They are so many heartlifting stories about Lollypop Farm and all the good they do. Just watch the Tails of Hope Telethon and you will see! An area that is near and dear to my heart is animal cruelty investigations. Headed by Reno DiDomenico, this team is amazing. They not only investigate animal cruelty matters, but also educate pet owners on their responsibilities and how to properly care for their pets. I feel they have a very difficult position because when acting on a cruelty call, they have to follow the letters of the law. This may sound simple, however what appears to be a slam dunk cruelty case, may not fall under the guidelines of the Agricultural and Martkets Act. Sometimes this does not result in an arrest, the person making the complaint is frustrated and the cruelty investigator's hands are tied. To me it's an extremely difficult job, but these investigators are the best of best. If we have to deal with animal cruelty in our community, I am thankful we have Reno and his team involved.
I have two dogs and two cats from Lollypop Farm and I foster kittens for them, sometimes with the moms and sometimes not - depending on how they come in. This organization is amazing and the people that work there are amazing. While it is necessary at times to euthanize animals Lollypop does all that it can to reduce that, from adoption specials to behavioral training for animals. The number of pets that have found forever homes through Lollypop is what should be the focus along with the number of animals that are rescued from abuse or neglect - I cannot say how much I appreciate having a resource for animals like this in our community and cannot thank the staff and volunteers enough for all they do, day in and day out, every day!!!
A truly great place!
I have been a supporter of Lollypop Farm since moving here in 2002. Not only do I provide monetary support/donations but I also foster kittens for them when the shelter is at capacity. What a wonderful way to get the community involved and for the community to help out. I have two cats of my own from Lollypop and two dogs from Lollypop - it is a wonderful place that really does put the animals first and provides great educational programs and resources to the community. When you say Lollypop Farm in the community people smile, people tells stories about visiting and/or adopting from there - it is a wonderful place and does so much good for the community that it would be impossible to not give it 5 stars! One of the things I love about it from a donor standpoint is I can actually see the donations at work in the infastructure and classes and staffing - I don't question what they do with the money they receive and I appreciate that they are continually trying to get grants and funding from other outlets to enhance their services. Wonderful, wonderful place!
I have volunteered with Lollypop Farm for a couple of years now and have nothing but positive things to say about the organization. The staff and other volunteers are incredibly dedicated and care so much about each animal that comes in. Lollypop Farm will not turn away any pet (even farm animals) and often takes in surrendered or stray animals that have illnesses/disabilities and/or behavioral issues due to mistreatment, abuse or otherwise and will do everything in their power to heal, rehabilitate and help each animal. I have seen first hand the amazing work that this organization does for our community and I cannot praise them enough.
We adopted all three of our Siamese cats from Lollypop and they are all fantastic as were the people there. They helped us find the perfect pets for our home and you can tell that the staff there all loves the animals.
I'm glad the charity that killed close to 3000 dogs and cats in 2015 gets awards for its good charitable mindset.
The staff at' Lollypop Farm' are compassionate and enthusiastic! I have volunteered with the Foster Care program since 2005 -caring for kittens and puppies that are too young to be adopted. I have learned so much and gotten so much support from" the team"! They give extra effort to finding the best fit for each family looking to adopt an animal- and continue to support after the adoption with their " Pet Peeves" Behavior Help Line : (585) 295-2999. We treasure the kitties and dog we've adopted from the Rochester Humane Society - LPF is the best!
I have been a volunteer at Lollypop Farm for 11 years now as an adoption counselor and more recently, in the past few months, as a Pet Peeves Behavior Helpline person for dogs. I am also helping Lollypop's Behavior Department with dogs that need some extra time socializing with people or those dogs who need extra attention for whatever reason. I absolutely LOVE dogs and always have and love what I do at Lollypop Farm. When I retired, I chose to volunteer with Lollypop Farm and put in more hours because I believed in what they were doing for the animals, and felt they felt the same way I did about the animals. I have had only positive interaction with ALL the staff at Lollypop Farm from the Managers, to the Behavior Department people, to the supervisors, veterinarian techs and veterinarians in the clinic, Kennel attendants who keep ALL the dogs kennels clean in an on-going basis- even when they are not well or not house-trained, or end of having some communicable problem where they need to be in isolation and their previous kennel needs to be completely steralized, adoption counselors, and the law enforcement officers. I have to also give a huge shout-out to the volunteer "dog walkers" who walk the dogs in ALL kinds of weather!!! They do this for the love of dogs- no one is thanking them for each and every dog they walk. Truly wonderful people. I have found that everyone TRULY cares about the animals at Lollypop Farm. When my 15 y.o. rescued shepherd mix , Teddy, passed away four years ago I adopted my german shepherd puppy, Hannah, from Lollypop. I would not adopt from anywhere else. A person really has to be there to know the time everyone puts into ALL the animals there. From the very small to the very big. It's a place with a HUGE HEART. I am proud to say I volunteer at Lollypop Farm and will continue to volunteer until I am no longer physically able to.
My dog Tucker is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and we volunteer in Lollypop Farm's Pet Therapy program. Each week we visit various places like nursing homes, assisted living homes, schools and local colleges,and community events. He really enjoys the "people attention" and I enjoy getting out also as I don't work as a nurse anymore. Thank you Lollypop for this rewarding experience!!
This sweet dog was so hurt, and with the love of everyone at Lollypop she got better and I got to see that day after day. The staff and all the loving volunteers are part of a very special group that I am very happy to be apart of and ask for nothing in return. We see it in all the animals big and small how much they need our help and we will do anything to help them live a happy and healthy life.
I have adopted a dog and cat from Lollypop farm. In addition I have fostered litters of moms and kittens.
I think they do great work and so do my pets.
I love volunteering to walk dogs at Lollypop Farm. I signed up to be a dog walker since I can't have a dog of my own right now, but I thought this would be great experience in how to handle dogs in the meantime (and it certainly has been!). I have also really enjoyed becoming more familiar with the different breeds of dogs that come to Lollypop. I love how sweet each dog can be!
I have volunteered as a dog walker for seven years and see first hand the commitment of this organization to finding a forever home for adoptable animals. I particularly commend the fact that they place older or disabled animals for adoption as well as younger pets. We adopted a wonderful five year old cat from the shelter who was our best friend for eleven more years. The cost of adoption for a pet who had been neutered, vacinated, and leukemia tested was far less than it would have cost us to provide ourselves.
I have never in my life met so many hard working, caring, dedicated, kind, patient, generous, giving, loving and wonderful people, as I have at Lollypop Farm, The Humane Society of Greater Rochester. My family and I have had the pleasure of adopting pets for over 50 years from there. Now at age 57, I have personally joined 2 very special groups there; The Pet Assisted Therapy Program and The Foster Program. My husband and I are also part of the Legacy Society and have planned in our will, to leave all our assets to Lollypop Farm upon our passing. The work they do is worthy of any and all contributions, that can be made to them and accepted by them. The joy that I feel, being part of this organization, is truly immeasurable. It is a family and one I'm proud and grateful to be a part of. -Mary Therese Friel
Lollypop Farm has a very dedicated Board that is very active in activities and financial management to help keep Lollypop successful and growing to help more and more animals.
Lollypop Farm is a great resource for saving, protecting, and rehoming animals in the Monroe and surrounding Counties area. They are also a fantastic educational resource for teaching children about the care of animals.
As a volunteer with this organization I have been impressed with their mission, compassion, and dedication from the very start. Every animal is respected, loved, and cared for. Everything possible is done to ensure each animal is placed in loving home. Furthermore, Lollypop Farm is a warm, inviting temporary home for the animals who find themselves here. Their quarters are clean, spacious, and they always have ample blankets, toys, food and water, cuddling, and socialization so that being in a shelter - while not an ideal situation for any animal - isn't the awful, traumatic experience it can be for so many. The animals here, I have seen firsthand week after week, are so well loved and cared for by the staff and volunteers until their forever families come for them. I am proud to volunteer my time to such a worthwhile organization who truly make a difference and a positive impact, both for the animals and the countless number of people who visit each and every day.
I recently became a volunteer socializing cats. I had no idea how wonderful this experience would be. The staff were warm and welcoming and the cats are terrific! I am always so surprised to come back in a week and see how many older cats have been adopted in such a short time. Even cats that some would say are too old to be adopted find their way into someone's heart. I am so proud to be associated with an organization that cares so much about these animals. Their cages are carefully designed, color-coordinated and made so home-like that even the shy ones find a cozy place to recover from whatever brought them to Lollypop Farm. The staff work very hard to match the cats with their new owners, and help what some might think would never be wanted felines find a forever home. It's an amazing place! Come see the animals for yourself and fall in love!
My name is Mike Reynolds l immigrated here from Canada as a Teenager in Highschool. l could not have a paying Job as l was not yet a Citizen but l could and did Volunteer at Lollypop Farm.
It meant more then you can know that l was able to be a full Participant of all that Lollypop Farm has to offer.
After College as an Adult l Volunteered as a Dogwalker l have always scheduled Time for Lollypop. My Hours at my Job as Janitor were Afternoon Shift l was sleep deprived everyday but l went to Lollypop to Walk Dogs prior to going to my Paid Job.
l was transferred to A Shift hours at my Job and now l Dog walk after Work.
Every Year l participate in Lollypop Farm's Barktoberfest l run the 5 mile race and raise Hundred's of Dollars not done online but by doing Old School going from Person to Person
l need a Spreadsheet to be able to Remember all of the Donor Names.
l will always be Part of Lollypop Farm
Lollypop does a great job rehabilitating animals and educating our community along the way -
I have two dogs and two cats that I've adopted from the Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County - I also volunteer fostering kittens for them. The work they do is amazing and the level of care that the staff gives to the animals is awesome. I see first hand what they enhance in terms of space and technology to help the animals have a better time while at the facility and to help with their medical needs. This nonprofit deserves a lot of kudos for going above and beyond in every situation that they encounter with every animal they encounter. I help them raise money for their annual gala and I personally donate monetarily along with my time because of the valuable service that they provide and I believe in.
Lollypop Farm is an incredible organization that makes such a huge difference for animals in our area. Their staff and facilities are top notch. It is also a great place for families to come to learn more about animals. Spending time at Lollypop as a dog walker is a highlight of my week.