Freedom
- Heart Animal Rescue, Hamburg
- Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue & Adoption Team
- Home Sweet Home Animal Rescue
- Hope for Cats, Inc.
- Joyful Rescues
- Lakeshore Humane Society
- A.D (Make a Difference) Rescue of WNY
- Magic’s Mission Beagle and Hound Rescue
- Niagara County SPCA, Niagara Falls
- Nickel City Canine Rescue
- Open Arms Rescue of WNY
- Pet Connection Programs (Maternity Shelter)
- Pets Alive Western New York (formerly Buffalo Humane)
- Piece of Heaven Kitten Rescue
- Pixie Mamas Rescue
- Precious Paws Rescue, North Tonawanda
- Queen City Pitties
- Sadie’s Safe Harbor Canine Rescue
- Save a Pet
- Second Chance Sheltering Network
- Tabby Town Cat Adoption Center
- Ten Lives Club
- White Whiskers Senior Dog Sanctuary
- Wyoming County SPCA, Attica
Rochester Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups
- Allegany County SPCA, Wellsville
- Animal Service League
- BlueMoon Meadows
- Brindle Posse Rescue
- Bugsy’s Animal Adoption Center (38 Area Shelters)
- Genesee County Animal Shelter
- Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets
- Greyhound Adoption of Greater Rochester, NY
- Habitat for Cats, Rochester
- Hamlin Dog Shelter
- Hornell Area Humane Society
- Humane Society of Yates County, Penn Yan
- Keller’s Kats Rescue
- Lab Lovers Rescue
- Logan’s Rescue
- Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester, Fairport
- A.D (Make a Difference) Rescue of WNY
- New Start Kitty Shelter
- New 2U Rescues
- One Love Pet Adoptions
- Ontario County Humane Society
- Orleans County Animal Shelter
- Pet Pride of New York, Inc.
- Pitty Love Rescue
- Rescue Pit
- Rescued Treasures Pet Adoptions
- Rochester Animal Services
- Suzie Q Dog ResQ
- The Mia Foundation
- Verona Street Animal Society
- Woof2Hoof Rescue
Syracuse Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups
- All Creatures Big and Small
- Cayuga Dog Rescue
- CNY SPCA, Syracuse
- Cortland Community SPCA
- Fetch a Friend Rescue
- Finger Lakes SPCA of Central NY, Auburn
- Helping Hounds Dog Rescue
- Humane Society of Schuyler County, Watkins Glen
- Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue
- Oswego County Humane Society
- Paws Across Oswego County
- Paws for the Cause Rescue
- Recycle-A-Bully Rescue, Inc.
- Rescue Me! Dachshund Rescue
- Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter
- Seneca Humane Society, Seneca Falls
- SPCA of Tompkins County
- The Haven at Skanda
- Trooper Husky Rescue
- United Friends of Homeless Animals, Richland, NY
Albany Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups
- Albany Humane Society
- Animal Lovers
- Animal Protective Services
- Capital District Humane Association
- Free to Be Me Rescue
- Homeward Bound Dog Rescue
- Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
- Out of the Pits Rescue
- Purrs and Paws Feline Rescue and Adoption
- Unconditional Love Pet Rescue
- Whiskers Animal Benevolent League
Binghamton Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups
- Animal Care Council
- Binghamton Animal Clinic
- Broome County Dog Shelter
- Broome County Humane Society
- Harper’s Haven Dog Rescue
- Every Dog’s Dream Rescue
- Project Paw
- Stray Haven Humane Society and SPCA
Elmira Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups
- Chemung County SPCA
- Elmira Animal Shelter
- Finger Lakes SPCA, Bath
- Hornell Area Humane Society
- Horseheads Community Animal Shelter
- Paradise Garden Animal Shelter
- Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue, Inc.
- Rainbow of Hope Rescue
- Schuyler County Humane Society
- Tanner’s Paws
Utica Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups
- Herkimer County Humane Society
- Humane Society of Rome, New York
- Stevens-Swan Humane Society
- Wanderer’s Rest Humane Association
Aid and Resources for Animals and Pet Owners
- Animal Advocates of WNY
- Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse
- Cat by Cat Inc helps control the free-roaming Community Cat population through targeted Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return (TNVR) practices in Buffalo, NY
- CNY Pet Food Pantry
- Emergency Animal Rescue
- Hope Before Heaven may provide aid for emergency vet care bills in certain situations
- Operation Pets spay/neuter clinic in Blasdell
- Pet Emergency Fund
- Pet Heaven Funeral Home
- Sherlock Bones Lost & Hound Dog Recovery
- White Whiskers Senior Dog Sanctuary‘s goal is to ease the stress that senior dogs face when they lose their homes and families by providing a compassionate option to live out their years in safety, comfort, and peace. They have also worked with local rescue groups and individuals to find homes for senior dogs. All are encouraged to visit the animals for cuddle time and some furry company.
- Wild Kritters of Niagara County wildlife rescue & rehabilitation
- WNY Food 4 Paws collects pet food and supplies to be distributed at food pantries in WNY.
- And don’t forget about pet insurance! Help keep your pets safe and healthy as you plan for the unexpected. Contact your veterinarian or search online for a plan that will meet your family’s needs.
MORE THAN JUST DOGS AND CATS
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.
THE BENEFITS OF RESCUING AN ANIMAL ARE ENDLESS
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.
- 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
SHELTER ANIMAL RESOURCES
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 [email protected] 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.