Adoptions and donations are gifts for people and animals at the Batavia Refuge

Wednesday night seemed like a good time to check out what was going on at the Genesee County Animal Shelter on West Main Street Road, Batavia. The evening hours allowed several people to visit, adopt a pet and / or make generous donations.

Sara Rose donated edible treats on behalf of the Batavia Revival Salon. The show staff “are all animal loving people,” she said.

“We wanted to do something to make sure they had something that would make their vacation special,” Rose said. “We know that the shelter relies a lot on donated food and treats, so being able to contribute so that they can keep running and keep the animals comfortable and happy brings us so much joy.”

Brothers Jonathan and Henry Maher, aged nine and six respectively, decided to take some of the money from their allowance and donate it to benefit the animals, and Kevin and Krista Kretschmer brought in loads of assorted pet items. Volunteers For Animals has a wishlist of necessary items on their website, including dry cat and dog food (preferably Purina One), canned dog food, laundry soap, water. Bleach, paper towels, non-clumping cat litter, dog collars and leads, great nylabones, cat toys and Forever postage stamps.

The nonprofit is an “all-volunteer group” that makes monetary donations “directly to animals and their care,” said member Wendy Castleman.

“In 2020, 75% of the money we spent was spent on veterinary care, which includes the sterilization and sterilization of all animals before adoption, as well as the treatment of conditions such as skin problems. , upper respiratory tract, gastrointestinal issues, fractures and heartworm disease, “she said.” Monetary donations go a long way in helping the animals at the shelter as well as in the community. “

Target areas for monetary donations include:

Veterinary Care: Volunteers For Animals pays for all medical treatments of animals that go through the shelter to ensure the animals are healthy prior to adoption. The group purchases all medicines, specialty foods, and animal supplies from the Genesee County Animal Shelter that the county does not provide.

Sterilization Program: A major objective has been to sterilize and sterilize all animals prior to adoption, and to assist in the low cost sterilization / neutering of pets in the community.

Rescue Dogs: VFA is removing dogs from high volume shelters and transporting them to the Batavia-based shelter for adoption into the community.

Fundraising and Promotion: Advertising is done to raise awareness of the shelter and adoptable animals through the VFA website, local media, and mailings and events.

No matter what the donation, homeless pets deserve the donation, Rose said.

“I myself have always adopted my family’s dogs from the shelter,” she said. “And it’s always been so heartbreaking to see these animals without families, especially on vacation.”

Animals in shelters are examined by a veterinarian and treated with vaccines and routine tests as needed. Most of them are sterilized or sterilized before leaving the shelter or a deposit of $ 35 is required, to be returned upon proof that the sterilization / sterilization surgery has been performed. The fees are $ 60 for county dogs and cats and $ 50 to $ 150 for out-of-state rescues.

To schedule a visit, call 585-343-6410, option 7. For more information, see

Top photo: Sara Rose from Revival Salon in Batavia brings a donation of edible treats Wednesday night for the animals at the Genesee County Animal Shelter on West Main Street Road, Batavia. Bottom photos: Kevin and Krista Kretschmer donate a wide assortment of items, a chart on the Volunteers For Animals website shows how donations are used, Ken Krueger adopts Princess, a cat gets comfortable in the bathroom home and Mike and Patty Uzialko take a photo of their future plus household, Juliet. Photos by Howard Owens

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