April 18, 2019
By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Lattuca

BREAKING ‘PAWS AT THE PUB’ NEWS: This Sunday’s event at Buffalo Brewpub may be for people only…but that doesn’t mean the beverages have to be! 12 Gates Brewing Company and Buffalo Brewpub have collaborated on their version of a ‘doggie bag’ with a doggie BOTTLE:  PUPS N/A malt beef-flavored ale to bring home for your four-legged canine connoisseur!

The bottles will be available for just $5.00 each and will be available ONLY during Paws at the Pub on Sunday! Quantities are limited, so don’t miss this chance to find out whether your pup has a future as a canine cicerone (yes, we had to look that up).

Break out the brews! For the second time, Buffalo Brewpub, located at 6861 Main Street in Williamsville, will host “Paws at the Pub” to benefit the SPCA Serving Erie County!

The free rain-or-shine event for people of all ages (no pets, please) is scheduled for Sunday, April 28,
12 p.m –5 p.m. All tips received by servers and bartenders, as well as a portion of food and beverage sales, will be donated to the SPCA. A special drink menu will also be available featuring Tommyrotter Distilling products.

Buffalo Brewpub and 12 Gates Brewing Co. have collaborated on a Blood Orange Hefeweizen beer which is currently being served, and will be served at the event. There will also be a basket raffle and silent auction featuring prizes that include a week’s stay at Tropical Winds Daytona Beach, a
60” Smart TV, field tickets for June 14’s Taste of Country, a campsite & two tickets to Jam in the Valley, a Magic Hat bass guitar, a Yeti tank, a golf bag, and much more.

“We are big animal lovers and greatly admire the work the SPCA Serving Erie County does in our community every day,” says Christopher Townsell, Buffalo Brewpub general manager. “We saw an opportunity to contribute towards their efforts, and our whole staff was excited over the idea.”

Event partners include 12 Gates Brewing Company, Community Beer Works, Sato Brewpub, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Southern Tier Brewing CompanyResurgence Brewing Company, and Flying Bison Brewing Company. Celebrity bartenders include some of the actual brewers from these companies.

To learn more about Paws at the Pub, visit https://yourspca.org/paws-at-the-pub/ or https://www.buffalobrewpub.com, or contact Buffalo Brewpub, 716-632-0552.


Erie County Animal and/or Dog Control Contacts


3311 Wende Road
Alden, NY 14004


Call Local Police at 716-549-3600

Aurora, Town of
(also serving East Aurora)
251 Quaker Road
East Aurora, NY 14052

Boston Town
8500 Boston State Road
Boston, NY 14025

Brant (and parts of Evans)


716-686-3525 or 716-686-3500

Call Town Hall at 716-741-8930

Colden Town
8579 Fairview Terrrace
Colden, NY 14033


Call Local Police at 716-683-1123

Call Local Police at 716-549-3600

East Aurora
(also serving Town of Aurora)
251 Quaker Road
East Aurora, NY 14052

Call Local Police at 716-992-9211


Grand Island

Hamburg Town
6100 South Park Avenue
Hamburg, NY 14075


Call Local Police at 716-875-1234






North Collins

Orchard Park
4350 South Taylor Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127

716-686-3525 or 716-686-3500


Tonawanda, City
716-692-2121, ext. 632


West Seneca
582 Mineral Springs Road
West Seneca, NY 14224


From BuffaloNews.com
Full story and photos at https://buffalonews.com/2019/02/13/buffalo-sabres-linus-ullmark-rochester-americans-modo-nhl-ahl-news/

Linus Ullmark: Meet the man behind the Minions mask, quirks and all

By Lance Lysowski
Published February 13, 2019
Updated February 13, 2019

A young boy pressed the paper sign against the glass adjacent to the Buffalo Sabres’ bench inside KeyBank Center to catch Linus Ullmark’s attention as the 25-year-old goalie skated off the ice at the end of a pregame warm-up.

On the sign, underneath a header that read “Life goals,” the boy listed two items: the Sabres’ winning a Stanley Cup and receiving a stick from Ullmark. The affable, eccentric fan favorite skated over and gently flung his Bauer paddle over the pane of glass.

“He’s a really good kid,” said Carter Hutton, 33, of his fellow goaltender. “Really sincere.”

The child beamed as he hoisted the treasure as if he had won the Stanley Cup. Ullmark’s gesture was seen by the thousands waiting for the puck drop of a game against Chicago. Ullmark, however, does not seek recognition for such kindness, nor did the act surprise his teammates.

On the ice, Ullmark can be perceived by opponents as ultra-serious – he was not afraid to tell Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn to be quiet during a 1-0 loss Jan. 30 – but he is beloved by teammates for his quirks, quips and genuine kindness.

Ullmark, the Sabres’ starter in eight of the past 12 games, is active in two charitable causes: Ullmark’s Barks, which, in conjunction with the SPCA in Erie County, has helped six dogs find owners in two months, and AjaBajaCancer, a foundation in Sweden that helps families affected by childhood cancer.

“I would say I’m quirky, unique,” Ullmark said, unabashedly, in KeyBank Center following practice last week. “I would rather be unique than normal. That’s how I see it. I don’t have any issues with me being me and people seeing me as quirky or fun or whatever they say. I try to be me every day, every week. Try to enjoy life as much as possible.”

Full story and photos at https://buffalonews.com/2019/02/13/buffalo-sabres-linus-ullmark-rochester-americans-modo-nhl-ahl-news/

From BuffaloNews.com




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February 13, 2019
By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Browning

Teenager Alicia LaBrake’s hard work has paid off for the SPCA’s Paws for Love program!

Alicia, of Lancaster, NY, was the recipient of the One Buffalo Community Award last December, and part of her prize was a donation by Pegula Sports and Entertainment Chief Executive Officer and President Kim Pegula to the charity of Alicia’s choice. Alicia asked Mrs. Pegula to donate to the SPCA Serving Erie County in honor of the Paws for Love program, a volunteer-run program through which pet owners bring their gentle dogs and cats to more than 100 area nursing homes, assisted living facilities, Buffalo’s Family Justice Center, courts, group homes, Hospice locations, children’s facilities, schools, libraries, the Buffalo/Niagara International Airport, funeral parlors, and more.

Alicia’s mom Lisa wrote this about her very accomplished daughter:

“Alicia, 13 years old, has been designing and creating earrings and beaded bracelets for three+ years.  She and I sell them at local craft fairs.  She has raised thousands of dollars for local charities either dealing with pets or those in need.  She has raised money for Wounded Warriors, Carly’s Club, Second Chance Shelter, Ten Lives Club, Citizens Against Puppy Mills, Joyful Rescues, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, SPCA, and the list goes on and on. Currently, she is designating her proceeds to the Meals on Wheels Pet program (feeding the animals who are with the elderly who receive meals).

Last year we were at a Buffalo Sabres game and I noticed the One Buffalo Community Award being advertised.  So I nominated our daughter for the award. Much to our surprise we were notified by Pegula Sports and Entertainment that Alicia was the winner!  She received the award at December 8’s Sabres game, and she was asked to designate a charity she would like Kim Pegula to donate to on behalf of Alicia’s work.

Alicia asked that Kim Pegula donate to Paws for Love.  We have come into contact with therapy pets through being at malls, hospitals, nursing homes, and airports.  She wanted to give to those animals who give so much to others.”

This week, a donation arrived from Pegula Sports and Entertainment designated to our Paws for Love program, and we couldn’t be more grateful!

The SPCA extends a heartfelt thanks to Pegula Sports and Entertainment for the generous contribution to this important program, and to Alicia, for recognizing how important Paws for Love is in the community! Alicia has demonstrated that one is never too young to begin making a significant difference in a community, and she makes Buffalo a better place with her work and support.


February 16, March 23, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
SPCA Serving Erie County, 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca
$20 per person

Make time to relax and enjoy a one-hour yoga session with cats and kittens in the Humane Education Center of the SPCA!

This feline-centered class will offer low-impact yoga taught by a certified yoga instructor in a calm, nurturing environment.

Center yourself around the zen of adoptable cats and kittens at the
SPCA Serving Erie County!

Classes will be held at our 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter on Saturdays March 23, April 20, May 18, June 15, and July 20 at 10 a.m., with a 9:30 a.m. check-in! Cost: $20 per person.

Pre-registration is required! Register using the links below, or contact
Matt C. at the SPCA, 716-875-7360, ext. 241.

Classes of 30 fill quickly, so register early!
A minimum of 20 registrants is required per class.

February 16 class (filled)
Register for March 23 class >>
Register for April 20 class >>
Register for May 18 class >>
Register for June 15 class >>
Register for July 20 class >>

Emaciated Dog Found in Buffalo Garbage Tote

January 22, 2019
By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Browning

See Charlie’s video playlist here >>


-February 12 video update >>

February 6 audio update on NewsRadio 930 WBEN >>

-February 5 video update & news on $2475 reward fund >>

The SPCA’s Shelby O’Neil from our Behavior and Training Department with Charlie!

-February 1 video update >>

2/1/19: Charlie sneaking a treat!


The SPCA’s Gina Browning (left) and Dr. Helene Chevalier with our star, CHARLIE!


The SPCA’s Bethany Kloc giving Charlie a hug!

-January 29 video update >>

Charlie 1-28-19

-January 28 update, photos, and news on $1475 reward fund >>

-January 26 update, photo, and news on $1000 reward fund >>

-January 25 update: Hear Charlie’s update on NewsRadio 930 WBEN here. Charlie made it through another night! While his platelet levels are still very low, additional test results that should arrive later today or tomorrow will tell Dr. Chevalier and the veterinary team much more about any specialized medication and other treatments Charlie may require. Dr. Chevalier is still very careful to caution Charlie’s fans that, while he is making progress as far as weight gain and strength, we need to remember that he may be in crisis internally and his health could turn at any moment. For now, Charlie’s tail is wagging, and clearly, in these photos with Emily from the SPCA’s Behavior and Training Department, he’s thrilled with a Kong toy that an anonymous friend brought to the SPCA today especially for Charlie. We at the SPCA thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers…please keep it up!

Emily, in the SPCA’s Behavior and Training Department, has been one of the dedicated staffers working with Charlie

-January 24 update: Charlie’s resting today after a long night. Some of his blood work came back late yesterday showing some very serious abnormalities, which led to the decision to perform a whole blood transfusion late last night. This morning he was resting comfortably and still is (as you see, he is now donning a fashionable cone in our Dog ICU) but his prognosis for a full recovery is guarded. The SPCA’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Helene Chevalier says that the blood work has been repeated, and we are hoping to have those results and further diagnostic results by tomorrow to determine the best treatment options for Charlie, but she is extremely concerned about this type of blood disease. This is why, with emaciation cases of these extremes, although he seems very happy, we are cautious about what’s happening internally. If Charlie survives, she says, he will have a long road ahead of him. We’re letting Charlie rest today and giving him the day off from videos, but we’re still hoping for your kind prayers and thoughts; we know Charlie has a strong spirit to survive. We will provide updates on Charlie’s progress on Facebook.

-January 23 updates:
-See what Dr. Chevalier says about Charlie’s condition here >>
-See Charlie at breakfast here >>
-Have tissues ready when you listen to this morning’s Star 102.5 segment on Charlie with Rob Lucas here >>
Hear Charlie’s story on NewsRadio 930 WBEN >>


Listen to Charlie’s story & hear from Dr. Chevalier in this video >>

Thanks to the actions of some very observant City of Buffalo Sanitation Department workers and representatives from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, a dog close to death is now being cared for at the SPCA Serving Erie County.

“Charlie” was found today in a garbage tote at a residence in the Bailey Ave./Walden Ave. area of Buffalo. City of Buffalo Sanitation Department employees found the dog during scheduled garbage collection tasks earlier this morning. The dog was immediately transferred by the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter to the SPCA Serving Erie County, where he received emergency life-saving care.

Charlie was unable to stand on his own, and his temperature upon arrival at the SPCA registered at only 92 degrees after being a mere 90 degrees shortly after being found.  The emaciated dog, an adult male Pit Bull Terrier mix, received fluids, antibiotics, and pain killers while being warmed as quickly as possible. He has several pressure sores on various parts of his body, and numerous cuts and scrape on his head, face, and other areas.

SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigator Paul LeShay helps hold and comfort an emaciated Charlie

At the time of this writing, Charlie’s temperature had increased to 98.5 degrees and he was able to hold up his head, stand for very short periods of time, and was wagging his tail. SPCA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Helene Chevalier cautions, however, that, due to the severity of the emaciation and the inability to know at this time the condition of Charlie’s internal organs and their ability to operate effectively, it is too soon to make predictions on survival, although she is optimistic.

SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigators are asking for information from anyone who may be familiar with this dog and how he ended up in such poor physical condition, and information on who may have placed the dog in the garbage tote. Anyone with information that could prove helpful in an investigation is encouraged to call the SPCA at 716-875-7360 and speak with an officer or dispatch operator, or hit extension 221 to leave a message for SPCA Investigator Bill Heine. The SPCA will respond to anonymous tips. Keep watching YourSPCA.org or the SPCA’s Facebook page for updates on Charlie’s progress.



January 21, 2019

Frigid temps and a few feet of snow couldn’t keep members of the Buffalo Bandits from touring the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter today!

SPCA Admissions/Adoptions Counselor Job Opening. Learn more.

Read the full press release by clicking on the image below.
*PLEASE NOTE: This law applies to dogs left outdoors  in extreme hot AND cold weather conditions. For the SPCA’s hot weather pet tips, click here >>


From WBEN-AM Radio: Buffalo Common Council passes law to protect dogs.

From WGRZ-TV: New Buffalo law makes it illegal to leave dogs outside in extreme heat or cold.

From WIVB-TV: City of Buffalo passes dog tethering ordinance.

From WKBW-TV: Law protecting dogs in extreme weather passes in Buffalo.

From Spectrum News: Dog protection ordinance passes Buffalo Common Council.


December 10, 2018
By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Browning

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark has teamed up with the SPCA Serving Erie County to give more dogs a “home advantage!”

ULLMARK’S BARKS, designed to help more SPCA dogs find homes, will kick off Thursday, December 13. Through the end of the Buffalo Sabres hockey season, Ullmark and the Buffalo Sabres will share information on some of the temporary canine residents at the SPCA in the hopes of encouraging community members to draft the dogs and bring them into their homes.

“I’m excited to be helping the SPCA in this way,” Ullmark said last week when he visited the SPCA’s new West Seneca shelter for the first time. “I love dogs, and I’m looking forward to helping the dogs at the shelter. Together, we hope to find more homes more quickly.”

“This program is incredibly exciting because it allows us to put a unique spotlight on our extraordinary canine residents,” says SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Browning. “With the help of Linus and the Buffalo Sabres, we’ll be able to tell an entirely different audience how remarkable these dogs are and hopefully encourage them to add our dogs to their family teams!”

Those who cannot adopt but still want to be a part of Ullmark’s Barks and help the SPCA care for homeless dogs can donate toward the Ullmark’s Barks Fund.

Photos of the most recent Ullmark draft, more information, and a link to the Ullmark’s Barks Fund are available here!

See photos of Linus’ 12/7/18 tour of the SPCA Serving Erie County here!