SPCA Serving Erie County Offers Free Adoptions to Current and Past Military Members During Vets & Pets
October 25, 2021 By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Lattuca
To thank the men and women of the armed services this Veterans Day, the SPCA Serving Erie County offers “Vets & Pets,” waiving adoption fees on most animals for individuals and immediate families of individuals on active duty, reserves, and honorable discharge, along with service-disabled veterans and those retired from military service.
Vets & Pets begins Monday, November 1 and runs through Thursday, November 11* at the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter and all SPCA off-site adoption locations.
Those who qualify and are interested in viewing and adopting dogs or farm animals are urged to call the SPCA now to schedule an appointment during Vets & Pets, since appointments are necessary for all dog and farm animal adoptions at this time. Appointments are also necessary for viewing and adopting cats Saturday, November 6. To schedule an appointment, call the SPCA at (716) 875-7360, ext. 207. No appointments are necessary to adopt other animals.
Photos of all adoptable animals can be found here. See a list of our off-site locations here. Military ID or DD214 will need to be presented. If an individual is currently serving outside of New York State, that individual’s spouse can adopt during Vets & Pets if a military spouse identification card is presented.
Contact SPCA Adoptions Supervisor Krissi Miranda with any questions: (716) 875-7360, ext. 233.
*Please note: The SPCA’s West Seneca shelter is closed on Sunday, November 7, but many of the SPCA’s off-site adoption locations are open that day! See a list of our off-site locations and photos of the animals available here. During our COVID response period, to be pre-approved to adopt an off-site pet, please call the SPCA’s Offsite Adoptions Department at (716) 875-7360, ext. 235, or visit the 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Purchases at BauerleStore.com Help Animals at SPCA Serving Erie County; Donations Increased During Halloween Flash Sale
Starting Monday, use promo code SPCA31 to take advantage of a Halloween special discount: 31% off all items through October 31, when ALL proceeds will be donated to the animals at the SPCA!
Store merchandise, featuring products made only in the USA, ranges from water bottles and mugs to shirts and blankets.
This fundraising concept is one example of Bauerle’s longtime support of the SPCA. “The SPCA Serving Erie County has been a favorite charity of mine for most of my life,” says Bauerle, whose relationship with the organization has grown over several decades. In addition to personal donations, Bauerle has guest-hosted events, broadcasted during the annual Radiothon for more than 15 years, and found other unique ways to help the animals at the organization.
“I still remember one gift to the SPCA, a large-screen television used in a feline recovery room at the Ensminger Rd., Tonawanda shelter. Veterinary technicians at the SPCA told me that the television would be used to play videos of other cats, birds, insects, even classical music that would help keep the cats’ minds stimulated and occupied, assisting in their recovery…and it WORKED!”
Visit BauerleStore.com October 25 – 31 and remember to use promo code SPCA31 for a special 31% discount! Thanks, Tom, for a Halloween donation we know will be ghoulishly great!
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SPCA Treats Pet Owners to Tricks for Keeping Pets Safe This Halloween
October 18, 2021 By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Lattuca
WITH A FEW EXTRA PRECAUTIONS, PETS CAN HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN TOO!
Halloween is meant to be fun for children of all ages, but according to the SPCA Serving Erie County, pets often experience the dark side of Halloween fun. With extra precautions, seasonal problems can often be avoided:
-HUNGRY PETS: CHOCOLATE CAN BE FATAL TO YOUR PET!Please share this tip with children, who may be tempted to share their Halloween take with their best four-footed friends!The sweet smell of Halloween chocolate and other candy left by a door pleases pets, as do cookies and cakes served at Halloween parties. Sweets can cause diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain or worse. Purchase Halloween treats made specifically for pets and keep the “people” treats away from where pets can reach them.
-PETS AS VICTIMS: Halloween is traditionally known for trick-or-treaters…and pranksters. KEEP ALL PETS INSIDE on Halloween night, and the nights immediately preceding and following October 31. This will prevent them from being stolen, teased, kicked, blinded by flashlights or abused in other ways.
-NERVOUS/TERRITORIAL PETS: Constant door-knocking or doorbell-ringing may cause an extremely nervous pet to shake or tremble uncontrollably, or have an “accident” in the house. Territorial pets may become aggressive at the sound of unfamiliar visitors. Keep nervous or territorial pets distracted in another room with the door closed.
-CURIOUS PETS: Keep pets away from costume-making areas, where sequins or buttons can be swallowed. Scissors used for cutting patterns, or knives used for carving jack o’lanterns, can harm your pet. Also remember to keep pets away from a candle-illuminated jack o’lantern. Halloween has become a popular season for decorations as well. Keep decorations out of your pet’s reach, or securely attached in place to prevent your pet from pulling the decorations down. Swallowing a decorative object may cause intestinal problems and present a potential emergency.
-KEEP CURRENT ID ON PETS: Exuberant or nervous pets may bolt out doors opened for trick-or-treat candy handouts. Ensure they are wearing proper identification (even if they are microchipped) in case they become lost. Collars are available for purchase at the SPCA Petique, located at the 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter, and other pet supply shops. If you lose or find a pet, visit the SPCA’s Lost & Found page for tips on what to do next.
Contact the SPCA Serving Erie County with any questions or concerns: 716-875-7360.
September 30, 2021 — From ShelterAnimalsCount.org, an independent nonprofit that is home to The National Database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts and enabling insights to save lives:
Shelter Animals Count (SAC), The National Database of animal sheltering statistics, enables fact-based insights to improve animal welfare in the United States.
SAC just released its latest report analyzing data for the first halves of the last three years (2019, 2020 and 2021). The report compares data from the first six months of 2019, 2020 and 2021 to look at pandemic-related trends in animal welfare.
Three hundred forty one animal welfare organizations across the United States provided complete data for the 18 months covered in the study, and only that data was included in the report.
This report provides clues as to whether 2021 numbers are following a predictable trend as we move towards a “new normal,” or if things are still abnormal due to special market behavior. Based on the analysis, it appears that 2021 is following a normal pre-pandemic trend so far.
More people are keeping their pets, based on intake numbers remaining at pandemic level lows overall, and an almost insignificant increase in owner surrender since the pandemic began.
Please send completed application to The SPCA Serving Erie County, c/o Human Resources, 300 Harlem Road, West Seneca, NY 14224.
Click here to see current volunteer position openings!
October’s Subaru Loves Pets Campaign at Northtown Will Benefit Animals at the SPCA Serving Erie County
September 29, 2021 By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Lattuca
Northtown Subaru in Amherst is celebrating Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month this October in a different way…in about 3,100 different ways, to be exact! Plus, they’re letting the cats join in the celebration.
For every dog or cat adopted at the SPCA Serving Erie County this October, Northtown Subaru will donate $100 to the SPCA as part of the Subaru Loves Pets campaign! The donation will be made for up to 31 animals, one for each day of the month!
Subaru is a long-standing partner of a national animal cruelty prevention society, and since 2008 has helped to support more than 1500 adoption events that helped approximately 57,000 animal nationwide.
This year, Northtown Subaru, located at 3930 Sheridan Dr. in Amherst, will keep Subaru’s donation local, and by donating to the SPCA Serving Erie County, Northtown Subaru will be assisting homeless animals right here in our community.
“Northtown Subaru is excited to add the October Adopt-A-Thon program to our annual sponsorship efforts along with the Subaru Share the Love program to support the Erie County SPCA,” said, Thomas Riggs, general sales manager of Northtown Subaru. “We’re fortunate in Western New York to have such a worthy organization.”
“Partnering with the Northtown Subaru team is always an absolute pleasure and we are so grateful for their continued commitment in helping the animals in our community,” says SPCA Annual Giving Manager Phillip Weiss. “This promotion will not only help more animals get adopted but it will also earn more funds to help the animals who are in need of medical attention, food, shelter, and comfort when they have nowhere else to turn. Northtown Subaru is a true friend of animals and the SPCA Serving Erie County!”
To see available dogs and cats at the SPCA Serving Erie County, visit YourSPCA.org/adoptable-animals. Appointments to visit and adopt dogs every day, and cats on Saturdays only, are still required and can be made by calling 716-875-7360, ext. 207.
SPCA DOG ADOPTIONS REOPEN AFTER TEMPORARY PAUSE THIS MONTH
UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 21 — Dog adoptions will reopen today at the SPCA Serving Erie County.
This comes to us from SPCA Vice President of Veterinary Services Melanie Rushforth:
“Starting 9/21, the SPCA Serving Erie County will slowly reopen our canine adoption center to facilitate adoptions of the recovered or exposed and quarantined dogs to help reduce our population.
The SPCA Serving Erie County has recently seen multiple cases of complicated upper respiratory disease including life-threatening pneumonia. Our testing so far identified Canine Pneumovirus as well as Canine Adenovirus 2 and Mycoplasma cynos on Idexx Respiratory PCR. These dogs were all vaccinated on intake with a 5-way DHPP and an intranasal trivalent Bordetella vaccine. With the assistance of Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at University of Florida we were able to obtain more information on this newer virus, and wanted to share as much information as possible in case this is running through the general population.
-First identified in 2010
-Considered part of CIRD (Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex) “kennel cough” which also includes Bordetella, Canine Adenovirus, Canine parainfluenza
-Incubation period <1 week – avg 2 to 5 days
-ShedS <10 days and starts prior to visible clinical signs
-Recovery 1 to 2 weeks
-Isolation of cases is key to preventing additional cases – increases in cases are likely due to importation of dogs from higher density areas and overcrowding in shelter
-There is no vaccine nor likely to be one
-Treatment is symptomatic – treat for cough, secondary infections, pneumonia; most recover with minimal interventionWe treated our shelter dogs’ pneumonia cases with Baytril and Clavamox for 14 days, but Doxycycline seemed to help clear the Mycoplasma. Each dog in our care was quarantined for 10 days minimum to assess for symptoms. Only one bulldog required in hospital IV fluid and antibiotic therapy as well as nebulization.
The SPCA Serving Erie County worked with local municipalities and foster homes to halt the physical intake of dogs on 9/9 when we identified multiple cases. We have been diligently monitoring the situation, treating aggressively and no new pneumonia cases have been identified in more than a week. We have rescheduled local dog surrenders due to this issue and will be prioritizing the local community needs before we consider bringing in transport dogs from other states.
Concerning cats, Panleukopenia is also currently going through the stray/public feline population at a significant rate. We experienced an exposure situation in the shelter a few weeks back but were able to quickly identify and isolate. Our cat adoption center is open and currently doing well. We are being vigilant with intake testing for this disease to prevent exposures. (Incidentally, ringworm has also been seen at increased rates in the stray/public population.) ”
In an effort to properly address the pneumonia affecting our shelter population, the SPCA consulted directly with Clinical Assistant Professor in Shelter Medicine and Director of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program Dr. Cynda Crawford at the University of Florida. Dr. Crawford’s areas of expertise include diagnosis, treatment, management, and prevention of infectious diseases in dogs and cats in sheltering facilities. She focuses on the diagnosis and management of viruses and bacteria that cause respiratory infections in shelter dogs. Dr. Crawford’s accomplishments include discovery of canine influenza virus and development of the canine influenza vaccine. Educational achievements include partnering with Dr Julie Levy to develop the Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine for advanced training of veterinary students in the knowledge and skills to serve as veterinarians in shelters.
Rushforth added, “In learning about the situation affecting animal health at the SPCA, Dr. Crawford commented that this is not unique to our facility, and nationwide, shelters are facing significant challenges with infectious diseases and overpopulation issues as well as staffing shortages. Dr. Crawford also commended our quick response to the medical situation faced at our shelter, and called our ability to reopen adoptions in this period of time good news and a sign that the situation is being managed properly.”
September 9, 2021 — This week, we experienced more than one case of dog pneumonia at the SPCA Serving Erie County.
The SPCA is responding to this in a number of different ways, including a change in how staff members and volunteers interact with animals in the building.
We are carefully observing the animals for any early signs of illness and immediately administering early treatment if necessary, and expanding our deep-cleaning protocols to rectify this situation.
There’s quite a bit involved in containing and clearing the shelter of an infectious disease, but it’s imperative we do so to protect our current population while not putting animals outside the shelter at risk. This is why we’ve chosen to pause dog adoptions.
“Outbreaks of this nature are unfortunately not uncommon in animal sheltering, especially when part of our mission is to serve sick and injured animals,” says SPCA Vice President of Veterinary Services Melanie Rushforth. “Our team of professional caretakers has increased safety protocols to ensure we contain this, and our quick response will have a positive effect on the health of both our current and future population.”
Some unfamiliar with infectious diseases may consider pausing dog adoptions an over-the-top response to the situation, but SPCA Serving Erie County representatives believe the situation calls for this extreme of a response. We cannot take a chance on someone transporting the virus on shoes or clothing simply by walking through our kennels, thus putting animals at home at risk. And we know we cannot place our dogs in homes right now if there is a chance they may have been infected.
The choice to pause dog adoptions for a minimum of one week gives us time to monitor the health of our dogs while fully clearing the shelter of this illness.
“We encourage all pet owners to stay up-to-date on preventive medicine for their pets,” Rushforth added. “We all play a role in decreasing a pandemic of any nature.”
At the end of next week officials at the SPCA will reevaluate the situation and determine whether dog adoptions need to remain paused beyond September 19. While it’s possible the pause date may have to be extended, we of course are hoping this will not be necessary.
Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.
–Gina Lattuca, SPCA Serving Erie County Chief Communications Officer
Injured Bald Eagle Rescued by SPCA Serving Erie County After Buffalo Police Hear “Loud Crash” Outside Building Yesterday
May 25, 2021 By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Lattuca
UPDATE 9/12/21:This afternoon, the injured bald eagle found by Buffalo Police & rescued by the SPCA Serving Erie County returned to the skies of Western New York! As detailed below, the eagle was operated on by staff at Cornell University’s Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital on May 27, and on June 30, the incredible team at Messinger Woods Wildlife Care & Education Center, Inc. in Holland, NY picked up the eagle for extensive rehabilitation led by Marianne Hites! Today, the Messinger Woods team (pictured here), joined by members of the SPCA and local media, released the bald eagle at Wendt Beach in Derby, NY! Check out video of the release below:
To learn more about Messinger Woods and the fine work the organization does in caring for the wildlife of our community, please visit their Facebook page here >>
Thank you to all who played a part in this gorgeous creature’s return to our skies. An entire community came together to save her life, from the Buffalo Police to members of the SPCA Serving Erie County, to the team at Cornell, and finally to the crew at Messinger Woods. Neither the SPCA Serving Erie County or Messinger Woods would be able to do the work the organizations do and save the lives of so many animals each year if it wasn’t for the donors who make our work possible. On behalf of Messinger Woods and the Wildlife team at the SPCA Serving Erie County, thank you to the donors who help us give these animals second chances.
UPDATE 5/28/21: On Wednesday, May 26, the bald eagle spotted by members of the Buffalo Police Department & rescued by the SPCA Serving Erie County after flying into a window in the City of Buffalo was transported to Ithaca, NY. The eagle was dropped off at Cornell University’s Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital for surgery on a severely fractured femur; the center wanted him immediately because, as our own Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Karen Slote and Wildlife Director Barbara Haney explained earlier this week, after that fracture the muscles contract and can make surgery much more difficult.
Today, we heard from staff there that the eagle is doing “great” after surgery! Now he’ll have time to rest and they will create a rehabilitation plan for him. Exciting news for the eagle, and for this community!
Also of note: in the photo here, you’ll notice a thin, thread-like spike (for lack of a better word!) at the tip of the eagle’s wings. Barbara Haney tells us that is indicative of the eagle’s status as a first-year eagle born sometime this calendar year, probably February or March. According to the National Eagle Center website, bald eagles fledge at approximately 10 – 14 weeks, which tells us he has not been out of the nest for long.
We may not receive another eagle update from the wildlife hospital for a few weeks, but when we do, we will definitely share that update with you.
Once again, we thank the members of this community for your care and compassion. Your constant support of all types is what makes our work possible.
UPDATE 5/26/21: The bald eagle spotted by Buffalo Police & rescued by the SPCA Serving Erie County after flying into a window in the City of Buffalo was dropped off moments ago at the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital, an annex of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals. He was photographed upon admission. We will provide updates on his progress as they are made available. Thank you to this caring, compassionate community, for all of the interest in and prayers for this magnificent bird. Your concern, your donations, and your constant support of all types are what make our work possible.
A juvenile bald eagle is in critical condition at the Wildlife Department of the SPCA Serving Erie County after flying into a high building window in the City of Buffalo yesterday.
The SPCA received the call yesterday afternoon from Tracy Masiello, crime analyst for Erie County, after Buffalo Police Detective Mark Costantino and Officer David O’Brien heard a loud crash outside of their offices at Court and Franklin Streets in Buffalo. They ran outside and there, across the street, a large bird was struggling on the sidewalk. The crash they heard was the bird flying into a window of a building across the street, approximately 30 feet high.
“He tried to raise himself four or five times, but he was struggling and we could see he couldn’t lift up,” Detective Costantino said today. Despite the fact that the bird didn’t have a full white-feathered head, Detective Costantino said he knew right away that the bird was a bald eagle. “He was enormous, and his talons were so large, I could tell we were looking at an eagle.”
After receiving the call from Masiello, SPCA Serving Erie County Animal Rescue Team Officers Jennifer Maleskis and Tyler Robertson arrived at the location, retrieved the young bird, and rushed him to the SPCA’s Wildlife Department hospital, where they were met by Wildlife Director Barbara Haney and, within the hour, SPCA Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Karen Slote.
“By the time the bird made it to us, he was obviously quite stressed,” says Haney. “In addition to not being able to stand, he had an injury on his beak and blood in his mouth. He was open-mouthed breathing, a clear sign of his high stress level.”
Dr. Slote was able to provide an initial examination and determined the bird, a first-year bald eagle, has a fractured femur. Further assessment and radiographs this afternoon confirmed a severe fracture.
“We are doing everything we can for this magnificent bird, considering its compromised state at the moment,” said Haney, when asked whether the bird will survive. “We’re careful not to provide any solid prognosis at this time because the bird is still in critical condition and the outcome is uncertain.”
At this time, Dr. Slote will consult with wildlife professionals at Cornell University’s Wildlife Health Center, and will send them her assessment of the eagle along with the radiograph images. If the bird survives and responds to the supportive care, fluids, and medications it is receiving at the SPCA, Haney says, “…then it’s our hope that, once he is strong and stable, Cornell will accept the bird for surgery. The surgical team at Cornell is much better-suited for this sort of surgery…they perform it much more frequently…and they have the equipment and the pins and the other necessities large enough and strong enough for this extremely large animal.”
Haney adds, “Our primary hope right now is that the bird does, in fact, survive. That’s what we’re focused on right now. We’re doing everything in our power to help his survival so that we can actually have that discussion with Cornell about surgery and rehabilitation.”
This eagle is not the first cared for by the SPCA Serving Erie County Wildlife Department. “Eagles have made quite a comeback in the last 30 years or so,” Haney said, “and we’re starting to see them in all parts of Western New York, the City of Buffalo included. It’s possible this bird became disoriented for what could be one of several reasons, possibly even due to his reflection in the window of the high building, or he may have been in a territorial scuffle with a peregrine falcon, as hypothesized by our contacts at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.”
The SPCA wishes to thank Buffalo Police Detective Costantino, Buffalo Police Officer O’Brien, and Erie County Crime Analyst Masiello for their cooperation, and for contacting our officers when they found the eagle and saw that it was in distress.
September 20, 2021 — Not all humane societies in the country are able to accept stray cats, but the SPCA Serving Erie County is one of the shelters that, when population allows, does. On a national level, of the humane societies that do accept strays, for several reasons, it is unusual for owners to find stray cats in a shelter setting.
That is why August was an extra-exciting month for our team at the Admissions desk!
Here’s the story as told by our own Patty Ralabate:
“On August 13, a stray brown/tabby cat was brought to us by a nice man named Tyler who found her on Elmwood and Forest [in Buffalo]. She appeared be about 10 years old and was sick with nasal discharge, coughing and sneezing, and she had a ‘cauliflowered’ ear and needed a dental due to a broken canine and tarter. Due to her medical conditions, she was admitted and we started treatment with antibiotics for the duration of her stray hold.
When the cat’s stray hold was up, it was determined that we would give her dental surgery and put her up for adoption. She cleared stray time on August 16, but needed to finish her antibiotics, so that time was extended until August 19. At that point, we worked her into the surgical schedule for her dental surgery.
We named her Jiggles. On Monday, August 30, I was checking messages, and her finder, Tyler, left a message very late in the day stating that he had seen a lost cat flier describing the cat he found, and the flier was posted near where he had found her. He wondered if the cat was still with us. I looked and sure enough, she was still here being cared for; I left a message for Tyler letting him know the cat was here. Tyler called back with the name and number of the potential owner. [SPCA Admissions staff member] Tammi called the owner, and it appeared to be a match!
And here’s the rest of the story: Jiggles’ possible owner, Molly, and her girls came to the SPCA to confirm Jiggles was actually their cat, and it was! This cat is named Sesame, and she actually is 19 years old and deeply loved by all in the family. It seems Molly was out of town when the cat went missing earlier in the month.
Molly and Tyler have also been in touch, and much gratitude has been expressed all around!
Sesame is now happily back at home in Buffalo after her adventure!”
More from Patty!
“On August 16, our Dispatch desk received a call from a person stating a black and white cat was hit by a car on Southwestern Blvd. in Orchard Park.
We went out, found the cat, and brought it back to the SPCA for care. The cat had a broken jaw which we wired on August 17; the cat was then placed on pain meds and placed in our cat ICU ward to recover.
Stray time cleared on August 21. We named the cat Devon, and on August 30, while Devon was still in ICU recovery, a woman came in to report her cat lost (which almost NEVER happens). Her cat had been missing for two weeks. Tammi, being wonderful Tammi and not just doing a computer search looking for lost/found reports, took the owner’s phone with a photo of her cat and walked throughout the building and staff-only areas in the hopes of making a match. Sure enough, there recovering in cat ICU was her cat, Devon, whose real name is Hunter!
Hunter is now home with his owner and will be visiting soon to have his wire removed!”
It’s safe to say that the Animal Admissions team has been busy not only admitting animals to the SPCA, but taking those extra steps to foster some very happy reunions! Thanks to all involved in bringing these families back together!