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Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:36 am

11th Annual Fur Ball

Shelter Pets are Pawsitively Purrfect . A fun evening of food, auctions, friends and surprises to support the animals at the Genesee County Animal Shelter. Tickets are $25, children under 12 $15 and the day of all tickets are $50. Space is limited, so get your tickets early! The Fur Ball will be at the Days Inn, 200 Oak St, Batavia, NY. For more information, visit www.vol4animals.org

Event Date and Time

October 25, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm

The GC Shelter has a caboodle of kittens and they're half price, but only until Sept. 14

post by Billie Owens in Genesee County Animal Shelter

Press release:

The Genesee County Animal Shelter in Batavia is currently full of some of the best cats in the county. Kitten season should be winding down but according to the number of available cats and kittens at the Shelter it is still in full swing.

All cages are full and there are many phone calls each day requesting space for more cats to come into the Shelter.

As a result, we are offering all felines at half price - $20. All of the cats and kittens have been tested for FIV/FeLV, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, dewormed, treated for fleas and most have been spayed/neutered. Those not yet spayed/neutered require a $35 deposit refundable upon proof of surgery.

We have adults and kittens in all colors, shapes, sizes and personalities. This back to school special will not last forever. It will only be available through Sunday, Sept. 14. Shelter hours are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 1-3 p.m.; Wednesday 7-9 p.m.; and Saturday 11-1 p.m.

All available felines have been photographed and are posted on the Volunteers For Animals Web site at:  http://www.vol4animals.org/

Please support your local animal shelter and come out and adopt a new friend today.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Volunteers concerned about dog confined to shelter while owner's legal case drags on

post by Howard B. Owens in animals, batavia, Genesee County Animal Shelter, pets

Some of the shelter volunteers call him "Boyfriend," which tells you something about how "Foxer" has won the hearts of the people who care for him every day.

The white and brown pit bull is sweet, kind and gentle and gets along well with the other dogs and people he meets.

The only serious issue for Foxer these days seems to be a question of how much longer he's going to be confined at the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

Officially, he's "evidence." 

Foxer, also known around the shelter as "Skully," is caught in a legal battle between his owner, Nina Kelso, and the government that is prosecuting her for allegedly mistreating him.

Kelso's case has been pending in Batavia City Court since Feb. 4 when she was charged with torturing or injuring an animal; failure to provide sustenance; and owning/harboring an unlicensed dog. 

The 29-year-old Batavia resident had another court appearance scheduled last week, but as with her previous court appearances, her case was continued, so Foxer's fate remains unresolved.

According to Batavia's Animal Control Officer James Sheflin, Kelso won't sign Foxer over to the shelter so he can be adopted, and since Kelso's case is still pending, the shelter has no choice but to keep him confined.

He can't even go to a foster home because he's considered evidence. Until his status changes he has to remain in the supervision and custody of the shelter.

And he's getting a little stir crazy.

During those hours he's confined to his cage, Foxer doesn't do much other than spin in circles. 

"In the kennel I think he gets a little bit of anxiety, but as you can see, as soon as he gets around humans he's happy and ready to go," Sheflin said. "I can't speak to how he was before we got him, whether he had a lot of human contact before, so I don't know if it's a separation-anxiety type thing."

Volunteer Brenda Cromwell said Foxer is walked daily and even gets a car ride from time to time, but still he spends about 23 hours a day in his cage.

Healthwise, he's doing much better. When he first came into the shelter (see picture below), he weighed 49 pounds. Today, he weighs 75 pounds.

He was treated by a vet for gastroenteritis. 

"He is food-obsessed and looks forward, anxiously, to his next meal," Cromwell said.

Another dog brought to the shelter a couple of weeks before Foxer was Nessa, owned by Lauren K. Pellegrino. Pellegrino's case, like Kelso's, is still pending, so Nessa remains confined to the shelter, but has adjusted to shelter life better than Foxer. Nessa displays no anxiety issues, but is as comfortable and happy around people as Foxer.

Photo of Foxer taken Feb. 4.

Nessa, above, today, and below, when she was first brought to the shelter.

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Donations wanted -- except clothes -- for garage sale to benefit shelter animals

post by Billie Owens in Genesee County Animal Shelter

Donations are needed for a garage sale in Corfu June 12 - 14 to benefit the Genesee County Animal Shelter. It will take place on those dates from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 60 E. Main St., Corfu.

Any donations are welcome EXCEPT CLOTHING. Drop off donations at the county Animal Shelter anytime, and if the shelter is closed, leave them by the front door under the roof. The county shelter is located at 3841 W. Main St. Road in the Town of Batavia.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Wanted: homes for vetted and fixed barn cats

The nonprofit group Volunteers for Animals is trying to put together a list of local homes willing to take in barn cats.

From time to time, they get cats that would not fit well into a home as pets, and are most likely part feral. All cats are vetted, spay/neutered.

If you are able to take in one or two, please let them know. It would really help them out in a crunch.

To contact the volunteers, who work in partnership with the county animal shelter, contact them at <www.vol4animals.org> or write to:

Volunteers For Animals

PO Box 1621

Batavia, NY 14021

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Pet photo op in Clarence to benefit Genesee County shelter animals

post by Billie Owens in announcements, Genesee County Animal Shelter

Pet portraits to benefit the Genesee County Animal Shelter will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 1, at the USA Bird Supply, 11163 Main Road, in Clarence.

Come and get a photo of your pet or you with you pet for only a $5 donation, which will go to animals in the local shelter. Volunteers For Animals is sponsoring the event in conjunction with USA Bird Supply and Jay Terkel Photography.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Metal collection drive 'Scrap for the Pack' will help shelter animals

Volunteers for Animals is collecting scrap metal to raise money for animals at the county shelter.

The collection drive is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 27-28) at the shelter parking lot, 3841 W. Main St. Road, in the Town of Batavia.

They are accepting metal in the form of:

  • Railings
  • Doors
  • Garbage cans
  • File cabinets
  • Bicycle frames
  • Gutters
  • Pipes
  • Poles
  • Fencing
  • Window frames
  • Lawn furniture
  • Tools
  • Shelving
  • Washing machines
  • Dryers
  • Stoves
  • Wheel barrows
  • Wagons, etc.

They CANNOT take: propane tanks, air-conditioners or refrigerators.

The scrap service is being provided by Ed Arnold EAS Scrap Processors in Corfu.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Shelter in dire need of small dog kibble and dry kitten food

Press release from Volunteers for Animals:

We need help with food! With all the poodles we rescued recently, we are in need of small dog kibble. Some are missing teeth and they all have small mouths so we are in desperate need of small dog kibble!

It is that time of year again and we find ourselves needing dry kitten food to feed our many growing kittens in foster care and those starting to return for adoption at the shelter and Petco. The community has been good to us in the past and we hope we can count on you again to donate dry kitten food to help all our cute kittens grow up healthy and strong!

Please drop it by the shelter during adoption hours.


The Genesee County Animal Shelter is located at 3841 W. Main St. Road in the Town of Batavia.

Adoption hours are:

Sunday through Friday -- 1 to 3 p.m. (CLOSED THURSDAYS)

Wednesday -- 7 to 9 p.m.

Saturday -- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Big three-day garage sale to benefit shelter animals

A big, three-day garage sale is planned by Volunteers for Animals, with all proceeds going to benefit the animals at the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

The sale will be held at 54 River St. in Batavia from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 14-16.

For further information contact Volunteers for Animals via email at <www.vol4animals.org>

Event Date and Time

June 14, 2012 - 9:00am - June 16, 2012 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Volunteers for Animals collecting cans and bottles for shelter

Volunteers For Animals is collecting returnable pop/beer/water cans and bottles to help raise money for the animals.

Bring in your empties and we will return them for you. Or you can take them directly to Rob’s Bottle and Can at 214 Ellicott St. in Batavia (Hours are M-F 9-5 and Saturday 9-2) OR Eastown Beverages on East Main Street in Batavia.

In Le Roy, Le Roy Redemption Center at 8 1/2 Lake St. (Route 19) will accept empties for VFA.

Just tell them that they are for Volunteers For Animals and they will do the rest! All of the money collected from the deposits will go directly toward helping the animals at the shelter.


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